Who we are

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO) is the professional link between the NSW Minister for Health, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and the public, private and education sectors of the nursing and midwifery professions in NSW.

The CNMO is supported by staff in the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), which includes nurses and midwives seconded from the health system.

What we do

Together, the CNMO and staff provide advice on professional nursing and midwifery issues and on policy issues, monitor policy implementation, manage State-wide nursing and midwifery initiatives, represent the NSW Ministry of Health on various committees and allocate funding for nursing and midwifery initiatives.

How we perform our duties

We are involved in a range of activities and disseminate information using a variety of communication methods. We hold regular meetings with key nursing and midwifery organisations and groups. We visit health services across NSW as well as speaking at and attending conferences and seminars.

About NaMo staff

Most NaMO staff, except administrative staff, are nurses or midwives seconded from the public health system. This is a deliberate strategy that facilitates benefits to the Ministry and the opportunity for nurses and midwives to bring their ideas, expertise and networking skills to the NaMO. It also gives the nurses and midwifes the experience of how the Ministry and the Minister's office function, while they participate in policy development and projects at a State and strategic level.

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Current as at: Wednesday 4 March 2020
Contact page owner: NSW Ministry of Health