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.