2021 National Conference

'Collaboration, Culture and Caring'

September 8-10 2021

Hotel Realm, Canberra

14 May 2020 - Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the 2020 conference will now be held as a 1 day virtual conference. Please contact conference@acnn.org.au for details.  

The 2021 conference is now scheduled to be held in Canberra. Key themes remain the same, however the program will be reviewed as a number of the invited speakers will present virtually in 2020 instead of attending the 2021 conference.

Key themes areas include: Indigenous Health, Stillbirth, Perinatal Mental Health

  • Call for abstracts for 2021 conference will open late 2020
  • Registration for 2021 will open early 2021. 
  • Accommodation details are on the venue and accommodation page and can be booked as part of the registration process

Gala Dinner
As we are in our Nation's Capital, we will be holding a gala dinner at our national art museum - National Gallery of Australia. The gallery, situated on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin,  was established in 1967 by the Australian government as a national public art museum. It hosts more than 160,000 works of art. The gallery also hosts featured exhibitions. For the dinner event, we are liaising with the venue to organise short tours of the featured exhibition.

The dinner includes 2 courses, drinks and live entertainment.   
Thursday 2nd September, 6.30 - 10.30 pm. 

Sponsorship and Exhibitors

ACNN promotes and supports breastfeeding for newborns. As health professionals, neonatal nurses must provide consistent, objective advice to mothers on supplying breastmilk as the best available nutrition for their infant and also on breastmilk substitutes where these are required.

ACNN complies with the MAIF Agreement in relation to trade exhibition at ACNN events by companies marketing infant formula. ACNN accepts further sponsorship in the form of unrestricted education grants as set out in International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) Minimising Commercial Influence on Education Policy.

Our full positions statement is available to view here.


Please contact the conference committee at conference@acnn.org.au 

An annual conference for neonatal nurses has been held since 1997, starting with the Association of Neonatal Nurses of NSW (ANN) then nationally from 2002 under the name of the Australian Neonatal Nurses Association (ANNA) until the association became a College in 2006.

The annual conference of the College rotates between the states and territories of Australia.

  • 2020 - Virtual conference day - 3 September 

  • 2019 - Visiting Scholar Tour

  • 2018 - Launceston, Tasmania

  • 2017 - Fraser Island, Queensland

  • 2016 - Melbourne, Victoria

  • 2015 - Sydney, New South Wales

  • 2014 - Adelaide, South Australia

  • 2013 - Townsville, Queensland

  • 2012 - Hunter Valley, New South Wales

  • 2011 - Hobart, Tasmania

  • 2010 - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

  • 2009 - Darwin, Northern Territory

  • 2008 - Gold Coast, Queensland

  • 2007 - Melbourne, Victoria

  • 2006 - Perth, Western Australia

Updated 14 May 2020