Committee members


We would like to gratefully acknowledge the work of the following people who so generously give their time for the benefit of ACORN and its members.



This committee is chaired by Karen Hay and will oversee the organisation of our 2020 conference.

Committee members:

Karen Hay (Chair), ACORN Director

Kim Armstrong, ACORN Queensland

Michael Ashby, Mildura Base Hospital

Fiona Davies, Healthcare Australia

Sophie Erlich, ACORN Director

Dr Lois Hamlin, Independent Manuscript Reviewer

Tracy Kerle, Central Coast Local Health District

Kia Liao-Mackun, Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School

Elaine Loots, President ACORN Queensland

Belinda McEvoy, Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital

The Censor Panel is chaired by Ruth Melville and assesses applications for fellowship categories and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding these applications. It also makes recommendations to the board about the College awards including The Judith Cornell Oration and the Excellence in Perioperative Nursing Awards. Each of the local perioperative nursing associations is represented on the panel.

Committee members:

Judith Berry – South Australian Perioperative Nurses Assocation

Sarah Bird – ACORN Tasmania

Tracy Kerle – New South Wales Operating Theatre Association

Lesley Stewart – Northern Territory Perioperative Nurses Assocation

Carollyn Williams – Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group

(The position of representative from ACORN Western Australia is currently vacant.)

Professor Brigid Gillespie chairs the ACORN Research Committee. The Committee's purpose is to 

The primary function of the Research Committee is to guide and coordinate all aspects of research activity for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN).

The Committee's purpose is to support and encourage research relating to perioperative nursing that

  • promotes evidence based practice
  • increases knowledge and learning.

Commitee members include:

Prof Brigid Gillespie - Chair

Charmaine Bonus

Dr Jed Duff

Weili Gao

Dr  Lois Hamlin

Assoc Prof Patricia Nicholson

Rona Pillay

Carollyn Williams