Benefits of membership
All financial members of Australian state and territory perioperative nurses associations are also full members of ACORN.
20 reasons to be an ACORN member
According to our members (Members Survey 2015 and 2016), the Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia is our number one member benefit. The journal provides current research, education and articles to enhance the perioperative professional’s development and engagement.
2. Post-graduate study
More than 300 of our members have taken advantage of fee-waived study with the University of Tasmania.
98% of members would recommend ACORN membership to their colleagues
3. Free education Webinars every month
Our education webinars are available to all members at no cost. Every month ACORN provides education that is accessible to all. It doesn't matter if you are home or at work, all you need to be able to participate is a tablet, mobile phone or computer.
4. Access to the Standards
ACORN believes that every perioperative nurse should have access to Standards for Perioperative Nursing in Australia. Members can get a copy for just $50.
5. Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII)
PII is available to members through a partnership with Guild Insurance, insurance partners of a number of AHPRA peak bodies and insurer to their members.
6. Eligibility to apply for a $20 000 research grant
Each year ACORN receives applications for research funding from members. Research into perioperative practice strengthens and advances our practice and patient safety. Whether you are a researcher or not, this important activity advances our knowledge in Australia and recognition in other countries.
7. Eligibility to apply for financial assistance
ACORN financial assistance grants are intended to support the learning of perioperative nursing members. There are four grants members may apply for:
- Bravura Laser Safety Officer (LSO) education scholarship
- Conference attendance scholarship
- Educational grants
- International volunteer and teaching grant.
See the 'Grants and awards' page of our Education section for application forms and details.
8. Perioperative Jobs Facebook page
Members can ‘like’ our Perioperative Jobs Facebook page and have immediate alerts about jobs available in the sector. No need to go looking – notifications can go straight to your phone.
9. Discount on Elsevier publications (text books)
Our partnership with Elsevier publishers provides members with access to 25 per cent off all text books. All you need is the code, which members receive annually. If you are a member and don’t have the code, please contact the ACORN office.
10. National Conference
Our national conference is a highlight in the professional calendar. It provides a fun event at which to network, share and learn. Members receive a substantial discount to attend.
11. Access to current information and events
ACORN regularly communicates to members about new initiatives. An example of this in recent times was the 24/7 nurse support line.
12. Policy and advocacy
ACORN takes an active role in policy matters and advocacy. We have presented submissions to government agencies and peak bodies and have joined alliances to amend proposals that would have an overall adverse effect on our members.
13. Advice, helpline and resources
Having a reliable and knowledgeable source of advice is a must. ACORN has 40 years of experience that has resulted in relevant resources and documents to assist perioperative professionals.
Without members, a professional association would not exist and perioperative professionals would not be represented or assisted. We do not receive any government funding. Your professional associations – ACORN and the local associations – can only exist with support from individual perioperative professionals like you.
ACORN Fellows are special members who have made a significant contribution to the goals of the College and perioperative nursing or demonstrated professional excellence. This recognition is important as it celebrates and provides awareness of perioperative nurses as professionals.
16. Professional advancement, support and networking opportunities
Being a member of your professional association will give you opportunities to network with like-minded people and gain support.
17. ACORN Corporate QANTAS Club
ACORN members are eligible to join the QANTAS Club and receive a range of benefits.
18. Voting rights
You have the opportunity to have a say about the decisions that the College makes on your behalf.
19. Tax deduction
Membership fees are tax deductible.
20. There is more
Members receive benefits from their local associations that are over and above the benefits listed here. For more information on these, refer to your local association website.
For further information about any of these member benefits, contact us – details below.