The first Australian published Child and Family Health Nursing text book will be launched at Bathurst Health Service on Wednesday 13th March 2013.
This launch is even more exciting for our local health professionals, given that seven Registered Nurses from Bathurst and two from Orange, specialists in their selected clinical field, collaborated with Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic, Christine Haley and academics from Monash University to produce the book.
Dr Elaine Deitsch, Associate Professor of Midwifery, School of Nursing & Indigenous Health at CSU Wagga Wagga will speak at the text book launch and thank the local based nurses who provided valuable clinical knowledge. Nurses Rachel Campisi, Jane Conroy, James Daley, Tara Lewis, Alecia Marr, Ann Morrison, and Louise Wells from Bathurst Health Service along with Laurin Allen and Michelle Schmich from Orange Health Service will also be on hand to celebrate their achievement at the textbook launch.
Lecturer Ms Christine Haley, from CSU’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, was selected by publishers Wolters Kluwer Health to edit Child and Family Health Nursing in Australia and New Zealand. The textbook takes an evidence-based approach to child growth and development with a nursing and midwifery focus, establishing the core skills necessary to recognise illness in children before moving onto clinical areas such as management of childhood diseases.
Ms Haley said that until now students have only ever had American text books to work with, but this new book includes regional specific references to statistics, drug names, legislation, culture, community and public health systems whilst also featuring information on Aboriginal and Mäori communities and management of child illness in rural and remote communities, as well as the role of nurses and midwives in these communities.
“I had been asking for an Australian text book in this area for years, and the publishers asked me to submit ideas.” Ms Haley said.
Ms Haley tapped into the network of clinicians and academics she established during 20 years at CSU and said the collaborative approach had been very rewarding.
“This was a perfect opportunity for the University to strengthen its ties with local clinicians. They responded enthusiastically and we had about 25 contributors in all” Ms Haley said.
Bathurst Health Service Library has already purchased two copies of the text, making them available for staff to access at any time.
Media are invited to attend the text book launch.Wednesday 13th March 2013, 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Heritage Building Conference Room, Bathurst Health Service.
Contact : Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant for Western NSW Local Health District, James Daley on (02) 6330-5558.