The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) is a registered Australian company and health promotion charity. ACORN is Australia’s peak body of perioperative nursing, largest specialty nursing college and only perioperative content provider.

Next phase of growth: Strategy and Implementation Plan for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses 2019–2022

In May 2019, the ACORN Board of Directors and Executive Officer engaged a consultant, Randall Pearce from THINK: Insight & Advice Pty Ltd, to design and facilitate a plan for the next stage of the College's growth. 

Thanks to the members of the ACORN board and staff who served as members of the Strategic Planning Group:  Rebecca East, Trent Batchelor, Cath Murphy, Sophie Ehrlich, Garry Stratton, Wendy Rowland, Grace Loh, Karen Hay, Paula Foran, Trish Flood. Special thanks to guests: Jed Duff, Tracy Kerle, Carollyn Williams, Ruth Melville and Rachel Short.


Our work is to advance safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians.


When our work is done Australians receive safe, quality perioperative nursing care.


As we work, we are committed to:

  • collaboration

  • excellence

  • communication

  • innovation.

Read a summary of the 2019–2022 Strategy and Implementation Plan.

The full plan will be available very soon.