LA President reports

February 2023

President's report

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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GPO Box 2518

Brisbane

NT 4001

T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062
www.acorn.org.au/acorn-qld

 

President's report

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

NTPNA logo

PO Box 43203

Casuarina 

Northern Territory 0810

E: president@ntpna.org.au
https://www.acorn.org.au/ntpna

December 2022

President's report

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

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy 

President's report

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

 

 

VPNG Logo 2017

PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170
enquiries@vpng.org.au
www.vpng.org.au

November 2022

President's report

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.

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

President's report

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

 

 

VPNG Logo 2017

PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170
enquiries@vpng.org.au
www.vpng.org.au

August 2022 

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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

 

 

VPNG Logo 2017

PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170
enquiries@vpng.org.au
www.vpng.org.au

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

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

June 2022

President's report

Hello ACORN QLD members

Donna Stevens 2018The ACORN Annual General Meeting (AGM), on 21st May, marked another significant milestone in ACORN QLD history as we said farewell and thank you to Donna Stevens for her service and commitment on the ACORN Board for the past four years.  Donna has served for the past two terms, 2018–2020 and 2020–2022, the ACORN QLD director.  ACORN QLD members and Management Committee extend our heartfelt thanks to Donna and appreciate that the role of director in the past four years has been a challenging one while the ACORN board embedded change from a functioning working committee to one of policy governance. The incoming ACORN QLD director is Justine Vost, and we wish her every success as she formally commences her role.

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:

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

SAVE THE DATE – 15th October 2022 – ACORN QLD – 50 years jubilee celebration!

ACORN QLD will celebrate 50 years as a perioperative nursing organisation later this year.  On Saturday 15th October we are hosting a 50 year (jubilee) celebration at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Auditorium.  The event will include:

  • presentations from special guests and Past-Presidents
  • a showcase of our history and milestones
  • the AGM
  • an award ceremony for
  1. 2022 Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
  2. 2022 Outstanding Achievement by Novice Perioperative Nurse
  3. 2022 Outstanding Achievement Perioperative Teamwork
  • a big celebratory afternoon tea for members and past members
  • the opportunity to welcome back many of our trade partners and exhibitors.

Can you help?

We are seeking information about the early history of the association from 1972 to 1990. If anyone has contact with retired or current perioperative members, we are keen to locate a document entitled the History and Development of Queensland Theatre Nurses compiled in about 1985.  Similarly, information about the original logo and the meaning behind ‘factOR’.

factOR logo

Similarly, if members or past members have access to historical documents or photos from the early years of the association, please contact our archive guru and editor Carollyn at Editor2022@acornqld.org,au

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

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

President ACORN Queensland

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

May 2022

President's report

Hello ACORN Queensland members

In the past two months the ACORN QLD Management Committee have been actively working towards deciding how best to serve our members in 2022. Especially in this current COVID-19 climate where we are experiencing a significant increase in staff and family sickness caused from the recent COVID-19 variant virus.  

There is some exciting news I can share.

Firstly, the ACORN QLD Management Committee have negotiated with ACORN for financial ACORN QLD members to have free access to ALL the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Education days. Members will receive an email outlining how to access this benefit. Follow the link in the email to organise free access to the ACORN Virtual Education Days which are on

  • 21 May – Quality and safety
  • 23 July – Advanced practice nursing
  • 24 September – Leadership and mentoring
  • 26 November – Health and wellbeing

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

Secondly, ACORN Queensland (formerly Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland or PNAQ and Queensland Operating Room Nurses or QORN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022.  The association or group was originally formed in 1972 with a few members and Queensland was one of the state perioperative associations that was involved in organising the national conference in 1977 out of which the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) was born.  To mark this important milestone the ACORN QLD Management Committee has sought the assistance of a fellow perioperative nurse to draw together the history of our association and acknowledge the work of its many dedicated office bearers, presidents, branch members and all members via a special commemorative journal to be available to members in 2023. 

Finally, save this date in your calendar! On 15 October 2022 ACORN QLD will celebrate our 50th anniversary with a one-day, special anniversary event (location and venue to be confirmed soon). The celebration is shaping up to include

  • presentations from special guests and past-presidents
  • the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • an award ceremony for
    • 2022 Excellence in Perioperative Nursing
    • 2022 Outstanding achievement by Novice Perioperative Nurse
    • 2022 Outstanding achievement Perioperative Teamwork
  • a big, celebratory afternoon tea for current and past members
  • the opportunity to welcome back many of our trade partners and exhibitors.

As more planning and information comes to hand, we will be using our website and social pages to communicate updates.  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

President's report

The Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) recently hosted their first face-to-face event since 2019 – the Country Conference, Navigating the Future was held at the RACV Torquay resort on Saturday 2 April and was a sold-out event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the delegates who attended, the RACV resort for their incredibly helpful staff and, finally, a huge thank you to the VPNG Committee. The committee worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth-running conference.

