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Monday, 13 November, 2017 - 21:30

Nurses Applaud Recognition Of Climate And Health

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) applauds today’s announcement by one of Australia's biggest health insurers, Medibank, to reduce its exposure to carbon intensive assets and invest $25 million in green bonds for carbon reducing and environmentally responsible projects.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange explaining why it would transition to low-carbon  investments in...

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Thursday, 9 November, 2017 - 15:53

Refugees and asylum seekers must receive quality health care

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has called on the Australian Government to ensure every person seeking asylum in this country has access to quality holistic health care.

“Nurses work tirelessly to care for those in our community and feel strongly that all people have a basic human right to quality health care,” Australian College of Nursing Acting CEO, Anne Samuelson said. “In...

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Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 - 18:25

Protecting older Australians must be a priority

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has called on the Australian Government to implement all 10 recommendations of the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.

“We welcome the release today of this report by Kate Carnell and Professor Ron Paterson and the Commonwealth’s decision to implement the recommended unannounced audits of residential aged care facilities,”...

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Thursday, 12 October, 2017 - 13:07

Victorian hospital security funding shines needed light on safety

ACN commends the Victorian Government on its commitment to and investment in hospital security to protect staff and patients.

“Today’s announcement that the Victorian Government will beef up security across 44 hospital sites is very welcome,” Australian College of Nursing Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN said.

“We must care for those who care for us, and...

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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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