LA President's reports 2020

December 2020

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Hello fellow Queenslanders!

As the year ends, its timely to reflect on 2020.  How will you remember 2020?

  • The year of the Nurse and Midwife.
  • The year where true leaders emerged out of sticky situations.
  • The year of chaos with some hope.
  • The year where hygiene and sanitation took priority over other things.
  • The year where we cared for each other through fires, storms, floods and a pandemic.
  • The year where we came together!

Everyone will have a ‘story’ to tell about the year 2020 – but did you realise that 2020 is special for another quite benignreason?  2020 is like 1616, 1717, 1818 and 1919, because the first two digits match the second two digits. Being alive in 2020 is special because this is the only year you are likely to live through where the first two digits will match the second two digits!  

Throughout 2020 ACORN Queensland has continued to promote perioperative nursing through education and study days as well as support perioperative research and development.

The recently appointed ACORN Queensland Inc. 2021 Management Committee have met and are keen to take on next year with many more metro and rural education and study days.

As the year ends the ACORN Queensland committee would like to join with our members and celebrate the festive spirit by holding a ‘virtual’ celebration on Friday 18 December between 7.00 and 9.00 pm.  A zoom link will be sent and available to members to join with others and celebrate together. We are hoping many members throughout the state will log on and wish each other a happy festive season. We look forward to joining with you in celebrating, whether it be for a short time or longer, it is an opportunity to organise a get-together or join with your family, friends and colleagues and ‘raise a glass’ to wish each other a happy and blessed time. Watch out for the upcoming socials information. 

The 2021 education roadshow will kick off in Bundaberg. It will be held on Saturday 6 February, closely followed by a study day in Rockhampton on Saturday 13 March. Hopefully this early notice will enable members and non-members to organise their rosters to be available to attend either events. A full program will be available in due course. We also welcome and invite our industry partners who are interested in supporting us to make contact. 

I look forward to 2021 and especially wish to thank each and all our members for your support and commitment to perioperative nursing and ACORN Queensland. In closing I would like to wish you and your families an extra measure of comfort, joy and hope this Christmas.

Have your best Christmas ever!

Joy Jensen
ACORN Queensland President

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GPO Box 2518
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062

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It certainly has been a challenging year for all individuals, families and health care workers both overseas and in Australia. In Victoria, we endured a second wave, and are now emerging from a prolonged period of restrictions to a much celebrated period of no new cases, or ‘double doughnuts days’. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all Victorians on this extraordinary effort. I hope that across Australia, we are able to maintain low numbers of cases of COVID-19 and sustain our health care organisations and the health of the wider population. 

We have had a rocky year with much uncertainty and, as an organisation, VPNG has been flexible enough to change and adapt our normal business. The Committee hopes that from next year, we can begin to offer our usual range of events and courses. We have a regional study day planned for 27 March, in Shepparton, followed by our State Conference on 16 and 17 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for the conference is ‘Power of past – forging the future’. This theme recognises the valuable experience of our past and the lessons we should bring with us into the future. Please save the date, there will be more information over the coming weeks. You can keep up to date with the latest information via our website

VPNG have also created a new ‘Members only’ section of our website. Members now have exclusive access to our webinar recordings, Snippets newsletter, powerpoint presentations and teaching and learning resources. Members can login using their TidyHq (member registration) username and password.

VPNG wishes all our members a happy holiday season. I hope you have the opportunity to go exploring in our beautiful state and enjoy the festivities and the sunshine.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170





VPNG Merry Christmas 2020

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As we look back on 2020, we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief and be thankful for all we have here in Australia.

COVID-19 is here to stay and we have all changed the way we live and work in a world that will never be quite the same after this crisis has passed. 

As perioperative nurses, we have shown ourselves to be flexible, adaptable and, above all, resilient. Do take time out to care for yourself and reach out to your team members. Due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic, it has become even more important to provide more opportunities for self-care and appreciation.

The Executive committee will be busy planning more study days for next year. Do let us know if you would like us to visit your hospital or, alternatively, host a study day for all members to attend. We welcome your suggestions and would like to encourage more participation at every level to grow perioperative nursing in Western Australia. Contact us via email – we would be happy to catch up with you. Hope you all have a safe and joyous christmas and happy new year for 2021.

