ACPAN
Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia
Nurses - ACPAN, PO BOX 5134
Burnley, VIC 3121, Australia

Executive Board

President

To provide strategic leadership and governance for ACPAN, setting strategic direction and general management of ACPAN with and through officers of the Board, Branches, and financial members of ACPAN.

Fiona Newman (QLD) 2016 - Current

Fiona Newman is a perioperative nurse educator and coordinator of metropolitan, regional and rural perioperative nursing courses for Queensland Health - Metro South, located at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Fiona has 26 years of clinical, educational management experience in perioperative nursing and within nursing administration roles throughout Queensland. Fiona has clinical and academic expertise in perianaesthesia nursing (anaesthetics and post anaesthetic care). Fiona has a strong academic interest in human factors and organisational behaviour with a specialty focus on teams in surgical trauma. Fiona is currently completing a Masters in Psychology, Organisational and Human Factors at the University of Adelaide.

Fiona holds an academic position with the University of Tasmania as unit coordinator for postgraduate perioperative nursing courses, has authored published textbook chapters on anaesthesia and perioperative nursing, as well as written several published journal articles on perioperative nursing, trauma and disaster preparedness and airway management.

Fiona is currently the National President for Australian College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) and the QLD Chair for DPNTC and also is a Board member for the international Safe Airway Society. Fiona has been a DPNTC Faculty member since 2011 and has been involved in DSTC courses in Singapore, New Zealand, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Fiona has also been involved with the recent COVID-19 disaster response in QLD, operationalising and managing vaccination clinics.

Treasurer

Performance of all of the duties and functions specifically imposed on and given to the Treasurer by the Rules. Maintenance of the accounts of receipts and expenses incidental to the educational activities of ACPAN separate from any other account. Reconciliation each month of each account with the relevant bank statement in respect of the preceding month and reporting of same to the Board meeting.

Elaine Jordan (VIC) 2021 - Current

Elaine Jordan works in a Melbourne metropolitan surgical centre as a perioperative and perianaesthesia clinical educator/support nurse. After initial RN registration in 1984, Elaine upgraded her Diploma of Applied Science to a Bachelor of Nursing in 1992 and completed her Post Graduate Midwifery Diploma in 1994. Elaine has been employed in a variety of clinical, management and education roles in healthcare settings ranging from tertiary public to small private hospitals. Elaine is particularly interested in education and has been responsible for supervising university nursing undergraduates spanning 25 years.

Elaine completed her Peri-anaesthesia Post Grad Diploma (Hons) and was admitted as Fellow of the Australian College Peri-Anaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) in 2017. She is ALS certified and most recently completed the Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training (2019). Elaine thoroughly enjoys cooking and travelling when not spending time with family and friends or working as a perioperative educator.

Elaine joined the ACPAN board in Oct 19 at the Melbourne Conference and took on the role of ACPAN Treasurer in February 2021.

Secretary

Performance of all of the duties and functions specifically imposed on and given to the Secretary by the Rules with focus on governance. Preparation of agenda and minutes for each Board meeting and Annual meeting and any Special Meeting of ACPAN. Receiving and reporting to the Board all correspondence addressed to ACPAN or an Officer in that capacity and at the direction of the Board preparation and sending of all correspondence from ACPAN.

Dr Vera Meeusen (QLD) 2021 - Current

Vera Meeusen, PhD, CHM, MA, FACPAN, RN is a Clinical Nurse Consultant of the Endoscopy Unit. She started as Nurse Anaesthetist working in anaesthesia, PACU and postoperative pain team and performed several clinical research projects focused on the prevention and prediction of postoperative nausea & vomiting and postoperative pain management. After obtaining her degree as Master of Arts in Health Care at the University of Amsterdam she continued her career as a manager in the perianaesthesia settings and as a senior hospital project officer. Vera’s PhD research focused on workload, job satisfaction, personality profiles of nurse anesthetists and the history of nurse anesthetists in Europe.

After emigrating to Australia, she obtained her Professional Fellowship of the Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia Nurses (ACPAN) and Certified Health Manager of the Australasian College Of Health Service Management and continued working in the perioperative environment. She has presented at national and international conferences and published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters.

Currently, Vera’s research is very diverse: staff and patient satisfaction, airway management, patient positioning, safety systems, and internationally, scope of practice of nurse anaesthetists. Professional activities include: senior lecturer at The University of Queensland, Chair of the Practice Committee of the International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetist (IFNA), Secretary of ACPAN and Regional Manager of the Gastroenterology Nurses College of Australia. As a members of the Steering Committee of the Statewide Gastroenterology Clinical Network Queensland, Vera is involved in the Innovation and Optimisation Working Group that is currently performing the project Flexible Models of Sedation for Low-risk endoscopic Procedures (FMSLEP).

