About WHOCC2018


The 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery will be held in the beautiful city of Cairns, located on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and is home to the oldest rainforest in the world. This unique location in the tropics truly is 'where the rainforest meets the reef'.

The tropics is also home to James Cook University (JCU), Queensland’s second oldest university and one of the world's leading institutions focusing on the tropics. JCU is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference, and is committed to conducting nationally significant and internationally recognised research and education in areas such as marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health care in under-served populations. The conference theme, ‘Universal Health Care: SDGs are Everyone’s Business’, aligns with JCU's commitment to supporting and promoting the principles of the sustainable development goals and undertaking research that provide solutions to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

Although nurses and midwives account for the largest health workforce, collaboration is key if any difference is to be made. It is impossible to create sustainable changes to health if we focus only on SDG 3 'Good Health and Well-Being'. For the people of the 144 nations and territories that are either fully or partly within the Torrid or Tropical Zone, there are increasing critical issues, such as rapid population and economic growth, rising sea levels, declining crop yields, extinction of vulnerable species, poor health outcomes including neglected tropical diseases, unacceptable levels of infant mortality and reduced life expectancy, extreme poverty, poor educational outcomes, and environmental degradation. What happens in this region will have a global impact.

The 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery will be held from 17-19th and 17-20th July 2018, respectively, with the Conference days 1 and 2 held at the highly regarded Cairns Convention Centre, located in the Cairns CBD. Ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring all people enjoy peace and prosperity is everyone’s business, so please join us and be part of the solution.

Conference Theme


The theme for WHOCC2018 is a topic close to home at JCU, which supports and promotes the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), undertaking research that provides solutions to the SDG challenges. This conference will be exploring the SDGs and what these initiatives mean to Universal Health Care.

Conference presentations should closely match one or more of the following themes:

  1. Midwifery and the SDGs
  2. Health Education and the SDGs
  3. Nursing Innovations and the SDGs
  4. Using technology to optimise Universal Coverage

More about JCU


JCU has identified the grand challenges to sustainable futures, especially for those living in the tropics, and is committed to providing shape and direction to research by aligning with these themes:

  • Human well-being, e.g. from natural hazards, disasters, infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases
  • Ecological resilience, e.g. biodiversity and climate change
  • Resource security, including food and clean water supply
  • Good governance

JCU is committed to the sustainable development agenda with the aim that by 2030 the world will be more equitable. As a catalyst for innovation and understanding, JCU is committed to research of excellence and high impact, particularly on issues of critical importance to the world’s tropics. Located regionally, JCU recognises its obligation to engage with industry and government, commercialise research findings and achieve critical mass through productive research partnerships with other research organisations.