COVID-19 advice

ACORN's COVID-19 advice to members and stakeholders

ACORN is carefully monitoring the global evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes and developments in Australian COVID activity, guidance and clinical practice are regularly being considered and where relevant ACORN is making updates in its advice for Australian perioperative nurses. ACORN is also continuing its collaborative efforts with peak nursing and perioperative stakeholders and professional bodies to ensure that the needs and concerns of perioperative nurses including ACORN members remain well represented. ACORN's leadership and staff are grateful for the patience and understanding extended to them during this period of uncertainty. On behalf of ACORN's members we particularly offer best wishes, gratitude and encouragment to Victoria's perioperative and other nursing staff, all of whom are directly and deeply affected by the unrelenting nature of COVID-19 in that state.

As part of its member commitment ACORN provides regularly updated links to important resources to support decision-making in your perioperative practice. If you have additional requests or specific local resources you would like to share with other ACORN members please feel free to make a submission at

ACORN recommends members follow the Australian government's advice and regular updates available at

ACORN encourages you to continue to care for yourselves and your peers during this time and thanks you for your ongoing contribution to advance safe and quality perioperative nursing care for Australians.

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Infection control 

Self-care and support

Now more than ever it is especially important to look after yourself. Below is a webinar from Nurse and Midwife Support looking at ways to look after yourself during the pandemic.

   See below for self-care advice.

Please take care of yourself and each other in these challenging times.

ACORN would like to remind you of free support available from Nurse & Midwife Support who offer free and confidential services for nurses and midwives across Australia.

Nurse and Midwife Support provide 24/7 telephone and email support, as well as information on their website and social media accounts focusing on supporting and improving the health and wellbeing of nurses, midwives and students.

Please call 1800 667 877 or visit their website

Click here to listen to a podcast from Nurse and Midwife Support 'Dealing with stress in a crisis' or learn more by watching any of the videos below.



Videos and webinars

Dr Nick Coatsworth, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and a panel of guest speakers discuss ‘COVID-19, the new normal’.

To assist members working in perioperative settings we recommend the following Department of Health video (released 1 April 2020).

Future updates

ACORN will continue to provide members with updates via our Facebook and Instagram accounts and through this website as new information and advice is released.

We recognise that this is a significantly challenging time for our members, colleagues and key stakeholders.

Page last updated: 10 August 2020