National Conference

The 2022 Conference will be held from

Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 September 

ACNN is pleased to announce our National Conference will be held on Gumbainggir country and our strategic sponsor for the conference is Destination NSW. For ideas of things to do pre or post the conference - explore their website by clicking on the image. Start by selecting the destination (North Coast). 

In 2022 ACNN (formerly the Australian Neonatal Nurses Association 'ANNA') will be celebrating 30 years. So please join us at this milestone event. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Coffs Harbour.  

After the conference, stay and play for a few days on the Coffs Coast. Visit the Solitary Islands. Do a Coastal Walk. Dive into the deep blue or walk above the clouds.

Sounds your conference/holiday leave now. 

COVID-19 Safety Plan

In compliance with COVID-19 standards, conference numbers are likely to be limited in size. However we will continue to monitor the situation in the lead up to the conference and particularly over the winter period. We strongly encourage registration as early as possible, including booking breakfast sessions and social activities, due to number limits. We will keep monitoring and update allowed registration numbers as registrations progress.  

We will work closely with the venue and our Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) regarding COVID-19 safety practices. The venue, PCO and conference committee members will take all of the health and safety measures to ensure social distancing is adhered to at all times, as well as the regular cleaning of surfaces.

To assist us in maintaining the safety of the venue staff, speakers, delegates and exhibitors, we ask that everyone complies with the following safety recommendations:

  • Do not attend if you are feeling unwell or presenting any symptoms of COVID-19 
  • Utilise sanitation stations/products provided
  • Maintain 1.5m social distancing as mush as possible.
  • Avoid touching surfaces

  • Consider the use of face masks in indoor areas when not eating or drinking. 

COVID Vaccination Requirements

  • All delegates, speakers and exhibitors must be up to date with vaccinations, unless they have a valid exemption
  • You must be able to show either a digital or a physical copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or exemption, upon registration to attend the conference as a delegate, speaker or exhibitor
  • No refunds will be granted upon arrival without proof of vaccination or exemption 

The Pacific Bay Report also has Covid-19 entry requirements outlined on their website


Photographers will be taking photos throughout the conference at sessions, social events, around the exhibition area, as well as during informal gatherings.  These photographs may be used by the hosts in publications for promotional material or for other purposes.  Should you expressly wish not to have your photograph used, please contact the conference organiser, Abercrombie Management:

Privacy Policy

Please note that in registering for this event relevant details will be incorporated into a delegate list for the benefit of all delegates, and may be available for parties directly related to the Event including the Local Organising Committee, venues and sponsors (subject to conditions). ACNN supports the National Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), as amended.

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 position statement is available to view here.


Please contact the conference committee at 

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.

  • 2023 - Adelaide, 6-9 September 

  • 2022 - Coffs Harbour, 14-16 September

  • 2021 - Virtual conference - 9 & 10 September

  • 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