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March 2024

The NTPNA Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 16 February 2024, with nominations received for all positions.

The new executive committee members are:

Kate Conlan (President)

Candice Kelso (Vice president)

Tara Lynam (Treasurer)

Merrilyn Diverall (Secretary)

Dorcas Shih (ACORN representative)

Elizabeth Webb (Public Officer)

I look forward to working with the new committee as they transition into their roles.

I have enjoyed my time as president and appreciate the support from the committee and members. We had a very successful conference last year and keen interest from members for education sessions.

Wendy Rogers

Outgoing NTPNA President

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2024 is looking like an exciting year with the state conference, regional education days and re-establishment of local area liaison. The 2024 education dates for all members are advertised on our socials and webpage. These were finalised as part of the strategic plan in June 2023. This means that members can plan leave for their professional education.

More education days are planned across the regional cities in 2024 and we are hoping we can do more with the local area liaisons in the future. We have one event on March 2 in Ipswich and another in April in Hervey Bay (date to be confirmed).

State conference 2024

Our state conference is on 25 and 26 October at Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast. Buy your early bird tickets now. It's great that the delegate price includes the conference dinner, drinks and catering on both days. This ensures that participants have ample networking opportunities and socialising while enjoying delicious meals and refreshments. Just for your information, we checked out the convention centre in Cairns, which I have to say is ideal; however, to give you an idea of costings for 2024 it would cost (up to 250 people) $165 000 for the venue alone. In 2025 it’s $220 000. So, I think if you take the event space we have and look at the ticket price. You would have to say it’s a bargain!

Local Area Liaison

Do you believe your unique perspective, experience and dedication would be invaluable to the committee? Do you have a commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing? Do you align with our mission, making you an ideal candidate for this important role? The Local Area Liaison (LAL) is an ACORN Queensland initiative for supporting local members. They must be financial members of ACORN Queensland, interested in representing us at a local level. Appointment to this committee would not only be a recognition of your expertise, but it would also provide you with a platform to network and engage with other influential professionals in the industry. Your contributions would carry weight and help shape the future of perioperative nursing. Please download a nomination form. Remember, if you are interested in holding an event at your place, or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Queensland members will have seen our digital landing page that directs traffic to the ACORN Queensland and ACORN websites. This has drummed up a lot of conversation and we take your suggestions seriously so if you would like to have your say, email President@acornqld.org.au.

We plan to have scholarships available so people can apply for funding to go to the conference.

Along with that, the team are working hard to build infrastructure for processes around new and old members, and guides around what the committee members do so they know what they are up for if they come on board. If you have any experience with grant writing, please let us know so we can apply for funds in the not-for-profit sector as well.

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

MEd, BN, RN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN Queensland 2024

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GPO Box 2518
Brisbane
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

Greetings from SAPNA! 

We started our 2024 education sessions in February with a focus on cardiovascular surgery. It was a fabulous morning with a great turn out and wonderful presenters. We are grateful to Medtronics for their sponsorship.

2024 has also brought a new look to our committee:

Di Apolloni

Danielle Bicanin – Trade Rep

Alice Brennan

Kaylene Brook

Alicia Cheah – Newsletter

Kristin Cheesman – Education Chair

Fiona Davies – Conference coordinator / Website

Jane English – Secretary

Michiela Gardner

Suzy Gepp – Trade Rep

Cathie Hashemi – Treasurer

Nicole Kerkemeyer – Education Chair

Katie Morgan

Roshni Pala

Carmel Rogers

Luke Rowlands – Website / Social media

Nikki Rowlands – President

Kylie Stopp – ACORN Director

Looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.

Nikki Rowlands

SAPNA President 

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PO Box 38

Highgate

SA 5063

E: sapna@sapna.org.au

W: https://www.sapna.org.au/

 

 

The Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) continues in its commitment to advancing the practice and knowledge of perioperative nursing throughout the coming year, with a range of activities including the country conference, trade partnerships, educational activities, scholarships and grants, podcasts and more. VPNG continues to be a cornerstone for professional development and networking within the field of perioperative nursing in Victoria.

The VPNG Country Conference in March, promises an engaging and informative program for perioperative nurses. Scheduled talks cover a diverse range of topics, including anaphylaxis management, nurses' self-care, innovative approaches like the use of virtual reality for needle-phobic patients, and critical procedures such as massive transfusion protocol implementation in small regional facilities. Additionally, sessions addressing professionalism in advanced nursing roles, response to acute physiological deterioration in PACU, and quality systems for patient and staff safety are featured.

The conference also provides valuable networking opportunities and interactions with trade partners showcasing the latest perioperative products. Set in the vibrant rural city of Wangaratta, the conference promises to be an enriching experience for all attendees.

VPNG has continued to foster ongoing business activities aimed at supporting perioperative nurses. Snippets and podcasts offer bite-sized educational content, catering to busy professionals seeking to stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices. The latest podcast went live on 30 January and explored the importance of trade partnerships in perioperative practice. Planning is still underway for a perioperative paediatric study day. VPNG is considering a virtual format to provide greater access to members.

Additionally, scholarships and grants continue to provide support for the education and professional development of perioperative nurses across Victoria, ensuring a skilled workforce for the future. Currently open for applications are the Sister Mary Felix and June Allen scholarships for perioperative postgraduate studies, and the Mary Barry Medtronic Education Grant for professional development activities.

As president, I am proud to be supported by a dedicated team of committed and innovative thinkers, delivering diverse offerings to all our members, and I look forward to a busy and productive year ahead.

Karolin King

VPNG President

            

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PO Box 593
            East Melbourne
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December 2023

President's report

The New South Wales Operating Theatre Association Incorporated (NSW OTA) is excited to announce that the NSW OTA 2024 Annual State Conference ‘Safe travels: A perioperative journey’ will be held at The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford, NSW on Friday 8 March and Saturday 9 March 2024.

The conference program is currently in development and incorporates a rich educational programme over the two days, with expert clinicians presenting on a range of topics related to perioperative nursing and the conference theme.  We are very close to posting the final programme on the NSW OTA website.

The official opening of the trade exhibition is planned for 10.00 am on Friday 8 March 2024 and we are anticipating many trade attendees.  All catering will be provided in the trade area so that delegates can explore all the delights available on the exhibition floor. There will also be prizes to be won – further information will be available at registration.

Superheroes is the theme for the conference dinner and trivia event, so don’t forget to plan your costume as well as your trivia answers!

Early bird sales for conference tickets will commence at 7.30 am AEST on Monday 4 December 2023 and close at 4.00 pm on Thursday 15 February 2024. Standard tickets will be available from 5.00 pm on Thursday 15 February until 4.00 pm on Thursday 22 February. Late registrations will be dependent on ticket sales.

Don’t forget to request time off work to attend this conference on 8 and 9 March 2024. Don’t miss out on applying for education leave, if your unit can accommodate. We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference and working together to make this conference a HUGE success.

To register for the conference, go to www.ota.org.au then click on Events, then Events calendar. Be organised and don’t miss out on this fantastic conference.

On behalf of the NSW OTA, I look forward to seeing you all at our state conference and thank you for your ongoing support of perioperative nursing in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.

