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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
|4||WA South West||Robbie Haines|
|5||NT North||Heather Keighley|
|8||Adelaide Metro/SA South||Moira Noonan|
|9||SA Far South/East||VACANT|
|10||QLD Far North||Karen Yates|
|13||QLD West||Anne-Marie Goes|
|14||QLD South||Ilze Jaunberzins|
|New South Wales|
|16||Sydney Metro||Kate Spurway|
|20||NSW Central/Far West||VACANT|
|Australian Capital Territory|
|22||Canberra & Regional ACT||Meg Bransgrove|
|23||Central & South Gippsland||Margot Medew|
|27||Victoria South West||VACANT|
|29||TAS South||Nancy 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
Community & Primary Health Care
Movement Disorders and Parkinson's
Education & Research
Leadership & Management
Legal & Ethical Issues
Chronic & Complex
Adolescent & Young People
Acute Care Services
Climate & Health
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 email@example.com 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: