We are powerful individually, but unstoppable together

We are committed to ensuring that the expertise and experiences of nurses are represented in policy development throughout the Australian health and aged care system.

Fellows and Members of ACN are regularly invited to participate in consultations on a broad range of clinical, professional and health policy issues. Opportunities to contribute to ACN submissions are advertised through our weekly eNewsletter and by direct communication with members.

Policy Chapters

After the success of the Policy Chapters in 2018 ACN is delighted to have our inaugural Policy Chapters continue under the same expert leadership and guidance of our highly regarded Chairs and Deputy Chairs. The aim of the Chapters is to provide opportunities for nursing leaders and experts to inform change and guide future directions through collaboration. Each Policy Chapter will focus on a specific issue and draw on the specialised skills and expertise of members of ACN and external stakeholders to work with and influence government and policy makers. Our continuing Chapters this year are:

  • Workforce sustainability
  • Ageing
  • Chronic disease
  • End of life care

White Papers

Our White Papers detail information on topics which reflect our values and mission of advancing nurse leadership to enhance health care.

White Paper cover - nurses are essential in health and aged care reform
White Paper cover - regulation of the unregulated health care workforce across the health care system

Position statements

ACN is committed to ensuring that the expertise and experiences of nurses are represented in policy development throughout the Australian health and aged care system. We develop position statements in response to issues that are relevant to and/or directly impact on the nursing profession.

Policy submissions

ACN is regularly invited to provide input and advice to government and non-government consultations on a number of nursing and health-related matters. So in order to provide the most comprehensive responses, ACN seeks input from members in their areas of expertise and submits these to the relevant government department or organisation.