Thanking our dedicated nurses and midwives

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Eastern Health will celebrate the outstanding care provided by more than 4500 nurses and midwives working across the eastern region as part of International Day of the Midwife (May 5) and International Nurses Day (May 12).

Around 500 midwives are employed at Eastern Health across Box Hill Hospital, Angliss Hospital and community based teams which extend to the Yarra Valley. More than 4000 nurses work across a range of sites and services including acute and aged care, specialty medicine such as cancer and cardiology services, palliative care, surgery and mental health – just to name a few.

Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery A/Prof Kath Riddell said nurses and midwives are highly valued and integral to meeting the needs of our community.

“Eastern Health is extremely grateful for the commitment, compassion and expertise that our nurses and midwives provide to ensure all patients receive high quality care. We are enormously proud of their valuable contribution in not only supporting our patients, but their families, carers and friends,” A/Prof Riddell said.

“From the birth of a child, through to caring for an elderly patient, nurses and midwives are there day and night every step of the way. While their practice will vary depending on the areas they work, their values are consistent and they are always striving to put their patient’s first.” 

A/Prof Riddell said this is a great time to reflect and thank every nurse and midwife.

“These events provide the community and the health service with an opportunity to acknowledge the vital contribution that nurses and midwives make each and every day.”

The theme for midwives this year is “Defenders of Women’s Rights” and for nurses, “A voice to lead – health for all”.


Media contact: Chris Reid, 9092 6771 or Ashlea O’Hea 9895 3243.