The Andrews Government will mark the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by commissioning a mural that will publicly honour the contribution of nurses and midwives to the health and wellbeing of Victorians.
The commissioning of the mural is also intended to thank nurses and midwives for their care and dedication during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said.
Several prominent health sites are being considered for the mural’s location. The artist will be selected following a targeted expression of interest process in collaboration with Creative Victoria.
The Victorian Government has also allocated $100,000 towards an exhibition being developed by the Her Place Museum to celebrate the nursing and midwifery professions and the key events which have shaped these professions over the last century.
It is anticipated that the exhibition will open later in 2020 at the East Melbourne museum, before touring to two regional centres. The opening date will be confirmed in August.
The Health Minister announced the mural and exhibition funding during a 2 June media conference about the introduction of legislation to Parliament that, if passed, will further improve Victorian nurse/midwife: patient ratios.