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Report on New Zealand Faith Community Nurses Association Annual Conference

Held in the Salvation Army Citadel, Wellington 03 - 04 August 2010

Thirty two registered nurses were especially privileged to be welcomed to the venue of the headquarters of the Salvation Army by Major Craig Millington, who prayed with us and encouraged us to take time during the conference to re-calibrate our lives for our special calling as Faith community nurses.

Our Patron the Very Revd Charles Tyrrell gave the conference opening address reminding us of the importance of the work that Faith Community nurses do, and encouraging us to communicate our mission among others. Charles also celebrated the ecumenical aspects of the organisation, commenting that we were an example to other groups in our ability to affirm and work with difference.

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Celebrating 10 years of Bridge Health with Faith

Dr Lynda W Miller, from Canada was a wonderful blessing to us. As a leading nurse educator, she was keen to hear of the work in New Zealand that she invited herself! She shared her model of parish nursing and the work in Canada but was just as interested to learn of cultural safety implemented in nursing in New Zealand and the recent initiatives in the Pacific Island churches in Auckland. Hilda Faasalele of the Healthy Village Action Zones updated us on the challenges and joys of providing primary health care within the church, whilst being funded by Auckland DHB and local PHO's.

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Partnerships of Hope

New Zealand Faith Community Nurse's Association Annual conference 'Partnerships of Hope' was held in Hamilton on the 7th -9th August. It was well attended with 45 delegates currently practicing as Faith Community Nurse's plus interested parties. The conference was opened by the Anglican Archbishop David Moxon who stated that Faith Community Nursing is about expressing the love of God in a spectrum of care. He highlighted that the wider community is looking for health, wholeness and spiritual meaning and the church can cover this with a Faith Community Nurse who speaks the language of the community.

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