ACN is committed to representing the knowledge and expertise of our Members in policy development throughout the Australian health and aged care system. In this series we want to share what ACN is doing in the policy space with our Members and followers and how your contributions shape our messages to the many consultations that we get involved in.

by ACN Policy Team

In June 2018, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) released a revised and consolidated version of the Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards 2012 (the draft standards) in their Review of Registered Nurse Accreditation Standards, Consultation paper 2. ANMAC sought feedback from stakeholders to ensure the draft standards were contemporary and aligned with Australian and international best practice standards.


ACN members provided extensive feedback on the consolidated five standard draft, helping inform ACN’s comments. ACN’s response emphasised the clear focus of the draft standards on contemporary issues that were flexible enough to accommodate advancing technologies whilst also continuing to address the requirements for practice as a registered nurse as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). ACN is particularly supportive of the inclusion of the following contemporary issues:


– Indigenous perspective on program design and development.

– Teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ history, culture and health.

– Equity and diversity.

– Pastoral/personal service.

– Importance of English language skills.

– Statement of minimum hours of quality professional experience.

– Inclusion of health informatics and simulation training.


Please click here for more detail on ACN’s response to ANMAC.


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1 Comment

  1. I highly agree that English language skills should be pivotal for a registered nurse practicing in Australia as an English speaking country, but I think the criteria of those exams should be refined to give non-English speaking graduate nurses the opportunity to practice their nursing carrier in Australia. Something should be done about the five years minimum study in Australia, many permanent residents nursing graduate as well as those who acquired citizenship are not able to practice due to their inability to pass the English language Examination. This is happening not because their incompetency but owing to the nature and criteria of the examination, an economic burden for the state ,since majority of these are trained by the state but are not able to work and repay their loans.

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