Australian College of Nursing

The Australian College of Nursing is a professional organisation and education provider. It was formed in 2012 by the amalgamation of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, and The College of Nursing (previously New South Wales College of Nursing).[1]

Full nameAustralian College of Nursing
Key peopleCarmen Morgan, President
Kylie Ward, Chief Executive
Office locationParramatta, New South Wales and Deakin, Australian Capital Territory

Early history

The New South Wales College of Nursing was established in January 1949.

In 1981 the New South Wales College of Nursing purchased Hereford House, an historic house in the Sydney suburb of Glebe, New South Wales.[2]

Katrina Zepps was an administrator in the 1960s who received an MBE for her work at the College.

Current status

It is registered as a Higher Education Institution with a suite of accredited Graduate Certificate programs. This accreditation under Higher Education Legislation recognises the College as a quality provider of postgraduate education and the College courses as equal to those offered by universities under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Sponsored an International Travelling Scholar Seminar Series in 2003 and 2005. Scholars were Dr Naeema Al-Gasseer, World Health Organisation Senior Scientist for Nursing and Midwifery and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Dean at Kings College London.

Holds an Oration each year at which new fellows are inducted. A renowned Australian or international nurse is the orator.

Is affiliated with large healthcare organisations and nursing specialty groups across Australia. It also works in partnership with over 20 universities nationally and internationally to conduct graduate programs and is represented on national and state committees and working parties.

The College produces a quarterly magazine, The Hive, which provides articles on clinical topics, health issues of concern to nurses, opinion pieces and other information of interest.

It has published several books documenting its own history as well as that of nursing in Australia.


  1. "About ACN". Australian College of Nursing. Archived from the original on 6 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  2. "Hereford House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00460. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
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