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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) dedicated 2018 to raising the profile of diversity and difference with great success. As a profession, nursing’s own diversity adds strength, depth and insight into the way we service the broader community and support the individuals we care for. As an ethical and highly trusted profession ACN understands the importance of nurses leading the discussion and debate as well as role modelling acceptable behaviours to continue to pursue a positive experience for every person living in Australia. In June 2019 ACN launched the Diversity and Inclusion Working Party to further pursue positive patient experiences through profession led inclusion and awareness strategies.

The Australian College of Nursing Institute of Leadership was launched in August 2019 and announced a leadership series with high profile leaders. ACN’s Let’s Talk Leadership events allow attendees to be inspired by well-known leaders from various industries. The inaugural event in October 2019 featured Catherine McGregor AM, who shared her inspirational personal narrative about serving four decades as a military officer, becoming one of Australia’s most highly regarded cricket writers and commentators and embracing her gender transition journey. Let’s Talk Leadership events will be held in various formats and locations across the country.

Past events

Let's talk leadership - An afternoon with Avril Henry

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we were delighted to introduce Ms Avril Henry in this exciting series to highlight the importance of developing collaborative leaders and women in leadership. Tickets were available to all to further showcase nurses as leaders of key social, political and humanitarian issues.

Avril Henry

About Avril Henry

Avril Henry is the Founder and Executive Director of Avril Henry & Associates. She is an acclaimed keynote speaker, consultant, coach, mentor and author, who is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and developing collaborative leaders. Over 16 years her consulting business has worked with organisations to change their culture and build their leadership capability. Avril’s career has spanned senior roles in finance, project management, change management and HR in South Africa, Australia, the UK and USA.

In 2015 Avril was named one of the AFR Westpac 100 Women of Influence in Australia, and one of the 10 most influential women in the diversity space. She has been recognised by the Human Rights Commission and received business awards in Australia and the USA. She has received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in HR Award at the Australian HR Awards and received a global award for Excellence in Leadership Coaching.

Avril has been a senior advisor on cultural transformation, gender and diversity to the Chief of Defence, Chief of Army, Australia; the ACT Commissioner of Emergency Services and was a member of the Navy People & Capability Committee. Avril has coached Generals and Brigadiers in the Australian Army, DFAT ambassadors and CEO’s. Her clients cover banks, mining, construction, IT, health, universities, pharmaceuticals, and state & federal government departments

She is the author and co-author of several books on leadership, the different generations at work and gender. Avril regularly appears on TV on The Drum and ABC national radio and writes for several business magazines. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two Spoodles, who keep her grounded!

Let's talk leadership featuring Catherine McGregor AM*

The Australian College of Nursing Institute of Leadership was launched in August 2019 and announced a leadership series with high profile leaders. We were delighted to introduce Ms Catherine McGregor AM as the first speaker in this exciting new series to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Catherine McGregor AM

* Ms Catherine McGregor AM appeared by arrangement with Claxton Speakers International.

About Catherine McGregor AM

Catherine McGregor was a military officer for nearly four decades. She graduated from the Royal Military Duntroon and served as an Infantry officer on operations overseas. She held a wide range of strategic policy and operational roles including serving on the personal staffs of 4 Chiefs of the Army and 2 Chiefs of the Air Force.

She has also served as a speech writer and adviser to some of Australia’s most senior political leaders including Bob Carr, Kim Beazley, Tony Abbott and Barry O’Farrell.

Catherine is an engaging and powerful speaker on cricket, global strategic affairs and her own poignant story of gender transition. She has written on politics and sport for all Australian major media organisations and is a published author. Catherine as been voted one of Australia’s most influential women by the Australian Women’s Weekly three times.

She was awarded the Order of Australia in the military division for exceptional service to the Australian Army in 2012. She serves on numerous charities for wounded veterans and she is involved in high performance management with senior female cricket teams. She is a current first grade player and cricket coach.

In 2018 her life was the subject of a highly acclaimed play staged by the Sydney Theatre Company.

Highlights from our past events