Nurse seeks support to promote peace.
Subject: Nurses (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
Nurses (Social aspects)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8049 Offices of health practitioners, not elsewhere classified
Persons: Named Person: Ruler, Amanda; Ruler, Amanda
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904184
Full Text: Australian registered nurse and south Australian branch co-ordinator for the Medical Association for Prevention of War (MAPW), Amanda Ruler (pictured right), would like to form links with New Zealand nurses interested in promoting the association's aims in this country.

MAPW (Australia) works for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction and the prevention of armed conflict, especially nuclear warfare. Members can be any health professional and students of the health professions. The not-for-profit organisation has about 650 members nationally and branches across Australia. It works globally through the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), a 1985 Nobel Peace Prize winner. IP-PNW has an active branch in New Zealand and is co-ordinated by Wellington School of Medicine public health physician Nick Wilson.

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"Nurses in Australia are going from strength to strength," said Ruler. "We have two nurses representing MAPW at state and one at national level Recently MAPW campaigned successfully to stop an international arms fair event in Adelaide, and has given input to the Federal Government on issues regarding the mining, sale, and dangers of uranium."

Ruler made her second visit to New Zealand earlier this month, attending peace events and talking to people about MAPW, including Wilson. "Nurses in New Zealand often work among victims of violence or conflict. Nurses have great insight to these situations and have a lot to offer in the promotion of peace, whether purely on the domestic scene, or internationally.

"MAPW believes global security could be enhanced by the provision of adequate health care, clean water, food, sanitation, shelter and basic education. We promote non-violent means of conflict resolution at all levels and examine the psychological mechanisms by which people come to accept war as a necessity. MAPW promotes peace through research, advocacy, peace education and partnerships."

Information about MAPW and its activities can be found at www.mapw.org.au. Nurses interested in joining the association are invited to contact Ruler on amanda.ruler@mapw.org.au.

An article by Ruler on New Zealand gun laws will be published next month.
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