Multimillion-dollar Education and Conference Centre aimed at bolstering SA’s nursing and midwifery workforce
The future of South Australia’s nursing and midwifery workforce has been given a multimillion-dollar boost today, as a dedicated Education and Conference Centre officially opens its doors in Adelaide.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) commissioned the state-of-the-art facility as a means of further investing into the future of South Australia’s health workforce, amidst a predicted shortfall of 109,000 nurses by the year 2025. (Health Workforce 2025)
ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM says the $6 million facility is expected to play a key role, both in attracting more people to nursing and midwifery professions as well as upskilling the current workforce.
“Our nation is facing a 27 per cent reduction in the number of nurses in just seven years, and that’s an alarming statistic,” Ms Dabars says.
“This new centre will cater for South Australians starting out on their journey to becoming a nurse, midwife or personal care worker; as well as those already working in the field who are seeking to augment their skills and knowledge in a particular area,” she says.
“As the home of many conferences, seminars and training programs each year, it will be the epicentre of nursing and midwifery education for many South Australians.”
The ANMF (SA Branch) Education and Conference Centre is expected to welcome thousands of students and professionals through its doors each year.
“Coupled with research, education is critical to improving nursing and midwifery-led health outcomes in South Australia and beyond—and this new centre will help us do just that.”
The new centre will be officially opened today (Friday 18 May) by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC in a ceremony commencing at 3.30 pm at 191 Torrens Road, Ridleyton.