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Regions & Communities of Interest

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ACN recognises the importance of providing members with targeted networking and engagement opportunities. Our Regions and Communities of Interest (COI) provide unique opportunities to connect with members who are located in your region or share your area of practice. 

A place of high-level, active discussion about specific health and aged care topics, Regions and COIs are member-led and a crucial repository of highly skilled people who are passionate about raising the profile of local and national health concerns.

These vital networks help inform ACN’s policy and position statements, and ultimately, influence health and aged care debate and policy. Members of our Regions and COIs advance the nursing profession by taking the lead, collaborating about key issues and working together to develop nurse-led solutions.

What do regions do?

Regions facilitate and influence discussions on regional/state issues related to health and nursing, host local networking events and working committees and organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. Regions are a vital communication link between our member base and ACN, particularly our Policy, Membership and Representation teams. Members are encouraged to approach their Region contacts to submit articles, give presentations and generally advance their careers.

Where are the regions?

Regions are organised by geographical location. On becoming a member of ACN you are assigned to a Region based on your residential location, identified by your postcode. The map below illustrates ACN’s Regions.

Interested in taking the lead?

Each Region is led by a Key Contact, who acts as the liaison between the Region and ACN. If you are interested in filling a vacant Key Contact position and working with ACN to organise activities in your Region please contact Kate Lehmensich, Manager – Membership via for further information.

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Key Contact

Western Australia
3PerthSitthachi Rees
4WA South WestRobbie Haines
Northern Territory
5NT NorthHeather Keighley
South Australia
7SA North/WestVACANT
8Adelaide Metro/SA SouthMoira Noonan
9SA Far South/EastVACANT
10QLD Far NorthKaren Yates
12BrisbaneBelynda Abbott
13QLD WestAnne-Marie Goes
14QLD SouthIlze Jaunberzins
New South Wales
16Sydney MetroKate Spurway
17Sydney WestVACANT
18Sydney South/IllawarraVACANT
19Hunter ValleyVACANT
20NSW Central/Far WestVACANT
Australian Capital Territory
22Canberra & Regional ACTMeg Bransgrove
23Central & South GippslandMargot Medew
24MelbourneJennifer Newton
25GeelongMeagan Harding
26Murray/GoulburnDavid Shipston
27Victoria South WestVACANT
29TAS SouthNancy Arnold

What are the COIs?

ACN’s COIs allow members to network with colleagues who share similar areas of practice or professional interest. COI members have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and stay up-to-date with:

  • latest news
  • identifications of best practice
  • latest research findings and activities
  • major policy developments.

How do I get involved?

Becoming an active member of a COI provides opportunities to:

  • focus on identification of practice and policy issues
  • inform ACN of role, practice and research issues
  • support the dissemination of information
  • contribute to ACN’s publications, such as The Hive.

ACN’s Communities of Interest



Rural Nursing & Midwifery

Heather Keighley

Community & Primary Health Care

Kate Partington

Healthy Ageing

Michael Krejany

Movement Disorders and Parkinson's

Sue Williams

Disaster Health

Jamie Ranse

Education & Research

Elizabeth Emmanuel

Advanced Practice


Leadership & Management

Catriona Booker

Legal & Ethical Issues

Scott Trueman


Marilyn Gendek

Chronic & Complex


Adolescent & Young People


Acute Care Services

Jeffrey Woods

Climate & Health

Liz Hanna

Cosmetic Nurses

Elissa O’Keefe

Nurse Informatics

Naomi Dobroff
Aaron Jones

Next Generation

Meg Bransgrove

Serena Ricciardone

Contact ACN Membership today to join a COI.
p 1800 061 660 (charges may apply)

Interested in taking the lead?

Each COI is led by a Key Contact, who acts as the liaison between the COI and ACN. If you are interested in filling a vacant Key Contact position and working with ACN to organise activities for your COI please contact Kate Lehmensich, Manager – Membership via for further information. 

Sponsor a COI to support and reach nurse leaders in key specialties 

COI sponsorship provides an ideal platform to target and network with nurse leaders who are engaged in specific areas of practice. We invite your organisation to sponsor a COI to demonstrate your interest in and support of a particular specialty area. Contact the Partnerships team for more information: