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Conference to highlight power of nursing in public health

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The vital role of nurses and midwives in improving public health globally will be placed under the spotlight at a major conference in the North West of England.

The two-day event hosted by Public Health England (PHE) and Liverpool John Moores University kicks off today and includes an agenda of high-profile speakers from the nursing world.

“They make a vital contribution to tackling the complex public health challenges we face”

Viv Bennett 

Experts from across the globe will share evidence and best practice on what nurses and midwives are already doing to protect health and prevent disease, and what more could be done.

Key issues up for discussion at the Global Perspectives on Tackling Public Health Issues conference include antimicrobial resistance, immunisation, obesity, maternal wellbeing and health inequalities.

The event, taking place at Liverpool John Moores University, will explore how managers and system leaders can maximise the impact of nurses and midwives.

Professor Viv Bennett, chief nurse at PHE and head of England’s World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centre for public health nursing and midwifery, 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,” she added.

“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,” Professor Bennett said.

The conference supports the Nursing Now campaign, which is aiming to raise the profile of nursing and midwifery globally.

Delegates will hear from practitioners, academics, policy officials and Nursing Now ambassadors.

These will include England’s chief nursing officer Ruth May; and Professor Kay Currie, professor of nursing at Glasgow Caledonian University and head of England’s WHO collaborating centre for antimicrobial resistance.

Other speakers are Rita Olans, assistant professor of nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions; Sobia Idrees, nurse nanager at Federal General Hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan; and Professor Raphaela Kane, director of nursing and allied health at Liverpool John Moores University.

In addition, the event provides an opportunity for nurses from across the world to meet and network.

Countries represented include the US, Canada, Argentina, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

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