Grace Loh
ACORN Western Australia President

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PO Box 990
Victoria Park
WA 6979

November 2020

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What a year it has been – both professionally and personally. 

We have certainly been lucky in The Territory during COVID-19 with our ability to move freely, the possibility of having local events and minimal restrictions in our personal life; however, in our professional life we have all been busy preparing for when coronavirus does present in The Territory. As we open our borders, including to returning expats, we are certainly maintaining our professional vigilance.

The pandemic has had huge impact on NTPNA decision making, in particular decisions about our educational opportunities. We have implemented changes to our educational program with our current professional restrictions influencing the focus of the NTPNA Executive for the remainder of 2020 and 2021. We are aiming to commence a local roadshow early in 2021, to go to all our local sites, using the members and the executive committee to promote all the benefits of being an NTPNA member. 

The NTPNA Executive have been working behind the scenes to update our governance to ensure  processes are in place and enable a smooth succession. To date we have initiated a Code of Conduct for the members, updated our constitution to reflect current practice, and commenced work on the update of our administration manual. We have also made the decision to divide terms of members of the executive committee with the aim of retaining corporate knowledge for future executive committees. Nominations for the roles of secretary and treasurer will be available at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The NTPNA celebrated perioperative nurses week by providing a goodie bag to our members, this is to acknowledge their membership and encourage promotion of the NTPNA in the local sites. I do hope the members enjoyed receiving these. 

Don’t forget our upcoming AGM. An email will be sent to members with all the details. 

Until next time, stay safe. Let us all close the chapter on 2020 as best we can in readiness to embrace 2021.

Natalie Hannell
NTPNA President


PO Box 43203
NT 0811
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170



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Study day and AGM

ACORN Queensland Inc. held a combined study day and annual general meeting (AGM) on 24 October 2020.  The participants had the opportunity to attend in person at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) Auditorium or attend online via Zoom.  The topics covered by speakers included quality improvement during perioperative handover, the ACORN standard ‘Budget preparation and monitoring’, promoting evidence-based practice in perioperative settings through aligning with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS Standards), the logistics of PPE during a pandemic, implementing an integrated service for RMDs and a panel discussion regarding the perioperative setting during COVID-19. A total of 30 people attended in person and another ten via Zoom. I would like to thank Ruth Melville and her team of Sunshine Coast staff who assisted in hosting the study day and organised the venue and a great line up of speakers.

The AGM was also a time to award and celebrate a new Life Member – Kim Armstrong.  Kim has been an ACORN Queensland member since mid-1999 and has been an active committee member of both the PNAQ Sunshine Coast Branch since 2007 and the State Committee from 2008 to 2019. Throughout her 21 years of membership she has made a significant contribution in terms of time, effort and commitment by undertaking the roles of Web Coordinator, Technology Officer, Conference Secretariat, and state and branch Conference Convenor just to name a few.   Congratulations Kim on this achievement. 

In addition at the AGM, several committee members retired from the Committee, namely Justine Vost (Secretary) and Ashleigh Mellor. Joy Jensen was elected as the new president, and Elaine Loots has agreed to move into the past president and secretary role.  The Treasurer role will be appointed in the coming months.

Strategic planning

On the 25 October, the newly elected Management Committee held their strategic and planning meeting.  Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this was the first time since the 2019 AGM that the majority of the committee members have had the opportunity to meet face to face. The elected 2021 committee members are located throughout Queensland – Caitlin Knell in far north in Cairns, Danielle Torrisi in Townsville, Simone Platzke in Rockhampton, Nick Nijkamp and Sue Wright in Bundaberg, Donna Stevens in the Gold Coast and Elaine Loots, Joy Jensen and Jaime Williams in Brisbane.  The committee focused planning around the vision for 2021 – How can ACORN Queensland make a difference? 

