ACN Representation
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An important benefit of being an ACN member is the opportunity to represent ACN in a wide variety of activities and at forums, such as government department advisory committee meetings, health professional roundtable discussions, government and non-government working groups and workshops and other events that fall into professional areas of expertise.

The active role of members in decision-making around health policy contributes to ACN’s profile as the preeminent and national leader of the nursing profession representing nurses and communicating the views of the nursing profession.

Professional representation is pivotal to the communication of ACN policy positions to government and other stakeholders in the health arena in Australia, while also providing an avenue for influencing the course of health policies and ensuring that the voice of the nursing and midwifery professions is heard.

ACN is committed to pursuing opportunities for our members to share their unique nursing knowledge/expertise and contribute to the improvement and growth of Australia’s health system.

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ACN’s strength comes from the participation of and support from its members. Our members are able to provide a diverse nursing perspectives.

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Current ACN representation activities open for expressions of interest:

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ACN Representation Charter

Underpinned by ACN values, the Representation Charter outlines core responsibilities for Fellows and Members when representing ACN in an official capacity.

Representation opportunities

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ACN members are involved in numerous representative roles each year at the state and national levels, many of these can be in a ‘once-off’ or ‘ongoing’ capacity, with some groups convening several times a year.

A few highlights from 2016-2018 representation include:

