Public Health Nursing Conference 2011 (PHNC2011)

Venue: Borneo Convention Centre Kuching

Location: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Event Date/Time: Mar 11, 2011
Registration Date: Mar 01, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jan 31, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 31, 2010
Paper Submission Date: Mar 01, 2011
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About this conference
What would the public health services in Sarawak be without the public health nurses?
After months of deliberation and planning the Sarawak Health Department is pleased to present to you the “Public Health Nursing Conference 2011”. The organising committee, spearheaded by the Nursing Section, has and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the success, in all aspects, of this conference. Though the call for this conference came from the public health nurses it is not intended exclusively for them. The programme has been designed to cater for all health care professionals whose jobs description includes “working among the committee”. Some of the topics covered are even of interest to general audience. So the organizing committee would like to extend this invitation to public health nurses, other health care professionals as well as everyone else in Malaysia and those beyond its shore. The organizing committee is prepared to cope with an audience of about 1000.
Lately there has been call from many public health nurses to have a major conference on Public Health Nursing. Many are of the view that they deserve a conference where the major focus is on issues related to public health nursing. Why not? They certainly deserve it. The public health nursing service has a long history in Sarawak. Basic Maternal and Child Health clinics were available in certain parts of Sarawak since the early years of the 20th century. From the document available the earliest versions of public health nurses were young women who were trained for a few months in midwifery. Upon completion of their training they were sent to man the rural areas to provide basic maternal and child health services. The training for professional midwife came later. The midwife was replaced by the Jururawat Masyarakat (Community Nurse) in 1970’s. The nurses who are actually designated or referred to as Public Health Nurses (PHN) are those Registered Nurses (Staff Nurse) who have successfully undergone one year training in Public Health Nursing. This category of nurses came into being in the 1970’s. As we can see public health nurses have been around for a quite a while. They have definitely played a dominant role in improving the state of health of the mothers and the children. So what would the public health services be without the public health nurses?
Conference theme
Enhancing community participation: Partnership in health promotion.
The traditional role of the public health nurses was confined to “nursing” the mothers and their children. They have done well in that role. Over time they have gone beyond that. Now they are doing more health promotion and targeting a wider audience. The theme of this conference aptly describes the major component of the role and responsibilities of public health nurses now. There isn't a better time to talk about “health promotion” and “community participation” than at this conference.
The promotion of health in the community is a process to achieve health, which is a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of diseases. With the rapid rise in health care costs, it has become imperative that we find effective and affordable ways to prevent disease and promote health. The Ministry of Health has launched many health promotion programme with varying degree of success. At the same time there is increasing evidence that community participation is a powerful component of any health promotion programme. So if we want to ensure success and sustainability community participation is the way to go. However, there is a general concern about the degree of community participation in health promotion now. Some people have even observed that there has been near zero community participation in some programme. Therefore we feel that enhancing or improving community participation is a matter of urgency. This will lead to effective partnership between the health care service providers (us) and the community. This is important as partnership is the philosophical underpinning of empowerment, which refers to community empowerment, refers to the process of enabling communities to increase control over their lives (WHO). Community empowerment addresses the social, cultural, political and economic determinants that influence health.
Conference objectives
This conference builds on efforts intended to contribute towards continuous professional development among public health nurses and others in allied health services. More specifically the aims of this conference are:
1. To provide the participants with an update on the challenges and opportunities in the promotion of health.
2. To provide the participants with an update on the theories, principles and the application of community participation in health promotion.
3. To promote networking and collaboration in programme implementation and research among nurses and others.
4. To stimulate discussion about the way forward for public health nursing services.
5. To reinforce the participants’ commitment to enhancing community participation and renewing partnership in the promotion of health.
6. To give the participants the opportunity to share their experiences in public health nursing practice and the lessons learnt along the way.
The programme
This conference will feature plenary sessions where experts will present full length papers on the selected topics. There will also be special symposia in the breakout sessions. Eight themes or topics have been selected and each theme will be covered by a panel of three speakers. Participants will also be given opportunities to present papers either as oral or poster presentation. The free papers will be streamed into three tracks namely, research, project report and case report.
The participants will have more opportunities to interact with the experts during the Ask the Experts (ATE) sessions. These sessions will be held in the morning just before the start of the scientific programme for the day. The experts are not obliged to give formal presentation during this session. However, they may do so if they so wish.
Who should attend.
All the health professionals working within the public health services, including:
1. Public Health Nurse (PHN)
2. Registered Nurses/Staff Nurses
3. Community Nurses ( Jururawat Masyarakat)
4. Public Health Matrons;Pubic Health Sisters; Nursing Sisters; Matrons
5. Assistant Medical Officers
6. Nursing Tutors;Lecturers
7. Physiotherapists; Occupational Therapists; Speech Therapists
7. Doctors
8. Other health care professionals with interest in public health nursing/public health.

Tentative Programme
The programme displayed here is at an early stage of planning and subject to change. This tentative programme can give you an idea of the scope and topics that we intend to cover in this conference. Continue to visit this site for update.