Australia hosts 25th International Council or Nurses (ICN) Conference

Thursday 16th May, 2013

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) are proud to be hosting the International Council of Nurses (ICN) 25th Quadrennial Conference in Melbourne.

The theme of the five-day conference, which starts tomorrow (Saturday 18 May), is Equity and Access to Health Care.

The Chief Executive of the ACN, Debra Thoms, said: “The ICN will provide a global platform for Australian and international nursing leaders to join together and share their knowledge, experience and leadership, with more than 4000 delegates and key note speakers from countries around the world.”

ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, added: “We look forward to participating in this very important conference on behalf of the ANF’s growing membership.

“The ICN conference provides a great opportunity to raise and discuss the issues and challenges faced by Australia’s nursing workforce and show why nurses must be at the centre the delivery of safe patient care across the country’s health and aged care sectors.

“We’ll be using the conference to share the benefits of advances in nursing methodology and new technology and also to highlight the ongoing areas of concern that we need to address as nursing professionals.

“As Australia heads toward the election, we are concerned by the growing shortages of highly-trained nurses and the continued underemployment of
graduate nurses, the dramatic budget cuts to the country’s health budgets and how the right staffing levels are crucial to ensure the delivery of safe patient care.”

The Australian College of Nursing is the professional voice of influence for nurses in Australia

The Australian Nursing Federation, with over 225,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

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