Board of Directors

The Board of Directors manages ACORN's business and affairs. Currently the board comprises eight directors, including the president – a director from each of the seven state and territory associations and a director elected by the ACORN membership. Directors work in a voluntary capacity and oversee the workings of our committees.

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Garry Stratton May 2018For the past seven years, Garry Stratton has held the position of Clinical Nurse Manager of the perioperative unit at Calvary St Luke’s Hospital Launceston which specialises in orthopaedics, ear/nose/throat and oral surgery. He has 23 years of experience in the perioperative setting and has been a member of ACORN Tasmania executive since 2017.

Sophie joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and is co-chair of the Education Committee. Sophie works at Royal Darwin Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Educator in the specialty area of anaesthetics and PACU. Sophie’s professional achievements include developing and implementing an intubating tray for neonatal resuscitaire and a new process to decrease the risk of cross-contamination of medical equipment used in the theatre complex.

Patricia is on the executive of the Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group and honoured to represent Victoria at the national level and work towards achieving ACORN’s vision. Patricia has worked clinically in perioperative departments across metropolitan, regional and rural organisations, progressing in both management and education roles. She joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and chairs the Journal and Research committees.

Paula is a senior lecturer for the University of Tasmania and Critical Care Education Service, and Chief Examiner for the College of Perianaesthesia Nurses. She has been involved with a number of professional bodies and agencies through working parties related to anaesthesia and sedation. Paula is also a published author and popular keynote speaker. She joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and chairs the Membership and Local Association Liaison (MLAL) Committee.

Karen has worked as an enrolled nurse for 30 years, primarily in operating theatre suites in the greater western suburbs of Sydney. She has been a member of the executive committee for NSW OTA since 2010 and served on the ACORN board since 2014. Karen has also been the chair of the Partnerships Committee and is the current Chair of the 2020 Conference Committee. She is currently a practitioner member of the co-regulatory body New South Wales Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Grace started her nursing career in Singapore in 1991 before emigrating to Perth. She has worked in various roles in the operating theatre and Sterile Supply Unit before venturing into management. She is currently employed as the Perioperative Services Manager at The Mount Hospital providing multidisciplinary perioperative services across Operating Theatres and the Central Sterile Supply Department. Grace is an active member of ACORN WA, currently President and has held the roles of Membership Secretary and Trade Convenor. Grace has served on the ACORN board since 2014, she is chair of the Grants, Awards and Scholarships (GAS) and Hospital and University Collaboration and Accreditation (HUCA) committees. 

Donna joined the ACORN board in May 2018 and is co-chair of the Education Committee. She has held numerous roles, including CNS in PACU and Clinical Nurse Educator, since gaining her initial perioperative nursing qualifications in Sydney in 1991. She moved to the Tweed Coast in 1994 and currently holds the position of L2 CNS Cardiothoracics at John Flynn Private Hospital on the Gold Coast.