Some of the strategies discussed were: 

  • empowering all perioperative nurses in Queensland to have a voice by encouraging involvement in ACORN Queensland study/education days  
  • increasing member visibility as a way of communicating the benefits of becoming a member of ACORN Queensland
  • celebrating and recognising the ‘stars’ in our workplaces who strive to follow the ACORN standards and promote patient safety at the heart of perioperative nursing 
  • providing professional network opportunities to unite perioperative nurses throughout Queensland
  • mentoring young perioperative leaders on the committee and fostering local engagement with hospital and health services
  • connecting with other state professional bodies on issues concerning perioperative practice
  • collaborating with national bodies on matters pertaining to perioperative practice
  • supporting Queensland members by offering professional development, study and education days, research grants and scholarships
  • continuing to engage with health care partners to support education/study days
  • growing the online communications platforms that help us connect, e.g. Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • working smarter not harder!

Joy Jensen
ACORN Queensland President

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QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062

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In October, VPNG hosted a number of webinars as well as our first online Annual General Meeting (AGM). Webinars continue to be well attended and receive positive feedback. On Tuesday 20 October, Dr Julian Grace provided a webinar on Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) Affirmative Practice. Julian is the Project Lead and Lead Trainer for the Transgender and Gender Diverse in Community Health project as part of Thorne Harbour Health. This training was provided as part of a ground-breaking state-wide initiative providing evidence-based, TGD-led training packages created by and for health professionals. In this session participants learnt about creating safer health care environments for TGD people, appropriate language and cultural sensitivity, current evidence and research, common avenues of gender affirmation including medical pathways, and how to apply affirmative practice in a clinical environment. VPNG is proud to be a part of delivering this training in order to provide more inclusive care to Victorian surgical patients who identify as transgender or gender diverse.

Annual General Meeting

On Saturday 24 October, VPNG held our first online AGM which was followed by a webinar given by Dr Pat Nicholson entitled ‘Are we advocating the real image of nursing?’ This webinar highlighted the many opinions held by the public that have been derived from the image of nursing projected through movies and television fiction since the early 1950s. Pat discussed how these popular images of nurses have failed to reflect the changing conditions in the profession, with nurses portrayed either as a background to the drama or the focus being on physical characteristics and personal problems rather than professional issues. With 2020 being the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, it was salient to consider how assumptions made about nurses and their contribution to safe patient care can, to a large extent, determine the future of the nursing profession. This presentation included an overview of the changing image of nursing in motion pictures and medical drama and highlighted the importance of speaking out loudly for nursing. 

2021 events

VPNG have also started planning our events for 2021. These include a Regional Professional Development Day and the State Conference to be held in Melbourne. The theme for the State Conference is ‘Power of the past – forging the future’ which allows us to recognise our mentors and individuals who have been instrumental in shaping current perioperative practices as well as emerging perioperative leaders who will be shaping the future of perioperative nursing practice. There will be more information on our website and our social media sites over the coming months. I encourage you to mark the 16 and 17 July 2021 in your diaries for what will be a wonderful re-introduction to face-to-face conference events for perioperative nurses after the challenges that Victorians have faced through the 2020 pandemic.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170




ACORN WA had our Rural Study day on 3 October in Bunbury. There was a great turnout from our country members and the day was well supported by trade.


We also shared cupcakes with everyone to celebrate Perioperative Nurses Week.

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October 2020

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Firstly, let me remind you about the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ACORN Queensland Inc. which has been scheduled, in conjunction with an education day, for 24 October 2020, 12.00 noon at Sunshine Coast University Hospital Auditorium.

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Elaine Loots
ACORN Queensland President

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GPO Box 2518
QLD 4001
T: 0409 876 363
F: 07 3314 7062 


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What a year so far! I feel one minute I’m encouraging everyone to go out to support local businesses after the shocking SA bushfires, and then saying ‘no don’t’ and worrying about the COVID restrictions. Now we are again encouraged to support local businesses and to travel within our state due to the amazing efforts of everyone keeping SA as one of the safe states. 

I would like to thank all our members who have supported SAPNA throughout this time. We have still been able to offer education during this time via several Zoom education sessions.

