Future-proofing the profession:
A think tank for nursing and midwifery

There is much debate about the future of the nursing and midwifery workforce as we move towards 2030. This debate centres on the roles and responsibilities, models of education and care that are needed to address future health, aged care and disability needs in Australia and New Zealand.

Early in 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM) conceived an idea to bring together interested parties to debate, explore and understand the issues that academia and the profession need to consider as we move towards 2030. This coincided with the launch of the Nursing Now Campaign, which in collaboration with the WHO and ICN, aims to raise the status and profile of nursing.

In order to future proof and empower our profession, this symposium will explore the following themes:

Who is the nurse or midwife of the future?
Understanding the knowledge, skills and attributes needed for practice.

What approaches and models of education are needed to prepare nurses and midwives for the future?
How should we educate the nurse or midwife of the future?
What models of education will be needed to ensure professional responsiveness?

How will we enable professionalism?
What is the purpose of professionalism in nursing and midwifery?
How do we educate for professionalism?
What types of environments enable professionalism?

Where are the transition points and how do we negotiate these?
Transition to university, transition to work, transition to leadership, transition within specialities.

The symposium will bring together nursing and midwifery leaders, managers, clinicians, academics and researchers engaged in education, regulation and practice. At the conclusion of the symposium, we anticipate the production of a set of white papers, which will inform the CDNM strategic direction.

On behalf of the CDNM, we value your participation in the symposium and look forward to seeing you on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Sincerely

Prof Tracey Moroney
Chair
Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery

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Important dates

2019

Jun
Abstract submission open now
21
Aug
Registration opens
20
Sep
Abstract submission deadline
28
Oct
Abstract notification to authors

2020

31
Jan
Early registration deadline
21
Feb
Accommodation booking deadline
25
Mar
CDNM 2020