Ongoing representation

Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Hospital-Wide Clinical Indicator Review – Working Party Virginia Plummer FACN
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 19th Edition 2010-2017 – Internal Medicine Clinical Indicator Paula Elliott FACN
National Rural Health Alliance National Rural Health Alliance – Replacement Representative Glynda Summers FACN
Digital Health National Interoperability Roadmap Consultation Naomi Dobroff FACN
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 19th Edition 2010-2017 – Hospital Wide Virginia Plummer FACN
Cathy O’Toole MP Townsville Aged Care Community Reference Group Nichole Harvey MACN
National Aged Care Alliance National Aged Care Alliance Susan Emerson MACN
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Academic Clinical Pathways Working Group Professor Sandy Middleton FACN
Health Professionals Council Authority Nursing and Midwifery Council NSW Current Representative: Elisabeth Black FACN
Replacement representative: Dr Greg Rickard MACN
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) Classifications Clinical Advisory Group (CCAG) Kasia Bail MACN
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) Jo Bowden MACN
La Trobe University La Trobe Nursing Courses Advisory Committee Meeting Sussan Pleunik FACN
International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare Programme Advisory Committee Invitation Elizabeth Manias FACN (DLF)
Standards Australia IT-04 Health Informatics Standards Australia Committee Alison Craswell MACN
Hobart Occupational Medicine Meeting to discuss a combined health professional briefing in relation to the WorkCover Board governing legislation Anne Wallace MACN
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Mental Health Workforce Project Expert Reference Group Carolyn Stapleton MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Topic Working Group for a Clinical Care Standard on Cataract Surgery Amanda Wylie MACN
Australian Digital Health Agency My Health Record Steering Committee Naomi Dobroff FACN
North Adelaide Local Health Network North Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council Brenda Wilson FACN
North Adelaide Local Health Network Australian Stroke Coalition Sandra Lever MACN
North Adelaide Local Health Network Australian Resuscitation Council Tracy Kidd MACN
Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ 2018 Review of the DVA Rehabilitation Appliance Services Susan Emerson MACN
Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) ASHM National Nursing working group – stigma and discrimination project Amanda Chambers MACN
Flinders University Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project Sue McKechnie FACN
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Hospital-wide clinical indicator set expert commentary for Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 18th Edition 2009-2016 Virginia Plummer FACN
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Consultative Committee Lara McIntyre FACN
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority Clinical Advisory Committee Dr Kathryn Zeitz FACN
National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management Guidelines Dr Nichole Harvey MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Topic Working Group for a Clinical Care Standard on Cataract Surgery Amanda Wylie MACN
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Mental Health Workforce Project Expert Reference Group Carolyn Stapleton FACN
Hobart Occupational Medicine Meeting to discuss a combined health professional briefing in relation to the WorkCover Board governing legislation Anne Wallace MACN
Nancy Arnold MACN
Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) Code of conduct review Working Group Anne Samuelson FACN
Australian Resuscitation Council – ARC (Qld Branch) ARC QLD Branch Meeting February 2016 Denise Airey MACN
Australian Resuscitation Council – ARC (Qld Branch) ARC QLD Branch Meeting May 2016 Denise Airey MACN
Australian Resuscitation Council – ARC (Qld Branch) ARC QLD Branch Meeting August  2016 Denise Airey MACN
Australian Resuscitation Council – ARC (Qld Branch) ARC QLD Branch Meeting November 2016 Denise Airey MACN
Flinders University Flinders University Department of Health Care Management Industry Board Philip Darbyshire MACN
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC) Ministerial Advisory Committee on Surgical Services (MACSS) Fiona Brew MACN
Government of South Australia Panel of The South Australian Health Practitioners Tribunal Jeffrey Fuller FACN
Jane Pappin MACN
Marion Eckert MACN
Evdokia Kalaitzidis MACN
Sheryl De Lacey FACN
Kirstie Walkley MACN
Brigid Coombe MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) National Model Clinical Governance Framework Advisory Panel Cheyne Chalmers FACN
Nursing and Midwifery Office SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards(NMEA Reference Group) Moira Noonan MACN
National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) NACA Meeting 26-27 May 2016 Carolyn Stapleton FACN
NPS Medicinewise National Cervical Screening Product Review Group Cheryl Hawkins MACN
Department of Social Services Reference Group Meeting, Improved Assessment Process for Carer Payments Susan Emerson MACN
Guideline and Technical Innovation Advisory Group (GATI) GATI Meeting 17 March 2016 Larissa McIntyre FACN
Guideline and Technical Innovation Advisory Group (GATI) GATI Meeting 31 March 2016 Larissa McIntyre FACN
Guideline and Technical Innovation Advisory Group (GATI) GATI Meeting 27 April 2016 Larissa McIntyre FACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Topic Workshop Group to Develop a Clinical Care Standard on Cataract Surgery Eileen Nicol MACN,
Amanda Wylie MACN
CareSearch CareSearch Project – National Advisory Group Judith Anderson FACN
Cathie Pigott MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Topic Workshop Group for the Clinical Care Standard on Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Julia Brownlie MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Infection Control Clinical Indicator Working Party Deborah Clark MACN
Cancer Australia Intercollegiate Advisory Group Meinir Krishnasamy MACN
International Council of Nurses Nurse Advocates Initiative – Adult Immunisation Advisory Board Sonya Nicholl MACN
Alison Belcastro MACN
Melinda Hassall MACN
National Primary Health Care Partnership National Primary Health Care Partnership meeting Michelle Gunn MACN
National Health & Medical Research Council Embryo Research Licensing Committee Elizabeth Emmanuel FACN
University of Notre Dame Primary Health Care Undergraduate Course Reference Group Sue Mapletoft MACN
Trish Lowe MACN
Cancer Australia Cancer Australia Intercollegiate Advisory Group Meinir Krishnasamy MACN
Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Initiative (Working group) Sub-Working Group Focused on Refugee Woman’s Health Danielle Rule MACN
Ruth DeSouza MACN
National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) National Aged Care Alliance Meeting 22nd and 23rd February 2016 Tracey McDonald FACN
Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Aged Care Complaints Commissioner Consultative Committee Larissa McIntyre FACN
Queensland Nurses’ Union & Australian Nursing Federation Queensland Branch Meeting of Queensland Nursing and Midwifery Peak Bodies Michelle Gunn MACN
Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations meeting Kylie Ward FACN
Michelle Gunn MACN

