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ACN’s Policy team seeks opportunities to promote nursing and advocate for optimal community health outcomes by responding to consultations and inquiries conducted by Australian Government departments, federal and state parliaments and other organisations.

Click on the + symbol below to find out more about the listed consultations and how you can have your say.

ACN consultations

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has released the Australian clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of endometriosis consultation draft for public feedback. The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is preparing a response to the consultation draft and invites you to provide your feedback using our survey to specific questions related to the guideline’s recommendations. ACN would appreciate your input by Friday 4 December.

The Counsel Assisting for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety have released their final proposed recommendations (summary). Full recommendations can be reviewed here. Counsel Assisting makes 124 Recommendations for implementation over the next 11 years, and covers care provision in both home and residential care settings, funding, regulation and oversight and sustainable skill and workforce planning.

ACN would like to invite you to provide feedback on the Counsel Assisting’s Recommendations. If you are interested in helping inform ACN’s response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality, please provide your feedback in this survey as soon as practical.

Direct response consultations

The University of Melbourne and the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, are doing research to capture expert educators’ ideas and plans for educating the Australian health workforce about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health systems and services. Please participate in the survey if you are eligible, and also pass on this invitation to others who may be eligible.

This survey is open now at: https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6X4QfMPkzCaVawR and closes on Monday 30 November 2020.


  • Education includes formal study for entry into the workforce; continuing professional development to maintain currency; post-basic training leading to specialist status; and preparation for examination to certify competence to practice.
  • The health workforce includes registered health practitioners as well as other health professionals, health researchers and health administration and support workers.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): The research project uses a broad definition of artificial intelligence that includes machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision and chatbots.

Who should complete this survey?

You are eligible to complete this survey if you hold an education-related position such as manager, coordinator, director or committee chair (paid or voluntary) in any of the following kinds of health-related organisations as listed below:

  1. Education and training provider within the scope of the Australian National Training System (e.g. health and IT schools within universities and other registered training organisations)
  2. Education and training provider not within the scope of the Australian National Training System (e.g. profession and industry training providers not included above)
  3. National Board that register practitioners and students and accredits education programs within the scope of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (e.g. Medical Board of Australian and all other health profession boards listed at https://www.ahpra.gov.au/National-Boards.aspx; and their delegated authorities, e.g. Australian Medical Council, Optometry Council of ANZ, etc.)
  4. Organisation that certifies individuals’ competencies or accredits education providers not within the scope of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (e.g. Australasian College of Health Service Management, Health Information Management Association of Australia, etc.)
  5. Organisation registered as a Healthcare Provider Identifier-Organisation (HPI-O) with the Australian Department of Health (e.g. hospitals, private clinics, primary care providers and others, as explained at https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/426830)
  6. Organisation that delivers healthcare services not identified as a Healthcare Provider Identifier-Organisation (HPI-O) by the Australian Department of Health (e.g. residential aged care providers, primary health networks)
  7. Independent medical research institute given Administering Institution status by the National Health and Medical Research Council (list at https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/manage-your-funding/nhmrcs-administering-institutions)
  8. Health professional association within the Australian Bureau of Statistics definition of Professionals (e.g. Australasian Health and Research Data Managers Association)
  9. Health industry association (e.g. Medical Software Industry Association)
  10. Allied health professions within Allied Health Professions Australia.

The findings will inform strategic workforce and education planning by members of the Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. A free summary of the findings will be available in early 2021 on the Alliance website for open public access: https://aihealthalliance.org/.