Australian professional bodies
There are a number of professional bodies within Australia that have responsibilities for different aspects of the nursing profession.
Australian College of Mental Health Nursing
The Australian College of Mental Health Nursing (ACMHN) is the national professional organisation for specialist Mental Health Nurses. They provide a voice for mental health nursing and consumers of mental healthcare, by speaking out on health and social issues that affect mental health community. They provide support and networking opportunities, continuing professional development, educational resources, including via the annual conference and a high impact journal.
The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Melbourne prepares nurses for membership of the ACMHN.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) (formerly Nurses Board of Victoria) registers nurses and requires an annual review of their status. Only nurses registered by the NMBA are entitled to use the term 'registered nurse' in Australia.
To ensure the high standard in the profession, the NMBA accredits nursing programs in universities and VET institutions, approves programs by other educational providers and sets the standards and guidelines for nursing practice. The NMBA has a complaints process, which examines the professional conduct or health of a registered nurse. They provide advice to the Minister for Health on all matters relating to their function.
Royal College of Nursing Australia
Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) is the peak national professional organisation for Australian Nurses. They provide a voice for nursing, by speaking out on health issues that affect nurses and the community in general. They present professional viewpoints, free of political allegiance, when health policy decisions are sought.
Australian Nursing Federation
The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF)is the national union for nurses and the largest professional nursing organisation in Australia. The ANF's core business is the industrial and professional representation of nurses and nursing through the activities of a national office and branches in every state and territory.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council
The ANMC is a peak body established in 1992 to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. The ANMC works with state and territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRA) in evolving standards for statutory nursing and midwifery regulation. These standards are flexible, effective and responsive to the health care requirements of the Australian population.
Nursing in Victoria
Nursing in Victoria is the website for the Nursing & Midwifery Policy section of Victorian Department of Health which is responsable for building capacity and capability in the Victorian Nursing & Midwifery workforce.
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
APNA is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care including general practice. With more than 3000 members, APNA provide primary health care nurses with a voice, access to quality continuing professional development, educational resources, support and networking opportunities. APNA continually strives to increase awareness of the role of the primary health care nurse, and to be a dynamic and vibrant organisation for its members.
International Nursing Boards
If you are interested in working as a nurse overseas you should enquire with the relevant governing body about their registration requirements. We have included some links to international nursing boards here.