ACCCN - Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Ltd (ACCCN) is a not for profit membership-based organisation representing thousands of nurses both members and non-members nationally. The College’s members work across the critical care clinical spectrum, principally in the area of intensive care, in clinical, educational, management, and research roles. ACCCN has branches in each state with two members of each State Management Committee forming the Board of ACCCN Ltd.

The College has strong professional relationships with other national peak nursing bodies and government agencies and individuals. Our relationships extend to the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), The Intensive Care Foundation (ICF) and healthcare industry (including corporate members), as well as international critical care nursing organisations.

ACCCN is a foundation member of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) and a member association to the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) and currently maintains a representative on WFCCN.

Aims of ACCCN:

  • to improve the care and outcomes of critically ill patients and their families
  • to provide and/or support education initiatives that maintain standards of practice, improve the knowledge, skills and competency of critical care nurses
  • to initiate and support relevant nursing research and evidenced-based practice
  • to enhance the professional image of critical care nurses
  • to communicate locally, nationally and internationally with political, nursing, medical and professional groups on issues related to critical care
  • to foster communication and cooperation between critical care nurses through support and promotion of the activities of the branches of ACCCN
  • to provide leadership, representation, development and support for critical care nurses.
  • to improve the care and outcomes of critically ill patients and their families.


Activities of ACCCN:

  • professional representation at the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN), The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), Coalition of National Nursing Organisations (CoNNO), The Nursing and Midwifery Stakeholder Reference Group (NMSRG), and liaison with various federal and state government agencies
  • advanced professional national education delivery and advisory work including Advanced Life Support, Education, Workforce, Research, Organ Tissue Donation & Transplant, Quality, Resuscitation, Paediatric and special interest groups
  • publication of the peer reviewed Australian Critical Care (ACC) Journal, the Critical Times newsletter and the ACCCN website
  • major conferences include the ANZICS/ACCCN Intensive Care ASM held annually in October and the ACCCN Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) conference held annually in May or June, and regular continuing education events in all states
  • provides research and education grants.