May 6, 2024

Celebrating our nurses and midwives

This week, Northern Health will celebrate both International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and International Nurse’s (May 12) in a series of celebrations held across the week. Each day shines a spotlight on the compassion and dedication of nurses and midwives, and the vital role they play within our community.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our nurses and midwives for all that you do. Each interaction of care that you provide is so incredibly important, and the impact you have on our patients and community is undeniable.

I am proud to be the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at Northern Health, and I thank you for your dedication, your expertise and your kindness. I encourage all staff at Northern Health to celebrate our nurses and midwives for all that they do today, and every day.

Over the next week, we will acknowledge these important celebrations by distributing a special gift to our nurses and midwives, publishing a range of iNews stories, and releasing a new podcast episode featuring Debra Bourne, Chief Operating Officer, and registered nurse, registered midwife and nurse practitioner.

Lunchtime BBQ’s will be hosted from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, 6 May – Kilmore District Hospital
  • Tuesday, 7 May – Northern Hospital Epping (sponsored by BankVic)
  • Thursday, 9 May – Bundoora Centre
  • Friday, 10 May – Broadmeadows Hospital

All staff are invited to join and celebrate their nursing and midwifery, and staff on other sites are encouraged to visit one of these sites for lunch.

Nurses at our Mental Health sites (Bell Street, Talgarno Street, Noogal Clinic, Pleasant View sites) and at Craigieburn Centre will receive snack boxes on Wednesday, 8 May.

Later this week, I look forward to announcing the recipient of the inaugural BankVic Scholarship, which will be awarded to a Northern Health nurse or midwife in recognition of their valuable service and dedication to the role. This $5,000 scholarship may be used for further education or towards a national based conference or a professional development activity.

Once again, thank you to all of our wonderful nurses and midwives across Northern Health for everything you do.

Lisa Cox
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Northern Health