The New South Wales Nurses Association’s (NSWNA) 66th annual conference is being held this week – 20, 21 & 22 July – at the ATC Function Centre, Randwick (Randwick Racecourse).
The theme for Conference 2011 is:
Organising for safe patient care.
Friday’s Professional Day will look at the role of emerging information technologies in the provision of health and aged care services. With the roll out of the NBN health services and technologies are expected to diversify to make use of the new household broadband capacity.
NSWNA general secretary, Brett Holmes, said this year’s NSWNA conference will discuss the implementation of the new minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which were secured for most NSW public hospitals as part of the new wages and working conditions agreement between the NSWNA and State Government.
“The extension of minimum ratios into NSW is a major reform of the NSW hospital system and we must get the implementation right.
“Friday will also be a very interesting and important day as we explore the emerging issue of ehealth, technology and nursing.
“The NBN’s capacity ‘to provide fibre-based access services with bandwidths of up to 1000 megabytes per second downstream, with the flexibility to add committed bandwidth to support just-in-time and real-time applications such as video and telephony for consumers, business and government end-users,’ will drive the growth of telemedicine and telenursing across more than 90 per cent of Australia.
“Whole sub-disciplines are already opening up including:
- virtual microscopy; and
The NSWNA, in conjunction with the Australian Nursing Federation, is the largest health union in Australia and has members working in every hospital, health facility and nursing home in NSW. More than 400 delegates, representing more than 54,000 nurses and midwives throughout New South Wales, will discuss a range of political, industrial relations and health policy issues.