The Adolescent and Young People’s COI aims to support nurses working in the field of adolescent and young people’s nursing. Adolescence is the phase of life between childhood and adulthood, and encompasses elements of biological growth and social role transition. Alongside this belief, social forces, such as digital media as well as economic and political forces need to be considered for their significant influence on the health of the young person. This COI brings adolescent and young people’s nurses together to provide strategic advice on policies and positions for this team. The COI’s audio series profiles international and local academics and clinicians working in the field of adolescent and young people health.
The Advanced Practice COI links nurses who have an interest within the field of Advanced Practice nursing. Our aim is to provide opportunities for members to enhance their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest news and research findings, identification of best practice and major policy developments, as well as engage in a networking capacity with other members who share their area of professional interest.
Chief Nursing Informatics Officers
The Chief Nursing and Informatics Officers COI is a closed team which brings together Chief Nursing or Midwifery Informatics Officers and similar executive roles in Nursing Informatics with a vision in leading the transformation of nursing and midwifery care in the digital age to maximise the benefits for the community and advocating for the delivery of excellent person centred care.
Climate & Health
As climate change continues and accelerates, Australian health risks will similarly accelerate, and disproportionately affect Australia’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged. The Climate and Health COI serves to inform and prepare nurses to ameliorate the health harm through capacity and skills building.
Clinical Product Advisors
By introducing a Clinical Advisor will provide the opportunity to extend on the service of the Clinical Advisor providing greater support and providing for a number of advantages. These include providing guidance for the ongoing development of the role of Clinical Advisor which incorporates the provision of expert advice on current medical/ethical considerations: the skilful differentiation yet complementation between clinical and corporate objectives that enables development and management of procurement contracts.
Nursing in the Community
Community and Primary Health Care (C&PHC) nurses are a diverse group of health professionals working in a wide range of service delivery settings. They are well placed to play a major role in the coordination and linking of patients across our often-fragmented Australian Healthcare System. Our COI brings C&PHC nurses together to share our vision for a future of sustainable healthcare in our country that truly meets the health needs of the community we serve.
Cosmetic nursing is on the cutting edge of the evolution of nursing roles and a new specialty in the making. An ever-increasing number of people want to look good and feel confident at all stages of life and are choosing nurses for the quality, ethical care required they provide. Join your fellow cosmetic nurses and help to evolve this into a nationally recognised specialty supported by excellence in education and clinical practice.
Disasters disrupt the normal functioning of communities. When a disaster occurs, Australian nurses may respond as part of a government or non-government disaster medical assistance team. Additionally, nurses may be in the communities, which are affected by disaster and spontaneously respond outside of disaster team.
The Australian College of Nursing, Disaster Health Community of Interest is established to facilitate a network of like-minded Members and Fellows who share an interest in disaster health. As a member of the Community of Interest, Members and Fellow stay up-to-date with news, research findings, best practice, educational opportunities and policy developments related to disaster health.
The purpose of this COI is to give everyone a voice to advocate for change, to contribute to policy matters within our scope of practice, and even to represent ACN on external forums, working parties and events. This COI, like others is an amazing platform to build on your network that can open doors to areas of practice you never thought you could work or even wanted to work in. It can provide guidance to other enrolled nurses both as undergraduates and graduates of what has worked for them and what didn’t.
Shauna Wilson MACN
Australian College of Nursing (ACN) members have the opportunity to connect with like-minded nurses around the country who share areas of interest or specialty through Communities of Interest (COI), enabling members to enhance their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest news, research findings, and opportunities for the identification of best practice and major policy developments. The First Nations COI is a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous nurses who work within the specialty of Indigenous health to collectively come together as proud ACN members to push forward Indigenous health agendas.
Professor Odette Best MACN
Bruce Martin MACN
Facilitating a network of like-minded Members and Fellows who share an interest in the issues faced by all Australians in the pursuit of a whole of life approach to healthy ageing. This enables members of the COI to enhance their knowledge and keep up to date with the latest news, research findings, and opportunities for the identification of best practice and major policy developments.
Ms Kay Richards FACN
Dr Bridget Laging MACN
Dr Melissa Carey MACN
Ms Susannah Slykerman MACN
The ACN History Community of Interest (COI) has been established to facilitate connections for members of the ACN who have an interest in nursing history and historical research with others who have similar interests. It also provides a forum for sharing news, research findings, scholarship, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the promotion of nursing and health history and policy.
The International Nursing COI provides discussion, networking and support opportunities for all ACN Members and Fellows with an interest in international nursing affairs. It is particularly aimed at ACN Members who:
- are working in Australia but who trained and worked overseas
- were trained in Australia but are currently working overseas
- are working in Australia but who previously worked overseas
- are involved in educational programs around integration and multicultural issues (bridging programs, student overseas placements etc.)
- and are interested in international nursing policy and/or perform research around these themes.
Elizabeth Matters FACN
Caroline Browne MACN
Melissa Hozjan MACN
Dr Ylona Chun Tie MACN
The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Leadership Community of Interest (COI) links nurses who have an interest in Leadership.
The aim of the Leadership COI is to provide opportunities for members to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge through mentorship, networking and sharing current evidence-based research and best practice guidelines. Members will share experiences and learnings with their peers networking through neo, podcasts, webinars and face-to-face events.
Legal and Ethical Issues
The ‘Legal and Ethical Issues Community of Interest’ (COI) is a group of nurses motivated to heighten awareness of the importance of legal and ethical matters for nursing; develop and promote responses to legal and ethical issues; and, provide networking and educational opportunities for members.
Mr Scott Trueman MACN
The Military Nursing COI aims to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF), the Australian Public Service (APS) and contracted nursing staff. The COI brings military nurses together to provide strategic advice on policies and positions of ADF nurses. Finally, the COI supports the profession of military nurses and encourages engagement with those who have an affiliation with the military.
Next Generation Community of Interest (COI) links early career nurses with their peers locally and nationally. As next generation nurses, it is vital that we develop our identity as leaders and drivers of change in our future Australian healthcare system.
Nurses have a pivotal role to play in the widespread implementation and adoption of digital health technologies throughout the healthcare sector for the primary purpose of improving safety and quality of patient care. The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Nurse Informatics Communities of Interest (COI) brings together a group of nurses with a common interest in nursing informatics and/or digital health technologies, to work together to solve problems, share knowledge, cultivate best practice and foster innovation in this important area of healthcare. Members will play an integral part in assisting ACN with inputs into submissions and papers and representing ACN.
Rural Nursing & Midwifery
Rural Nursing and Midwifery COI links nurses who have an interest within the area of Rural Nursing and Midwifery. Our aim is to provide opportunities for members to enhance their knowledge and keep up to date with latest news and research findings, identification of best practice and major policy developments, as well as engage in a networking capacity with other members who share their area of professional interest.