Office for the Public Sector



The Public Sector Values are a guide to behaviours and practices that apply to all employees, regardless of where we work or what we do.

Integrating values into our daily working practices is essential to bringing our culture and vision to life.

Naturally, individual workplaces or professions have unique circumstances and need to define for themselves what values, actions and behaviours are critical to the way they work.

Nursing and Midwifery, SA Health

The Caring with Kindness – Nursing and Midwifery Professional Practice Framework (available for download below) has been developed to provide guidance for the professional practice requirements for the nursing and midwifery profession across SA Health.

“Accountability: I will never walk past a standard of care that is unacceptable – the standard I walk past is the standard I accept.”

Caring with Kindness – Nursing and Midwifery Professional Practice Framework

The development of Caring with Kindness and the associated interactive resource was significantly influenced by the participation and contribution of nurses, midwives and consumers.

Caring with Kindness has been developed to align with the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHSS) for accreditation and the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Framework. This approach establishes Caring with Kindness as a means for providing evidence of achievement in nursing and midwifery practice across SA Health that aligns to both the NSQHSS and the Strategic Framework.

As cultural change is fundamental to the achievement of Caring with Kindness and other related strategic priorities contained within the Strategic Framework, the Professional Practice Framework identifies the required values and associated behaviours that underpin the desired culture. Vignettes are included to demonstrate the real meaning of the values and the expected behaviours in practice, and assist in creating a clear understanding of the expectations for the profession and a mechanism to hold others to account.

To find out more and to access these resources please go to the Nursing and Midwifery Office webpage.

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