With the end of the year fast approaching, I wish you all a very safe and happy christmas and holiday season with your family and friends.

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NSW OTA

 

PO Box 212

Croydon

NSW 2132

T: 02 9799 9835   W: www.ota.org.au

 

President's report

This is a busy time of the year for everyone and we are all looking forward to the christmas break, or a bit of downtime at least!

SAPNA has recently held its state conference at the Entertainment Centre. This is the first time we have had a conference there and it seems form the feedback it was well liked.

SAPNA extends a huge thank you to our members, non-members and national guests who attended the 2023 SAPNA Conference ‘Building on the best: Power of the past and force for the future’. Our speakers were engaging and informative and we thank them for the time they gave us all. We try to make the presentations as rounded as we can to cover both the private and public sectors, but it just depends on who is available and willing to present at the time. The SAPNA Committee have taken on board all the feedback and will follow up as best we can for future events. Many questions have been addressed in the end of year newsletter, SAPNA Connect.

We are running the SAPNA Member Coaching and Mentoring Program early next year. There are only ten places, so be quick to apply for this. Forms can be found on  the SAPNA website.

As the professional body for perioperative nurses in South Australia, SAPNA is committed to the ongoing development of our profession, and the future recruitment, retention and professional development of skilled and enthusiastic nurses.

The mentoring relationship is a key area which can help address this goal. By mentoring new nurses, experienced perioperative nurses can retain them in the profession and reduce the high turnover rates often seen in nursing, by demonstrating to novice nurses that they will have support and guidance as they begin their careers. Mentors can help ease the transition from university to clinical practice.

Mentors can provide guidance on clinical skills, help with decision-making and provide emotional support during the stressful and challenging early years of nursing practice. For experienced nurses, mentoring can offer opportunities for professional growth and development, as well as a chance to give back to the nursing community. SAPNA invites you to apply to attend a series of workshops, based on SAPNA’s values of care, vision, and excellence. With facilitation by a reputable professional development and training consultant, participants will have the opportunity to build their skills as a mentor. With the support of your employer, you will have the opportunity to bring this knowledge into your workplace and may also be offered the opportunity to deliver a presentation at a SAPNA education meeting or conference. Please go to the SAPNA website to apply.

And don’t forget to look on our the website for information on grants to assist with the cost.

We are having our strategic planning meeting in December and look forward to working with you all in 2024 to bring you education and networking opportunities. Please contact us on info@sapna.org or through our social media pages if you wish to provide feedback or share ideas.

From the SAPNA committee to all our members, we wish you a very merry christmas and happy and safe new year.

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

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PO Box 38

Highgate

SA 5063

E: sapna@sapna.org.au

W: https://www.sapna.org.au/

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President's report

This has been an active year for VPNG with the August state conference ‘Breaking Barriers’ taking centre stage – it was good to finally return to a face-to-face event, the first since the start of the pandemic. The opportunity to network and experience trade exhibitions in ‘real time’ was welcomed by delegates and, with an extensive and informative program, the feedback was very encouraging.

Tarryn Armour and the Events subcommittee organised a varied selection of presentations covering a range of topics including trauma surgery and AUSMAT response, endovascular surgery, hip replacement advances, graduate and transition-to-practice programs, perioperative leadership, sharps safety, delirium management, paediatric anaesthesia, and nursing in Tonga as well as diversity and inclusivity from our keynote speaker Tasneem Chopra. The list doesn’t end there of course with many more presentations on offer, as a glance at the conference program will attest. Even Guide Dogs Victoria added a very different element with an actual guide dog interaction. The conference concluded on a high note with entertainment from a talented performing nurse in sequined scrubs!

Feedback from the conference identified that our members expressed a strong interest in paediatric education. Plans have now commenced for a 2024 collaboration with the Royal Children’s Hospital, to provide a perioperative paediatric study day.

The VPNG two-day course, Introduction to perioperative nursing, was held at a metropolitan location (Epworth Richmond) in September and a regional location (Ballarat) in April. This course is a fabulous starting point for nurses wanting to explore the specialty and for novice practitioners. Our Education subcommittee does an amazing job to deliver this program and keep it practical, with half of it being hands-on sessions.

VPNG scholarships and grants continue to support all levels of postgraduate study and this year has seen a rise in applicants for the Lyn Saunders Professional development scholarship for enrolled nurses undertaking a bachelor’s degree.

VPNG podcasts, an innovative project commencing in 2022, are available to anyone via the website. Two discussions were aired this year on pertinent perioperative topics – human factors and The New ACORN Standards. Plans are underway for monthly topics next year.

Our newsletter, Snippets, has been a bumper source of information with both clinical and interest pieces. We are seeking a new member to fill the editor’s role as Erin Wakefield has resigned from the committee. Many thanks to Erin for the amazing work she's done in this space.

Behind the scenes the VPNG is supported and expertly marketed by the Communication subcommittee, led by Smitha Sebastian, tirelessly updating all our social media platforms with creative posts and images of all our events, courtesy of Jen Gamble.

This has been a productive year for the VPNG, as always, strongly supported by the dedication and drive of the committee members. I thank outgoing president, Elyse Coffey, for all her work. As the incoming president, I look forward to leading and learning from this group over the next two years to serve perioperative nurses in Victoria, and collaborating with the other local associations to continue to support ACORN’s mission.

Karolin King

VPNG President

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Keynote speaker, Tasneem Chopra at the VPNG Conference 2023, Thomas Edwards with Marie from Guide Dogs Victoria

 

            

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VPNG Committee at the conference August 2023

Indra Doresamy and Karolin King with historical VPNG items (2023)

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VPNG Executive Committee – President handover 2023

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President's report

The ACORN WA committee is gearing up for 2024 and we look forward to engaging with all our members.

Do let us know if you would like us to visit your perioperative suite or if you would like to host a study day at your site.

We are not planning any local conferences in 2024 as the international ACORN conference will be held in Perth, in May. 

Do mark your diaries and prepare to be part of the biggest perioperative event in Perth!

This year, we thank Perth Children's Hospital, Busselton Health Campus and Armadale Health Service for hosting our study days, it was a great opportunity for everyone to meet face to face and be engaged in perioperative discussions around paediatric surgery, obstetric emergencies, safe staffing, ACORN standards and more. We will continue to deliver study days and webinars in Perth and elsewhere in the state.

Do take a moment and consider joining your local association, be an active member of ACORN WA and attend our events so you can get to know your peers around Western Australia. You can also apply for funding to attend the ACORN conference and conferences anywhere in the world. If you are interested, please contact us.

Thank you for all your dedication and commitment to perioperative nursing and your patients. Keep up your great work in achieving the highest standard of care.

Grace Loh

ACORN WA President

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PO Box 990

Victoria Park

WA 6979

E: enquiries@acornwa.org.au

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October 2023

Perioperative Leadership Summit 2023

Speakers

PLS 2023 was held at the beautiful University of Notre Dame, in Freemantle. There were plenty of trade displays and time to engage and learn about products. Here are a few words, from one of the delegates, about some of the inspirational speakers that highlighted leadership.

