Conference 2018
Our world today is far from being safe, healthy or peaceful. Many countries are experiencing war or civil conflict; there are more refugees than ever before seeking a safe place to live for themselves and their families; bush fires, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis are a frequent occurrence; diseases such as Ebola and Zika threaten health and stability; climate change threatens entire populations. Nurses and midwives are in a unique position to act as role models and lead the way in promoting a safe, healthy and peaceful world.

The 4th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference will provide an opportunity for nurses and midwives to share their work with colleagues across the world.

Key Themes

Promoting health and wellbeing
Working with older people, young people, adolescents or children; people with mental health issues or other disabilities; in health education; or primary health care settings.

Alleviating illness and disease
Working to develop or implement new or improved practices, policies or quality improvement projects; to prevent or minimise communicable or non-communicable disease; in all health care settings.

Promoting social harmony and cohesion
Working with minority groups; with people who are marginalised, vulnerable or oppressed; in cross cultural settings; with refugees or people seeking asylum.

Contributing to a safe environment
Working with disease outbreaks; in disaster zones; with the effects of climate change; in areas of conflict; or in peacekeeping activities.

The conference is being held on the eve of Commonwealth Week 12-16 March 2018; so come and join the celebrations and fun on Commonwealth Day 12 March 2018 and other Commonwealth Week events. The full program will be announced at the beginning of September 2017.

Venue
Royal College of Physicians
11 St Andrews Place, Regentís Park, London NW1 4LE United Kingdom
» View map
» Royal College of Physicians

Registration Confirmation
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.

Conference Fees
The conference fee includes registration for the conference, conference materials, lunch and refreshments. The conference fee also includes a reception on Saturday evening 10 March 2018. The conference fee does not include travel, accommodation or dinner.

Cancellations
Cancellations received one full month before the start of the event will be refunded, minus 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.


     Visas
Most Commonwealth countries require visas to enter the United Kingdom. Check the website of the UK Border Authority to see whether or not you require a visa.
» UK Border Authority

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.

Accommodation
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.
» The Royal College of Physicians

Also check out the following websites
» Booking.com
» LateRooms.com
» Wotif
» London Shortlet


Reasonable accommodation is available through some of the larger hotel chains eg:
» Premier Inn
» Holiday Inn

Some religious groups also offer accommodation, such as:
» The Penn Club
» The Royal Foundation of St Katherine


For travel information the following sites gives comprehensive coverage of available options.
» VisitLondon.com
» Transport for London


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

Currency
The United Kingdom uses the pound sterling. There are many currency exchange websites where you can check the value of your own countryís currency against the pound sterling. Go to:
» XE Currency Coverter
» OANDA Currency Coverter

Expenses
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 Saturday evening 10 March 2018. Evening meals are not included in the conference fee.

Commonwealth Day
Commonwealth Day is celebrated on Monday 12 March 2018. A number of activities take place during the week to celebrate Commonwealth Day. Conference delegates will be advised of the events as information becomes available.

Information
If you require further information about the conference please contact Jill Iliffe, Executive Secretary, Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.
Email: cnf@commonwealthnurses.org
Phone: +61 438 647 252