CFS: Indigenous Health Care (Special Issue of Contemporary Nurse)

Advances in Indigenous Health Care – 2nd edn

Authors are invited to send a 200 word abstract in advance of submission to the coordinating editor, Prof Kim Usher,

Deadline for Papers: 1st March 2010

Nurses and midwives closing the gap in Indigenous health

Guest edited by Kim Usher (James Cook University) and Rhonda Marriott (Murdoch University) a special issue of Contemporary Nurse – volume 37/1 – December 2010

The issue will outline how nursing and midwifery are contributing to closing the gap in Indigenous health indicators. Papers are welcomed on the following topics and other related issues:

  • Innovative models of care;
  • Methods of ensuring inclusive and culturally safe practices;
  • Development of policies, competencies and protocols;
  • Developing culturally appropriate pedagogy and curricula;
  • Research and research methodologies;
  • Ethical principals and practices.

Authors are invited to send a 200 word abstract in advance of submission to the coordinating editor, Prof Kim Usher,

Author Guidelines:

Deadline for Papers: 1st March 2010


CFP: Madness and Literature (International Health Humanities Conference)


“Madness and Literature”

The Institute of Mental Health is hosting The 1st International Health Humanities Conference at The University of Nottingham, UK from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th AUGUST 2010.

Keynote Speakers: Emeritus Professor of English Elaine Showalter (Princeton University); Professor Kay Redfield Jamison (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

The theme of the conference, Madness and Literature, seeks to bring critical focus to three areas: Literature, Psychiatry, Philosophy

Reflecting the interdisciplinary work of the Institute of Mental Health, and the multifaceted nature of the conference’s theme, we invite the participation of colleagues from both the humanities and from clinical backgrounds who wish to participate in an exploration of the conceptions of “Madness and Literature”. Furthermore, to be genuinely inclusive we encourage presentations arising from completed projects and work that is in progress or of an exploratory nature.

The Institute of Mental Health welcomes abstracts of approximately 250 words in length for twenty-minute papers in English dealing with the themes outlined above. We would also welcome the organization of panels (consisting of three speakers and a moderator) dealing with specific issues related to the overall themes of the conference. Issues to be considered at the conference may include:

  • – What are the critical intersections between literature, psychiatry and philosophy?
  • – How and why is psychiatry reflected and represented in fiction?
  • – In what ways do fiction and autobiography treat issues such as gender, ethnicity, age, economics, sexuality and power in psychiatry?
  • – How far can we pursue ideas concerning creativity and madness?
  • – How might debates about literature and madness influence or be influenced by other disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology?
  • – How can literature influence the education and practice of medical, health and allied disciplines?
  • – What can literary studies learn from the ‘psych’ disciplines?

The Institute of Mental Health foresees the publication of papers (expanded, revised and submitted to a peer-review process) in one or more volumes post-conference, according to principles of intellectual and theoretical coherence that will give such publications editorial consistency.

Please send your abstracts as a Word attachment by email to Paul Crawford –  by 5th February 2010.

Call for submissions available at:

11,000 Plus!

NursingWriting has welcomed over 11,000 visits since the blog was inaugurated in July 2008. In the past three months, NursingWriting has welcomed over 1,000 visits per month.

The US Thanksgiving Day included my personal thanks for the colleagues in nursing who shape the future of human health, as well as gratitude for nurse scholars and writers and for nurse editors who are writing the future of human health.


CFP: ISPHC/Harvard Ethics Priorities Conferences

The International Society on Priorities in Health Care (ISPHC) invites you to attend its next conference, Priorities 2010. This year’s conference theme will be Priority Setting in Difficult Economic Times. This timely topic will allow us to squarely address the financial crisis that has challenged the ability of health systems across the globe with questions about how to prioritize and deliver affordable health care. Coming earlier than our usual meeting time in October, the meeting is scheduled back-to-back with the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health 5th Annual International Conference which will focus this year on the ethics of procedures in priority setting. Our forthcoming conference website will provide details on both conferences. Please save the date, submit an abstract and plan to join us at this year’s meeting.

Call for Abstracts Opens October 20, 2009!

Conference Web Site:

Society Web Site:

Key Dates:

  • Call for abstracts opens October 20, 2009
  • Call for abstracts closes December 18, 2009
  • Abstract decision January 22, 2010

Registration: Early bird registration closes March 19, 2010

Conference Dates: Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25, 2010

US Senate Brings Healthcare Bill to Floor for Debate

The US Senate tonight by a vote of 60 to 40 (along party lines) passed a procedural vote to permit its healthcare bill to be brought to the floor for debate, which should preoccupy the Senate until the Christmas recess.

USDA: Growing Hunger in America

According to a recent US Department of Agriculture report, noted in today’s Washington Post in “More Americans Going Hungry” by Amy Goldstein, households dealing with food shortages shot up to 49 million (nearly15%), the largest number since the government began keeping data. Households with children account for 21%.

CFS: Improving Safety in Maternity Care (Midwifery)

Call for papers to a special issue of Midwifery:

New approaches to researching and improving safety in maternity care

Deadline: 1 February 2010

The adverse impact of poor quality and unsafe care on women’s health and well-being is becoming an increasingly prominent concern for policy makers, clinicians and the public worldwide. In response to the global need to improve patient safety the World Health Organization formed the World Alliance for Patient Safety who have identified a global set of research priorities in relation to maternal and newborn care. However, the evidence base for many strategies remains limited and empirical evidence about the impact of many safety solutions when translated into the real world is very slim indeed. In essence, the field consists of much hope, anecdotal tales of the process of implementation but very little evidence of impact on outcome, or understanding of consequences (intended and unintended) of implementing safety solutions in complex organizations. It is clear that quality and safety is multi-disciplinary activity and that much can be learned outside of maternity and health care. In addition, the value that other theoretical perspectives can bring to illuminate understanding is great. As a result, we wish to commission a Special Issue of Midwifery which will broaden the scope of existing approaches to safety and quality of care by inviting papers which report on research that engages with work at the frontline and the organizational level, which uses methods that are sensitive to clinical and organisational complexity, and that displays awareness of the impact of the research process itself on healthcare delivery and organisation.

Midwifery is an international journal and we are keen to include papers from a wide range of countries, including non-western settings. Research foci might include the implications for safety and quality of care of research conducted at the micro, macro and meso level. Methods can include, among others, ethnographic observation; evaluation of complex interventions, narrative and discourse analysis; improvement methodologies, comparative research and the use of visual methods. In policy terms the special issue aims to contribute to informing the activities and strategies to improve the safety of maternal and newborn care by drawing on different and wider perspectives.

We would like to invite authors from a range of backgrounds who feel their work addresses the above methodological and contextual aims to submit their full manuscripts for consideration to Midwifery at  by 1 February 2010. When asked to choose article type, authors should select ‘‘Special Issue: Safety in Maternity Care’’, and in the ‘‘Enter Comments’’ box any further acknowledgements should be inserted. All submissions should meet Midwifery author guideline.

Click on this link to access the full call for submissions.