The Leaders in Indigenous Nursing and Midwifery Education Network (LINMEN) is a collaborative peer support network for nursing and midwifery educators and education providers to develop and share the highest quality education and training on cultural safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture.
The LINMEN online platform provides ways for members to connect with one another, access resources and share projects related to teaching cultural safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture in nursing and midwifery education.
LINMEN holds regular events and professional development opportunities for nursing and midwifery educators and provides regular updates to its members. Membership is free for individuals and organisations.
LINMEN is a project of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.
For more information about the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) visit www.catsinam.org.au
LINMEN goal and domains of work
The overall goal of LINMEN is:
To improve the quality of cultural safety education and training for students and educators in nursing and midwifery.
LINMEN will work towards this goal by:
- Developing and sharing good practice curriculum resources and curriculum delivery strategies on cultural safety and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history culture
- Providing professional development opportunities for nursing and midwifery educators
- Identifying and sharing effective strategies for creating culturally safe teaching and learning environments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff.
Over time LINMEN will contribute to:
- the recruitment and retention of a greater proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the nursing and midwifery workforce;
- more experiences of culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians;
- graduating non-Indigenous nurses and midwives who are better prepared to provide culturally safe health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; and
- better health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Key messages about LINMEN and its work are available for download and use by members here.
The LINMEN Evaluation Strategy 2017-2020 outlines how the impact and contributions of LINMEN will be monitored and measured over time.
About the LINMEN logo and artworks
The LINMEN logo uses elements of the bush plum or quondong with a modern twist to encapsulate knowledge, growth and transformation. The colours of red, yellow, black, blue, green and white represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The artworks used throughout this website were created by Lesley Salem. Lesley is a descendant of the Gringai-Wonnarua Nation in NSW, a Nurse Practitioner and member of CATSINaM. Further information about Lesley and her work can be found at www.lesleysalem.com.
This painting depicts an Elder teaching lore, wisdom, culture and ways and the flow of knowledge out to communities everywhere.
This painting uses the symbol of an Elder teaching and the spirit lines surrounding the teaching to show the spiritual connection that goes along with passing on knowledge.
This represents an Elder teaching men and women. The green represents land and prosperity as it is fertile land and growth.
This painting shows teaching by Elders everywhere and connection to land.
The symbols used throughout the website were developed by CATSINaM to represent important aspects of the work of LINMEN.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, history and culture
Clinical practice and service delivery
Recruitment and retention
Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy