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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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Monday, 26 June, 2017 - 14:19

Australian College of Nursing CEO Kylie Ward sleeping it rough last week, ACN staff help CEO Kylie Ward prepare for her Sleepout by wearing onesies and woollies to work

Nurse Leader Raises $2300 For Canberra’s Homeless

Overnight temperatures may have plummeted to -3 degrees, but it wasn’t enough to deter Australian College of Nursing (ACN) boss Kylie Ward from raising funds and awareness for the homeless.

ACN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, joined 96 other CEOs and business leaders from around the ACT to sleep rough on Thursday night for The Vinnies CEO Sleepout. ...

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Friday, 23 June, 2017 - 09:00

SA Budget Boost To Hospital Infrastructure Gets Nod

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has applauded a $1.1 billion health package aimed at modernising suburban hospitals announced in the South Australian budget.

In handing down last night’s budget, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis promised $528 million would be spent on a new Adelaide Women’s Hospital within the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, which is due to be opened in September. 

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