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The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) is further strengthening its links with the nursing profession in the Pacific with a new scholarship program.

ACN CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward FACN, said last week that the ACN Foundation is offering two international scholarships for nursing leaders from Pacific Island Nations to participate in ACN’s Institute of Leadership Nurse Executive Program.

“ACN has been working closely with our Pacific Islands nursing colleagues for more than five years,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.

“We have been providing Graduate Certificates with the assistance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

“These new scholarships – worth $15,000 each – will build even closer links between the nursing profession in Australia and nurses from the 16 Pacific Island Nations,” Adjunct Professor Ward said.

ACN is working closely with Pacific Islands nursing groups to encourage applications.

Applications close on 25 July.

All applicants seeking to participate in this program are required to meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or similar within their own country.
  • Have a minimum of six years’ postgraduate experience and be able to demonstrate an ability to meet the requirements of ACN’s Nurse Executive Capability Framework.
  • Be able to demonstrate experience at the nurse executive level or an ability to work at the nurse executive level.

Scholarship application form is available at:

Further information on the Pacific Island Nations Nurses Scholarships is available at

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.