2019 State Conference
As the 2019 conference convenor, I welcome you all to the 'inaugural' ACORN QLD state conference at The Ville Resort-Casino in the beautiful tropical city of Townsville, QLD.
I say 'inaugural' as whilst we have run many conferences in our 47 year history, this will be our first event since rebranding from the Perioperative Nurses Association of Queensland (PNAQ) to ACORN QLD.
The theme for this conference "Agents of Change" not only celebrates and acknowledges the thousands of perioperative nurses throughout our state, but also the role that our own organisation has played in supporting, promoting and advancing perioperative nursing, not only throughout QLD, but also nationally and internationally.
Change is complex and keeping up with the rapidly changing dynamics of perioperative nursing is challenging. A change agent, or agent of change, promotes, supports, enables, and facilitates change to happen - within teams, organisations or the profession. Change agents recognise opportunities for development & improvement and act on them. With the right attitude, appropriate knowledge, necessary skills, and a strong commitment to patient safety, perioperative nurses can position themselves as critical “agents of change” in the constantly changing landscape of the perioperative world.
The conference will deliver an outstanding selection of educational presentations, allow delegates to gain exposure to our industry partners showcasing the latest advancements and technologies, and provide many networking opportunities. The ever popular Conference Dinner with the theme "Casino Royale" will be a night of entertainment, fun & great company where we will also take the opportunity to honour some outstanding perioperative nurses through our ACORN QLD Awards.
I look forward to meeting you in Townsville for what is shaping up to be a fabulous event.