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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 MACN
Kitty Hutchison MACN

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.


Adjunct Professor Anna Shepherd FACN (Hon)
Adjunct Professor Anna Shepherd FACN (Hon)
Deputy Chair

About me

Anna is the Executive Chair of Regal Health, an established provider of Community Nursing, Allied Health, Life Services & Case Management. Anna led Regal in achieving accreditation with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards in 1994, being the first private primary healthcare service in Australia to be accredited.

Widely recognised for her passion, commitment and advocacy, in 2018 Anna was recognised as an Honorary Fellow with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). She was instrumental in approaching ACN to create the initial Community & Primary Health Care Nursing Week initiative.

Anna has been involved in building community through her successful Wisdom Exchange, and is consulted on issues relating to Primary Healthcare, Aged Care & Governance locally, nationally and globally.

Anna has developed innovative and sustainable business models and initiatives that support the community both from a service perspective and through philanthropic activities around the world in healthcare, the arts, and indigenous projects.

Anna is committed to connecting communities and setting an example for business in finding sustainable solutions that empower people to be independent, connected and valued in society.


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.


Melissa Lockwood MACN
Communication Coordinator
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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.

With thanks to the support of our official partner, Regal Home Health

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