ACORN Tasmania

ACORN Tasmania logo August 2019

Tasmanian Operating Room Nurses (TORN) was formed in 1973 on the initiative of Sister Monica Stone (Toby). TORN became a founding member of ACORN and hosted the ACORN national conference in 1990. In 2016, TORN became ACORN Tasmania and continues to implement its founders' vision through study days and financial assistance for members.

President: Michelle Kent

Vice-president: Sam Booth

Honorary Secretary: Judith Walters

Treasurer: Jane Cornwell

ACORN Director: Garry Stratton

Regional Education Officers: Rachel Foster (South), Grace Kamphuis (North west), Eliezabeth Davidson (North)

Life members  

Di Binns

Jenny Bloomfield

Jane Brain

Jean Colles

Patricia Eizele

Judith Eldridge

Margaret Ewington

Tim Haas

James Harrison

Betty Hickman

Shirley Hyland

Cheryl Robinson

Anne Swifte

Pamela Tait

Bev Vinson

Petronella Wilcox

Fellows of ACORN

Di Binns

Sarah Bird

The ACORN Tasmania Consitution and administration manual are available to download.

Click here to download the ACORN Tasmania Constitution.

Click here to download the ACORN Tasmania Administration Manual.

As a member of ACORN Tasmania you will receive the quarterly ACORN Tasmania Newsletter and have access to regular videoconferencing educational sessions and the ACORN Tasmania Facebook page. You will also receive all the benefits of being a member of ACORN, including cost-effective professional indemnity insurance, discounts on post-graduate studies and textbooks and the ability to apply for ACORN grants and scholarships.

Click here to see a full list of benefits of membership.

Click here to download an ACORN Tasmania Education grant application and information form.

Click here to download an ACORN Tasmania Education meeting expense request for approval form.

Click here to download an ACORN Tasmania Expense reimbursement claim form.

Click here to download an ACORN Tasmania Honorary life membership nomination form.

Membership to ACORN Tasmania is $100 per annum.

To become a member and pay your subscription online, click here.

If you are unable to pay online please contact the ACORN office by email at or by phone 1300 781 924.

ACORN Tasmania Conference and Study day

2 November 2019

Woolstore Hotel Hobart


More educational events to come soon.

PO Box 513

Kings Meadow 

Tasmania 7249


Click here to see the ACORN Tasmania winter 2019 newsletter. 


We are delighted to invite you to participate in the 2019 ACORN Tasmania State Conference.

The conference will take place on Saturday 2 November 2019 from 7.45 am to 3.30 pm and will be hosted at The Old Woolstore Hotel, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart.

The conference theme 'Perioperative Nursing: Multi-faceted & dynamic’ celebrates and showcases the diverse and ever-evolving specialist practice of perioperative nursing. The conference has an outstanding selection of expert clinicians presenting on a diverse range of perioperative nursing topics.

Registrations are now open (see link below or at bottom of page). Register soon to secure your place at the ACORN Tasmania 2019 Conference as there are only 100 spaces in total!

Click here to register for the ACORN Tasmania 2019 Conference.

Click here for the full conference program.

Guest speakers

Miranda Pope

March 2019 Christchurch nurse manager operating theatre, Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand

Rebecca East

ACORN President and perioperative nurse practitioner, Central Victoria Integrated Clinic

Sally Sutherland Fraser

Co-author, ACORN Practice Audit Tools and co-founder, Health, Education & Learning Partnerships.

Ken Hancock

President, Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses Tasmania

Claire Collins

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Hobart Hospital

Rebecca Schrale

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Royal Hobart Hospital

Dr Sharon Bingham

University of Tasmania

Conference registration rate

ACORN Tasmania member   $95.50

Non – ACORN member          $250.50

ACORN Tasmania member rate applies to all members of Local Associations (i.e. ACORN members) in Australia.

Not a member of ACORN Tasmania? If you are you are actively employed as a nurse in the field of perioperative nursing in Tasmania, you can become a member of ACORN Tasmania at just $100.00 and register to attend the conference at the member rate.

Click here to register for the ACORN Tasmania 2019 Conference.

Click here to download a copy of the ACORN Tasmania 2019 Conference Trade Exhibitor Prospectus.