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When you enrol at ACORN for perioperative education, you can be certain that you have chosen a college that is recognised for providing courses based on ACORN’s perioperative standards, with strong clinical focus and evidence-based practice.


ACORN is very excited to announce the introduction of the ACORN Education Streams. The purpose of these streams is to create a clear structure for the ACORN Education portfolio and its products and services. In creating these streams it was essential that we maintained the ACORN Education vision of ensuring holistic perioperative education is provided to our members and the wider perioperative community. We have such a diverse cohort of perioperative nurses, at varied stages of their careers, and we want to ensure that all ACORN members are included and can easily find the relevant information pertinent to their stage of perioperative practice.

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ACORN offers members a wide variety of educational opportunities including webinars, access to grants and scholarships, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) member benefit for postgraduate studies and a variety of professional development resources.


ACORN Education regularly posts responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs), to save you time in answering a perioperative education related question. If you are unable to find the answer you need in the FAQs, please submit an enquiry to ACORN Education via the ACORN website > Contact Us > Education enquiry submission, or by clicking here.


ACORN has commenced a number of perioperative Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The purpose of the ACORN SIGs is to combine the expertise and experiences of like-minded perioperative nurses to collaborate, create and support each other with a special interest focus. As the peak professional representative group for perioperative nurses across Australia, ACORN is in the unique position to have the opportunity to create, support and maintain SIGs with the mission of advancing safe, quality perioperative nursing care for Australians. To join a perioperative SIG, please click here.


To stay up to date with what is happening in ACORN Education, visit the ACORN Education news tab of the Education dropdown menu.


When interacting with ACORN Education resources or services, please ensure that you review the Education Services Agreement (below). It is the expectation that all participants who engage in ACORN Education will interact and communicate respectfully and professionally with ACORN staff, perioperative colleagues, and the wider community.

Education Service Agreement