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ACN Media Alert – Expanding the role of nurses in child protection

Australian College of Nursing 2 mins read


13 March 2024


“Our Youth, Our Future”

ACN Policy Summit 2024, Friday 15 March, Canberra


Expanding the role of nurses in child protection


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is convening its seventh annual Policy Summit at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, this Friday, 15 March 2024.


Titled ‘Our Youth, Our Future’, this year’s Policy Summit will highlight the many factors that impact on child and youth health and keeping children safe.


ACN CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, who will MC the Summit, said that speakers and participants will discuss issues such as climate change, intergenerational equity, public health measures, children and young people at risk, keeping children safe, socialised models of health care, mental health, trauma-informed care, and the role of nursing in child protection and care.


“We want to set an agenda for expanding the role of nursing and nurses in child protection and keeping our children safe into the future – their future,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.


“This will cover the work of nurses in child at risk services and the need for funded clinical supervision.


“We want more nurses to have the ability to recognise risk, prevent harm, be at the frontline of disclosures, and provide trauma-informed care. Nurses already play a key role in child protection. We need to expand that role.”


Keynote speakers are:


  • Senator David Pocock – Safeguarding the health of the next generation: Climate change and intergenerational equity.
  • Dr Suzanne Packer AO, Paediatrician and child advocate, 2019 Senior Australian of the Year – Keeping Children Safe-Are: Are we on the right journey.
  • Professor Daryl Higgins, Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University – Findings of the Child Maltreatment Study.


Media are welcome to attend. Interviews can be organised.


For more information:

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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