In January 2023, the Commonwealth Secretariat launched 2023 as the Year of Youth: 12 months devoted to the celebration and empowerment of the 1.5 billion under-30s living in the Commonwealth. Click in the image above to learn more and see what activities are planned.

The CNMF is planning an online forum for a representative young nurses and midwives from each CNMF member association to raise awareness and develop recommendations for attracting young people into nursing and midwifery and strategies to support and retain them in the health workforce.

Further information including date and nomination process will be available soon.


6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference

The CNMF Board have taken the decision to postpone the 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference which was due to be held in 2022. The CNMF was very fortunate that a successful 5th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference was able to be held just before country lock downs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still very difficult for CNMF members fom many countries to travel internationally. Information about the date, venue and theme for the 6th Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Conference will be circulated to CNMF members and friends as soon as it is available.


Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum
                  12 April 2023

Two hundred and thirty-six participants from 31 Commonwealth countries and 8 other countries joined a very successful 2023 Commonwealth Civil Society Policy Forum 12 April 2023. The report below contains the recommendations which were shared with Commonwealth Health Ministers (CHM) at their annual meeting on 20 May. The recommendations are included in the CHM statement from the meeting.  The report and video link for the forum are below.

>> CCSPF 2023 CHPA Final Report
>> Video here to view the video -


25th CNMF Biennial Meeting of Members

At the 2022 Biennial Meeting of Members held on
Friday 23 - Saturday 24 September, a number of policy statements were finalised.

>> Gender equity
>> International Recruitment of Nurses and Midwives
>> Climate change and health

These policy statements have now been sent out to members for endorsement.

The development of three additional policy statements were recommended. A first draft is expected to be submitted to the CNMF Board in the first half of this year before being circulated to members for comment.

>> Universal health coverage
>> Health equity
>> Emergency and disaster preparedness


           Oral Health Project

The CNMF has joined with C3 Collaborating for Health and the World Continuing Education Alliance in a project on oral health funded by Colgate. The project aims to provide education for nurses and midwives on
oral health as well as exploring changes to patient intake and nursing and midwifery care plans to provide a more comprehensive assessment of oral health.

In May 2021, the World Health Assembly adopted an historic resolution (WHA 74.5) recognising that oral health should be firmly embedded within the NCD agenda and that oral health intervention should be included in universal health coverage programs. The WHO was asked to develop a draft global strategy for tackling oral disease which was adopted by the WHA in 2022. The WHO is now developing an action plan to go to the WHA in 2023 for the implementation of the global strategy and a monitoring framework for tracking progress with clear measurable targets to be achieved by 2030.

Oral health is vital to an individual's general health and wellbeing. Healthy teeth and gums are an essential element for maintaining adequate nutrition and supporting digestion. Nurses and midwives can play a critical role in detecting oral health disease and in educating individuals, families and communities about oral health.