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Workforce Development

Nurses and midwives in a digital health future

Draft Nursing and Midwifery Framework

Judy Hitchcock, AIDH – Nursing.Midwifery community of practice

New Digital Health Capability Framework for Nurses and Midwives

Australian nursing and midwifery organisations are collaborating to create a capability framework to support nurses and midwives in the digital workplace.

Nurses and midwives across Australia will be consulted on:

  • the specific digital health skills they need
  • what is practical and relevant for them as nurses and midwives
  • how a draft digital health capability framework could be used in hospitals and health services as a professional development guide for nursing and midwifery in the digital world

Consultation includes an online survey, webinars, face-to-face consultations and the ability to provide written submissions.

Survey is now closed


The program is being undertaken by the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) in concert with the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency). Members of the Advisory Committee include:

About the framework

The draft framework was designed to recognise the unique digital health capabilities of nurses and midwives in contemporary practice, and was designed and developed in consultation with a project nursing and midwifery advisory committee and various subject matter experts.

You are invited to have your say and make a valuable contribution to improving the digital health capabilities of Australia’s nursing and midwifery workforce.

Written submissions can be submitted to [email protected]. The submission deadline is 31 March 2020.

We welcome your participation and feedback. If you require further information, please contact Dr Liz Cummings at AIDH on 03 9326 3311 or via [email protected].

The Institute retains your personal information for the purpose of supporting the consultation for the National Digital Health Nursing and Midwifery Capability Framework being conducted in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency. Your personal details will NOT be shared with any marketing or other third-party organisation.

2020 is the year of the nurse and midwife

The 2020 focus on nursing and midwifery in the digital age coincides with the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 2020 is also 200 years since Florence Nightingale was born. Nightingale is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing and the first nurse to document and analyse patient data, building the foundation for nursing informatics.

Global congress launch at Nursing Informatics 2020

One of the goals of the program is to raise awareness among nurses and midwives of the value of digital health skills, of the opportunities in the area, and knowledge to improve quality of patient care. The final capability framework and resources will be launched at the International Nursing Informatics Congress NI 2020 in Brisbane on 27 July.

How to get involved in nursing informatics

The Institute runs a Community of Practice for nurses and midwives. For more information or to join NaM, click here