ACORN supports and encourages research relating to perioperative nursing. In particular research that promotes evidence-based practice and increases knowledge and learning.
The ACORN Research Committee guides and coordinates all aspects of research activity for the College.
Members of the Research Committee are available to discuss research plans and decisions regarding research supervisors. See below for profiles and email addresses.
Professor Brigid Gillespie (Committee Chair)
PhD, BHlth Sc (Hons), RN, FACORN
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Griffith University & Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Health, Queensland
Carollyn Williams (Honorary Secretary)
M Hlth Sc (Nur), FACORN, FACN
MEd, MN, BN, RN
Lecturer in Nursing, Course Advisor, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University. Phd Candidate, Western Sydney University, New South Wales
Professor Jed Duff
PhD, RN, FACORN
School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland
Dr Weili (Lily) Gao
PhD, MN, BN (Hons), Grad Dip (Periop), RN
Perioperative Nurse Educator, Monash Health, Victoria
Associate Professor Patricia Nicholson
PhD, RN, FACORN
Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria
PhD candidate, FACN, MACORN
Academic Course Advisor, Bachelor of Nursing Parramatta, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University Western Sydney, New South Wales
ACORN is committed to encouraging and supporting research into perioperative nursing practice. Through research, perioperative nurses can adopt best practice which is based on current evidence. Research takes time, commitment and funds so ACORN offers an annual research grant.
The ACORN Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting perioperative research conducted by Australian higher degree research students. The 3MT cultivates students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.
Entries close 30 September 2020.
ACORN is presenting a series of webinars about perioperative research. More information will be available here soon.
ACORN webinars are recorded and available for viewing on the ACORN webinars page.
If you wish to survey ACORN members for a research project, please read ACORN's Guidelines for researchers.
ACORN posts profiles of perioperative nursing researchers on facebook.