Event Date : 2020-01-08 - 2020-01-10
Submission Deadline : 2019-09-15
Venue : Prince Palace Hotel, Bangkok
Nursing professionals are the backbone of health care delivery systems at all levels and in all societies, accounting for around half of total health workforces globally. While facing patient one-by-one at micro level, nursing and midwifery professionals collectively provide significant contribution for the betterment of population health, particularly through decreasing in patient morbidity and mortality, addressing health risks, and stabilizing health care cost. Nurses and midwives usually act as ‘frontline service’ responders to complex health demands; protectors and advocates for the community; and communicators and coordinators within health teams. Therefore, nursing professionals are major and inevitable determinants for the system transformation to handle NCD challenges.
Rich and poor alike, countries are facing common challenges on nursing and NCD. It is arguable that current nursing and midwifery system have not timely adapted and well prepared to effectively handle the NCD epidemiologic transition. Three major challenges include disparities in 1) competency, 2) skill-mixed management, and 3) governance system (including employment). Furthermore, Nursing professionals hold two important potentials to help tackling NCD, firstly to promote secondary prevention of NCD risk factors at health care facilities, and secondly to lead the society as a health-promoting role model.
With relatively strong institutions and health care system, Thailand has complied many good-practice cases, knowledge and exceptional expertise in NCD care. A rare phenomenon in low and middle-income countries, Thai NCD Alliance has been a platform to promote multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary engagement on NCD. Thai Nursing and Midwifery Council has an outstanding track record been a driving force to address public health challenges, through its guidance and supportive functions-not only as regulator. Designated as a WHO Collaborating Center on nursing and midwifery, the Faculty of Nursing at Mahidol University, has demonstrated its performance as a leading nursing academic institution, with mandates to produce professional nurses with excellences to provide best care and promote health for society, edging technical knowledge on nursing, and provision of academic services. However, there are rooms for improvement for Thailand to strengthen nursing professionals to battling NCD.
Without doubt, knowledge and experience sharing can leapfrog cross-fertilization learning across individuals, institutions and countries. Furthermore; networking, partnership and knowledge management can be a cost-effective mean to boost up collective capacity and collaboration. The technical conference "N-nergizing Nursing Profession for NCD Challenges (N3 Nursing Conference)" is an opportunity to revisiting, taking stock of knowledge and experience available, and brain storming for the way forward how to strengthen nursing professionals to address NCD crisis.
Organized by : Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University