The COVID-19 pandemic turned the spotlight on the health care system and highlighted just how important the nursing profession is. More than half of all health care workers are nurses and play a crucial role in Australia’s health care system.
These issues created an urgent need for our profession to engage with parliamentarians and vice versa. In June 2021 the ACN launched the Parliamentary Friends of Nursing as a forum open to all parliamentarians to meet to discuss a range of issues facing the nursing profession and how the nursing profession can provide solutions to the issues facing Australia’s health system.
In 2022, the Parliamentary Friends of Nursing group was re-established for the 47th parliament and the following three Members of Parliament are currently co-convenors: