Vaccinations keep our most vulnerable safe

With increased cases of vaccine-preventable diseases being reported across the country and internationally, the nursing profession is reminding Australians to get immunised and protected for World Immunisation Week (24-30 April). “The World Health Organisation named vaccine hesitancy as one of the top ten global threats to health for 2019,” Australian College of Nursing CEO, Adjunct…

Joint media statement: Nurses and midwives central to provide better health care

Nurses and midwives are calling on all governments to work with our professions to support the health and wellbeing of our community. There are currently 374,216 nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Nurses and midwives, are the largest health professions and the most geographically dispersed workforce in Australia. They…

Winner of inaugural Health Minister’s Awards for Nursing Trailblazers announced

An ACT nurse dedicated to giving people more dignity and choice in their final days was last night named the inaugural Health Minister’s Nursing Trailblazer at an awards ceremony in Sydney. Lord Nigel Crisp, Co-Chair Nursing Now, and Australian College of Nursing President, Professor Christine Duffield FACN presented the inaugural Health Minister’s Nursing Trailblazer Award…

Budget 2019-20: Modest measures fall short of health priorities

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has expressed disappointment at the lost opportunities in Budget 2019-20, particularly in the Government’s failure to distribute additional funding to improving patient outcomes across the country. “This modest allocation fails to appreciate the growing crisis in aged care, particularly in registered nurse staffing shortfalls and inadequate skills-mix training,” Australian…