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Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 - 09:24

Nurses support equality

Nurses Support Equality

Today, on World Mental Health Day, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) acknowledges the impact that the current debate on marriage equality has on the mental health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) community.

“ACN strongly supports equality for all. It is a fundamental human right and we condemn any kind of discrimination, be it...

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Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 10:03

Workforce, control and choice central to future aged care services

The Australian College of Nursing welcomes the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to providing older Australians with more choice in and control of aged care services.

Yesterday’s release of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017, highlights the work done to date to give consumers more say in aged care services and the steps still needed to ensure all Australians have...

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Friday, 15 September, 2017 - 08:43

Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week: eBook shines a light on the vital work of nurses

Community nursing in palliative care: how more real can it get? As someone is ending their life you get a glimpse of what that life has been. You see the person… his wedding photo, his daughter on his arm at her wedding, the grandchildren’s graduations ... their life and all that they have lived. You’re part of that. For a brief moment they allow you into their lives and enrich you with...

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Tuesday, 5 September, 2017 - 14:02

Nurse leaders back measures to safeguard elderly against flu

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) supports a Federal Government push to boost flu vaccination rates amongst aged-care workers, and says this should be extended to all health workers who come into contact with nursing home residents, visitors and residents themselves.

There has been a record 105,000 cases of confirmed flu nationally this winter, and at least 14 nursing home deaths...

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Friday, 1 September, 2017 - 15:31

Australian College of Nursing thanks Martin Bowles for his service

The Australian College of Nursing wishes to acknowledge the contribution departing Health Department Secretary, Martin Bowles, has made to health care in this country during his tenure.

“Martin’s career so far has spanned 40 years, and his dedication to public health is commendable,” Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said.


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Tuesday, 22 August, 2017 - 09:00

Forum hears primary care nurse workforce a priority

An ageing population, increases in chronic disease and a shortage of nurses are some of the biggest challenges facing Australia’s health system.

Acknowledgement, support and continued investment in Community and Primary Health Care is needed to address recruitment and retention issues of nurses as well as measures to promote continued training and career development, attendees at the...

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Monday, 21 August, 2017 - 09:30

Nurse leaders recognised for outstanding contributions to the profession

A Sydney woman who has nursed rural and metropolitan patients back to health for more than 50 years was officially recognised by the nursing fraternity today by becoming a Distinguished Life Fellow (DLF) of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN).

Nursing, Midwifery and Health Care Consultant Judith Meppem PSM FACN was sworn in as a DLF during an Investiture of new Fellows and Awards...

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Monday, 21 August, 2017 - 09:00

Emojis improving how hospital staff interact with young patients

Emojis improving how hospital staff interact with young patients

For many children and adolescents, hospitals can be an overwhelming place where their thoughts and feelings can be overshadowed by confusing conversations about their treatment and care.

However, one hospital has introduced the use of emojis on patient communication boards as a way for young patients and their families to communicate their feelings with treating health professionals.

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.