Photo: Celebrating International Nurses Day: Nursing and midwifery staff from Longreach Hospital and
members of the Primary Health Team – from left – Danielle Causer, Clair Nunn, Della Turner, Chris
Bertolo, Nicolle Alexander, Marg Windsor, Lorraine Mathison, Rachael Pitt, Suzie Thomas and Linda
Hearn.

Nursing and midwifery staff throughout the Central West Hospital and Health Service celebrated
International Nurses Day on 12 May.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Jane Hancock said it was important nurses’
voices were heard as part of an inter-disciplinary team of health professionals.

“When caring for patients, teamwork and communication between the professions is essential in order to
provide true patient-centred care – in this, the voice of the nurse is critical,’’ she said.

“For nurses and midwives, whatever your role – thank you!

“I and the entire executive of Central West Health are grateful for your talent, dedication and passion and
the significant contribution you make every day to providing excellence in healthcare for remote
Queenslanders.

“I encourage you to reflect on your professional achievements and all that the profession has and
continues to achieve.

“To this end, Central West Health is planning the first of an annual series of recognition and awards
events for nurses and midwives in August. We will provide further details as we get closer to the date.’’

At Longreach Hospital, the hospital auxiliary provided an International Nurses Day cake for staff to enjoy,
which was cut on the day.

International Nurses Day is celebrated annually on 12 May, which is the birth date of Florence
Nightingale, the founder of the modern nursing profession.

The day provides an annual point of focus to acknowledge the nursing profession and the contributions
made by nurses and midwives around the world.

This year, the International Council of Nurses’ theme for the year is: “Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Achieving
the Sustainable Development Goals’’.