It is both, a great privilege and a great honor to be here with you today. A review of the programme will show that we will have the pleasure of meeting and hearing distinguished colleagues from many different fields of expertise from European Commonwealth Countries (UK, Cyprus and Malta) and from other countries like Greece, Jordan, USA, Portugal and Australia speaking with authority on a variety of subjects.
I note the presence of the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College of Nursing Australia (Ms Debra Cerasa), the Assistant Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation (Ms Lee Thomas) and the International Confederation of Midwives Southern Region Board Member (Mr Vitor Varela).
Throughout the conference, we will have the opportunity to share our knowledge and experiences in an effort to develop and enhance the profession and to a certain extent, shape the health policies of our respective countries for the benefit of our clients.
Paphos (Greek: Πάφος, Páfos; Latin: Paphus) is a coastal city in the southwest of Cyprus and the capital of Paphos District.
In antiquity, two locations were called Paphos: Old Paphos and New Paphos. The currently inhabited city is New Paphos.
Near Palaepaphos (Old Paphos) at the seaside of Petra-tou-Romiou is the mythical birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty and the founding myth is interwoven with the goddess at every level, so that Old Paphos became the most famous and important place for worshipping Aphrodite in the ancient world.
In Greco-Roman times Paphos was the island's capital, and it is famous for the remains of the Roman governor's palace, where extensive, fine mosaics are a major tourist attraction. The apostle Paul of Tarsus visited the town during the first century.
The town of Paphos is included in the official UNESCO list of cultural and natural treasures of the world's heritage.