2020 International Year of the Nurse and Midwife Banner

Community support for our Emergency Service workers has never been higher than now. This only underlines the relevance that we are celebrating landmark days for our healthcare workers this week and you have the chance to show your support.Community support for our Emergency Service workers has never been higher than now. This only underlines the relevance that we are celebrating landmark days for our healthcare workers this week and you have the chance to show your support.

May 5 marks the International Day of the Midwife and May 12 is International Day of the Nurse which is always commemorated on the birthday of the mother of nursing Florence Nightingale. 2020 also celebrates the World Health Organisation’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, marking 200 years since Nightingale’s birth.

The irony that the world’s biggest pandemic in modern times has swept the globe in the same year has not been lost on anyone. But it has highlighted the vital and selfless role that our frontline custodians play.

Wimmera Health Care Group director of Clinical Services Maree Woodhouse trained as a nurse a few years ago. Ms Woodhouse said 2020 was a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase the work of these professions.

“International year of the Nurse and Midwife not only recognises the incredibly demanding and emotional role of nursing,” Ms Woodhouse said.

“It also provides the opportunity to advocate for the strengthening of midwives and the midwifery profession globally,” she said.

“Our nursing profession gets more publicity and deservedly so because there are so many aspects of care and many skillsets involved.

“Midwifery is one of those amazing skillsets and it’s much more than delivering babies.

“I would like to sincerely thank all nurses and midwives working at WHCG and throughout the region for their ongoing kind and respectful care of our Wimmera community".

The Weekly Advertiser, 3WM and MIXX FM is supporting Wimmera Health Care Group to help recognise all nurses and midwives throughout the region and you can help. You will find a double page spread in today’s paper featuring a logo of the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.Place the page in the front window of your home to say thank you to our nurses and midwives. It’s a small gesture but it will mean a lot to them.

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