Ministerial Launch - Reimagining the CPH Care System

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ACN is committed to raising awareness of the current and potential contribution of community and primary health care nursing to the health care system and to highlight its impact on the wellbeing of local communities. The ACN White Paper - Reimagining the Community and Primary Health Care System proposes a system redesign in community and primary health care (C&PHC) nursing to ensure a sustainable health care system for all Australians into the future. The new approach applies a social model of care that addresses the health needs of individuals and communities while considering the social, economic and environmental factors impacting their health (Australian College of Nursing, 2018). This person-centred focus is attributed to all areas of nursing practice and provides an essential process of collaboration and partnership that takes place in the successful planning and delivery of care outside of the acute health care setting.

We are pleased to have the Hon Dr David Gillespie, Minister for Regional Health, join us to launch this White Paper during Nursing in the Community Week. Nursing in the Community Week, aims to raise awareness on how nurses can support Australians to stay safe at home, and their impact on the well-being of individuals and those in local communities. The week is driven by the hardworking volunteers in ACN’s Nursing in the Community, Community of Interest (COI). Kitty Hutchison MACN, Chair of the COI, noted “Nursing in the Community Week is our opportunity to showcase and increase awareness of the variety of areas and the diverse ways nurses contribute to people’s health and well-being in our Australian Health Care System. We want people to know they have a choice about how and where they receive care."  

Find out more about Nursing in the Community Week here.


  • The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP is the Minister for Regional Health and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment. He has served in the House of Representatives as the Member for Lyne since 2013 and is currently Deputy Leader of the House. In July 2016, Dr David was elevated to the role of Assistant Minister for Rural Health and in 2017 was appointed Assistant Minister for Health, to acknowledge his increasing responsibility in the health portfolio. Before politics, David Gillespie was a doctor for 33 years and he spent over 20 years practising as a local gastroenterologist and medical educator. Dr Gillespie also practised paediatrics and anaesthetics, and has worked in major hospitals in Sydney, London, Papua New Guinea and British Columbia, Canada. In regional Australia, Dr Gillespie worked in several hospitals. With his wife, Charlotte, he built the Hastings Day surgery from the ground up and learnt first-hand the demands of running a small business in a regional area. Dr Gillespie also spent over a decade as Director of Physician Training at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and was instrumental in providing new local doctors the necessary skills to serve the community and build careers in regional medicine.

  • Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward RN, MMgt, Dip App Sci (Nursing), Acute Care Cert, FACN, FACHSM(Hon), Wharton Fellow, MAICDCEO, Australian College of NursingKylie has served as the CEO of Australian College of Nursing (ACN) since 2015. Over that time, ACN has grown to become Australia’s beacon for Nurse Leadership. Kylie has led an extensive program of works including establishing the ACN Foundation, launched Nurse Strong and has been instrumental in numerous key national policy campaigns which support greater access and equity for all. Kylie holds honorary academic appointments with five Australian Universities, was appointed (by the Minister) to ADHA and NHMRC Health Translation Advisory Committee, won Telstra Businesswoman of the Year in ACT for Purpose and Social Enterprise in 2017 and in 2020 Kylie was named as one of the Top 100 Health Voices for LinkedIn worldwide.


Date: Thursday 23 September 2021

Time: 4:30 – 5:00pm AEST

Where: Webinar via GoToWebinar

Cost: FREE

RSVP: 4:00pm AEST Thursday 23 September 2021

CPD: 1 CPD hour awarded

Nursing in the Community Week 2021 is proudly supported by 


Founding Sponsor
Regal, for 55 years, has been matching the skills and expertise of our
Nurses to what matters to our community – exceptional home care.

The Australian Primary Health Care Association (APNA) is
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all nurses working outside of a hospital setting in Australia.

Medibank is a leading private health insurer, with more than 45 years of
experience delivering better health to Australians.

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making a difference to the health and well-being of
millions of Australians every year.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021
4:45 pm AEST to 5:00 pm AEST
Add to Calendar 09/23/2021 4:45PM 09/23/2021 5:00PM Australia/Brisbane Ministerial Launch - Reimagining the CPH Care System Please join the Hon Dr David Gillespie, Minister for Regional Health and the Australian College of Nursing's CEO, Adjunct Professor Kylie Ward as they launch the new White Paper - 'Reimagining the Community and Primary Health Care System', on Thursday 23 September, during Nursing in the Community Week. The final webinar in the Nursing in the Community series (Leadership - No Health Care Future Without Nurse Leaders) will be happening directly after the White Paper launch. Online