National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network

The National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN) is an advisory body responsible for the provision of high level strategic advice to Health Ministers on issues relating to the future planning, coordination and development of the nursing and midwifery workforce in Australia.

Page last updated: 17 November 2017

Background

Nurses and midwives comprise an important component of the Australian health workforce. This workforce includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Enrolled Nurses (ENs) and Midwives. In December 2014 the Department of Health published two reports Australia’s Future Health Workforce – Nurses and the Nursing Workforce Sustainability: Improving Nurse Retention and Productivity that projected a future nursing workforce shortage that would significantly impact the health system. Similar issues had previously been identified within the midwifery workforce in the National Maternity Services Plan.

In September 2015 Health Minister’s agreed:

  • The need for collaborative action to help address the predicted shortfall within the nursing workforce and to allow for role expansion in the future;
  • That nurse retention, and improving productivity and innovation, are priorities for nation action; and
  • The establishment of the NNMEAN to progress work on nursing and midwifery policy and planning issues in a collaborative way.

The inaugural NNMEAN Meeting was held in Canberra on 7 April 2016.

Membership

The membership of the NNMEAN is representative of the key stakeholders in the Australian health sector. Each member is appointed on the basis of individual skill, knowledge and expertise, and holds their appointment at the discretion of the Department of Health. The NNMEAN is Chaired by Ms Pauline Ross. It includes representatives from:

  • Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (CDNM);
  • Catholic Health Australia (CHA);
  • Australian Private Hospitals Association (APHA);
  • CRANAPlus;
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC);
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA);
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN);
  • Australian College of Midwives (ACM);
  • Australian College of Nursing (ACN);
  • Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA);
  • Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM);
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF);
  • Tafe Directors Australia;
  • Consumer Health Forum;
  • State and Territory Representatives; and
  • A range of public health providers from remote, regional and metropolitan Australia.

The NNMEAN may invite/second participants where expert advice is required on specific issues relevant to the future planning, coordination and development of the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Function

The function of NNMEAN is to:

  • Identify mechanisms to address nursing and midwifery issues with a focus on a sustainable and efficient workforce within the national and global employment context;
  • Collaborate to more closely align education investments with future workforce requirements that are based on service needs;
  • Provide advice on the design of the nursing and midwifery team so as to: enable all nurses, midwives and unregistered health care workers to work to their full scope of practice; improve productivity; and advise on models of care to deliver the best outcomes for consumers;
  • Provide advice on the appropriate frequency and scope of data collection and analysis to inform policy and workforce planning; and
  • Provide advice on the training and education for nurses and midwives across the career continuum to ensure a safe, capable nursing and midwifery workforce.

Meeting Communiques

September 2017

NNMEAN Meeting communique 7 September 2017 (PDF 14 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 7 September 2017 (Word 25 KB)

June 2017

NNMEAN Meeting communique 15 June 2017 (PDF 18 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 15 June 2017 (Word 26 KB)

March 2017

NNMEAN Meeting communique 07 March 2017 (PDF 222 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 07 March 2017 (Word 29 KB)

December 2016

NNMEAN Meeting communique 15 December 2016 (PDF 289 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 15 December 2016 (Word 25 KB)

August 2016

NNMEAN Meeting communique 9 August 2016 (PDF 182 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 9 August 2016 (Word 23 KB)

May 2016

NNMEAN Meeting communique 7 April 2016 (PDF 12 KB)
NNMEAN Meeting communique 7 April 2016 (Word 22 KB)

Publications

Australian Future Health Workforce - Reports

Related Links

Please refer to the list below for related links on the Department of Health website.

Health Workforce: Links
Health Workforce: Nurses
Health Workforce: Midwives
Health Workforce: Programmes
Health Workforce: Programmes serving specific communities

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