Fatima Al Rifai, PhD

Fatima Al Rifai

Advisor for Nursing Affairs, Ministry of Health and Prevention, United Arab Emirates

Opening Plenary Session

Wednesday, 22 July

9:30-10:15 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (0930-1015)

UAE Nursing Vision: The Journey of a Profession

Dr. Fatima Al Rifai is the Advisor for Nursing Affairs for Ministry of Health and Prevention. This role includes providing guidance and consultations on nursing issues to MOH officials, the nursing department, and other departments. Also, she is the Secretary of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council (UAE NMC) and board member since 2010. In this role she is leading the development and execution of the Council's strategic plans and activities.

Opening Plenary Session sponsored by

Griffith University School of Nursing and Midwifery

Sabina De Geest, PhD, RN

Sabina M. De Geest

Professor of Nursing and Director of Institute of Nursing Science, and Chair of the Department of Public Health, University of Basel, Switzerland

Plenary Session 2

Thursday, 23 July

8:00-8:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (0800-0845)

Implementation Science: Making Research Findings More Powerful for Use in Clinical Practice

Sabina De Geest is a Professor and Director of the Institute of Nursing Science at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Basel (Switzerland). She leads the Leuven Basel Research Group, an international, interdisciplinary research group focusing on behavioral and psychosocial issues in solid organ and stem cell transplantation. Driven by implementation science methodology, her research portfolio focuses the development of innovative care models partially also powered by eHealth.

Elizabeth Iro, RN

Elizabeth Iro

Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization

Closing Plenary Session

Friday, 24 July

8:00-8:45 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (0800-0845)

State of Nursing Report

Elizabeth Iro was appointed Chief Nursing Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) by Director-General Dr. Tedros in October 2017. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Iro was the Cook Islands' Secretary of Health.

“I am thrilled to welcome Ms. Iro to our team as WHO’s Chief Nursing Officer,” said Dr Tedros. “Nurses play a critical role not only in delivering healthcare to millions around the world, but also in transforming health policies, promoting health in communities, and supporting patients and families. Nurses are central to achieving universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Iro will keep that perspective front and centre at WHO.”

Ms. Iro has more than 30 years of experience in public health in the Cook Islands and regionally. As Secretary of Health, she implemented health reforms to strengthen the country’s health system. These include developing the country’s National Health Roadmap 2017-2036, the National Health Strategic Plan 2017-2021, and the Health Clinical Workforce Plan.

She had previously served as the country’s Chief Nursing Officer and Acting Director of Hospital Health Services. For the first 25 years of her career, she was a staff nurse, midwife, and charge midwife at hospitals in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.