I would like to give you a brief summary of the day alongside some of the many highlights. The RACV resort Torquay provided a wonderful view out of the windows in the Great Ocean Road Ballroom. While the sun wasn’t shining, the 150 delegates, 40 trade exhibitors and 14 speakers certainly all brought their sunny attitudes.

The conference commenced with our plenary speaker, Anthony Laye. Anthony describes himself as a ‘mentalist and behaviour expert’ and discussed ‘Mind power, people power – conscious communication’. Anthony left us all with some strategies for reading body language and using this ability to our advantage.

The day also saw VPNG Awards of Merit presented to Kerry Schroder and Sandra de Rome. Kerry has been a previous VPNG Committee member for ten years holding executive positions and critically shaping VPNG for the future. We thank Kerry enormously. Sandra de Rome is well known to a great many of the VPNG members through her various roles in perioperative education. Sandra has been responsible for supporting and shaping perioperative careers across the state and I’m sure will continue to do so.

Over the lunch break several of our exhibitors provided trade workshops that were well attended. Our trade partners really value the opportunity to inform you of new innovations in equipment and devices.

Finally, we heard from Professor Catherine Bennett, Chair of Epidemiology at Deakin University, who was the word of reason for many of us during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was refreshing to learn that all our efforts during the lockdowns made a significant difference in protecting the Victorian community. Catherine made us aware that continuing to use some public health measures alongside strong vaccination rates will ensure we keep COVID-19 numbers low and manageable. Hearing Catherine speak made me reflect on the moment, over two years ago now, when VPNG had to make the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Country Conference. Many of our speakers have had the conference in their calendars for well over two years! It was wonderful to finally see everyone able to network and spend time focusing on their professional development as well as be inspired by the many presenters.

VPNG will be holding their Annual General Meeting virtually on 13 August 2022. Our next exciting event is our Virtual Professional Development Day on Saturday 27 August.  Updates will be sent out via emails, posted to our social media and available on our website.

Please take care

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

 

 

VPNG Logo 2017

PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170
enquiries@vpng.org.au
www.vpng.org.au

February 2022

President's report

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2022 – no doubt this year will bring similar if not more challenges to the world of perioperative nursing, our communities and families.  Many of you at this time may have noticed a significant drop in elective patient surgeries and fast track learning in caring for COVID-19 patients who require emergency or urgent operations.  Similarly, some of you, like myself, husband and two sons, may have tested positive for the Omicron COVID-19 variant virus and have needed to isolate and care for yourself and family.  Thankfully we all experienced mild symptoms and have now returned to work.

Considering the current wave of Omicron COVID-19, the ACORN Qld Management Committee is recommending our members take advantage of the ACORN 2022 Virtual Conference Series.  The five single-day conference events on a virtual platform will facilitate delivery of plenary and concurrent sessions, as well as an exhibition hall and a meeting hub for networking. Lock these dates into your diaries and go to the ACORN website to register.

  1. 26 February – Perioperative fundamentals
  2. 21 May – Quality and safety
  3. 23 July - Advanced practice nursing
  4. 24 September – Leadership and mentoring
  5. 26 November – Health and wellbeing

Other on-line professional development opportunities include Johnson & Johnson Institute launch of their new JJI Educational platform which includes on-demand and tailored learning for nurses.

Also hot off the press, is the ACORN Perioperative Mentorship Program – applications open on 2 February 2022.

It is unlikely in the first six months of 2022 that ACORN Qld will be offering any face-to-face study days to our members; however, we would invite our members to apply for funding to assist with perioperative postgraduate studies and professional development expenses.  Visit our website for more information and to download the application form.

Please save 15 October 2022 for the ACORN Qld Annual General Meeting. The Committee is envisaging hosting a mini-conference on the Gold Coast at this time. More information to follow in the next few months.

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

ACORN logo Queensland-stacked_colour

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy 

President's report

 

Happy new year! Although it has not been the summer we hoped for, with an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and the state-wide ‘code brown’ call in Victoria, I do hope that you had the opportunity for a break over the Christmas and new year period and the chance to regenerate after an exhausting 2021. We all need to maintain our energies as we commence what is likely be to another year of uncertainty and change.

While 2021 wasn’t the year we had hoped for, on reflection, we did manage to achieve a lot. As we all have become more technologically savvy, we embraced many online education opportunities. As a profession, we all showed our commitment and adaptability as clinicians by rising to the challenges that have come our way. I’m sure when you look back on 2021 you will recall some achievements you are proud of. No doubt 2022 will bring about further changes, but I believe we will be better prepared for whatever may eventuate.

This year VPNG is committed to providing Victorian perioperative nurses with educational opportunities, connecting via social media and our Snippets newsletter as well as providing scholarships and grants for postgraduate education and continuing professional development. Applications for the scholarships and grants close on 31 March so apply now.

And don’t forget the VPNG Country Conference ‘Navigating the Future’ to be held on 2 April at the RACV Resort Torquay. Registration is currently open. Please go to the VPNG website for the latest information on all our 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 2022.

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

Elyse Coffey
VPNG President

 

 

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