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Thursday, 17 August, 2017 - 12:11

ACN calls for Australians to have the right to die in place of their choosing

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is calling on the Commonwealth Government to ensure Australia’s health care system respects and keeps pace with changing patient preferences, in particular a person’s wish to die with dignity in their own home, surrounded by loved ones.

“We have delivered health care in this country in essentially the same manner for decades, which generally sees...

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Tuesday, 15 August, 2017 - 12:03

Nurses come together to Make Change Happen in health care

Hundreds of nurses, students and health professionals from around the country will come together next week to discuss how to ‘Make Change Happen’ for the benefit of patients and communities and use their voice to lead change in nursing, health and aged care.

The Australian College of Nursing’s National Nursing Forum is being held in Sydney from 21-23 August.

Sunday, 6 August, 2017 - 09:00

National statement affirms role of nurses in digital health care

Nurses have a unique leadership role in ensuring a digitally enabled health system delivers on the promise of better health for all Australians.

A joint position paper released today by Australia’s peak bodies for nursing and digital health says as the largest single profession in the healthcare workforce, nurses need...

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Saturday, 5 August, 2017 - 12:08

ACN welcomes Opposition’s stance on aged care

ACN commends Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s acknowledgement of the need to address nurse staffing levels and training in the aged care sector.

Mr Shorten made his comments on the ABC’s 7.30 program last night: “When it comes to aged-care facilities, no question in my mind, we need to make sure if we have the right number of nurses on duty, are we getting the right training for people...

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Thursday, 3 August, 2017 - 16:31

Nurses urge Australians to have organ donation conversation

ACN is highlighting the important role nurses play in organ and tissue donation during DonateLife Week.

Led by the Organ and Tissue Authority, DonateLife Week (30 July-6 August) encourages Australians to register their donation decision and discuss their decision with loved ones.

Only one in three Australians have joined the Australian Organ Donor Register, despite 81 per cent...

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Friday, 14 July, 2017 - 09:58

Electronic health records good for patients, but must be safe

Nurses believe a national shared electronic health record has the potential to be an important tool in improving health outcomes, but must be assured their patient’s confidential medical information is secure and protected, the Australian College of Nursing said today.

Monday, 10 July, 2017 - 17:01

Nurses push for people with diabetes to self-manage blood glucose monitoring

Supporting people with diabetes to self-monitor and self-care empowers individuals, can improve long-term health outcomes, and is being encouraged by the Australian College of Nursing during National Diabetes Week.

Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said ACN had been vocal in its stance on people with diabetes patient self-...

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Monday, 3 July, 2017 - 21:26

Immunisation catch-up plan a shot at better national health

Expanding the National Immunisation Program to include refugees and humanitarian entrants as well as provide catch-up vaccines for children aged up to 19 will improve Australia’s overall health, nurse leaders say.

Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said the Federal Government’s announcement would save many lives including...

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Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 - 18:34

Nurses react to death of colleague Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Victorian surgeon Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann, who died today following an alleged one-punch attack at work.

“It is with great sadness that today we learned of the passing of a fine doctor, husband and father,” ACN Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said.

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 - 11:09

Sharon Bilney, Manager of Client Services for Port Lincoln Aboriginal Health Service.

Nurses celebrate and acknowledge NAIDOC Week

Going home with the feeling that she’d made a difference in someone’s life that day is what Sharon Bilney says is the best part of being a nurse.

“When I was working at the hospital, it was just so nice to feel as though I’d made a difference, whether it was to an Aboriginal patient that day or educating a non-Aboriginal person about Aboriginal culture,” Ms Bilney, who belongs to the...

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