ICN explores health inequity theme in Malta.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Pub Date: 05/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: May, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: International Council of Nurses
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 257674913
Full Text: More than 2000 nurses from 123 countries converged on the Mediterranean island of Malta earlier this month for the International Council of Nurses' conference and Council of National Representatives meeting, hosted by the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses. The theme was Nurses driving access, quality and health, also the focus of International Nurses' Day on May 12. The conference set out to develop a clear understanding of how the health sector, along with nurses, can act to reduce health inequities

NZNO was represented by chief executive Geoff Annals, president Nano Tunnicliff and Te Runanga kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku. The scien tific programme offered three plenary speakers, 25 main sessions, 11 network meetings and a student assembly. In parallel, participants could also choose from 208 concurrent sessions, 38 symposia and 454 poster presentations.

Annals was part of a three-person panel discussion, attended by an audience of 1400, on the role of a national nurses' association in promoting mental health and well-being of nurses in the workplace. He discussed the problem of practice environments that required nurses to continually compromise patient care and the consequent harm to patients and to nurses' health. NZNO's strategy to address this problem, he explained, began with its safe staffing/healthy workplaces claim in 2004 and was now being expressed through the care capacity demand management approach being offered to district health boards.

Other plenary speakers at the conference included the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame, who addressed the theme of the Role of women and education of girls, and director of the Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College, New York, Diana Mason.

A full report on the conference will be published next month.
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