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Refresher program scholarships

In order to support the nursing workforce to respond to the COVID-19 crisis the Australian Government Department of Health is offering 1,000 scholarships for the Australian College of Nursing Refresher Program for Registered Nurses.

This training course will allow Registered Nurses who are currently practising in non-clinical roles to refresh their acute care knowledge, in order to provide support in response to COVID-19.

The program is targeted to Registered Nurses who currently hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and who meet the Recency of Practice Registration Standard of three (3) months practice in the last five years.

In light of feedback from Australia’s nurses and expected demand on industry during COVID-19, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is offering 250 scholarships for the ACN Refresher Program for Enrolled Nurses.

COVID-19 online nursing discussion forum

We have created a dedicated ‘COVID-19 Forum’ on our online engagement platform neo to allow ACN Fellows and Members to engage in discussions and support each other during this challenging time.

You can access neo via or by downloading the ‘ACN-neo’ app from your app store.

Once you have logged in to neo using your membership login details you will find ‘COVID-19 Forum’ under the ‘Forums’ drop-down menu.

If you are not yet a member of the ACN tribe and would like to join to connect with nurses around the country you can complete the online membership application form.


We have collated a list of educational resources* to keep nurses informed, safe and prepared to respond to the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to regularly refer to the Australian Government Department of Health website for the latest news and announcements.

Australian Government Department of Health

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

* All resources are relevant as of their upload date. Due to the dynamic nature of this rapidly unfolding situation we encourage you to regularly check the individual information sources for any further updates.

Australian College of Nursing policy publications

ACN considers that immunisation is a significant preventive health measure and that nurses play an important role in delivering vaccinations and advocating for immunisation programs to the ongoing health of all Australians from birth to old age. It is therefore crucial that nurses are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to fulfil their legislative and professional requirements in relation to immunisation advocacy and when delivering vaccines within their scope of practice.

To find our more please view our Nurses, Immunisation and Health Position Statement and Discussion Paper.

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