President of the Cook Islands Nurses Association Nga Manea said nurses who will be at the various centres will talk on the topic Health for All and will provide a light refreshment at 10.30am.
“The health of the people depends on the health of those who deliver health care so we also consider the health for us nurses, and we need to look after our health,” Manea said.
Manea said the programme today ends with nurses walking from the Punanga Nui Market to the Courthouse down the Takuvaine back road and back to the market at 5pm.
She said government ministries and community groups were welcome to join as they focus on Health for All. Manea reiterated that there are no competitions and the purpose for the event is for everyone to take ownership of their health.
On Saturday the nursing association will attend a thanksgiving service at the Avarua Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Meanwhile, Manea said there are about 110 nurses who are members of the association and they pay $26 annually to be registered.
She said the association is mandated under a constitution where they are to provide mediation for each member of the association can negotiate and seek assistance - whether it is over grievances or promotion - and to assist in the promotion of the highest standard of health and Social Service in the Cook Islands.
Manea said the constitution also states that they are to assist in maintaining a high standard of Nursing Education and Nursing Service, to promote improves working conditions for nurses in the Cook Islands and to provide Financial support for each member’s retirements and bereavement.
“The association is an affiliated member to the International Council of Nurses and the commonwealth Nurses and Midwifery Federation and has established a good relationship with the South Pacific Nurses Forum Organisations, New Zealand and Australia Nurses Organisations.”