Sandy Thompson emphasised how accreditation preparedness is vital for all facilities and gave insights into the requirements and responsibilities of accreditation using her many years of experience working with quality systems and assurance services. Preparedness is always working within the standards, and having systems for reporting, auditing,and improving (taking action).

Michell Taylor, a former critical care nurse researcher, told us that 29 to 91 per cent of nurses are considering leaving the profession. Michelle likened nursing to the concept of VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, an idea introduced by the United States of America Army War College in the 1990s to describe the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Cold War ending. Michelle suggested using situational awareness, with either transformational or transactional leadership styles, to create a culture and provide consistency, motivation, inspiration and a shared vision to empower teams to succeed together.

Phyllis Davis AM gave the Judith Cornell Oration, entitled ‘I am a Nurse’ and shared her career experiences from being a hospital-trained nurse to leading teams in the United Arab Emirates. Her style of leadership is engaging and personal – visiting the cleaners with a packet of biscuits, turning up where least expected, arriving on the ward to learn and engaging with people as a person not as the boss. Phyllis’s leadership uses her natural ability to put people first – listening, leading and empowering others to excel and take the team forward.

Simone Ohlin spoke about ‘the little things’.  As a multi-generational workforce, with different expectations from leaders and managers, nursing requires a style of leadership and situational awareness that is flexible and ever evolving.

As well as providing the chance to hear from these inspiring leaders, the summit was a great way to meet up with old friends and make new ones in a relaxed environment.

Julz Eather

ACORN Qld Committee Member

Leading through education

It is always hard to keep attendees engaged during the last session of the last day but, as the Fremantle weather deteriorated, this was the place to be inspired by some innovative ideas from the speakers from Notre Dame and Deakin universities.  

The Notre Dame University team have included a perioperative nursing course in their undergraduate nursing core curriculum to meet future nursing requirements in the perioperative field.  They anticipate that this will attract more nursing students to the specialty of perioperative nursing.  Exposing nursing students to the perioperative environment in their undergraduate years will provide a future-focused approach to maintaining a robust perioperative nursing workforce for the future. It will also provide our workforce of new starters with foundations and knowledge that will increase safety for surgical patients.

Tarryn Armour from Deakin University discussed the development of an educational app that exposes novice nurses to perioperative and supports their clinical learning needs. The app aims to engage novice perioperative nurses to learn and enhance their skills in a safe environment that is different to the traditional classroom. Tarryn talked about the learning curves she met and the challenges she faced developing and testing the app during the pandemic. She also acknowledged that the app is still very much a work in progress. 

PLS 2023 was an opportunity to gain insight into the personal journeys and professional improvements in perioperative nursing from some talented, highly experienced and emerging leaders from across Australia. With the cooperation and collaboration inspired by our leaders, best practice perioperative nursing care should be secure for future generations.

Angela Hand

ACORN Queensland Vice President

Trade partners

The Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS) was a valuable and enriching experience. Trade exhibitions and partnerships are integral to conferences in various fields, including perioperative nursing.  The PLS provided a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with colleagues and industry experts. It was a time to reunite with old friends and make new professional connections which can lead to collaborations and knowledge sharing.

The presence of trade partners is crucial for showcasing the latest technologies, products and services relevant to the perioperative environment. These companies are often at the forefront of their respective fields and play a vital role in advancing health care practices. Trade partners like Lateral Medical, Care Essentials, BD, Defries, Hilrom/Baxter, Ecolab, 3M, Stirling Fildes and Multigate bring the latest advancements in technology and equipment to the attention of perioperative professionals. Staying informed about these innovations is essential for improving patient care and safety. The presence of these companies demonstrates their commitment to supporting perioperative nurses and the health care community. Their participation reflects their dedication to providing nurses with the tools and resources needed to excel in their roles. Attendees learned about new products and techniques that can enhance patient care and surgical outcomes.

Trade partners often offer educational sessions or workshops as part of their presence at conferences. These sessions can help attendees gain a deeper understanding of the technologies and products being showcased. ACORN Queensland is fortunate to have some masterclasses being presented by our trade partners at our Minor Conference on 28 and 29 October in Brisbane.

Events like the Minor Conference provide a holistic experience that combines networking, education and exposure to cutting-edge technologies. They are an essential part of professional development for perioperative nurses and contribute to improving the quality of care in surgical settings.

We hope to see you at our Minor Conference in October. Come and learn and play.

Simone Ohlin

President ACORN Queensland

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GPO Box 2518
Brisbane
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

September 2023

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President's report

Looking ahead to 2024, we have exciting plans to expand education days across regional cities. Our goal is to foster closer collaboration with local Area liaisons to enhance our offerings even further. With thanks to new representatives in Ipswich, Harvey Bay and Bundaberg, you should see some dates for these area’s coming in 2024.

Given your unique perspective, experience, and dedication, we believe you would be an invaluable addition to our committee. Your commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing align perfectly with Acorn Qld's mission, making you an ideal candidate for this significant role. Check out the website for commitment details acornqld.org.au

The Local Area Liaison (Lal) initiative, designed to support local members, requires appointees to be financial members of Acorn Qld and have a keen interest in representing the organisation at a local level. Joining this committee would not only recognise your expertise but also provide a platform for networking with influential professionals in the industry. Should you be interested in hosting an event or collaborating on an event idea, whether it's a small cocktail gathering or a larger initiative, please don't hesitate to contact us anytime. Your contributions would carry substantial weight in shaping the future of perioperative nursing. Nomination forms for this role can be downloaded from our website.

If you're a Queensland member, you may have noticed our new digital landing page that directs you to both the ACORNQLD and ACORN websites. We value your suggestions and encourage you to share your thoughts via email at mailto:president@acornqld.org.au

Our upcoming Minor Conference and AGM, to be held at St Vincent Private Hospital – Northside, adjacent to TPCH, promises a diverse blend of education, tours, and entertainment. The event will feature an exciting education platform, tours of the perioperative suite, and wellness concepts, providing attendees with an enriching experience. Registrations are open and selling fast. We're pleased to share that the delegate price includes the conference dinner, drinks, and catering on both days. This ensures ample opportunities for networking and socialising, all while enjoying delicious meals and refreshments.

A notable addition to this year's event is the Breakfast Panel, offering a new and engaging format for valuable insights and lively discussions in the morning. We're thrilled to have Louise O’Riordan. Ms Louise O'Riordan is currently working in the a/Executive Director role at Redcliffe Hospital, Metro North Hospitals and Health Service (MNHHS). Louise has extensive experience with leading Safety and Quality Programs and has been an Australian Council on Healthcare Standards Assessor since 2015.

Louise has worked in the Director Safety and Quality roles at Redcliffe Hospital & at Top End Health Service Northern Territory. Louise has also worked as the Clinical Safety and Quality Manager in both Royal Darwin Hospital and prior to this at Darwin Private Hospital.

She has been actively involved in safety and quality issues, serving on numerous committees e.g., Northern Territory Audit of Surgical Mortality Steering Committee, ACHS NT/QLD State Advisory Committee, Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and Health Service Board Committees.

Stay tuned for more exciting presenters in our October issue of the Oak. Feel free to submit your questions for our panellists as you register to attend. Remember, spots for the Minor Conference are limited, so be sure to secure yours promptly!

