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Nurses use summit to call for action to rebuild health care post-COVID

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Rebuilding Australia’s health system after the COVID-19 pandemic is the focus of Friday’s National Policy Summit, hosted by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

“Nurses are Australia’s largest health profession and the key to leading Australia out of the COVID-19 pandemic,” ACN CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward said on Tuesday.

“For the past two years, nurses have worked at the frontline of our health and aged care systems.

“At Friday’s Policy Summit we will come together and put forward tangible solutions to rebuild our health system, support and strengthen our exhausted health workforce who have courageously carried the nation with their civic duty, as well as address the crisis in aged care,” Ward said.

“We will also showcase the groundbreaking work being done by ACN’s Nurses and Violence Taskforce to stop the unacceptable levels of violence nurses experience in their professional and personal lives.”

At Friday’s Policy Summit we will … put forward tangible solutions to rebuild our health system, support and strengthen our exhausted health workforce who have courageously carried the nation with their civic duty, as well as address the crisis in aged care.

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward

The ACN Policy Summit will be held on March 11, 2022 at the National Convention Centre in Canberra and will bring together Australia’s leading nursing and health policy decision makers to present solutions to pressing crises facing our health and aged care systems.

Professor Brendan Murphy, Federal Health Department Secretary and former Chief Medical Officer will deliver the keynote address.

Also speaking will be representatives from across the political spectrum, including Dr Helen Haines (Member for Indi), Dr Anne Webster (Member for Mallee), Ged Kearney (member for Cooper) and Fiona Armstrong, executive director, Climate and Health Alliance.

Along with post-COVID recovery, workforce and aged care issues, the summit will also include sessions on:

  • Chronic disease prevention and management;
  • Emissions reduction strategies; and
  • Improving end of life care.

“I look forward to welcoming nurses and nursing leaders from around Australia to this important event which will provide politicians and policy makers with practical solutions to rebuild our health system post-COVID in order to meet current and future challenges,” Ward said.

More information about the ACN Policy Summit can be found on the Australian College of Nursing website.

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