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Members of ACNN have access to a greater number of resources. To access additional resources, please log in via the member's area, go the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) area and review resources relevant to each of the SIGs area of interest.  

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The Council of International Neonatal Nurses (TM) or COINN is recognised as a global leader in neonatal nursing care and is committed to fostering excellence in neonatal nursing, promoting the development of neonatal nursing as a recognised global speciality, high standards of neonatal care, enhancing quality of care for neonates and their families, decreasing health disparities, and improving healthcare outcomes.

  • COINN has both individual and National Neonatal Nursing Associations members including the National Neonatal Association (NNA) of the United Kingdom, Australian College of Neonatal Nurses (ACNN), Neonatal Nurses College of Aotearoa (NNCA) and the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses (CANN), who work together to address common care and professional issues.

  • COINN hosts events/conferences in both developing and developed countries. 

  • COINN has a growing list of position statements relevant to care of newborns, neonatal nursing education and social statements such as family violence and ethical migration. 


The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council
website. Keep up to date with requirements and developments for continuing competence and professional development, Neonatal Nursing does not have it's own specific requirements. Requirements to be fulfilled are those of a registered nurse and or midwife. Nurses and midwives will participate in at least 20 hours (points) of CPD per year, with a minimum of 60 hours (points) every three years. Documentation of participation in CPD must be completed at least once each year.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approves codes and guidelines to provide guidance to the professions. These also help to clarify our views and expectations on a range of issues. The National Board sets policy and professional standards, and the State and Territory Boards make individual notification and registration decisions affecting individual nurses and midwives.

NMBA functions include:

  • Registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students
  • Developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession

  • Handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings

  • Assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia

  • Approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study


Updated 29 March 2020