ACORN 2023 Conference ID - v3


The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) is the peak body for Perioperative nurses in Australia.

The ACORN 2023 Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS) aims to inspire and ignite current and emerging Perioperative leaders. Delegates will leave the summit equipped with not only the resources to support the delegate in their own leadership pathway but also be provided tools to foster meaningful change in their organisations and strengthen the next generation of Perioperative nurses. The PLS will allow the delegate to be surrounded with like-minded colleagues and leave with a wider and profound network of colleagues from around the country.

ACORN is dedicated to delivering an educationally focused event with a diverse showcase of keynotes, career-focused case studies, and presentations that cater for all levels of leadership.


We invite middle and senior perioperative leaders to join us for the ACORN 2023 Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS) from Thursday 31 August to Saturday 2 September 2023 at The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australia.



ACORN invites perioperative leaders, project managers and authors to submit abstracts/ leadership education/ project proposals for the ACORN 2023 Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS).

Submissions sought for oral presentations must address the PLS theme - 'Together we grow'.

Dates and deadlines

Call for submissions open: Monday 20 February 2023

Call for submissions close: Friday 28 April 2023

Authors notified of results: Friday 2 June 2023

Presenter registration deadline: Friday 30 June 2023

Abstract Presentation: Friday 1 to Saturday 2 September 2023

**Please note that the closing date for submissions will not be extended.


Submit your abstract here 


Please email if you have any questions.


Abstracts and education proposals should address one of the following streams:

  • Leading quality and safety
  • Leading people
  • Leading change
  • Leading innovation
  • Leading education

All presentations will be 30min in duration with 15min live Q&A time to follow (total 45min session allocation).

Only submissions written in English will be reviewed.

Submissions should be original work.

A limit of two abstracts only will be considered per author.

The presenting author must submit the work and include her/his contact details, qualifications, affiliations and a 50-word biography.

Submissions must not exceed 250 words, free text into online form.

Research/project abstracts should include the headings:

  • introduction
  • method
  • results
  • conclusion

All other submissions should include the headings:

  • topic overview
  • presentation objectives
  • outcomes

All abbreviations must be spelt out on first use.

Submissions should be carefully checked for spelling and grammar.

References (e.g., Smith 2022) should be used sparingly.

Submissions must be received by Friday 28 April 2023 for consideration.

Once accepted, authors will be notified by Friday 2 June 2023 and informed if their submission has been selected for an oral presentation.

Presenters must be registered to attend the summit by Friday 30 June 2023.

Abstracts will be included in the PLS app as submitted.

The submission of an abstract/education proposal indicates an understanding of the following conditions for participation in the ACORN 2023 Perioperative Leadership Summit (PLS):

  • If multi-authored, all authors must approve submission of the work for presentation.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the submission if accepted for presentation. If an author has more than one presentation accepted, each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the submissions selected for the specific session.
  • At least one author will be available to present if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the ACORN administration team at if they are unable to present or if the presenting author has changed. The organisers reserve the right to remove a presentation from the program.
  • The presenter gives ACORN permission to include the abstract in the PLS app.

All enquiries regarding abstract/education proposal submissions for the PLS should be addressed to the ACORN administration team at


Submit your abstract here