A number of operating room nurses from around Australia met in Melbourne at a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Faculty of Anaesthetists seminar, ‘Safety measures in the operating theatre’. Considerable differences in policies, procedures and practices were apparent.
Mary Barry suggested a national operating room nurses’ conference and ten operating room nurses from around Australia met to discuss the possibility of organising it. A conference coordinating committee was formed, comprising one representative from each state present.
Ten operating room nurses from five states attended the 1975 meeting.
New South Wales:
Sister Mary Felix