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Nurses and midwives in a digital health future

Judy Hitchcock, AIDH – Nursing.Midwifery community of practice

New Digital Health Capability Framework for Nurses and Midwives

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

Earlier this year nurses and midwives across Australia were consulted on:

  • the specific digital health skills they need
  • what is practical and relevant for them as nurses and midwives
  • how a 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

The consultation phase included an online survey, webinars, face-to-face consultations and the ability to provide written submissions.

Consultation complete

Over 250 Australian nurses and midwives took part in consultation over a capability framework to support them professionally in their workplace. Nurses and midwives were consulted on the specific digital health skills they need; what is practical and relevant for them; and how a draft digital health capability framework could be used in hospitals and health services. Feedback is being incorporated into the final framework which is due for release in October 2020.

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:

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