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Financial Support & Scholarships

ACORN supports its members and perioperative nursing by offering financial support for professional development and acknowledging outstanding contributions to perioperative nursing and the perioperative profession.

ACORN financial assistance through grants and scholarships is intended to support the learning of its members and assist perioperative nurses to:
  • develop higher level skills related to the practice of perioperative nursing
  • carry out projects that will enhance perioperative nursing competence


We are excited to announce a new collaboration to benefit our ACORN members for 2023!

ACORN and Medcast have teamed up to provide a 15% discount for ACORN members for their Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PLS) courses.

Email to receive your ACORN member Medcast discount coupon code.

To find out more information about the courses and dates, click on the links below.


ACORN members can access fee waiver discounts towards postgraduate qualifications (Graduate Certificate in Nursing) through our partnership with the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Commonwealth supported places (CSP) are also available for Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Specialisation).

For more information and to apply online, visit the UTAS webite.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Specialisation)

Specialisations available to ACORN members under this scholarship are:

  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Clinical Nursing and Teaching
  • Anaesthetics and Recovery.

Scholarship requirements

To be eligible for a UTAS scholarship, you must be a current member of ACORN. You must submit proof of membership when you apply. Please log into your ACORN account and download your ACORN membership card as proof of membership.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact UTAS directly by email on, or phone 03 6226 4757.

Apply to study now

Bravura Education is offering scholarships for ACORN members to complete a laser safety officer (LSO) training course (surgical and operating suite). In each round, one ACORN member from each state will be awarded a scholarship to do Bravura Education's LSO training.

This laser safety officer course is suitable for those who work in an operating suite or other clinical environments that use lasers. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the operation and hazards of lasers. The course is delivered online and takes eight to ten hours to complete. You can study at your own pace, in your own time and take as long as you like to do it. Assessment is a two-hour, online, open book exam.

The course meets the requirements for eight hours of continuing professional development (CPD) when applied according to relevant AHPRA guidelines. It is accredited by both ACORN and the Australian College of Nursing.

For more information visit Bravura Education.


I would like to thank ACORN for awarding me the Bravura Laser Safety Officer education scholarship. This course was very informative, I particularly enjoyed the section on light physics and learning about how laser light is absorbed by tissue. I am fortunate enough to work at Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin Private Hospital, and the Indigenous Remote Eye Service. This Scholarship will allow me to safely work with lasers across all three of these sites within my speciality of ophthalmic surgery – Peter (2022 scholarship recipient)


Applications for Round 1 2024 open on 1 March 2024. 

Round 1 (opens 1 March 2024 and closes 31 May 2024)

Round 2 (opens 1 September 2024 and closes 30 November 2024)