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN Qld 2023

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NTPNA Presidents report – September 2023

Hello NTPNA members, conference planning continues to be the main focus for the executive. The program is coming together with some excellent sessions scheduled.

This year’s conference themed ‘Wellness and transitioning to the future’ is to be held at the Hilton Hotel on the 13th and 14th October 2023. We are still seeking expressions of interest for the Conference committee, to support the following areas:

  • Trades
  • Conference speaker
  • Merchandise
  • Social Events
  • General admin - conference registration 
  • IT support 

Thank you to the members that have already volunteered to assist.

Kind Regards

Wendy Rogers                                                                                                                                                         

NPTNA President

August 2023

President's report

The education 2023–2024 dates for all members are advertised on our website so members can plan their professional leave.

More education days across the regional cities are planned for 2024 and we are hoping we can do more with the local area liaisons in the future.

Local area liaison

Do you believe your unique perspective, experience and dedication would be invaluable to the committee? Do you have a commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing? Do you align with ACORN Queensland’s mission, making you an ideal candidate for this important role?

The Local Area Liaison (LAL) is an ACORN Queensland initiative for supporting local members. Candidates for the role must be financial members of ACORN Queensland, interested in representing ACORN Queensland at a local level. Appointment to this committee would not only be a recognition of your expertise, but it would also provide you with a platform to network and engage with other influential professionals in the industry. Your contributions would carry weight and help shape the future of perioperative nursing. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website. Remember, if you are interested in holding an event at your place or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Queensland members will have seen our new digital landing page that directs traffic to the ACORN Queensland and ACORN websites. This has drummed up a lot of conversation and we take your suggestions seriously so if you would like to have your say, email President@acornqld.org.au

The Minor Conference and AGM at St Vincent Private Hospital – Northside, next to The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) – on 28 and 29 October 2023, will offer a great mix of education, tours and entertainment. The inclusion of an exciting education platform, tours of the perioperative suite and wellness concepts indicates that attendees will have a diverse and enriching experience. Registrations opened on 1 August 2023.

It's great that the delegate price includes the conference dinner, drinks and catering on both days. This ensures that participants have ample networking opportunities and socialising while enjoying delicious meals and refreshments.

The introduction of a breakfast panel is an interesting addition to the event. It’s a new and engaging format that will provide valuable insights and lively discussions in the morning. We are delighted to confirm Professor Brigid Gillespie will be joining the panel. Professor Gillespie is the conjoint Professor of Patient Safety in Nursing at the Gold Coast University Hospital and Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery, Gold Coast campus. Brigid’s research focuses on two important areas of patient safety: compromised skin integrity, and teamwork and communication in surgery. We have more exciting presenters for you as well, so look out for details in the September issue of The Oak. If you have any questions for our panellists, please don’t hesitate to put them forward as you register to attend. Be reminded that numbers are limited for the Minor Conference so get in quick!

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

President ACORN Queensland

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GPO Box 2518
Brisbane
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

July 2023

President's report

Advertised on our socials and webpage are the 2023–2024 education dates for all members. This was finalised as part of the strategic plan in June 2023. This means that members can plan their professional leave.

Our Education Day in Bundaberg was an outstanding success with us ending up with a waitlist. Unfortunately, some delegates chose not to attend which meant some people missed out. This changed our thinking, so further education days will have a nominal charge to them to secure a spot. Drinks afterwards brought some interesting conversations and lots of laughter. We are hoping we can do more with the local area liaisons in the future.

Do you believe your unique perspective, experience and dedication would be invaluable to the committee? Do you have a commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing? Do you align with ACORN Queensland’s mission, making you an ideal candidate for this important role? The Local Area Liaison (LAL) is an ACORN Queensland initiative for supporting local members. They must be financial members of ACORN Queensland, interested in representing ACORN Queensland at a local level. Appointment to this committee would not only be a recognition of your expertise, but it would also provide you with a platform to network and engage with other influential professionals in the industry. Your contributions would carry weight and help shape the future of perioperative nursing. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website. Remember, if you are interested in holding an event at your place or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Queensland members will have seen our new digital landing page that directs traffic to the ACORN Queensland and ACORN websites. This has drummed up a lot of conversation and we take your suggestions seriously so if you would like to have your say, email President@acornqld.org.au

The ACORN Queensland state conference (18 and 19 October 2023) and AGM at St Vincent Private Hospital – Northside, next to The Prince Charles Hospital, will offer a great mix of education, tours and entertainment. The inclusion of an exciting education platform, tours of the perioperative suite and wellness concepts indicates that attendees will have a diverse and enriching experience.

It's great that the delegate price includes the conference dinner, drinks and catering on the day. This ensures that participants have ample networking opportunities and socialising while enjoying delicious meals and refreshments.

The introduction of a breakfast panel is an interesting addition to the event. It’s a new and engaging format that will provide valuable insights and lively discussions in the morning.

If anyone is interested in attending, it's important to note that registrations for the conference start on 1 August 2023. This information allows potential attendees to mark their calendars and ensure they don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in the event.

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN Queensland 2023

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The Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) is looking forward to reconnecting face to face with members and delegates at the VPNG State Conference ‘Breaking Barriers’ on 18 and 19 August at the Pullman Hotel, Albert. Registrations for this event are now open.

After the state conference, VPNG are excited to be offering the Introduction to Perioperative Nursing Course on 8 and 9 September. This event is being held at Epworth Hospital. Thank you to our generous sponsors and volunteer committee who work hard to deliver this event. More information about this event can be found on our website.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to a VPNG event in the near future.

Stay safe, stay well

Elyse Coffey

VPNG President

        

            

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June 2023

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Can you believe we are already nearly halfway through the year?

Acorn Qld welcomes the new CEO Diane Harapin, and we hope to continue and strengthen our ties with the college. The Queensland committee has had the first part of the 2023-2024 strategic planning day with the finalization of the strategic plan due 4th June 2023. This should bring some education and minor conference dates for the year and into 2024 for planning professional development leave for our members.

Do you believe that your unique perspective, experience, and dedication would be invaluable to the committee's work? Do you have a commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing? Do you align with Acorn Qld’s mission, making you an ideal candidate for this important role? The Local Area liaison (Lal) is an Acorn Qld initiative for supporting local members. They must be financial members of Acorn Qld, interested in representing Acorn Queensland at a local level. Appointment to this committee would not only be a recognition of your expertise, but it would also provide you with a platform to network and engage with other influential professionals in the industry. Your contributions would carry weight and help shape the future of perioperative nursing. Nomination forms are downloaded from the website. Remember if you are interested in holding an event at your place, or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Queensland members will see our new digital landing page that directs traffic to the ACORNQLD and ACORN websites. The committee has worked hard behind the scenes to make sure we have due diligence with members regarding access to the website and fiscal management. With that in mind, members should be seeing the education events on the site and through our socials. We have an education day planned for the 17th of June in Bundaberg at the Friendly Society Private Hospital. So if you are close to Bundaberg come and say hello. Please see the events page for registration.

