IPAW 2023

Nurses working in preanesthesia and postanaesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management are dedicated to caring for patients and their families. They are passionate about what they do as nurses. IPAW23 is an opportunity to educate nursing colleagues and the community about the professionalism and passionate care that is delivered by perianaesthesia nurses every day.


ACORN G.A.S. Awards

During International Perianaesthesia week in February, the ACORN G.A.S. Awards highlight those who advocate for not only our patients, but for our future perianaesthesia nursing profession. They are Guiding to novice nurses, they are Approachable to colleagues, patients, and visitors, and have a Special gift of seeing the unseen. Make sure to nominate your colleagues to go into the draw to win great prizes!

Nominations are now closed

Nominations reopen in early 2024.


Congratulations to the inaugural ACORN G.A.S. Award winners

  • Julieanne Baddeley
  • Bonnie Ward

Thank you to our perioperative community for the outstanding number of moving nominations. It was incredibly difficult to choose winners with so many wonderful perianaesthesia nurses making such a big difference every day to their perioperative teams, patients, and the wider Australian community.


Fundamentals of Anaesthetic Nursing course

Looking for education in the area of perianaesthesia? Check out our Fundamentals of Anaesthetic Nursing course.

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The ‘Fundamentals of Anaesthetic Nursing’ course is designed for novice perioperative nurses entering the perioperative clinical environment, and experienced perioperative nurses requiring revision of fundamental anaesthetic nursing concepts and requirements. This course is designed in collaboration with the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia (Clinical and Professional Standards), 16th edition, and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Our Fundamentals of Anaesthetic Nursing course is closely aligned with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) position statement on the assistant for the anaesthetist (PS08) and its stated purpose. ANZCA is supportive of the course and commends ACORN on this important initiative.

(16 CPD points)