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Excellence in Perioperative Nursing awards

Nominations and applications are now open.

Excellence in Perioperative Nursing (EiPN) awards are presented to ACORN members who have made an outstanding contribution to perioperative nursing. 

The awards are of high profile recognition with no monetary value. 

The awards are presented at the biennial national conference.

Nominations are made by a Local Association or by the ACORN board. 

An Excellence in Perioperative Nursing award is presented in the following three categories.

For more information and to make a nomination or application, click on the relevant category above.

Nominations and applications will close on 12 June 2024.


EiPN award winners

2022 EiPN Individual award

Tracy Kerle, formerly Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD), New South Wales

Tracy has been on the NSW OTA committee for since 2004 and has held the many positions of: Secretary, Treasurer, President Elect, President 2012-2014 and President 2019-2021

Tracy has been the representative for NSW on ACORN from 2008 till 2010 where she was a member of the standards committee and the Conference committee for the Perth Conference. 2010-2012. She acted as the NSW Director and had the roles of Honorary secretary for ACORN and the Conference Convenor for the 2012 Darwin ACORN conference.

During this time she has been actively involved in organising educational sessions and conferences for perioperative nurses, reviewing ministry polices and working with the chief nurses to enhance opportunities for perioperative nurses. She has visited many areas within NSW representing the professional body presenting on the importance of being a member and updates on the direction and activities of both ACORN and OTA.

Tracy has worked extensively in ensuring during her career that she advocates for perioperative nursing and our professional associations. 

2020 EiPN Individual award

Jenny Cubitt, Nurse Manager at Sydney’s Canterbury Hospital, New South Wales

Jenny is recognised for her outstanding career-long contribution to perioperative nursing, both as a mentor and advocate. She was nominated for the award by the New South Wales Operating Theatre Association (NSW OTA), where she has been a long-standing contributor in numerous roles.

In her advocacy work, Jenny has been a member of the NSW Surgical Services Taskforce for more than a decade, contributed to the Medical Industry Association’s review of its ‘Operating Theatre Protocols’ course and been a driving force behind the introduction of the ‘transition to perioperative practice’ program in the NSW public health sector (recently approved for the private health sector).

2020 EiPN Team award

Lyell McEwin Perioperative Unit, Lyell McEwin Hospital, South Australia

Adelaide’s Lyell McEwin Perioperative Unit is recognised for its outstanding commitment to high quality patient care. The team collaborated to develop and implement an impressive audit process to become ACORN Audit Champions.