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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is advancing nurse leadership to enhance health and aged care

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is a professional nursing membership-organisation, open to nurses in all settings and at every stage of their career. In addition to being the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses, we are also an authorised higher education provider and registered training organisation and we specialise in online postgraduate, professional development and training courses for registered and enrolled nurses.

Australia’s health care system faces a number of complex challenges in providing high quality, innovative and cost effective care, including aged care. Nurses have a broad knowledge of the political, societal and economic forces that shape health care, as well as the needs of the people in the community who access the health care or aged care systems.

“The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the preeminent and national leader of the nursing profession”. ACN’s intent is to enhance health care by advancing nurse leadership. It does this by developing and nurturing the leadership skills and expertise of nurses. Through its membership and education services, and leadership development program, ACN encourages and supports nurses at every level to develop their leadership skills and competency in order to make a strong contribution to policy by providing their professional, economic and health perspectives.