Registration Now Open for the 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference

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World leaders have committed to the achievement of universal health coverage; tackling non-communicable disease; promoting primary health care; and the Sustainable Development Goals. None of these can be achieved without the contribution of nurses and midwives.

2020 has been named as the World Health Organisation ‘’Year of the Nurse and Midwife’’. The first ever World Health Organisation ‘’State of the World’s Nursing’’ report will be launched in 2020 as well as the release of the third ‘’State of the World’s Midwifery’’ report. 2020 is the final year of the global ‘’Nursing Now’’ campaign; and 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Sunday 8 March 2020 is International Women’s Day, and Monday 9 March 2020 is Commonwealth Day – all excellent reasons to celebrate.

Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation

At the 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference we will be celebrating the past achievements, present endeavours, and future contributions of nurses and midwives. Presentations will showcase how individual nurses and midwives, or nursing and midwifery groups, associations or institutions are contributing to global health and wellbeing across the lifespan in all settings within the following themes: 
• Clinical practice
• Leadership and management
• Education and training 
• Policy and projects
• Research and innovation.

The conference is being held on the eve of Commonwealth Week; so come and join the celebrations and fun on Commonwealth Day Monday 9 March 2020 and other Commonwealth Week events. Conference delegates will be advised of the events as information becomes available.

Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, 
London NW1 4LE United Kingdom.
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All bookings will be confirmed in writing. Nearer to the conference you will receive further information by email so please make sure you include your email address.

The conference fee includes registration for the conference, conference materials, lunch and refreshments. The conference fee also includes a reception on Friday evening 6 March 2020. The conference fee does not include travel, accommodation or dinner.

Cancellations received one full month before the start of the event will be refunded, less a 25% administration fee. No refunds can be processed after this date. Places can be substituted with the prior knowledge and agreement of the CNMF. It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the organisers to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. The CNMF can take no responsibility for non-refundable travel and accommodation in the case of a changed program.

Most Commonwealth countries require visas to enter the United Kingdom. Check the website of the UK Border Authority at: to see whether or not you require a visa. Please remember that it may take six to eight weeks for a visa to be processed, so start the process early. The CNMF is unable to assist with the visa application process however a letter of invitation will be issued to all accepted speakers and delegates who register and pay the registration fee.

For assistance with accommodation deals, airport transfers, and bookings for activities in London go to:

Accommodation in London can be expensive; however inexpensive, comfortable hotels and hostels are available. The Royal College of Physicians has negotiated reduced rates at nearby hotels. Go to:

Also check out the following websites: 

Reasonable accommodation is available through some of the larger hotel chains eg: Premier Inn or Holiday Inn. Some religious groups also offer accommodation, such as The Penn Club at: or the Royal Foundation of St Katherine at:

For travel information the following site gives comprehensive coverage 
of available options. Go to: or

The weather in London in March is likely to be cool (between 2–10 degrees) and also quite likely to be wet, so come prepared.

The United Kingdom uses the pound sterling. There are many currency exchange websites where you can check the value of your own country’s currency against the pound sterling. Go to:

Delegates will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. The conference fee includes registration for the conference, conference materials, lunch and refreshments on both days and a reception Friday evening 6 March 2020. Evening meals are not included in the conference fee.

For further information about the conference contact Jill Iliffe, 
Executive Secretary, Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation. 
Email: or phone: +61 438 647 252.

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