We are also promoting our Minor Conference and AGM at the end of October. This event will be held at St Vincent Private Hospital – Northside (next to TPCH). We shall have an exciting education platform some tours of the perioperative suite and some entertaining wellness concepts for you. Included in the delegate price is the conference dinner and drinks as well as catering on the day as well. We are really excited about the Breakfast Panel which will be new for us but loads of fun. Registrations for this start as of August 1st. So, save the date!

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN QLD 2023

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May 2023

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The NTPNA committee have been busy planning our coming conference to be held on the 13th and 14th October 2023, with the theme ‘’Wellness and Transition to the Future (WTF)’’. Start making your travel plans and get your abstract submissions in.

NTPNA call for abstracts

We hope to welcome back many previous attendees and bring lots of new friends to Darwin.

Kind regards

Wendy Rogers

President NTPNA

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Northern Territory 0810

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The Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group is looking forward to reconnecting face to face with members and delegates at the VPNG State Conference ‘Breaking Barriers’, 18th & 19th August, Pullman Hotel, Albert Park. Registrations for this event are now open.

Register now

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Keynote speakers for the event:

VPNG_Tasneem ChopraTasneem Chopra is an experienced Cross-Cultural Consultant and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) trainer helping business, not-for-profits and government understand and navigate diversity and inclusion using an intersectional lens. She helps workforce and leadership become progressive in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusivity, so they can communicate, work and lead across different cultures for better innovation and profitability.

In 2018 the Australian Human Rights Commission named her an Anti-Racism Champion. In 2020, she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her work in championing diversity. Tasneem has a background in Psychology and Sociology from Swinburne University, and a master’s in international development from La Trobe University.

 

VPNG_Dr David ReadMr David J Read CSC, MBBS FRACS completed his undergraduate training at the University of Adelaide in 1992, then went on to train in General Surgery in Adelaide and the United Kingdom receiving his FRACS in 1999. He completed post fellowship training in Upper GI surgery, thoracics, breast cancer surgery, rural surgery, paediatric surgery and burns. He has an interest in disaster response surgery and was involved in the surgical responses to both Bali Bombings, East Timor, and Ashmore Reef. He is pioneered the development of the surgical capability of Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) and responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013. His other research interests include the effect on remoteness on trauma and cancer, generalist in surgery, and Indigenous health.

David teaches trauma, disaster and burns related courses and a frequent speaker at National and International conferences. He has been an active member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Committee, an advocate for road safety and Indigenous health.

We look forward to welcoming everyone to this event.

Stay safe, stay well.

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

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April 2023

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Welcome to 2023 I apologise this is the first report for us this year! We are just coming out of the COVID challenges although ‘mad March’ has seen cases increase we are all generally getting on with life now.

This has enabled us to continue promoting development and education within perioperative nursing and there are so many new and innovative areas within Perioerative Nursing that we are keen to explore.

Our first Saturday morning Education session in March was held at Calvary North Adelaide and the title Emergency V’s Risk, Different or the same? Building an Emergency alphabet. This elicited great responses from A to Z and covered a whole white board with many different responses to work on. Dr Alex Bull presented on Communication in the OR, very entertaining and a good look at communication from all angles. It was a well attended morning and Julie from Clean Life Medical shared some of their SA made plastic free cleaning products which Im sure will make their way into our theatres soon.

SAPNA is sponsoring a Mentoring program for 10 members which will lbe delivered by PDT (Professional Development Training). Applications are up now for all 3 dates in April, June and July from 9 to 11am. This is a great opportunity and if you are interested in Mentoring other staff in your unit go onto our website to find applications.

We are currently very busy finalising  the program for this years SAPNA Conference which will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. The theme is Building on the Best - Power of the Past / Force for the future. Keep the dates free and request the time off to attend on Friday September 22nd and Saturday 23rd, where the day is divided up into streams. Our newsletters also give regular updates and snippets for members including our next Saturday Eduction session soon to be announced.

We wish all members a Happy and Safe Easter!!

Cathie Hashemi

SAPNA President

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March 2023

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The first months of the year have the new Queensland committee dedicated to planning and organising existing processes as well as recognising gaps in our processes that need to be rectified. While a lot is happening in the background we are eagerly looking forward to the commencement of the new CEO when appointed and the Standards that will be released on Saturday 18 March 2023. I hope all Qld members have read the previous Oak and have registered for the event. We have some education workshops we are working in collaboration with other perioperative sites in Queensland coming. Remember if you are interested in holding an event at your place, or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN QLD 2023

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Happy new year! I do hope that you had the opportunity for a break over the Christmas/New Year period with the chance to regenerate after a very busy 2022. Where does the summer go, it seems to be over in a blink of an eye. I sincerely hope 2023 is a year everyone can enjoy and find some balance.

On reflection of 2022 with the reduction in COVID-19 social restrictions VPNG was back in full operational swing with return of all our face-to-face events. Not only did we embrace online education opportunities, but we also enjoyed seeing everyone in the flesh. As a profession you all continued to show your commitment and adaptability as clinicians by rising to all challenges that have come our way every single day.

I am sure on your own reflection of 2022 you will have some achievement you are proud of. No doubt 2023 will bring different challenges and changes, but I believe we are well-prepared for whatever may eventuate.

This year VPNG is committed to providing Victorian perioperative nurses with educational opportunities, connecting with you via social media and our Snippets newsletter as well as providing Scholarships and Grants.

VPNG offer a number of Scholarships and Grants for postgraduate education and continuing professional development. Applications are now open. Make sure you apply prior to the closing date 31st March. Please apply via our website for more information https://www.vpng.org.au/scholarships/

Our first Introduction to Perioperative Nursing Course was held 17th and 18th of February in collaboration with Bendigo Health. Congratulations to the VPNG committee members for another successful event.

The VPNG State Conference ‘Breaking Barriers’, Fri 18th & Sat 19th August, Pullman Hotel, Albert Park is fast approaching. We are now accepting abstracts for presentation.

Please go to the VPNG website for the latest information at https://www.vpng.org.au/events/

You can also keep up to date with current via our Facebook Page. Just search for Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group.

We are very much looking forward to another big year of educational opportunities, scholarships and grants and engaging with you all during 2023.

I wish everyone all the very best for the year to come.

Kind Regards

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

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The NSW Operating Theatres Association (NSW OTA) is excited to announce the annual conference ‘Everything Counts'. It is being held at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club Events Centre on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th March 2023. ‘Everything Counts’ is the theme of the conference wherein all aspects of perioperative nursing & operating theatres count. NSW OTA invites you to attend and obtain your CPD by listening to presenters as they bring to you their topic of interest. Get your tickets now to benefit from the amazing line up of topics. Here’s a sneak peak . . .

Ever wondered what it is like to be a perioperative agency nurse? Working in different areas around Australia has been one of Breeanna Beitz’s (RN/BP) most challenging and exhilarating times of her career. Breeanna speaks about her experiences in her presentation Remote Vs Rural Vs Metro.

‘Flourishing’ a presentation brought to you by Professor Brendan McCormack, a nursing academic and internationally renowned nursing leader.  He is passionate about person-centredness, focusing on the development of person-centred cultures, practices, and processes.

