A great Australian; a great leader; a great woman and a proud nurse

Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM was the sole survivor of the 1942 Banka Island massacre. After being shot, Vivian feigned death and survived, only to be taken prisoner for the remainder of World War II.

The Australian War Memorial has agreed (in principle) to locating a commemorative sculpture recognising the life of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial and the Australian College of Nursing has committed to contributing to a fund to support this worthwhile project.

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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN), like other Australian health and medical colleges, is dedicated to servicing and enhancing the professional practice of its members. It achieves this by providing education courses, advocating on behalf of Australian nurses, conducting research that influences health care policy and supporting the nurse leaders of tomorrow.

The ACN Foundation supports the work of ACN by allowing interested individuals, organisations and businesses to make donations that provide opportunities to further the professional practice of nurses and honour the nursing profession. To contribute to this important cause please consider making a donation. 

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Scholarships and Grants

The ACN Foundation administers and seeks new opportunities to administer scholarships and grants to support Australian nurses. This continues the rich tradition of investing in the nursing profession that was central to the ethos of ACN’s predecessors The College of Nursing and the Royal College of Nursing, Australia.

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You can create a lasting impact on the nursing profession by donating a substantial gift during your lifetime or leaving a gift in your will. Establishing a legacy is hugely gratifying feeling knowing you are making a difference to thousands of nurses across Australia.

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Did you know that you can get your tax deduction at the time that you make a regular fortnightly donation? A regular donation the amount of a cup of coffee can go a long way to assisting our nurses enhance their professional development and leadership skills. 

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Latest news and announcements


Grants and awards

ACN administers a number of grants that have been provided to ACN by our generous benefactors, some of whom have nominated specific eligibility and selection criteria for their awards.


Honour a Nurse campaign

Nurses are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. We have created the Honour a Nurse campaign to enable the public to support and thank nurses. The national fund will address the identified, emerging needs of nurses.


The Vivian Bullwinkel Project

It is very appropriate that we recognise the life of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO with a commemorative statue on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial. The Australian War Memorial have agreed (in principal) to locating a sculpture in


ConvaTec scholarship for the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) in collaboration with ConvaTec ANZ, and supported by The Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) and The New Zealand Nurses organisation College of Stomal Therapy Nurses (NZNOCSTN), is delighted


Year in Review 2018 - 2019

ACN’s latest publication captures another action-packed year for the Australian, from influential policy work to ground-breaking initiatives and everything in-between. “Diversity and Difference”, Year in Review 2018-2019 looks back at the latest happ


Policy Fellow scholarships

Thanks to the support of our Foundation, ACN is offering five individual Policy Fellow Scholarships valued up to $25,000 (including expenses) to its Fellows and Members in 2020. The scholarship are based in Canberra and aim at support nurse leaders a