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Message from the President

The current board of the Japanese Society of Child Health Nursing took up office in July 2010 for a three year tenure up to the Annual Conference in 2013. I am honoured to be elected as the President and look forward to serving the Society and its members.

Having cerebrated our 20th anniversary, the Society is entering a new phase where we should build on the past achievements and consolidate our activities. I would like to highlight the key initiatives planned under the current leadership.
Ikuko OIKAWA

1.Committees and their Activities

With the changing health and medical care environment as well as social environment, the Society is, as an organisation deeply involved in the welfare of children, more required than ever to identify what we must do and send our messages to society at large.

The Society's overall structure was reorganised in 2007 for smoother management of our various projects. In the current term, the newly formed International Exchange Committee (Kokusai Koryu Iinkai) will initially focus on partnerships and collaborative activities with the child health nursing societies in Asia. In addition, the Nursing Practice Study Committee (Gyoumu Kento Iinkai,) was renamed as the Child Health Nursing Policy Study Committee (Shoni Kango Seisaku Kento Iinkai).

Two issues requiring the Society's immediate attention include the debate on the expansion of the role and responsibilities of nursing, and the revised organ transplant bill enforced in July 2010. We have to consider the implications of the nursing role expansion on the care of sick children and steer the debate in the right direction for paediatric nursing by working together with other relevant societies. The Society, as an advocate of the rights of children, has to carefully monitor the situation about organ transplants from children under 15 years of age.

The National Campaign for Maternal and Child Health ("Sukoyaka Family 21") led by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has had its term extended for four years until 2014. I hope the Society will make unique and significant contributions to this campaign.

2.Expertise of Child Health Care

The Society has a very important role of helping its members improve their expertise in paediatric nursing care and to enhance the profile of our profession. It should be a place where the members can network and share their knowledge, experience and skills and where necessary information is always available. It is hoped that the planned upgrading of the Society's website will attract more applications for grants to clinical researches and more research papers from members for publication on the website.

The Society aims to "develop and enhance the practice, education and research with regard to child health nursing, thereby contributing to the promotion of children's health". Our Society is a scientific institution striving for quality improvement, progress and development of paediatric nursing care.  On its behalf, I would like to thank our members for their continued support and cooperation.

Ikuko OIKAWA , RN, MS
President, Japanese Society of Child Health Nursing