On behalf of NSW Health, Lilian Blair (CNC) is providing updates on how the NSW Health Policy Directive PD2013_054 Management of Instruments, Accountable Items and Other Items used for Surgery or Procedures has been updated and replaced by PD2023_002 Accountable Items used in Surgery and Other Procedures.  

Dr Merrin Thanopouloos is the Emergency Care Coordinator at the Mater Hospital North Sydney. She will discuss coroner’s cases and escalating care in PACU. Kris Louis will discuss ‘Enhanced Recovery After Surgery.’  Rachael Barton (RN/RM) will share her experiences in ‘A Day in the Life of a Royal Flying Doctors Service Retrieval Nurse.’

‘Everything Counts’ conference will bring you a variety of speakers with a diverse range of topics. These include ‘The Dino-op Program: An integrated approach to reducing children’s perioperative anxiety.’ This study aimed to evaluate whether the Dino Op program reduces perioperative anxiety and distress for paediatric surgical patients and the time taken to manage anxiety and distress.  

Topics on Post Trauma Debrief, Post Op Delirium, Surviving Re-development: Why everyone and everything counts; Organ Donation; Anaphylaxis; Surgical site marking after skin prepping and draping project-everything counts; New Grads - Start healthy, stay healthy; Special Committee investigating deaths under Anaesthesia; ‘A perioperative Nurse in the Navy’ plus many more speakers with interesting presentations across the 2-day conference.

Come along, explore 20 + Trade Exhibits and join in at the M*A*S*H themed event on Friday 3rd March. This is your opportunity to network while enjoying the outrageously fun dinner and trivia night. Over 140 delegates from NSW and the ACT have already registered for this event. Registration to the conference will be closed by the time this report is published.

On Saturday 18th March Zone 1 [Central Coast/Hunter Region] will be presenting a half day education session, the journey of a DIEP Breast Reconstruction. Registrations for this event will close on Friday 3rd March.

On Saturday 1st April Zone 2 [Central West] will be hosting a Professional Education Day at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Base in Dubbo. The venue has a maximum seating capacity of 50, so get in early to ensure you get a seat.

Information about these days and registration details can be found on the NSW OTA website.

Thank you

Angela Coleman

President NSW OTA

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February 2023

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Welcome to the new year. To say the last few years have been tumultuous is probably an understatement. Here’s hoping that things move forward for a happy 2023. I am the new ACORN QLD president. I first joined ACORN (or the OTA) in 1992. I have been a member ever since, having spent time in NSW, NT, Overseas and now QLD. I have worked both Public and Private and have been off and on the committee over the years. Most commonly in the education role. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution that previous committees have made. It’s a thankless task some days to volunteer for the association but things are moving forward and here’s hoping we will create some great new processes and clear the pathway for the future of ACORN QLD and ACORN.

It is professionally rewarding to serve on the committee and witness the changes and challenges of the association over time. But most significantly seeing a stronger focus on patient safety, perioperative clinical governance, multidisciplinary communication, mentorship and leadership. This year as stated in October 2022 is the 50th Jubilee of ACORN QLD formally PNAQ and this year until the AGM we shall continue to celebrate past and ongoing achievements of ACORN and ACORN QLD. The Past President Joy Jensen and Caroline Williams will continue to comb through records to bring a commemorative journal showcasing the work of members throughout Queensland.

I would like to welcome the committee for 2023 as nominated at the AGM in October 2022:

President – Simone Ohlin

Vice President – Angela Hand

Secretary – Kathy Herrick

Treasurer – Ann- Maree Layton

Past President – Joy Jensen

General Committee Members – Julianne Eather & Maritza Harvey

ACORN Qld Director – Justine Vost

Once we have the strategic plan from ACORN, we shall develop our state plan to compliment the national plan. We look forward to the coming chance of alignment and to enter into the future focusing on our patients, members and Perioperative Nursing.

Warmest wishes

Simone Ohlin

RN, MEd, Grad Cert Periop, GCTAE, BN, MACN, MACORN

President ACORN Qld 2023

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The NTPNA conference is back. After missing the 2020 conference due to COVID the committee are busy planning this year’s conference to be held on the 13th – 14th October. We will be calling for abstracts in the near future so get your papers ready.

Sadly our secretary, Mary Haydon has returned to Western Australia. Mary did a wonderful job in this role and is certainly missed. The position will remain vacant until next month’s AGM.

Two of the NT’s previous committee members and ACORN board members have recently retired from the workplace and will now have time to enjoy their other passions. Lesley Stewart and Rose Bradley worked tirelessly for our organisations. They will be missed in the workplace and I wish them all the best in this chapter of their lives.

Wendy Rogers

NTPNA President

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December 2022

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As we say farewell to 2022, it is also time for my term as president to come to an end. I first joined the association in early January 1995 when it was known as the Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland, PNAQ. I had returned to my home state after working in Western Australia. I was no stranger to operating room nursing local associations as prior to returning to Queensland I was a member of the Operating Room Nurses Association of Western Australia (ORNAWA). It was here that I held my first executive role as secretary and regularly attended local conferences and study days. Fast forward to early 2005 and I was approached by Ruth Melville to join the PNAQ Management Committee. Since that time, I have held various roles on the committee including treasurer, ACORN Qld representative, ACORN director, president elect and, most recently, president. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as president and similarly all the other roles I have held since 2005 on the committee. It has been tremendous and professionally rewarding to serve on the committee and witness the growth, achievments and challenges of the association over this time, not to mention seeing a stronger focus on patient safety and improvements in perioperative clinical governance, multidisciplinary communication, mentorship and leadership.

I would like to say thank you to the committee members I have met and shared with over the years. Similarly, I am also appreciative of the many work colleagues who have supported me throughout this time. Finally, I want to thank my wonderful husband and family for their resilience. I will continue to serve the perioperative nursing community as an ACORN Fellow and Life Member of ACORN Qld. 

Like many of my fellow members and committee members it has also been a tremendous privilege to be part of the association’s 50th anniversary celebrations held on 15th October 2022. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting and assisting with the historical research of the association and in 2023 I will continue to work with our historian and editor, Carollyn Williams to bring a commemorative journal showcasing the work of members throughout Queensland.

On 8th November 2022, following the Annual General Meeting on 15th October, the first meeting of the new Management Committee was held. At this meeting the following members were nominated for roles on the committee for the term 2022 to 2024. Please join me in congratulating the incoming committee.

President – Simone Ohlin

Vice president – Angela Hand

Secretary – Kathy Herrick

Treasurer – Ann- Maree Layton

Past president – Joy Jensen

Committee members – Julianne Eather, Maritza Harvey

ACORN Qld director – Justine Vost

In mid-January the committee will meet to plan the strategic direction of ACORN Qld Inc. and communicate the direction to members soon after.

Best wishes for the upcoming festive season. I hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Warmest wishes

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN QLD Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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While adhering to COVID-safe principles VPNG have welcomed back our most in-demand education opportunity – the two-day Introduction to Perioperative Nursing Course, hosted by Bendigo Health. A huge thank you to the Education subcommittee who volunteer their time and work tireless to bring this event to life.

As VPNG is committed to providing Victorian perioperative nurses with educational opportunities, it is a timely reminder that VPNG offer a number of scholarships and grants for postgraduate education and continuing professional development. Applications are now open. Make sure you apply before 30th September.

