Message from the JCU Vice Chancellor

Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, to be held in Cairns, Queensland, Australia between 17-19th and 17-20th July 2018, respectively.

As one of the world's leading institutions focusing on the Tropics we hope you can explore and enjoy some of what our region has to offer, including the spectacular ecosystems of the rainforests of the Wet Tropics, the dry savannahs, and the iconic Great Barrier Reef.

James Cook University (JCU) is internationally recognised as a university that focuses on conducting teaching and research related to the Tropics, both at home and abroad. Our research has also contributed strongly to the worldwide reputation of JCU as a leader in tropical research, a status confirmed by the Academic Rankings of World Universities, which ranks us among the top 2 percent.

Understanding the Tropics is essential to understanding the trajectory of the world. The 29th June 2018 marks the third annual United Nations International Day of the Tropics. This anniversary is significant for JCU, for the global State of the Tropics project, which we have led, and given our place as one university in two countries in three tropical locations: Cairns, Singapore, and Townsville.

JCU recognises the enormous social, economic, and environmental challenges facing the world, and understands that future development must take place in a way that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable.  As such, we are committed to the principles of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and strive to ensure we conduct research which provides solutions to sustainable development challenges and educational opportunities that will provide the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. All of us have a role to play in contributing to sustainable development, so by aligning with the Conference’s theme ‘Universal Health Care: SDGs are everyone’s business’, I trust that our deliberations during the conference will help provide solutions to improving social, cultural, environmental and sustainable world economic development for future generations.

Professor Sandra Harding
Vice-Chancellor and President
James Cook University

Message from the Global Network Secretariat

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings. This important event brings together representatives from 44 WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery across the six WHO global regions, including a range of health professionals and students from around the world.

Participation in this important event provides many opportunities for knowledge exchange, deliberation and debate regarding priorities for the global network and its work plans for the future. Universal Health Coverage is a critical issue for the next decade and high on the WHO global agenda. The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery can and will play a major role in realising the global agenda to ensure SDG 3 can be achieved for all. In this rapidly changing global world, nurturing successful relationships and sharing information and resources  with each other will help us all work towards a common goal of ‘Universal Health Coverage: Sustainable Development Goals are Everyone’s Business’. This conference offers strategic networking opportunities to meet leaders in the field, renew existing relationships and forge new ones, for mutual benefit. The event will provide a stimulating, culturally diverse and contemporary program.

The conference program will include consideration of:

  • The SDGs and implications for nursing, midwifery and health development
  • The critical linkages and enablers between SDG 3 (Health) and other SDGs, including gender equality, climate action, water and sanitation and education
  • Barriers and facilitators to achievement of universal health care
  • Challenges, opportunities and priorities for strengthening health systems through the nursing and midwifery workforces
  • Global, regional and local leadership challenges for nursing and midwifery.

The team from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building are hosting the conference and associated meetings, with support from the Secretariat for the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres, and are committed to making this global network forum a highly successful event.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairns in July 2018.

Emeritus Professor John Daly RN (Aust&UK), PhD, HonDNurs, FACN, FAAN
Secretary General, WHO CC Global Network for Nursing and Midwifery
Head of WHO CC and Dean, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Professor Caroline Homer AO, RM, PhD
Assistant Secretary General, WHO CC Global Network for Nursing and Midwifery
Director, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health, UTS

Ms Michele Rumsey FACN
Assistant Secretary General, WHO CC Global Network for Nursing and Midwifery
Director of WHO CC, Faculty of Health, UTS

Ms Jodi Thiessen BA Comms (Journalism & Org Comms),  BSocSc (Psych. Hons)
Executive Coordinator, WHO CC Global Network for Nursing and Midwifery
Research Development Manager WHO CC, Faculty of Health, UTS

Ms Amanda Neill BSc (Psych), M Int Soc Dev
Executive Coordinator, WHO CC Global Network for Nursing and Midwifery
Program Manager, WHO CC, Faculty of Health, UTS

Message from the Centre Directors

Dear Colleagues and Delegates,

On behalf of the JCU College of Healthcare Sciences and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research Capacity Building, it is an honour to welcome you to the beautiful city of Cairns.

In the lead up to the 12th Biennial Conference and Meetings, there has been growing excitement from both staff and students, not only in healthcare but across the disciplines, all eager to embrace the opportunity to collaborate on a global scale, driving the agenda of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We warmly welcome and acknowledge the First Nation peoples of the world, their rich cultures, and their knowledge of the natural environment, and we pay respect to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Australia.

Officially known as ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, we believe that ‘change is everybody’s business’, and is achievable.  By embracing the diversity of communities and working with each other, we can create opportunities and enduring benefits that bring an end to poverty, protect the planet, and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

We would like to thank each person and institution who has contributed so willingly and generously to the organisation of this event. We know that it will be a platform on which we can learn, reflect, and share experiences and knowledge – a true opportunity to ‘think globally so we can act locally.’ Importantly, this conference provides the opportunity to look beyond Nursing and Midwifery and into a collaborative world and, in particular, how SDG 3 affects and is affected by the other development goals. To that end, it is an honour to share the event with colleagues from the fields of science and engineering, sustainability, marine sciences, biodiversity, tropical ecology and environments, global warming, tourism, and tropical medicine and public health. Without these collaborations, as health care professionals we cannot truly achieve equity in health disparity.

We hope while you are with us you will take the opportunity to explore our spectacular region, from the World Heritage rainforests of the Wet Tropics, to the dry savannahs, and of course our crowning glory, the iconic Great Barrier Reef.  You may even get to cuddle a koala.

Professor Lee Stewart RN, RM, PhD
Dean, JCU College of Healthcare Sciences
Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Capacity Building

Associate Professor Caryn West RN, MPH, PhD
Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education and Capacity Building