Once-off representation

Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
Australian Human Rights Commission Race Discrimination Forum and Workshop Hamish Jeffrey MACN
Anita Bamford-Wade MACN
Kylie Ward FACN
Alanna Geary MACN
Department of Health S8 Strong Opioid Consultation Sharyn Amos MACN
Department of Health Aged Care Workforce Strategy Workforce Summitt 2 Moira Noonan MACN
Department of Health Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce Roger Levi FACN
Palliative Care Australia Policy Roundtable on Palliative Care Workforce within Aged Care Nancy Arnold MACN
Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Towards an Integrated Healthcare System – Forum Christopher O’Donnell MACN
Bipolar Australia Coming home with Bipolar Launch Yvonne Mckinlay FACN
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Clinical Supervision Position Statement – Working Party Stacie Murphy MACN
University of New South Wales (UNSW) 2018 National Round Table on Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability Michael Roche MACN
Australian Human Rights Commission Close the Gap – Campaign Parlimentary Breakfast Kathryn Baird MACN
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Convacation Ceremony and Welcome Reception (Annual Scientific Congress) John Daly FACN
Australian Health Research Alliance Health Systems Improvement & Sustainability Initiative Face to Face Meeting Sandy Middleton FACN
Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetic Injectable Safety Meeting Marina Buchanan-Grey MACN
Safework NSW Stakeholder Consultation – Work Health safety factors affecting At Risk Workers Juanita Nolan MACN
Victorian Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and the NMBA Registered Nurse Prescribing Victorian Stakeholder Forum Carolyn Stapleton MACN
Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
Australian Red Cross Blood Service Strategic Blood Forum Jenny O’Baugh MACN
Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia and Turning Point Launch of Nurse & Midwife Support Jenny Newton FACN
Christine Smith FACN
CATSINaM CATSINaM Stakeholders Dinner Forum Jenny Newton FACN
Moira Noonan MACN
Emily Wardell MACN
Innovating Care/Talentgrid Distinguished speaker invitation Innovating Care: Transforming Nursing Care Forum Naomi Dobroff FACN
COAG NRAS Consultation Forums Terri Gibson MACN
Lesley Siegloff FACN
National Allergy Strategy National Allergy Strategy Infant Feeding Implementation Meeting Elizabeth Palk MACN
The District Nurses Premiere of Hospice@HOME short film and launch of 2017 interim report Carolyn Salter MACN
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Invitation to the Convocation Ceremony Paul Arbon FACN
Department of Health Stakeholder Forum – Post-Market Review of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Medicines Kathy Chapman MACN
Indigenous Health Division, Department of Health National Implementation Plan Consultation Forum Tania Dufty MACN
Save the Children Launch of Emergency Health Unit Jamie Ranse FACN
Department of Health Roundtable meeting on strategies to improve influenza vaccination rates in pregnant women Alison Belcastro MACN
Palliative Care Australia Compassionate Communities Lunch Briefing Kate Lehmensich MACN
Nurses Memorial Centre Annual ANZAC Commemorative Service for Nurses Jenny Newton FACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Workshop to define requirements of the interactive Australian atlas of healthcare variation Sushila Agnihotri MACN
Institute of Health and Ageing Launch of Consumer Directed Care in Residential Aged Care Linda Daniels MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care NSQHS Standards for primary care workshop Yvonne McKinlay FACN
Anna Shepherd MACN(Associate)
Leanne Morton FACN
Kate Spurway MACN
Leonie Keen MACN
Palliative Care Australia National Palliative Care Week lunch briefing Liz Hanna FACN
Flinders University Launch of palliAGED Hamish Jeffrey MACN
Liz Hanna FACN
Meg Bransgrove MACN
Akolade Dementia Care Delivery Summit Andrew Dean MACN
Department of Health National Framework for Maternity Services Consultation Philip Peter MACN
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Australasian Clinical Indicator Report 18th Edition 2009-2016 Virginia Plummer FACN
Charles Sturt University Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) launch and summit Leigh Spokes FACN
Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) Launch of joint Nursing Informatics Position Paper Christopher O’Donnell MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Consultation: Safety and pain points at transitions of care Jenny Newton FACN