Looking forward, we are excited to start planning the VPNG State Conference to be held on Friday 18th August and Saturday 19th August 2023 at the Pullman Albert Park. Keep an eye out for the call for abstracts to be made available soon.

I would like to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a safe and happy new year. I hope you all manage to find some time to recharge your batteries over the festive period.

Please take care and stay safe.

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

 

 

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November 2022

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As we enter the end of 2022 with its array of challenges, I am pleased to report we celebrated our 50th anniversary as planned with the association’s Jubilee celebration and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15th October at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Auditorium. Approximately 60 people gathered to celebrate the association’s journey from Queensland Operating Room Nurses (QORN) and Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (PNAQ) to ACORN Queensland (ACORN QLD). Those present at the event included the ACORN QLD Management Committee, current and past members and past presidents of the association, as well as 12 trade company sponsors and representatives. We also extended a warm welcome to Rebecca East (ACORN CEO), Angela Coleman (New South Wales Operating Theatre Association (NSW OTA) President) and Elyse Coffey (Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) President), after the welcome to country was concluded.

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The opening morning seBec and Joyssion provided the audience with a variety of medical and nursing speakers who, together, provided a rich insight into the historical perspective – the operating rooms of yesterday – including the challenges over the years from a technical, procedural, team and technological perspective. The contributors to this session included Dr Cliff Pollard, Dr Priscilla Martin, Dr David McGiffin, Dr Emily Olive and Vicki Livett (PNAQ past president).

At morning tea, the current ACORN QLD president and many of the association’s past presidents gathered to cut the 50th anniversary cake.

The sessions for the remainder of the day were introduced and moderated by Prof. Jed Duff (ACORN QLD member and ACORN past president and Fellow). Leading this session was a presentation from Carollyn Williams, the historian and writer invited by the ACORN QLD Management Committee to draw together the association’s history. Carollyn provided her work to date which focused mainly on the early years of the association. A special commemorative journal will be finalised and made available in mid-2023.

Following this, Ruth Melville (ACORN QLD past president and ACORN past president and Fellow) provided a presentation aligning today’s perioperative nursing practices, roles and responsibilities with the aspects of ‘personalised patient care’ that were presented in 1973 at the inaugural Queensland Theatre Nurses Section Conference by Miss LR Giglotti. After this presentation a panel discussion with former members of state executive committees, branch members and industry partners provided stories and reflections from 50 years of involvement with the association.

After lunch, the 2022 AGM was conducted with approximately 40 members in attendance. Notable apologies were ACORN Director (QLD) Justine Vost, who was travelling overseas at this time) and ACORN QLD Management Committee Member Danielle Torrisi who was unable to attend from Townsville. At the closing of the AGM, the president thanked the committee members: Kathy Herrick, Caitlin Knell, Simone Ohlin, Belinda McEvoy and Danielle Torrisi. Outgoing committee members are Caitlin Knell (ACORN QLD Treasurer from 2019 to 2022) and Danielle Torrisi (Committee Member 2019 to 2022). Best wishes to Danielle as she is soon to become a first-time mother. Those nominated for incoming committee roles include Angela Hand, Julie Eather, Elaine Loots, Ann-Maree Layton and Marina Harvey. Appointments to committee positions, including president and treasurer, will be formally made at the next Management Committee meeting, to be held in the next four to six weeks. The outcome of this will be communicated to members via email and posted on the ACORN QLD websiteGroup.

The afternoon session provided an opportunity for those present to be included in an interesting panel discussion focusing on the future of professional associations. The panel members included novice and experienced perioperative nurses, educators, managers and ACORN’s CEO. A myriad of ideas, suggestions and recommendations were proposed, providing a snapshot and potential platform for future association members and committees.

The celebrations concluded with an awards ceremony. Congratulations to Sharon Edwards and Helen Ashby who were each presented with an ACORN QLD Award for Individual Excellence. Sharon is perioperative nurse educator with Southwest Hospital and Health Service and Helen is perioperative clinical facilitator at Varsity Lakes Day Hospital. Both Sharon and Helen have demonstrated excellence in perioperative nursing over many years in various settings throughout Queensland. Life memberships of ACORN QLD were also awarded to Rae Guyder and Dorothy Tyrell.

Many thanks to all who were present, some travelling from elsewhere in Queensland and beyond, to celebrate this important milestone in the association’s history. Thanks to the small but agile and very active ACORN QLD Management Committee for their assistance with bringing together the celebration. And a very special thank you to Ruth Melville for her help organising and coordinating the program and supporting Carollyn Williams with collating the history of our association.

Don’t forget, ACORN QLD members have free access to the ACORN Virtual Conference Series, the final day of which is on Saturday 26th November. Look out for the link that will be sent to all members prior to this event.

And lastly, please join me in congratulating Toni Haines and Catherine Smith, two ACORN QLD members who were recently awarded ACORN Fellowship at a virtual ceremony held during Perioperative Nurses Week.

Warmest regards

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN QLD Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

October 2022

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The Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) has been very busy since my last update. The annual general meeting (AGM) was held virtually on 13th August followed by a thought-provoking presentation from Paula Foran discussing fatigue on night duty and strategies to reduce this. During the AGM, VPNG welcomed three new executive members, Helen Parr (Treasurer), Amy Pearce (Secretary) and Tarryn Armour (ACORN Director). I look forward to working with the new executive in the coming months. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Janet Kolotelo for her time as secretary and Rebecca Donald for her time as treasurer. Both Janet and Rebecca have worked tirelessly as volunteers to support VPNG and me, personally, in my role as president. Thank you both. 

The Virtual Professional Development Day was held on Saturday 27th August and was a great success with more than 150 delegates in attendance. The day began with our plenary speaker, Nikki Langman. Nikki is a professional speaker, an author and a business consultant and facilitator, specialising in the areas of emotional intelligence, leadership development and nonverbal communication. She is passionate about self-mastery and strengthening emotional intelligence to enhance leadership and communication effectiveness. Nikki gave us some strategies for looking after ourselves so we can continue our important work, plus my new favourite word ‘badassery’.

After Nikki’s presentation participants separated into breakout rooms with concurrent sessions offering a diverse range of topics. Well done and thank you to all our concurrent session speakers. It is inspiring to hear about the exciting and innovative work happening in the perioperative space.

Then we heard from the ACORN board in a Q&A session, where the delegates got to know more about the workings of ACORN and the exciting things ahead. Our final speaker of the day was Dr Phoebe-Anne Mainland, an anaesthesiologist, who currently works in both public and private practice in Melbourne. In addition to clinical work, Phoebe is consulted to provide an expert opinion for anaesthesia-related cases. Phoebe encourages learning from the principles and details of medicolegal cases to enhance best practice and safe patient care. This was a very interesting topic and well received by our delegates. To close a long day behind the screens, Alison Duffin lead us in a short mindfulness exercise to get everyone ready for the rest of the weekend.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the delegates who attended and express my gratitude to Tarryn Armour, Events Chair, and Ryan Hopper, Deputy Chair, as well as Raechel Richards, VPNG Administration Officer, and the rest of the Education Sub-committee for all their hard work in putting this event together and ensuring that the day ran smoothly.

