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The National Nursing Forum is ACN’s signature annual event bringing together nurses from around the country. In 2016 the Forum took place in Melbourne, Victoria from 26-28 October at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Our theme for 2016, The Power of Now, explored where we are as a profession and how we operate as teams and as individuals. We looked at the current and most vital issues nurses are facing and the creative way nurses are leading necessary reform. With inspiring speakers, enlightening concurrent sessions, the inaugural ‘speed leading session’ and over 300 nurse delegates the 2016 National Nursing Forum was an enormous success and we cannot wait for 2017 in Sydney! 

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By attending ACN events, ACN members and non-members can acquire continuing professional development hours and gain valuable skills to further their knowledge and gain insight into topical issues affecting nurses today.

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The ACN National Nurses Breakfast is hosted each year on 12 May in celebration of International Nurses Day. The campaign encourages nurses and their supporters to host a breakfast or get-together at their workplace, university or community centre to celebrate the invaluable contribution nurses make to the health of our society. Involvement in the ACN National Nurses Breakfast hit an all time high in 2015 with over 240 breakfasts held across Australia and nearly 10,000 participants.

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The ACN Nursing & Health Expos are the perfect place to discover and progress your career in the nursing and health professions. The ACN Expos have a strong reputation for connecting visitors with a range of organisations including hospitals, health care services, educational institutions and specialty nursing groups. With over 110 exhibitors nationally, there are a wealth of products and services on show and visitors gain practical take-home advice and skills in a series of complimentary educational seminars. If you are a nurse, currently studying nursing or considering a career in the nursing or health professions, then the Expos are for you.

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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. The ACN Community and Primary Health Care Community of Interest (COI) Advisory Committee were pleased to launch the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week: Nurses where you need them national campaign in 2015.

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