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philosophy

We believe neonatal nurses have a responsibility to carry out a high standard of individualised care for preterm, sick and recovering newborn infants within a family centred philosophy.

We believe neonatal nursing should have a national focus with standards for clinical practice, research and education.

We believe there should be active collaboration and representation between ACNN members, other professional associations, particularly those involved with perinatal care, and clinical and academic institutions.

The Australian College of Neonatal Nurses provides direction and leadership for neonatal nurses thereby enhancing their professional development within the speciality.

Mission Statement

The Australian College of Neonatal Nurses is committed to:

  • Maintaining the highest international standards in clinical practice, teaching and research
  • Promoting and sustaining a philosophy of family-centred and individualized care for infants and their families

  • Advancing the welfare of Australian families, recognising the particular needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups

  • Working with other national and international professional and multidisciplinary bodies to extend and enhance the quality of clinical practice, education and research activities

  • Maintaining a rewarding environment for the neonatal nursing community through advocating for advancing professional practice within the context of complex and evolving systems of health service provision

Advocates for neonatal nurses

  • Providing expert advice to, and professional communication with government bodies and other professional colleges on matters pertaining to neonatal nursing

  • Facilitating close and continuing contact with other professional colleges pertaining to neonatology/perinatology

  • Fostering international liaisons to promote neonatal nursing in Australia

  • Acting in an advisory capacity on the formulation and implementation of post graduate neonatal nursing education programs

Supports neonatal nurses’ professional development

  • Promoting the formulation and dissemination of standards of care for neonatal nursing practice

  • Organising a national conference where neonatal nurses can hear the latest research and network with colleagues

  • Promoting and facilitating nursing research related to neonatal care

  • Providing and promoting forums at regional, national and international levels, for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to neonatal care

  • Contributing to International development in neonatal nursing

  • Offering scholarships

  • Providing professional practice tools and publications

Constitution 2012

Australian College Of Neonatal Nurses Incorporated Constitution 2012

Inaugurated 1992
Amendments March 1997, July 2002, March 2005, April 2008, April 2009, April 2012, October 2015

1. Name
1.1 The name of the Association shall be the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses Incorporated (ACNN)

2. Aims
2.1 To enhance the professional development of neonatal nurses in relation to education and research.
2.2 To provide expert advice to, and professional communication with government bodies and other professional associations on matters pertaining to neonatal nursing.
2.3 To facilitate close and continuing contact with other professional associations pertaining to neonatology/ perinatology.
2.4 To co-ordinate activities common to all state groups to maximise resources and prevent duplication of services.
2.5 To foster international liaisons to promote neonatal nursing in Australia.

3. Objectives
3.1 To promote the formulation and dissemination of standards of care for neonatal nursing practice.
3.2 To act in an advisory capacity on the formulation and implementation of post graduate neonatal nursing education programs.
3.3 To promote and facilitate nursing research related to neonatal care.
3.4 To provide and promote forums at regional, national and international levels, for the exchange of information and ideas pertaining to neonatal care.
3.5 To remain a non-profit organisation.

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