The events didn’t stop there – the Education Sub-committee also ran an Introduction to perioperative nursing course on 9th and 10th September at Epworth Richmond. This was the final course for the year and was a great success. Thank you to the Education sub-committee for your effort and time in making this such a successful offering.

VPNG are excited to announce the release of our very own podcast called ‘The VPNG podcast’. Our hosts, Ryan and Kate, have worked hard to get this ready for release during Perioperative Nurses Week (PNW). I was lucky enough to be interviewed as their first guest. The podcast can be found on all podcast streaming platforms. Please look out for the first episode.

Finally, Perioperative Nurses Week 2022 is from 2nd to 8th October. To celebrate, VPNG have released a ‘Safe care around the clock’ celebration pack that you can download. Updates for all things PNW will be sent out via emails, posted on our social media and available on our website.

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

 

 

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August 2022 

President's report

In May, after many COVID related delays, VPNG were finally able to host our highly sought after course, Introduction to Perioperative Nursing. Thank you to Bendigo Health for hosting this two-day event. I would like to congratulate the VPNG Events subcommittee for working tirelessly to ensure this event’s success. 

The VPNG has had a busy few months planning our Virtual Professional Development Day which is being held on Saturday 27th August. Hosting an online event is something VPNG has become accustomed to and we are excited to bring this event to you from wherever you choose to be. Virtual events remove accessibility issues and provide the opportunity for continuing professional development from the comfort of your own home. They also allow registrants to attend sessions which they are most interested in.

VPNGThe keynote speaker, Nikki Langman, is an award-winning thought leader in the areas of resilience and mental health and an expert media commentator who has gained global recognition as a keynote presenter and facilitator. She empowers and inspires audiences with her engaging core message that, no matter what your starting point is or what you believe your obstacles are, you can become your most powerful self and a highly influential and effective leader with the right amount of daily ‘badassery’. Following Nikki’s presentation, you can look forward to a wonderful and diverse program covering many topics related to perioperative nursing.

VPNG will be holding their Annual General Meeting virtually on 13th August 2022. And our next Introductory to Perioperative Nursing course is planned for September. Updates will be sent out via emails, posted to our social media and available on our website.

Please take care

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

 

 

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July 2022

President's report

Hello ACORN QLD Members

The preparations for the association’s 50th anniversary celebrations on the 15th October are well underway. We hope you have saved this date in your calendars and are looking at accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. We have engaged a graphic designer to assist us with developing a special 50th Anniversary logo and we will be launching this in the next month.

The event will include:

  • presentations from special guests and past presidents
  • a showcase of our history and milestones
  • the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • award ceremonies for
    • 2022 Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
    • 2022 Outstanding Achievement – Novice Perioperative Nurse
    • 2022 Outstanding Achievement – Perioperative Teamwork
  • a big afternoon tea for members and past members to celebrate
  • opportunity to welcome back many of our trade partners and exhibitors.

Our association’s history

The librarians at the Queensland State Library have been assisting us, the committee and Carollyn, our editor, to find documents and records containing information about the organisation’s beginnings. They located numerous documents in the Royal Australian Nursing Federation (Qld Branch) reviews and Annual Reports. Very few of these records from the 60s and 70s are available electronically; therefore, it required one of us to go to the library and find the information. In the past few weeks, I have visited the library and spent many hours searching for documentation of the association’s origins, and in recent weeks two logos have been identified – the Queensland Theatre Nurses Section (of the RANF), or ‘factOR’, logo and the Final count logo.

factOR logoFInal count logo

At this time, we know the Final count logo was used on a conference brochure in August 1974 and the ‘factOR’ logo for a newsletter and letterheads in the 80s. Our historian, Carollyn is keen to hear from anyone with more information about the meaning behind the ‘factOR’ logo. Please contact me with any information you may have about the background of these logos.

We have also been in touch with previous association presidents, councillors and executive members to assist with providing historical knowledge and reflections on their time serving the association.

All ACORN QLD members have FREE access to the virtual/online education sessions being hosted by ACORN. To sign up for the remaining sessions please contact ACORN to request access. Approximately 100 ACORN QLD members logged in on 21st May for Day 3 of ACORN’s Virtual Conference Series about quality and safety.  Please ensure you plan for and take advantage of the next sessions:

  • 23rd July - Advanced practice nursing
  • 24th September – Leadership and mentoring
  • 26th November – Health and wellbeing.

As always, any queries or questions please contact me at  President@acornqld.org.au

Warmest regards

Joy Jensen
MEd, BN, PGDipEd, RN, Periop Cert, Honorary Life Member ACORN QLD Inc, FACORN

President ACORN Queensland

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GPO Box 2518
Brisbane
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

April 2024

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Local area liaison, regional education and scholarships to our state conference in October – there’s a lot happening in Queensland for perioperative nurses. Look at our social media platforms or website  

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Local area liaison, regional education and scholarships to our state conference in October – there’s a lot happening in Queensland for perioperative nurses. Look at our social media platforms or website for the 2024 education dates so you can plan your professional leave. We had a great event on the 2 March in Ipswich and another is planned this month in Hervey Bay (date to be confirmed). We have plans to expand education days across regional cities in 2024, and we aspire to collaborate more with local areas in the future. 

The call for abstracts is now open for our state conference, to be held on 25 and 26 October 2024 at the Sunfair Beach Hotel, Marcoola, on the Sunshine Coast. Scholarships for members to attend our conference will be available soon. Additionally, we will be presenting the Clinical Excellence Awards – remember, it's a team effort, so be sure to nominate your team! Early bird tickets for the conference are currently available for purchase. We're thrilled to offer delegate packages that encompass the conference dinner, drinks and catering on both days. There will be ample networking and socialising opportunities while enjoying delectable meals and refreshments. 

Do you believe your unique perspective, experience and dedication would be invaluable to the committee? Do you have a commitment to excellence and passion for perioperative nursing? Do you align with our mission, making you an ideal candidate for this important role? The Local Area Liaison (LAL) is an ACORN Queensland initiative for supporting local members. They must be financial members of ACORN Queensland, interested in representing us at a local level. Appointment to this committee would not only be a recognition of your expertise, but it would also provide you with a platform to network and engage with other influential professionals in the industry. Your contributions would carry weight and help shape the future of perioperative nursing. Please download a nomination form. Remember, if you are interested in holding an event at your place, or you are interested in us organising a small cocktail event or something bigger, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. 

Our team is diligently working on building infrastructure for processes regarding both new and existing members, as well as providing guides for committee members to understand their responsibilities. If you have experience in grant writing, please inform us so we can pursue funding opportunities in the nonprofit sector. 

You may have noticed our digital landing page which directs traffic to the ACORN Queensland and ACORN websites. We value your suggestions, so if you wish to have your say, please email President@acornqld.org.au. And if you're interested in hosting an event or have suggestions for smaller gatherings, such as cocktail events, please don't hesitate to contact us at any time. 

Warmest regards

Simone Ohlin

MEd, BN, RN, MACN, MACORN 

President ACORN Queensland 2024

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GPO Box 2518
Brisbane
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld