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Founding Organisations

C4N Collaborative: Founding Organisations

The Australian College of Children & Young People’s Nurses

In September 2008 the Australian College of Children and Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN) registered as a Company and became a legal entity and its Constitution was endorsed. The coming together of nurses working with children in all settings through direct membership of ACCYPN forms an influential professional body acting on behalf of children, families and the nurse who cares for them.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The ACMHN is the peak body for mental health nurses in Australia. ACMHN has been providing a mental health nursing Credential for Practice Program since 2004. Credentialing is the only mechanism by which a mental health nurse can be recognised as a specialist in Australia. The ACMHN seeks to represent the mental health nursing profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. It sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.

Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 

The Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) was founded in 1998. Its beginnings were in the then Nurses Group of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA). Today CNSA stands as an independent body for cancer nurses in Australia. CNSA is committed to achieving and promoting excellence in cancer care through the professional contributions of nurses. The CNSA acts as a resource to cancer nurses around Australia, no matter what their geographical location or area of practice. The CNSA is the link between cancer nurses in Australia, the consumers of cancer nursing services, and other health professionals involved in cancer care.

College of Emergency Nursing Australasia

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) is the peak professional association representing emergency nurses. There are large numbers of nurses working in emergency and many more in circumstances which see them providing emergency care to patients outside of emergency departments. This includes nurses working in small regional and rural hospitals, heath care centres and flight nurses. CENA represents a total of approximately 1200 nurses nationally and internationally.


Palliative Care Nurses Australia

Palliative Care Nurses Australia (PCNA) is a unique membership organisation for all nurses working with people who are dying and their families. Membership is open to specialist palliative care nurses AND those who work in non-specialist roles in the care of people at end of life. Nurses work in a variety of settings - including (but not limited to) palliative care units, hospices, community, acute hospitals, residential aged care facilities and universities.

(Page updated 15 September 2020)

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