The National Nursing Forum 2022

Date & time

Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 August 2022

NNF program

0432 651 588

About the event

The National Nursing Forum (NNF) is the Australian College of Nursing’s signature annual leadership and educational event bringing together nurses, students and other health professionals from around the country and across the globe. The 2022 NNF will take place from Wednesday 17 – Friday 19 August 2022 at the Darwin Convention Centre.

Attendees will enjoy a full and rich forum experience with face-to-face presentations and interactions with the nursing network, the opportunity to connect with valuable sponsors and exhibitors to learn about the latest products, and more.

For those of you who may not be able to travel, we are excited to announce the NNF will now be a hybrid forum experience, providing you the option of participating in-person or virtually. Virtual attendees will be able to enjoy live streamed sessions directly from the forum venue, and access to exhibitor information.

The 2022 NNF theme will be ‘Nursing Leadership Unmasked’ and will be explored in our keynote plenary sessions and throughout the forum.

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Sponsorship and exhibition enquiries

Australian Conference & Event Organisers
t: 0432 651 588


All participants are required to register to attend. Please read the following information carefully before completing your registration. Fees are in Australian Dollars and inclusive of GST.

 Early bird
Paid on or before Thursday 30 June 2022
Paid on or after Friday 1 July 2022
ACN Member full registration$810.00$915.00
Retired Member & Fellow full registration$446.00$546.00
Member ONE day registration$495.00$495.00
Member TWO day registration$705.00$705.00
Non-member full registration$1,020.00$1,125.00
Non-member ONE day registration$600.00$600.00
Non-member TWO day registration$810.00$810.00
Student (Undergraduate) full registration$446.00$546.00

Full registration includes:

  • Entry to Forum plenary and concurrent sessions
  • Access to the Exhibition
  • Lunches, morning and afternoon teas
  • Access to the ACN Club Lounge (Tuesday 16 August)
  • One (1) ticket to the Networking Drinks Reception (Wednesday 17 August)
  • One (1) ticket to the Gala Dinner (Thursday 18 August)

Day registration includes:

  • Entry to Forum plenary and concurrent sessions (on designated day(s) only)
  • Access to the Exhibition (on designated day(s) only)
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea (on designated day(s) only)
  • One (1) ticket to the Networking Drinks Reception (Tuesday 17 August ) (Wednesday one day & Wednesday & Thursday two day registrants only)
 Paid on or after Wednesday 1 June 2022
ACN Member full registration$550.00
Non-member full registration$550.00
Retired Member & Fellow full registration$546.00
Student (Undergraduate) full registration$546.00

Virtual registration includes:

  • Access to the Forum Virtual Platform to view sessions available live and on-demand
  • Access to exhibitor information
  • Access to the Forum App

Additional information


Karen Cook

Karen Cook

Master of Ceremonies

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Karen has been a registered nurse for 40 years.

Her nursing career has been everything a nursing career should be. Equal parts rewarding, frustrating and exciting. She has worked in a variety of settings and roles here and in the UK. Prior to her retirement she was Senior Nursing and Midwifery Adviser in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in the Australian Government Department of Health. She has held positions as Nursing Adviser at Health Workforce Australia and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Given that she is not really the retiring type she is back at work as a member of the Nursing Taskforce in the Australian Government Department of Health working on development of the National Nursing Workforce Strategy and the Nurse Practitioner 10 year plan. Work that is equal parts rewarding, frustrating and exciting!

In her spare time Karen is a marriage celebrant, event MC and proud grandmother.

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Christine Duffield

Emeritus Professor Christine Duffield FACN

Keynote Speaker

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President ACN

Christine Duffield is an internationally renowned and passionate nurse who has worked across direct care, consultancy, academia, research and in leadership roles to spearhead the advancement of the nursing profession in Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and Australia for over 40 years. She is a Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management at Edith Cowan University, Perth; Emeritus Professor University of Technology Sydney and President/Chair Australian College of Nursing.

Having published over 200 research papers, Christine was named in Mendeley’s Top 100,000 Cited Researchers of the World in 2020. Christine is also the Associate Editor for the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the most highly ranked international nursing journal.

