Australia Introduces New Professionals Development Program for Nurses and Midwifery

The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) today declared the launch of a new professional development program to identify the required digital health skills for nurses and midwifery to further enhance the quality, safety, and efficiency of care.

Nurses and midwives across Australia will now be trained on the specific digital health skills they require, what’s practical and relevant for them and how a draft digital health capability framework may very well be utilized in hospitals and health services as a professional development guide for nursing and midwifery in the digital world.

The consultation started on February 3 and is slated run for six weeks. Nurses and midwifery are encouraged to provide their feedback by completing a survey or attending suggestions sessions through data available on the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) site.

HISA is conducting the professional development program in partnership with the ADHA as part of the National Digital Health Strategy’s dedication to building health workforce functionality in digital health.

Once a session is complete, the ultimate capability framework and resources would be launched at the Nursing Informatics global congress NI 2020 in Brisbane, on 27 – 29 July 2020.

This year’s focus on nursing and midwifery in the digital age corresponds with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Critically, it is also necessary to make sure that the voices of nurses and midwifery are heard when reviewing the implementation of technology in healthcare groups.