The Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses is the industry leader for the professional development of perianaesthesia nurses across Australia.
Founded in 1994 as the Victorian Society of Post Anaesthetic and Anaesthetic Nurses group (VSPAAN), to provide education for perianaesthesia nurses, as other special interest groups were not addressing their perianaesthesia needs. In response to growing national membership, VSPAAN changed its name to ASPAAN in 2005. In June 2016 a special general meeting was held to transform ASPAAN into a college to strengthen our reputation, provision of education and advance the profession of perianaesthesia nursing. ACPAN currently has more than 700 members Australia wide, and continues to grow.
The Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) was convened to promote the professional development of post anaesthesia and anaesthesia nurses through regular meetings, educational workshops, university scholarships, conference events and publication of newsletters.
ACPAN works with ACORN and ANZCA to promote perianaesthesia best practice through development of professional practice and curriculum standards.
ACPAN also partners with international perianaesthesia nursing organisations to ensure its members have access to both national and international best practice trends.