About us


ACORN Queensland Inc. is the professional perioperative nursing association, facilitating and promoting excellence in safe patient care for all Queenslanders.

Mission statement

To engage and empower our members to advance and promote excellence in perioperative practice through all professional standards.

Our purpose is to:

  • provide a voice for all perioperative nurses in Queensland
  • provide a professional network and resources to unite perioperative nurses throughout Queensland
  • develop, advocate, lead and nurture perioperative nurses through professional development, education and research opportunities
  • provide expert advice to other professional bodies on issues concerning perioperative nursing practice in Queensland
  • collaborate with national and international professional bodies on matters pertaining to perioperative nursing practice.

ACORN Queensland history

Our organisation was formerly known as the Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (PNAQ) and originally formed in 1972 with only a few members. PNAQ was one of the state perioperative nursing associations that was involved in organising the national conference in 1977 out of which the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) was born. In 2015, a decision was made to work towards amalgamating the various regional branches around Queensland into one state body. This vision came to fruition in October 2017 when we officially became known as the ACORN Queensland. We currently have over 850 members who work in perioperative facilities throughout the state.

ACORN Queensland Life Members

Members who have made an outstanding contribution to the perioperative nursing profession and their local association are awarded life membership. The following are life members of ACORN Queensland (formerly PNAQ). 

Kim Armstrong

Linley Bates

Brigid Gillespie

Judith Hewett

Lynette Hill

Eleanor Irwin (dec.)

Joy Jensen

Jo-Ann McNaughton

Ruth Melville

Heather Moon

Cheryl O'Brien

Narelle Sommerfeld

Wenda Young (dec.)

Download the ACORN Queensland Management Committee Terms of Reference
Download the ACORN Queensland 2021 AGM Report
Download the ACORN Queensland 2021 AGM Minutes