The evening of Tuesday 9th April saw the launch of Nursing Now Australia in Sydney, with Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair of Nursing Now.
Professor Christine Duffield FACN, President of Australian College of Nursing welcomed the start of the campaign and explained the relevance to Australian Nurses.
Lord Crisp spoke about the global campaign gathering pace following the release of the Triple Impact report. Among it’s findings, the report concluded the half of the global nursing workforce are undervalued.
The aims of the Nursing Now campaign is to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of nursing. Part of the campaign is the Nightingale Challenge. The Challenge provides support and opportunity for young nurses leading into the 200th year of the birth of Florence Nightingale, in 2020.
The Nursing Now campiagn has acclerated over the past 18 months to involve close to 200 countries, and has a number of Champions as well as the Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge as Patron.
Watch the speeches and video messages of support for Nursing Now and the nursing profession on the evening from:
- Annette Kennedy, President of ICN – International Council of Nurses
- The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health, Australian Department of Health
- Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms FACN (DLF) Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
- Emeritus Professor Jill White AM FACN, Nursing Now Global Campaign Board Member
- Annie Butler MACN, Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)