Page 1864 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 May 2013

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Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2012-2013Second quarter (1 October to 31 December 2012).

Mr Rattenbury presented the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2011-2012—Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (2 volumes)—Corrigendum.

Health—nurses and midwives

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): The Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Gentleman, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, the Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Dr Bourke be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The important role that nurses and midwives play in the health and wellbeing of the ACT community.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (3.46): International Nurses and Midwives Week is celebrated throughout the world each year on the anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing. The week commences with International Midwives Day on 5 May and concludes on International Nurses Day on 12 May. In the ACT nurses and midwives celebrate with a variety of local activities, as well as larger and more inclusive events such as the War Memorial wreath laying ceremony on Tuesday, which the Governor-General attended.

I would like to send a happy International Nurses and Midwives Week wish to all the nurses and midwives in Ginninderra—those working in community health and aged care, the nurses and midwives at Calvary hospital, the nurses teaching and studying at the University of Canberra Faculty of Health, and any other nurses and midwives living or working in my electorate. I also look forward in years to come to wishing the nurses at the University of Canberra public hospital a happy International Nurses Day.

I also note that the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies—AIATSIS—in Canberra is currently running a series of 10 seminars between March and June on “The contribution of Indigenous nurses and midwives to the Australian healthcare system”. The next seminar, on Monday, 13 May with Dr Odette Best and Ms Kath Howey, is called “Finding May Yarrowick: was she the first?” May Yarrowick was an Aboriginal midwife in New South Wales from 1910 to 1940.

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