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South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA)

The SPCNMOA is an alliance that is engaged in various ongoing activities that strengthen nursing and midwifery provision as well as partnerships throughout the South Pacific region.

Effective partnerships and coordinated approaches for strengthening nursing and midwifery to improve Pacific health in an equitable and sustainable manner.

Strengthening nursing and midwifery capacity as a key priority for Pacific health systems development, through country ownership and leadership.

Who we Are

Through the partnership between the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office, SPCNMOA and the WHO Collaborating Centre UTS,  the Alliance aims to enhance nursing and midwifery effectiveness through promoting and improving population health in the region.


The Secretariat of the SPCNMOA

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 prog-of-workProgram of Work

Strategy developed in collaboration with Chief Nurses and Midwives of the SPCNMOA

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Official brochure of the SPCNMOA

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Re-Designation WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing

School of Nursing - University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

The Global Network of WHOCC for Nursing and Midwifery Development congratulates the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing for its redesignation as a WHOCC for International Nursing.

We congratulate our colleagues and look forward to continue working with them!

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Strategic directions for strengthening nursing and widwifery services 2011-2015


Based upon the SDNM of 2002 to 2008, the document contains the updated directions to ensure stronger nursing and widwifery services. it's general goal is to provide a flexible framework for broad-based and collaborative action to ensure a enhanced capacity of nursing and widwifery to contribute to universal coverage, people centred health care and more.

after 2 years of reaserch the SDNM task force reached a consensus specifing activities revolving around 13 objectives in 5 diferent key areas such as: health system and services strenghening; policy and pratice; education, training and career development; workforce management and partnership.

at the end, stakeholders might prioritize their particular need, but are encouraged to adhere the collaborative actions aiming the goals estabilished in the SDNM.

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The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development (GNWHOCCs) is an international organization of WHO Collaborating Centres and nursing and midwifery leaders with international expertise, committed to maximizing the contributions of nursing and midwifery to health promotion on a local, national and global scale. Its vision is "Health for All through Nursing and Midwifery Excellence".

As a continuing education strategy, an annual Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) was proposed to offer faculty members from GNWHOCCs and other interested faculty updated knowledge on international priority theme areas from a range of different perspectives, with the possibility to exchange state-of-the-art experiences.

As the first lecture of the DLS, Prof. Patricia Benner, from UCSF, will present the lecture entitled EDUCATING NURSES: CREATING A NEW FUTURE.

It will be held next Wednesday, October 13th, through the use of the Elluminate platform. Aiming to reach as many people as possible, two sessions will be held: at 4pm GMT time and at 1am GMT time (October 14th).

You can find more information on the attached file!

Archives will be made available on the GNWHOCC website, afterwards.

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GNWHOCC Secretariat receives visitors from UAB

Dean and WHOCC advisor from University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing in Ribeirao Preto

The Secretariat of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development, will receive, on march 23-25, the visit of researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing.
The Dean of the School, Professor Doreen Harper and he advisor to the WHO Collaborating Centre for International Nursing, and former Secrertary-General of the Global Network, Professor Rita Carty, will meet with the Secretary-General of the Network, Professor Isabel Amélia Costa Mendes, and with the Executive Coordinator, Professor Carla Arena Ventura, as well as with faculty members and students.

On March 24th, at 9 a. m. the visitors will presente open lectures to interested audiance, at the Graduate Course "Analisis of Nursing Knowledge". The Lectures are entitled: "Challenges to Nursing Human Resources in the North American Region: Implications for South Africa" by Rita Carty, RN, PhD, and "Clinical translation reseach award UAB and nursing role" by Doreen Harper, RN, PhD.

More information about the visit can be requested by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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