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Diary Note – Meet with leaders of the nursing community at the National Nursing Forum 2023

Australian College of Nursing 3 mins read


31 July 2023

Meet with leaders of the nursing community at the National Nursing Forum 2023


Media are invited to meet with nursing leaders and tour the stands and displays showcasing forefront of health innovation at the National Nursing Forum in Adelaide on Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 August at the Adelaide Convention Centre. 


Over 800 nurses will converge in Adelaide this August for the Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) signature leadership and education event, The National Nursing Forum (NNF). 


NNF brings together nurses, students and other health professionals from around the country and across the globe to learn and lead through a mixed program offering which can be attended in person or online.  


The theme of NNF 2023 is Reflect, Replenish, Renew will allow nurses a moment to take stock of their achievements and build for the future. 


Event details:

  • Date: Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 August


Keynote speakers include: 

  • Keynote speakers include: 
  • Ministerial Address, The Hon Chris Picton MP, Chris is the South Australian Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Member for Kaurna in the southern suburbs of Adelaide. 
  • Ministerial Address, Senator The Hon Anne Ruston, Anne is currently the Shadow Minister for Health and Aged Care, Shadow Minister for Sport and Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate. 
  • Keynote Speaker, Emeritus Professor Christine Duffield FACN, Christine is an Emeritus Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management at Edith Cowan University, Perth; Emeritus Professor University of Technology Sydney and President/Chair of the Australian College of Nursing.
  • Keynote Speaker, Nancy Arnold FACN, Nancy is a Director of Nursing with more than 30 years experience and the current ACN Chair in Tasmania.
  • Wing Commander Sharon Bown (Ret’d) FACN, Sharon has been a nurse for 25-years, with 16-years as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Sharon serves as a Member of Council of the Australian War Memorial, National Vice-President of the Air Force Association and Ambassador for Phoenix Australia.
  • Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Naomi Dobroff FACN – Naomi is the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Information Officer at Monash Health
  • Orator, Associate Professor Denise Heinjus FACN – Denise is the Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health at Melbourne Health. She has had a long history in both NSW and Victoria in emergency management preparedness and responsiveness. long history in both NSW and Victoria in emergency management preparedness and responsiveness.a long history in both NSW and Victoria in emergency management preparedness and responsiveness.
  • Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Sam Lapkin, Sam is a dedicated and accomplished nurse, researcher and academic who currently holds a position at Southern Cross University.
  • Closing Speaker Dr Louise Mahler – Louise has been voted in the top experts in both Body Language and Communication globally. She helps leaders and teams to elevate their body language, voice and divulges the algorithms of engagement in high-stakes engagement.
  • Keynote Speaker Associate Professor Shelley Nowlan – Shelley is the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for Queensland Health. She is also an ICN Global Nursing Leadership Institute Alumni and attended the WHO assembly as an Alumni delegate in 2021.
  • Keynote Speaker David Stewart – David is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing and Health Policy at ICN-International Council of Nurses


For more information or a media pass please contact:  

Kirsty Waterford 0403 295 934  



Notes to Editors:

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is the national professional organisation for all nurses and its aim is to ensure that the Australian community receives quality nursing care now and in the future. ACN is a membership organisation with members in all states and territories, health care settings and nursing specialties. ACN is also the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses headquartered in Geneva in collaboration with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF). An organisation not afraid to challenge industry issues affecting the nursing profession or Australia's health care, ACN is a well-connected and educated national body that drives change with people of influence to enhance the delivery of health services to the Australian community. ACN's membership includes nurses in roles of influence, including senior nurses, organisational leaders, academics, and researchers.


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