Conference 2020


Conference cancelled due to government ban  

It is with a heavy collective heart that ACORN follows the directive of the government and cancels the ACORN International Conference.  

We understand you will have many questions about this. We ask that you respect the College's staff as they manage the the many critical processes that need to be resolved. Please know that we will be in contact with you as soon as possible regarding refunds and/or credits for future services.

If you do have any enquiries please email





Program at a glance

(The program is subject to change.)



Thursday 28 May

Welcome and Opening Ceremony with Judith Cornell Oration

Plenary session (morning)

Poster presentations

Plenary session (afternoon)

Concurrent sessions (throughout the day)

Welcome reception

Friday 29 May

Concurrent sessions (throughout the day)



Saturday 30 May

Plenary session (morning)

Concurrent sessions (throughout the day)

ACORN Annual General Meeting

Closing Ceremony and Awards presentation

Conference dinner


Registration type

Early bird (before 31 January 2020)

Standard (before 30 April 2020)

Late (after 30 April 2020)

Full conference registration




Member registration




Non-member registration




Student registration




Member Speaker registration




Non Member Speaker registration $700 $700 $700

Day registration




Single day, member registration




Single day, non-member registration




Organising committee

Our 2020 conference is organised by the Conference Committee. Committee members:

Karen Hay (Chair), ACORN Director

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