10 May 2019
Sunday 12 May is International Nurses Day and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has thanked nurses for their leadership in providing health care to all.
This year the theme for International Nurses Day is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead health for all.’ The International Council of Nurses said about this year’s theme that ‘Nurses are essential in transforming health care and health systems such that no person is left behind, without access to care or impoverished because of their need for health care.’
Chair of the NMBA, Associate Professor Lynette Cusack, thanked nurses across Australia for their dedication to the health of their communities.
‘Nurses are the largest health profession in Australia – we simply couldn’t provide care to all Australians without them,’ Associate Professor Cusack said.
‘Nurses are continually on the frontline of making sure people’s healthcare needs are met and today we want to say thank you on behalf of all Australians.’
Associate Professor Cusack said that it is vital that nurses take care of their own health as well as the health of others.
‘The NMBA funds an independent health support service, Nurse & Midwife Support, which gives nurses a confidential place to have a chat and find the right referral for their health issues. It helps nurses to find support to care for themselves, so they can continue caring for others.’
Nurse & Midwife Support is an independent service which can be reached 24 hours a day on 1800 667 877.