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International recognition for nurse research centre

ACT centre joins elite group of research facilities recognised by the International Council of Nurses.

The ACT’s Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Practice has become the second research institution in Australia to receive formal accreditation from the International Council of Nurses.

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said that the accreditation of the Health Directorate's research centre was an illustration of its world-class reputation.

"The accreditation of the institution as a Research and Development Centre is a testament to our nurses' dedication to achieving excellence," she said yesterday

The centre is only the second in Australia to be granted accreditation and one of just thirteen worldwide. An ICN Research and Development Centre is a recognised group that after application and review is designated by ICN. Flinders University, Research Program for Disaster Nursing Centre is the only other Australian Centre.

The accreditation was made possible by the appointment of the inaugural Professor of Nursing at Australian National University, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. The nomination was also supported by the Royal College of Nursing Australia," Gallagher said

"It is a significant achievement, not only for nursing research in the ACT, but also for Australia. This provides opportunities for our nurses to explore research options that will lead to improved communication,” Gallagher said.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) comprises a federation of more than 130 national nurse associations and works to advance nursing, healthcare and the welfare of nurses worldwide.

The Health Directorate's RCNMP promotes and sustains evidence-based nursing to improve patient outcomes. It also works to build further capacity to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration, both nationally and internationally, particularly for the prevention of pressure injury.

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