2019 Leadership Summit

ACORN is proud to present the inaugural ACORN Perioperative Leadership Summit which will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September 2019 at the East Hotel in Canberra.

The summit will provide outstanding leadership education for delegates and will bring together 110 perioperative leaders from across Australia.

Registration is available to members only and will be secured on a first-come, first served basis. A wait list will be taken and those on the wait list will have first rights to attend in 2021.

Registration is available to members only and will be secured on a first-come, first served basis. A wait list will be taken and those on the wait list will have first rights to attend in 2021.

<Click here to register>

Theme, aims and objectives

Summit theme: Cultivating and nourishing world-class perioperative nurse leaders

Summit aims: To define the perioperative leadership capacity-building needs and shape the agenda for the next decade.

Summit objectives:

  1. To understand the nature of leadership – styles, skills and attributes

  2. To examine the unique role and function of nurse leadership in the perioperative environment. .

  3. To describe leadership needs in the changing Australian healthcare landscape focussing on

    1. safety and quality

    2. The rise of the consumer and public transparency

    3. staffing and workforce development

  4. The role of a leader in supporting and protecting perioperative staff.

Who should attend?

Current and emerging perioperative nurse leaders should attend this summit.

Places are limited and registrants must be an ACORN member. To become an ACORN member, please join your local perioperative nursing association. Click here to join.


Registration will open on 29 April. Register your interest here to be informed when registrations open.

For more information visit the Registration page.


Speakers include:

  • Amanda Adrian – Amanda Adrian and Associates
  • Mark Aitken – Consultant & Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Nurse & Midwife Support
  • Phyllis Davis – Nursing Director, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital
  • Jed Duff – Program Convenor, Master of Nursing, University of Newcastle  
  • Patricia Flood – ACORN Director
  • Paula Foran – ACORN Director                        
  • Joy Jensen – Nurse Unit Manager Operating Suite, Redcliffe Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Adjunct Professor Deborah Picone - CEO, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
  • Sally Sutherland Fraser – Health Education and Learning Partnerships 
  • Carollyn Williams – ACORN Fellow and Life Member
  • Wendy Wood – Director Gumhill Consultants and Lead Assessor ACHS.

A welcome reception, to be held on Thursday 5 September, and an evening dinner on Friday 6 September will provide opportunities to socialise and network with other delegates in a relaxed environment.

ACORN will also provide specialised support before and after the summit to help delegates get the most out of their time there.

The venue for the summit, the East Hotel, also offers accomodation, a bar and restaurant, a fully equipped gym, and 24 hour reception.

We look forward to seeing you at the East Hotel Canberra in September 2019.


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Daniels Health

Defries Industries

Johnson & Johnson

Lohmann & Rauscher


Molnlycke Health Care

Multigate Medical Products



East Hotel, Canberra

The East Hotel is a contemporary, cool and vibrant apartment hotel offering a unique Canberra experience. A big part of this local experience is their warm and casually attentive customer service.

Situated between the vibrant shopping and restaurant hubs of Kingston and Manuka in Canberra’s prestigious 'Inner South', EAST is a lovely location for our leadership summit.

Click here for details of accommodation options.


2019 Perioperative Leadership Summit subcommittee

Committee members:

Garry Stratton, (Chair), ACORN Director, Calvary St Luke's, Launceston

Sophie Ehrlich (Chair). ACORN Director, NTPNA

Stephen Alexander, Pindara Private Hospital

Deborah Burrows, Southern NSW Local Health District

Lee-Ann Heta, Westmead Public Hospital

Anna Hinz, Beleura Private Hospital

Joy Jensen, Metro North Hospital & Health Service - Redcliffe Hospital

Sally Sutherland-Fraser, Health, Education & Learning Partnerships