Nursing Now was a global awareness campaign which, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nurses, aimed to raise the status and profile of nursing around the world. The initiative was patroned by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and worked to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges.
After three successful years, the initiative is now concluding, and events are being held across the world on Monday 24 May 2021.
Australia will be the lucky first country to hold an event on a day with a special Finale celebration beginning at 7:15am at Parliament House in Canberra. The event will be livestreamed via Zoom and is open to all who wish to attend online and reflect on the achievements of the Nursing Now campaign in Australia.
The zoom link can be found here.
Several topics will be covered on the day such as Black Lives Matter, natural disasters and the experiences of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The full list of high-profile speakers during the event can be found below.
- Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN – CEO, Australian College of Nursing
- Dr Helen Haines MP – Member for Indi, Victoria
- Adjunct Professor (Practice) Alison McMillan MACN – Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
- Dr Lynore Geia MACN – Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
- Dr Odette Best MACN – Chair First Nations Community of Interest, Australian College of Nursing
- Emma Murphy – Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
- Rebecca Weir MACN – Respond Global
- David Carpenter – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Sye Hodgman – Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
- Emma Reardon MACN – Emerging Nurse Leader, Australian College of Nursing
- Dr Wendy Cross FACN – Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council
- Kylie Douglas – Australian Defence Force
- Kathryn Stein MACN – Australian Defence Force
- Annie Butler – Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation
- Professor Fiona Stoker FACN – CEO, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council
- Adjunct Associate Professor Veronica Casey AM FACN – Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Professor Roianne West – CEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
- Professor Emerita Jill White AM FACN – Board Member, Nursing Now Campaign
Nursing Now Australia supporters
The Nursing Now Australia campaign is proudly supported by major nursing organisations including the:
- Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
- Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
- Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council
- Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Australian Government Department of Health.