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Nurses and midwives in a digital health future

New Digital Health Capability Framework for Nurses and Midwives

Australian nursing and midwifery organisations are collaborating to create a capability framework to support nurses and midwives in the digital workplace.

Nurses and midwives across Australia will be consulted on:

  • the specific digital health skills they need,  
  • what is practical and relevant for them as nurses and midwives,
  • how a draft digital health capability framework could be used in hospitals and health services as a professional development guide for nursing and midwifery in the digital world.

Consultation will include an online survey, webinars, face-to-face consultations and the ability to provide written submissions.

Have your say! How to take part in the consultation

The online survey is key to public consultation of the draft framework. It is designed to be completed by nurses and midwives, interested stakeholders, as well as subject matter experts. The survey closes 13 March 2020.

You are invited to complete the 20-minute online survey here

Join an information webinar

Please complete a webinar registration form to find out more about the draft framework:

  • 10 February 2020
  • 12 February 2020
  • 19 February 2020
  • 26 February 2020
  • 28 February 2020

Face-to-face consultations

Face-to-face consultations will gather practical feedback from nurses and midwives. Please complete a registration form to express your interest in attending:

  • Brisbane 5 March 2020
  • Sydney 17 March 2020
  • Melbourne 23 March 2020
  • Online session 25 March 2020

The program is being undertaken by the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) in concert with the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency).

Members of the Advisory Committee include: 

About the framework

The draft framework was designed to recognise the unique digital health capabilities of nurses and midwives in contemporary practice, and was designed and developed in consultation with a project nursing and midwifery advisory committee and various subject matter experts.

You are invited to have your say and make a valuable contribution to improving the digital health capabilities of Australia’s nursing and midwifery workforce.

Written submissions can be submitted to [email protected]. The submission deadline is 31 March 2020.

We welcome your participation and feedback. If you require further information, please contact Dr Liz Cummings at HISA on 03 9326 3311 or via [email protected].

HISA retains your personal information for the purpose of supporting the consultation for the National Digital Health Nursing and Midwifery Capability Framework being conducted in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency. Your personal details will NOT be shared with any marketing or other third-party organisation.

2020 is the year of the nurse and midwife

The 2020 focus on nursing and midwifery in the digital age coincides with the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. 2020 is also 200 years since Florence Nightingale was born. Nightingale is widely regarded as the founder of modern nursing and the first nurse to document and analyse patient data, building the foundation for nursing informatics.

Global congress launch at Nursing Informatics 2020

One of the goals of the program is to raise awareness among nurses and midwives of the value of digital health skills, of the opportunities in the area, and knowledge to improve quality of patient care. The final capability framework and resources will be launched at the International Nursing Informatics Congress NI 2020 in Brisbane on 27 July.

How to get involved in nursing informatics

HISA runs a special interest group called Nursing Informatics Australia for nursing and midwifery informaticians. For more information or to join NIA, go to https://www.hisa.org.au/nursing-informatics/


The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) has merged with the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) to form the Australasian Institute of Digital Health on Monday 24 February 2020. This site will no longer be updated and will be preserved for archive. Visit us at the Institute! www.digitalhealth.org.au.