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Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week 2017

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18-24 SEPTEMBER 2017

"Nurses where you need them"

Now in its 3rd year, the ACN Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week is held annually to raise awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system and highlight its impact on the wellbeing of individuals and those in local communities.

The 2017 Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week will be held from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September 2017.  Further details on how you can join in the celebrations are coming soon.  Mark these dates in your diary now.


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eBook – Call for submissions 

ACN will be publishing an eBook as a part of our celebrations for Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week this September. The eBook will be a collection of stories from and about community and primary health care nurses.

This year, we are asking for submissions that focus on why community and primary health care nursing is vital to the health and wellbeing of our society. We encourage submissions from across the nursing profession and broader Australian health care workforce. 

Last year, our eBook received wide circulation and exposure across our professional networks and social channels. 

Submissions must be between 100 – 350 words and include a headshot of the author.  All accepted submissions will be included in the 2017 eBook, as well as future ACN publications. 
If you would like to make a submission and be considered for this valuable opportunity to have your story published in our eBook, please complete this online form by Sunday 20 August.

Who Are Community And Primary Health Care Nurses?

Community and Primary Health Care nurses are enrolled nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioners whose work settings may include hospital-affiliated clinics, community health centres, homes, schools, prisons, maternal and child health centres, and a range of other health service settings.

Community and Primary Health Care nursing practice includes health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, advocacy and rehabilitation (APHCRI 2009). The provision of Community and Primary Health Care Nursing supports individuals to more effectively manage their well-being within their communities and improve health outcomes (Keleher 2001).

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing (CPHCN) makes an important contribution to health care however its current and potential contribution is not well recognised by politicians, the nursing professions, the broader healthcare community and the general public. Raising the awareness of CPHCN supports the shifting of care from the acute to the primary health care sector.

Nurses lead and provide care in many community-based health services across the country, striving to improve equity of access for the hardest to reach communities and promoting the integration of health care delivered by a range of services.

Facebook Competition

Terms and Conditions:
Use the message cards received in your hosting kit to go into the draw to win a $100 Coles Group & Myer gift card by following these steps:

  1. Like Australian College of Nursing on Facebook
  2. Post a photo with the message card to our Facebook wall
  3. Use the hashtag #nurseswhereyouneedthem

Entries close at 11.59pm on Saturday 30 September 2017.  The competition is a game of skill and entrants will be judged based on the creativity and relevance of their photos and captions. The winner will be notified via a post on the ACN Facebook page and a private inbox message on Friday 6 October 2017.
Please note this competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to the Australian College of Nursing and not to Facebook. Your entry may be shared via ACN social media and publications.
We are excited to see your creative entries and wish you best of luck!
For queries regarding the competition, please contact

2017 Registered Celebrations


Australian Capital Territory

Australian College of Nursing


New South Wales

Australian College of Nursing
Amaroo Aged Care
Murrumbidgee Local Health District: Community Nursing
Regal Home Health
Riverina Medical & Dental Aboriginal Corporation (RivMed)
University of Wollongong


Northern Territory




Cairns Integrated Palliative Care Service


South Australia







Western Victoria PHN 


Western Australia

Nurse Practitioner Clinics Australia