Directors

Membership Director

Develops and operationalises the value added services for members, including the State Seminars, National Conference, website and membership support.

Donna Hopley (NSW) 2021 - Current

Donna Hopley, MN Nursing GradCert Periop, Dip Anaes, BN is a clinical nurse educator and clinical nurse specialist working in the operating suite at the John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle. The John Hunter Hospital is a major teaching hospital and is the Primary Tertiary Referral Centre for Trauma in northern NSW.

Donna has 30 years of nursing with 20 years of experience in anaesthetics and PACU. Completing her Bachelor of Nursing, The Australian Society of Anaesthesia Paramedical Officers Diploma, Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing, a Master’s in Nursing specialising in education and leadership from the University of New England.

Donnas additional interest in education lead her to be an Advanced life support assessor, complete her Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment, Hand Hygiene and Asepsis Auditor. She has been a part of the Safe sedation working party and Assistant to the anaesthetist with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

Donna Joined the ACPAN board in 2009 when it was still ASPAAN as an NSW committee member, then briefly onto NSW Director, and then ACPAN Membership Director. Donna has been awarded life membership with ACPAN for her commitment and contribution to perioperative nursing.

Donna has co-chaired conferences both nationally and locally, she has hosted and presented at Education days. She has relieved in Nurse educator and Nurse Unit Manager Roles on numerous occasions. When not working she loves spending her time with her family and grandchildren.

Professional Documents Director

Develops and operationalises ACPAN Practice Standards and Practice Guidelines and conducts review of professional practise where required.

Dr Heather Reynolds (QLD) 2021 - Current

Heather Reynolds PhD FACPAN has over 20 years’ experience in intensive care and anaesthetic nursing, culminating in a Doctor of Philosophy at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She has presented internationally on dressing and securement of arterial catheters and has been a Research Fellow with the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) at Griffith University, 2015-2017. She has multiple publications including the achievement of a Cochrane Protocol about dressings and securement devices to prevent complications with peripheral arterial catheters (with the Review due for publication in 2021).

In 2017 at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Heather published an organisational procedural document for insertion and care of arterial catheters that incorporated a care bundle, in collaboration with intensive care. Heather has worked as a Clinical Research Nurse at the Department of Anaesthesia RBWH since 2007 and has also worked as Data Analyst for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists’ Data Committee since 2010.

Professional Development Director

To provide strategic direction and governance to the ACPAN Board on credentialing, fellowship and pathways of education and development as well examinations and assessment.

Stacey Hall (NSW) 2021 - Current

For as long as she can remember, Stacey wanted to be a nurse. Mesmerised by the ambulances as they rushed past to attend to their patients and a staunch fan of A Country Practice, nursing in some capacity was inevitable. During her year 10 work experience at Camden District Hospital and thinking scrub/scout nursing would be her calling, Stacey was fortunate to experience a day in the operating theatre. That was it. There was no turning back. Scrubs would become her life.

During her 12 week third year nursing student rotation within the operating suite at John Hunter Hospital (JHH), Stacey realised she was home. However, what she didn’t anticipate was her constant interest and distraction of anaesthetists and anaesthetic nurses. Hmmmm, what are they doing? I want in!

After completing her Bachelor of Nursing in 2002, Stacey secured a post-graduate position at JHH, and to her absolute excitement, was allocated the operating suite for her first three month rotation. You beaut. Back to back three month rotations in the operating suite at JHH and even more awesome, practice in anaesthetics and recovery! And so, her fate was sealed. After completing her postgraduate program in 2003, Stacey has remained dedicated to the perioperative specialty, with continuous service in her much loved world of anaesthetics and recovery nursing (the good side)!

Whilst fulfilling her passion in anaesthetics and recovery at John Hunter Hospital, Stacey has completed her Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing with the college of Nursing, a Diploma in Clinical Nursing (Anaesthetics and Recovery) with the University of Tasmania (UTAS), as well as a Master of Clinical Nursing (Anaesthetics and Recovery). A keen interest in academia and research, Stacey joined the teaching team at UTAS where she continues working today, supplementing her clinical role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at JHH.

Stacey successfully meet ACPAN Clinical Fellowship requirements in 2019 and immediately took up the role of New South Wales (NSW) President in November 2019 in an attempt to give back to this wonderful profession. After 12 months as the NSW President, Stacey is honoured to serve ACPAN members and the ACPAN board in the capacity of Director of Professional Development in November 2020.

Stacey’s future nursing career is focused on research, specifically in relation to anaesthetic and recovery practice, where she hopes to follow her passion for practice development using evidence based findings.

State/Territory Directors

Advocate and promote ACPAN activities: education curriculum, practice standards, guidelines, statements, certification, fellowship and coordinate ACPAN Accredited Education events to their local jurisdiction.

