The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is committed to supporting and promoting safe work environments while improving policy and processes to eradicate occupational violence against nurses. The unacceptable experience of occupational violence against nurses is widespread. ACN does not accept this risk to nurses and will work tirelessly to support the introduction of legislation and initiatives that will ensure our workplaces are safe for the nursing profession.
In 2021, ACN established the Nurses and Violence Taskforce designed to develop policy and support advocacy. That Taskforce incorporates four committees:
- Nurses experiencing domestic violence
- Nurses caring for people experiencing domestic violence
- Occupational violence
- Nurses and child protection
Each Committee is Co-Chaired by ACN’s CEO Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN and a senior Nursing Leader representative.
The Committee’s 2021/2022/2023 priorities are available as below.