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Professional organisations and standards (Nursing and midwifery)
National organisations Australia and Pacific
ICN and ICM Codes of ethics
International codes of ethics in effect for nurses and midwives
International Council of Nurses
The International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing the more than 20 million nurses worldwide.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.
Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.
Nursing & related standards (Australia)
Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA) Professional Standards
Nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practise in Australia.
Professional standards define the practice and behaviour of nurses and midwives and include:
codes of conduct,
standards for practice, and
codes of ethics.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.
ANMF National Practice Standards and Toolkit for Nurses in General Practice
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation National practice standards for nurses in general practice articulate what constitutes best practice for registered nurses and enrolled nurses involved in and being attracted to, the increasingly popular area of general practice.
Australian College of Midwives Standards and Guidelines
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is a national not-for-profit membership organisation and the peak professional body for midwives in Australia. Midwives should be aware of, and abide by the regulatory and professional standards and codes as set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and the International Confederation of Midwives. In addition the ACM has developed a number of Standards and Guidelines to aid midwives' practice.
Aged Care Quality Standards
From 1 July 2020 the new Aged Care Quality Standards apply to all aged care services.
National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework
Australia's largest healthcare workforce of nurses and midwives are increasingly using digital health technologies in the delivery of safe, quality and person-centred care.The nursing and midwifery framework sets up a pathway for building digital health capability and leadership to deliver contemporary care.