The Australian College of Nursing puts nursing in the spotlight
Last night the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) facilitated another networking function at the Adelaide Hilton for its Members and Fellows, with key health stakeholders from metropolitan, regional and rural areas attending.

ACN’s CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN said that it has been inspiring to engage with ACN’s dedicated Members and Fellows at the VIP Cocktail Functions held in Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart. “The nursing workforce is well placed to innovate and make changes within the Australian health care system. Nursing is ready and willing to address current issues such as access to health care services, the ageing population and chronic disease management,” she said.

ACN is honoured that Annabel Digance MP, Member for Elder, and Nat Cook MP, Member for Fisher, were able to attend last night. As former nurses, both MPs are among the many health care leaders who have made the shift to parliament and politics in Australia and it was a pleasure to meet them.

This is the sixth of many VIP Cocktail Functions ACN will be hosting throughout every state and territory in the coming weeks.

The functions will focus on three key themes:

  • The power of nursing as a collective voice
  • The top three priorities for the future of nursing
  • The top three priorities our Members and Fellows want to see from ACN

The next ACN VIP Cocktail Function is scheduled in Brisbane on 12 July.

Adjunct Professor Ward said “The full potential of the nursing workforce needs to be realised. The nursing workforce is the single largest health profession in Australia and its utilisation is essential to achieving health gains in the community”.