Christine led the development of the first five industry funded Chairs of Nursing in Australia and has been instrumental in establishing key institutions including the Centre for Graduate Nursing Studies (1989) and the Centre for Health Services Management (1999).

Christine has held numerous senior University roles on Academic and Graduate Students Committees and has made a significant impact to the nursing profession by attracting over $14M in research funding as Chief Investigator, supervised 30+ research students and examined 30+ research theses.

Christine is an experienced Board Director who has established and chaired Clinical Governance Committees for two aged care Boards.

As the President/Chair of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), she has led the review of the ACN Constitution, governance policies and procedures and assisted in moving to a skills-based Board.

A skilled leader, Christine has been a member of State and Commonwealth Committees including Health Workforce Australia; Grants Committee Rosemary Bryant Centre; NHMRC and ARC expert review panels; Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Advisory Committee – Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration and has represented Australia on panels for the International Council of Nurses.

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Kylie Ward

Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN

Keynote Speaker

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ACN CEO, RN, M.Mgt, Dip.App.Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert., FACN, FCHSM, Wharton Fellow, MAICD

Policy Reformer. Humanitarian. Visionary. Nurse. For-Purpose Leader. Equality Warrior. Adjunct Professor. Mum. Transformation Specialist.

From humble beginnings, Kylie has gone on to become one of the most influential professional health leaders of the country and a formidable, passionate advocate for women, children and equality.

Kylie’s story is grounded in service to others, a vision for a greater future and a tenacity to get the job done. Kylie’s strengths lie in breaking down the walls, reframing the issue for fresh thinking and bringing people together to create long-lasting solutions.

Kylie currently serves as CEO of Australian College of Nursing (ACN). She has led a program of transformation at ACN, increasing revenue, tripling student numbers, raising awareness of the profession and building a legacy of nursing leadership, policy, sponsorship and community.

Kylie is inspired to increase the recognition of nurses and women in society. Articulating and amplifying the professional voice of nurses, ensuring they have a major seat at the table to develop health and social policy.

She has led the ACN community to find their relevance through policy leadership, political and industry influence, as such, ACN is now Australia’s beacon for Nurse Leadership.

Kylie holds honorary academic appointments with five leading Australian universities and in 2017, Kylie won Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in ACT for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

In 2022, Kylie was named the ACT Winner of the Excellence in Women’s Leadership Awards by Women and Leadership Australia and was a national finalist for two of CEO Magazine’s prestigious awards, CEO of the Year and Not-For-Profit Executive of the Year.

Kylie has served on numerous State and Territory Senate and Parliamentary Inquiries and gave evidence in 2019 at the Aged Care Royal Commission.

Before joining ACN, Kylie ran a successful consultancy specialising in transformation, executive coaching, leadership and change management. She is renowned for her business acumen, entrepreneurship, and visionary style leadership.

Kylie is a regular keynote speaker, author, media personality and mother of two men.

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Sonia Martin

Sonia Martin MACN

Keynote Speaker

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Powered by a passion to decrease stigma around homelessness, Sonia Martin had a vision to step up and tackle the issues head-on and provide access to quality health care for thousands of vulnerable Australians.

A nurse through and through, Sonia has spent a lot of time with people on the streets who have been disengaged from health care for years, listening to their stories and their worries. She was struck by the loneliness of people sleeping rough and doing it tough and combined with witnessing hundreds of representations to the Emergency Department in the role of Nurse Unit Manager, she decided she had to do something different for vulnerable Australians. So, she made the courageous decision to resign from her permanent public health sector managerial role together with Dr Nova Evans, to address the gap in provision of care to people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Australia.

In 2018, Sonia and Nova, who passionately believe there had to be a better way to provide equitable, quality health care for vulnerable Australians, decided to put their vision into action and literally take health care to the streets.

Sonia began to change the lives of thousands of Australians by setting up a simple nursing kit and started providing health care from the back of a car boot. This led to the development of the innovative service we know today as Sunny Street.

Whilst many of Sonia’s friends and family told her it wasn’t possible to step out and truly make a difference, Sonia backed herself and found the way forward. Today, Sunny Street is an award-winning health care service and since 2018, has provided over 30,000 consultations.

