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Time to stop violence against nurses

Australian College of Nursing 2 mins read


31 July 2023

Time to stop violence against nurses


The Parliamentary Friends of Nursing (PFON) group is having its first event of the 47th Parliament tomorrow, Thursday 14 September, with a focus on nurses and violence.


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) will be releasing and discussing four Position Statements on instances where violence impacts nurses.


The Position Statements cover:

  • Occupational violence against nurses;
  • Second responder for callouts in rural, remote, and isolated workplace settings;
  • Nurses and violence; and
  • The role of nurses in a public health response to child abuse and neglect.


Speakers at the event include ACN CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN; ACN President, Adjunct Professor David Plunkett FACN; and the co-convenors of Parliamentary Friends of Nursing.


The co-convenors are Shadow Assistant Minister for Regional Health and Member for Mallee, Dr Anne Webster MP, Member for Indi, Dr Helen Haines MP, and Member for Dunkley, Peta Murphy MP.


Senator Jess Walsh will deputise for Ms Murphy at tomorrow’s event.


Parliamentary Friends of Nursing – Nurses and Violence:


Date:                  Thursday 14 September

Time:                  10.00am-11.00am

Venue:               Reps Committee Room 1R1

Parliament House



For more information 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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