Thursday, January 28, 2010

Meeting Kevin Rudd - The Hon Prime Minister of Australia


not a good photo of me....but it had to go on the blog.....

Yes it was good to be invited to the Australia Day Celebrations at the Town Hall on Thursday 21st January. I bought a great pair of new high heel red shoes to wear for the occasion...together with my pearls, I was set to go... by the end of the evening my feet where killing me as we had been standing for several hours....

Over 400 hundred guests were present, there was a welcome to country and speeches...read the Prime Ministers speech.....the guests included members of parliament, multi denominational religious dignitaries, associations, unions, volunteers, hospital and health officials....... too many for me to mention, however a mixture of peoples. We were greeted at the door by the Hon Kevin Rudd, he held out his hand and said “hello I’m Kevin”...... not what I was expecting and on his right was the Hon Colin Barnett. It was all so surreal, the hall was very hot, the drinks were flowing freely and people mingling and talking, it was great....

We met the Federal Member for Hasluck Ms Sharryn Jackson MP, I had recently sent Ms Jackson an email, asking her what her position was on Homebirth, MBS, PBS and Midwifery models of care.


We were also fortunate to meet the Hon Nicola Roxon, the Minister for Health and Aging, what a delight Nicola is.... we spent quite some time discussing the issues surrounding midwives and midwifery... the take home message for midwives: was to work together, all come from the same page and support each other, which also means supporting the Australian College of Midwives who is actively fighting for the rights of the midwife in Australia.

I enjoyed the evening particularly networking and spreading the word about midwives, midwifery and all facets of our wonderful profession....to some people who did not know what it is we do....I feel it is on these occasions we are able to spread the word and hopefully make a difference.....

2 comments:

Sadie said...

Well done Pauline - fantastic that you got to speak to both these people about midwifery.

InfoMidwife said...

thanks Sadie for your support..

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