Australian nursing, influenced by Western tradition, has a focus of engaging with families as context of person/child centred healthcare. Unlike the Anglo-Celtic concepts of health, family, and nursing, Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health is founded on wide family and kinship lines; access and connection to land and the environment; collective relationships within community; and spirituality and ancestry.
Today, nurses in Australia are competent in family as context for patient care as part of the national nursing registration standards. There is now a trend toward nursing practice that recognizes the family as focus of care using a strengths based perspective. Movement towards a broader understanding of family nursing in Australia can be seen through diverse community and child health nursing areas and acute care nursing. Family nurses partner with families and increasingly recognize families as legitimate recipients of care.
Australian scholars are growing a strong foundation of publications to guide family nursing education, practice and research.
There are currently 10 IFNA members from Australia.
recently accepted an academic administrative appointment at the University of Akureyri in northern Iceland. She is involved in an exciting family nursing implementation project at Akureyri Hospital that will see family nursing implemented in the entire hospital (modeled on theLandspitali Family Nursing Implementation Projectin Reykjavik, Iceland). She is also collaborating with family researchers on the psychometric development and language translations of her co-developedIceland-Family Perceived Support Questionnaire (ICE-FPSQ).
Laila Mohrsen Busted (Denmark) is a senior lecturer, Department of Nursing Education, University College Lillebaelt where she teaches family nursing science to undergraduate and postgraduate students. She is also a doctoral student at the University of Southern Denmark and her research is exploring family interventions using the practice model of Family Health Conversations (FamHC) in family focused dementia care. [Read more]
Dr. Wendy Looman (USA) studies telehealth care coordination interventions for families of children with medical complexity. Through the TeleFamilies Bridge project, she is working with colleagues in Minnesota to design and test a family-oriented, cloud-based portal to help nurses and families coordinate care across systems to support family management of chronic conditions. [Read more]