In June we had Mr Paul Hollington present to us about enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), which was excellent. He took us through the preoperative work required, intra- operative management and care in the PACU, and how this enhances patients early discharge home. There has been a huge amount of work put in to make ERAS happen and hearing about it was very interesting.

July saw us hold another Zoom meeting with Dr Paula Foran presenting ‘Fun facts/questions about PSO4’. She went through the newly updated Australian and New Zealand Colege of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) statement PSO4 (Statement on the Post Anaesthesia Care Unit) which we should all be familiar with if working in PACU. This certainly raised some interesting points about our handover, our training and patient care in PACU/ The presentation was very enlightening and well received with plenty of questions from attendees.

Our next education session, ‘Virtual surgical planning and custom implants for craniomaxillofacial and neurosurgery’, was in August. This was presented by Dr Al Varidel and Mr Paul Mitchell from Stryker. The title of this session is a mouthful, but it’s amazing what’s being done to help patients who have had surgery and/or traumatic facial injuries to improve their outcome and facial appearance. The advances and the amount of planning by Dr Varidel in his own time and then the finished plate were fascinating.

We are pleased to say that on 16 and 17 October we will host our Country Study weekend, face-to-face, at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. This will also be SAPNA’s 50th Anniversary celebration. It should be a great weekend – a varied program with our health partners’ support so book your time off now, get your registrations in and come and enjoy the weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Cathie Hashemi
SAPNA President

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PO Box 323
SA 5351
T: 0424 974 660 


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Strategic planning meeting

The VPNG committee held their mid-year strategic planning meeting via Zoom at the end of June.

Committee members were asked why they joined the VPNG committee (see word cloud below). It is fantastic to know that VPNG has such passionate and expert perioperative nurses involved in promoting the needs of the group. 

VPNG word cloud

Another question posed to the committee was ‘what should VPNG focus on over the next six months?’ Here’s what they said:

  • communicate with members
  • more short webinars around training
  • continue with education events that allow members to maintain standards and keep updated with any changes to practice
  • contribute to standards setting
  • continue to build community engagement and awareness of best practice
  • nurture our novice nurses and encourage postgraduate qualifications
  • provide educational opportunities to raise the professionalism of perioperative nursing
  • strengthen communication and relationships with ACORN
  • explore ways of providing education that is cost neutral
  • support members with issues and promote quality and safety
  • promote professionalism through being a member of VPNG.

All of these aspects will be incorporated into our activities over the next six months, helping to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Plan (2020–2022).

What you will see over the next six months includes:

  • more free Webinar opportunities
  • increased communication and collaboration between VPNG and ACORN
  • VPNG committee members on the ACORN board and involved in ACORN’s Roadmap Project that aims to promote the ACORN Standards and broaden their adoption in hospitals
  • improved processes for submitting articles, interest pieces and questions to Snippets newsletter
  • linking of social media sites (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) to improve communication with members and grow our membership base
  • improved communication with our VPNG Reps to disseminate VPNG information and updates
  • scholarship and grant opportunities that are easy to apply for via online forms.

VPNG member survey

VPNG recently undertook a survey of members asking about their involvement in educational opportunities and how they would like to engage with educational opportunities in the future. This data will help VPNG make decisions that best serve our members, especially with COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Educational events

Due to the cancellation of our Metropolitan Professional Development Day and postponement of the Country Conference, VPNG has started to explore webinars. To date, VPNG has provided our members with several live webinar opportunities which have attracted a large number of participants. Due to the high participation level, VPNG has upgraded our Zoom webinar account to accommodate more registrations alongside seeking sponsorship from our trade partners. Recordings of these webinars and information on upcoming webinars can be found on the VPNG website VPNG want to support more Victorian perioperative nurses to share their knowledge, innovations, evidence-based patient care activities, research and supportive workplace ideas. To encourage this, VPNG have put out a ‘call for abstracts – webinars’ and we hope to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and information in order to enhance safe, quality perioperative nursing practice. VPNG will continue to explore how best to use virtual platforms to provide our members with educational opportunities on relevant topics.

Tarryn Armour
VPNG President

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PO Box 593
East Melbourne
VIC 8002
T: 1300 721 169
F: 1300 721 170