Welcome to the website of the Australian Faith Community Nurses Association.
AFCNA Mission Statement: The Australian Faith Community Nurses Association Inc develops and supports Nurses in Christian health ministry to promote the health and wellbeing of Australian communities to the glory of God.
Vision Statement: We will be the leading organisation that inspires, progresses and promotes Christian health ministry in Australia, by:
- Providing nurses who work in faith communities with education, resources, professional standards, and networking opportunities;
- Providing the faith community with resources, education and consultancy to enable them to commence, nurture and sustain viable health promotion ministries;
- Providing the community with a quality service that meets the physical, mental and spiritual needs of individuals and families, facilitating the growth toward wholeness within the context of a supportive faith community;
- Providing promotion and publicity of the faith community nurse role; Liaising with government, organisations and comparable professional bodies locally, nationally and internationally on behalf of faith community nurses and their employing bodies.
AFCNA exists to encourage, support and equip Christian nurses to be involved in health ministry within their faith community and in the local community that the church serves. AFCNA is the peak body for Faith Community Nurses who are also sometimes known as parish nurses or pastoral nurses in Australia.
Australian Faith Community Nursing began in Adelaide, South Australia in 1996. It is an Australian organisation that recognises the unique opportunities for health ministry in this country. Training programs and educational material have been especially developed with the needs of the Australian people in mind.
AFCNA is open to everyone - it isn't just for nurses. All like minded individuals are most welcome to be involved. While the role of a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) requires someone who has current registration (RN's), is experienced in nursing and spiritually mature in the Christian faith, others are most welcome to be involved as members of a health ministry team that provides care to people in the community.