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Connect with other nurses in the community and stay up-to-date with the latest news by becoming a part of the ‘Nursing in the Community’ Community of Interest (COI). Members can join the COI via neo. If you are currently not yet a member and are interested in joining the COI, you can join online now.

You can also find out more about COIs on our website.

Meet the Leadership Team

Kitty Hutchison FACN

About me

Kitty Hutchison has been working in community nursing for over twenty years. Her early roles were in post-acute care and coordination of care. For the past ten years she has worked in nurse education roles supporting and enhancing practice of community nurse clinicians and is currently developing a Transition to Community Nursing Practice program in Queensland. Kitty believes that nurses in the community are a valuable resource in bridging the ever-increasing gap between primary health care and acute care services in our Australian health care system. She is committed to supporting nurses in the community to maintain high standards of practice and share their innovation and experience confidently with others.


Alan Merritt
Alan Merritt MACN
Secretariat Support

About me

Alan Merritt is a registered nurse with a wide range of experience in varied nursing, health care and regulation contexts. Alan has been a clinician, manager and educator in community nursing, and an academic in the tertiary education sector. He has extensive experience in the governance of nursing and midwifery as a past member of the Australian Capital Territory Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, and through the accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery education programs. He is currently the Manager of Medical School Assessments at the Australian Medical Council where he oversees the accreditation of medical schools for the Australian and New Zealand Context. Alan’s research interests include teaching and learning, nursing in the community, and exploring the expression of artistry and tacit knowledge in practice.


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Profiling our nurses in the community

Acknowledging nurses in the community

High profile nurse leaders from around the country have thanked nurses in our communities in a heart-felt video. We released a series of videos featuring nurses that work in the community. Tune in to hear them share their personal perspectives of nursing in the community.

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Interested in further study?

ACN is committed to providing high quality evidence-based education to ensure nurses are prepared with the knowledge and skills required to practice in a primary health care setting.

We offer a Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing, and a Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing.

There are also a range of short courses available.

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