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International event highlights nurses’ contributions to public health

Thursday 16th May 2019
Public Health England has held an international conference in Liverpool to celebrate the many contributions nurses make to healthcare around the world.
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    Nurses and midwives are crucial aspects of healthcare systems around the world, and a new conference has been held to showcase and celebrate this fact. ‘Global Perspectives on Improving Population Health 2019: A Public Health Approach’ took place at Liverpool John Moores University on May 14th and 15th.

    The conference, which was organised by Public Health England, aimed to celebrate the contributions that nurses and midwives make to global public health, while also bringing together professionals to share ideas and best practice for using nurses to prevent diseases and improve overall healthcare provision.

    Global Perspectives on Improving Population Health worked with Nursing Now, an organisation based around improving the status and profile of nurses, to run the conference. Ambassadors from the organisation attended from a number of World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, including the US, Canada, Argentina, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

    Speakers included Viv Bennett, chief nurse at Public Health England and head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Nursing and Midwifery, who gave a talk on the three Ps of nursing: preventing avoidable illness, protecting and safeguarding health, and promoting wellbeing and resilience.

    She said: “Nurses and midwives are the biggest workforce delivering healthcare globally. They make a vital contribution to tackling the complex public health challenges we face and to improving the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.

    “This conference gives us an important opportunity to share expertise with practitioners and clinical leaders from across the world so that we can support nurses and midwives to play an even greater role in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.”

    Other speakers included Coleen Milligan, programme manager for Public Health England’s National Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network, and Grace Thomas, lead midwife for education and professional at Cardiff University.

    Written by James Puckle

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