Wendy Marshall MACN
Department of Health National Palliative Care Strategy workshops Melissa Bloomer FACN
Laurie Grealish FACN
Antonija Monckton MACN
Fiona Onslow MACN
Lara McInytre FACN
Department of Health Medicinal cannabis clinical update and development of clinical guidance for use of Medicinal cannabis products in pain treatment Robyn Quinn MACN
Australian Labour Party Roundtable discussion on women’s health Susan Watt MACN
Body/Organisation requesting ACN representation Title of request to ACN Member representative in attendance
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery Anaesthetic and sedation in private health facilities in NSW, Roundtable discussion Suzie Hoitink MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) Caring for Cognitive Impairment Campaign – Launch Anne Samuelson FACN
Patricia Lowe MACN
Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Hospital-Wide Data Set Clinical Indicator Report 2008-2015 17th Edition Virginia Plummer FACN
Mary Fletcher MACN
Centre for Food & Allergy Research (CFAR) Infant Feeding Guidelines Summit Liz Palk MACN
Australian War Memorial Wreath Laying and Remembrance Ceremony Kylie Ward FACN
Nurses Memorial Centre Annual ANZAC Commemorative Service for Nurses Jennifer Newton FACN
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Updating Medicine Ingredients Names – Feedback Teleconference Carolyn Stapleton FACN
The Australian Human Rights Commission Close the Gap – Campaign Steering Committee Meeting Trish Lowe MACN
Sue Mapletoft MACN
Primary Health Care Advisory Group Health Care Homes Initiative Briefing  – Primary Health Care Reform Kylie Ward FACN
Carolyn Stapleton FACN
Department of Health Department of Health 2016-2017 Federal Budget Briefing Kylie Ward FACN
Carolyn Stapleton FACN
Princess Alexandra Hospital( PAH) Nurses BBQ for International Nurses Day ACN Stall Belynda Abbott FACN
HESTA Hesta Australian Nursing Awards Kylie Ward FACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Clinical Care Standards Advisory Committee Meeting Edel Murray MACN (Proxy)
QLD Health Regulatory Controls in Residential Care Stakeholder Meeting Tracey Duke MACN
Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) CAHA ‘s strategic planning meeting Liz Hanna FACN
Flinders University Nursing and Midwifery Expo 2016 Moira Noonan MACN
Monash University Expert Panel Review Meeting on Reducing Preventable Deaths Among Residential Respite Residents Angela Casey MACN
Drug and Alcohol Nurses Association (DANA) DANA NSW Nurses Forum 2016 Emma Woodhouse MACN
Leone Pike MACN
Urbis (Contracted by Department of Health) National Palliative Care Strategy 2010 Evaluation Workshops Julianne Brisbane MACN
Akolade Dementia Strategy Summit Nicole Brooke MACN
Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research Seminar – Regulation of Cannabis Based Products Yvonne Chard MACN
Robyn Quinn MACN
Susan Colman MACN
Capital Bluestone Woolooware Bay Career and Education Expo Renee Pinkey MACN
5th National Coalition on Child Safety and Wellbeing Meeting Families Australia Sue Mapletoft MACN
AuSAE AuSAE Networking Lunch Kate Lehmensich MACN
Sophia Hartl
Curtin University Curtin University Students presentation Serena Ricciardone MACN
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health Wearable Health Technologies and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Elise Sullivan FACN
Queensland Government Developing a health workforce strategy for Queensland stakeholder Forum Cath Frame MACN
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC) Consultation on surgery and emergency care service plans Michelle Gunn MACN
National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) Abstract Review Committee Invitation Deb Carnes MACN
National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) My Aged Care co-design workshop Marianne Cummins MACN
Australian Catholic University-The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (QLD) 24th Fabiola Oration and Convocation Michelle Gunn MACN
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard Launch Robyn Manning
Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) Health leaders meeting with parliamentarians and roundtable discussion Kylie Ward FACN
Liz Hanna FACN
Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Booth at Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) National Congress Trish Lowe MACN