05 May 2020

Health services around NSW are coming together to honour the work of our nurses and midwives. 

Jacqui Cross, NSW Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, explained that with International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and International Nurses Day on 12 May, this is the perfect time to celebrate. 

“Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, we should come together to celebrate the exceptional work of our dedicated frontline staff,” Ms Cross said. 

“Nurses and Midwives are the healing hearts of our health service.”

There are more than 50,000 Nurses and Midwives in NSW Health’s hospitals and services and they provide safe, quality care for the people of NSW.  

“Nurses and midwives are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who has not experienced care from our nurses and midwives,” Ms Cross said.

To support this important initiative, blue and purple hearts, representing the colours of nursing and midwifery, will pop up in hospitals around NSW in the form of stickers, posters and postcards. 

Staff and the community are encouraged to post pictures of themselves wearing the stickers on social media, using the hashtags #everyperson and #exceptionalcare. 

The Healing Heart postcards provide a way to recognise and thank nurses and midwives for their unique contribution.

In the 2019/20 Budget the NSW Government committed $2.8 billion to recruit a total of 8,300 frontline health staff over the next four years, including 5,000 nurses and midwives.  

For more information, go to NSW Health’s dedicated Nursing and Midwifery page: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/Pages/default.aspx

To follow the campaign online, search for the hashtags #everyperson and #exceptionalcare.​