NMC News and Events: October - December 2018

Kathleen Stacey and Janine Mohamed

Photo: Kathleen Stacey (left), Managing Director of Beyond, and Janine Mohamed (right), CEO of CATSINaM, presented to Nursing & Midwifery Council members and staff about culturally safe health care.

Culturally Safe Health Care
In October our Council members and staff attended a workshop by CATSINaM on enabling culturally safe health care. We developed our understanding of cultural respect and cultural safety. We learned self-reflective practices that increase our capacity to contribute to culturally safe experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and colleagues. We also learned to recognise factors that underpin health inequities. 

If you would like to learn more about addressing the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, visit www.catsinam.org.au and view this user guide from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Roadshow Forums at Mid North Coast Local Health District

The Nursing & Midwifery Council partnered with the Mid North Coast Local Health District to deliver a multi-site educational roadshow in Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie on 15-17 October 2018. Deputy Executive Officer Kim Bryant and Professional Officer Annmaree Nicholls presented about patient safety and upholding professional standards to more than 165 registered and enrolled nurses and midwives.

Would you like to know more about us, professional standards and how complaints are handled? Email us to discuss a visit from our team: newsletter@nursingandmidwiferycouncil.nsw.gov.au

International Event: Mental Health Nursing Conference, QLD 
Council Deputy President Dr Bethne Hart presented on “Safe cultures of care: Rights and reckonings” at the 44th International Mental Health Nursing Conference on 24-26 October in Cairns, Queensland. Her paper identified common variables related to professional cultures and nursing practices in mental health care.  

International Event: INRC 2018, USA
On 22-23 October, Council member Dr Kate Cheney attended the 2018 International Nurse Regulator Collaborative Symposium (INRC) held in Chicago USA, followed by the NCSBN Scientific Symposium on 24 October. The Symposium provided the opportunity for nurse regulators throughout the world to meet in order to explore and discuss regulatory risks in a changing environment. 

Research Symposium: Decision Making
On 21 November we hosted a symposium to share two original research projects about regulatory decision-making. Dr Margaret Cooke presented about the risk-related variables which predict consistency in regulatory decision-making. Prof Mary Chiarella described how regulators assess the level of insight and future risk of practitioners, following a reported concern about performance. The research is available here.

Do you want to improve how you communicate risk and share decisions in your workplace? See these short videos from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

International Event: CLEAR Conference, NZ
On November 29-30, Council member Karen Hay and Executive Officer Margaret Cooke attended a symposium by the Council on Licensure, Enforcement & Regulation (CLEAR) about measuring and reporting regulatory performance. The symposium examined the approaches taken by professional regulators to demonstrate that they are serving the public, and how regulators can understand the larger influence they have on the community with their work.