Sunday, January 30, 2011

Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2011: Count down is soon to start

On Friday 28th January the organising committee of the Virtual International Day of the Midwife 2011 had its second planning meeting. We've pretty much settled into a quorum of six people, with others dipping in and out when they can:
  • Sarah Stewart, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Deborah Davis, University of Canberra, Australia
  • Pam Harnden, Melbourne University, Australia
  • Mary Sidebotham, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Chris Woodhouse, Facilitator/Consultant, UK
  • Tracy Pemberton, Midwife, USA
  • Take a low-level project management approach to organising VIDM 2011. All collaborative work to be carried out on VIDM 2011 wiki. This will afford complete transparency and also allow anyone to contribute if they so wish.
  • At least two sessions quarantined for use of student midwives. At least one session quarantined for use by consumers.
  • Anyone interested in being a speaker will need to submit a 50 word abstract just to give us an idea about what they want to talk about.
  • If we have more than 24 speakers, we may consider having concurrent sessions, however I am concerned that this will be too difficult to manage, and may be a problem for Otago Polytechnic considering they will have classes running that day as well.
  • If we have more than 24 speakers, we may have to decline some, so we will need to develop some sort of criteria for accepting and declining.
  • We want to encourage thinking outside the square, and will welcome creative ideas for live sessions as well as asynchronous resources.
  • I suggested we use the international theme for the International Day of the Midwife taken to be consistent with the ICM: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever
  • VIDM 2011 to maintain its aim that the day is a relaxed, non-academic opportunity to network with midwives all over the world, and increase our digital skills and explore alternative ways on celebrating midwifery and supporting each other.
Action points
  • Develop call for EOI on VIDM wiki. To be complete by 10th February. Deborah Davis and Mary Sidebotham to lead this.
  • Next committee meeting Friday 11th February Brisbane time
  • Begin dissemination of EOI on Monday 14th February - this will be done by as many people as possible.
  • VIDM 2011 Elluminate Practice Room - open now until May 5th. To have all meetings there from now on.

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