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Georgie Carroll, Comedian

Georgie Carroll

Keynote Speaker

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Born and raised in Manchester, England; now a proud Australian. Georgie Carroll is a Comedian, Nurse, Wife and Mother.

This combination of Nationalities, home life and hospital has provided a 24/7 training ground that has nurtured Georgie’s naturally funny bones. Her bluntness and charm coupled with razor-sharp wit, give her a broad-spectrum appeal that can be put into any room and shine.

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Patricia Davidson

Professor Patricia M. Davidson

Keynote Speaker

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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States. In 2021 she was the recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leader Award. This honour celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States.

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Venue – Darwin Convention Centre

The 23,000 square metres of carefully designed event spaces makes Darwin Convention Centre the largest conference and event facility in the Northern Territory. This world class venue offers adaptable meeting rooms, auditorium and exhibition halls to cater for up to 1,200 delegates.

With easy access to Asia by air, Darwin is the perfect launch pad to explore Australia’s Top End natural landscapes and cultural heritage. The Centre is conveniently situated a short 15 minutes from the airport, within the vibrant Darwin Waterfront Precinct where delegates can combine business with pleasure in a year-round tropical climate.

Stokes Hill Road, Darwin NT 0800
(08) 8923 9000

Location - Darwin

Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city. From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city’s Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers’ paradise.

Food, glorious food

Our close proximity to Asia and ocean of fresh catches combine to make Darwin a modern dining delight.

Savour the flavours at our most superb places to dine out in Darwin. Here, food takes inspiration from our land with local produce such as mud crab, barramundi, Kakadu plum, lemon myrtle and even green ants.  There are plenty of options when dining around Darwin.

Local attractions

Darwin is a destination jampacked with plenty of local attractions and things to do nearby. Explore things to do in Darwin


Darwin has two distinct seasons – the Wet and the Dry. January and February is the heart of the Wet season.

May to September is the long period known as the Dry season and is the most popular time of the year for visitors and locals. The humidity is at its lowest and the nights can become relatively cool. Average temperatures range from 19.3 degrees Centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.6 degrees Centigrade (89 degrees Fahrenheit). October to December is the pre monsoon period and it becomes increasingly humid with occasional rain.


aceo has arranged special rates at a number of hotels/apartments within walking distance to the Darwin Convention Centre – view accommodation options here.


QANTAS is offering the chance to save on return flights to Darwin for the month of June. Save $100 with promo code ‘TAKEOFF100’ when you book your flights on eligible fares. Offer available for return Qantas operated flights only. Offer ends Monday 11.59pm (AEST) 30 June 2022. Conditions apply. Visit their website for more information on this deal or to book your flights.


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In-kind sponsors

Ascent Footwear
Byron Bay Cookies
Castle and Things
Endota Spa
Ethical Brand Co
Go-to Skincare
Lively Living
Lucas Papaw Remedies
Naked Wines
Sage Beauty
Sequins and Sand

Frequently asked questions

A hybrid event combines a “live” in person event with a “virtual” online component.

Hybrid meetings are an alternative to educating yourself if you cannot attend the in-person event; however, these events cannot replace the physical and social interaction we have missed out on over the past two years!

No, there will be a fee to gain access to and participate in the virtual event.

While some costs associated with a physical event are removed when an event is held virtually, new costs are incurred for the resources and technology required to produce a streamlined and professional online event.

Should you wish to change your “in-person” registration to a “virtual” registration ACN will consider requests on a case-by-case.  You will be required to advise by email your reason explaining your change in preference of attendance.  Also note the “Voluntary Cancellation (in-person)” policy will apply.

A registration link will be sent to you via email by 5pm, Tuesday 16 August 2022.

Please check your junk folder if you do not receive the access email.

If you do not receive the email the day before the event, please contact to have it re-sent to you.

Please contact and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.

Contact us

The National Nursing Forum 2022 is organised with the assistance of Australian Conference and Event Organisers (aceo). For further information or assistance, please contact the Forum Office:

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t: 0432 651 588