Additionally, they represent:

  • Membership to the ACPAN National Conference Committee
  • Local perianaesthesia nursing interests
  • ACPANs vision and mission

State/Territory Directors provide mentorship to generic Board members on ACPAN.

State/Territory Director - QLD/ NT: Jodie Lloyd

State/Territory Director - NSW/ACT: Karen Oldfield

Karen is a Clinical Nurse Specialist working at John Hunter Hospital, one of the busiest children's Hospital and major trauma Center in NSW. She has vast experience in anaesthetics commencing as an Anaesthetic Technician who completed the Australian Society of Anaesthetic and Operating Theatre Technicians Diploma through Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, in 1992.

In 1993 Karen decided to move into nursing and completed Advanced Enrolled Nurse Certificate and proceeded to complete her Bachelor of Nursing Charles Sturt University in 2007. Karen continued her studies through University of New England to complete Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing- Major in Perioperative Nursing 2012, Graduate Diploma in Acute Care Nursing- Major Perioperative Nursing 2014, and in 2017 completed Masters in Nursing; while in 2017 completed her Clinical Fellowship through the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACPAN).

Karen joined the ACPAN board in 2020 as NSW Director and has professional membership with AHPRA/Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, NSW, and is also a committee member of the NSW Operating Theatre Association (OTA) Zone One, and Agency for clinical intervention (ACI).

Karen’s additional interest led her to be a cell salvage operator, laser safety operator and under the current situation Karen also obtained her Immunisation for Health Practitioners (307 2102) certificate April 2021 and PRO Safety and Training -Quantitative Face Fit Testing certificate in 2020. She has relieved in Nurse Unit Manager and Theatre Schedule Manager roles. When not working she loves spending her time with her family and friends.

State Director - VIC: Angela Fraser

Angela Fraser is an ANUM of anaesthetic at Epworth Health Care, Freemasons campus Melbourne. She oversees the anaesthetic department of a very busy day procedure centre with a maternity department.

Angela earnt her initial RN qualification, as a Diploma of Applied science at Warrnambool university, and upgrades to a Degree at Victoria university. After 20 years of clinical nursing Angela returned to study and completed a postgraduate certificate in peri anaesthesia nursing at the University of Tasmania, at the same time completing a certificate VI in Leadership and management at Swinburne. Angela became a Fellow of ACPAN in 2018.

Angela had been on the ACPAN board for over 10 years as Victoria representative and director, and is a life member of ACPAN. She has organised many successful weekend seminars and 4 national conferences over these years.

Angela is a member of the Global advisory committee for ICPAN, and attended the last ICPAN conference in Cancun Mexico,2019.

Angela is passionate about educating under graduate, post graduate and PIP students the speciality role of the peri anaesthetic nurse, as well as the evidence based practices guidelines and professional standards of care in this speciality of nursing.

On a personal note, she has a certificate VI in fitness instruction and enjoys exercising, specially running, where she has successfully completed 3 Melbourne marathons.

State Director - TAS: Ken Hancock

Ken Hancock RN, Grad dip perioperative, FACPAN registered in 1994 and then travelled to WA for his first job. Initially working in a Nursing Home in Kalgoorlie. From there he started working at the local hospital in the Operating Theatre and so began Ken’s interest in Anaesthetics and PACU.

Ken is proud of his indigenous heritage and working in Kalgoorlie gave him more insight into the plight of Indigenous Australians and their health care challenges. Ken likes to be involved within his community and is a member of reconciliation Tasmania. Ken is also an active member of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Nurses and Midwifes.

After working in WA Ken returned to Tasmania in 1996 and worked at Calvary Hospital where he met his wife. They travelled to the UK to work and explore Europe. In 1999 they returned to Australia and Ken studied at Deakin University and worked at Box Hill Hospital, completing his Post Graduate Diploma in perioperative and anaesthetic nursing.

Since 2000 Ken has worked in the Theatre Department at Hobart Private Hospital and now works as a Theatre Floor Coordinator and Educator in Anaesthetics/PACU. Ken has worked in a variety of diverse areas including Surgical and Hyperbaric nursing.

Ken became a member of ACPAN (Australian College of Peri-Anaesthesia Nurses) over 20 years ago because he is passionate about education and supporting theatre staff. He felt very privileged in 2020 when he became a life member of ACPAN. Ken has been the Tasmania Director of ACPAN since 2004. Ken was admitted as a Fellow of ACPAN in 2018. Ken is also an ALS instructor and enjoys training and mentoring others.

In his free time Ken enjoys gardening, travelling, and spendings time with his family and friends.

State Director - WA: VACANT

State Director - SA: Majella McKinnon

Majella McKinnon RN, BN, Grad Dip (Anaes&Rec), MNSci. has enjoyed her career in nursing for 22 years since graduating from La Trobe University, Bendigo she made her way to Adelaide where she calls home. After completing a Graduate Diploma in Anaesthetics & Recovery Majella has developed into a seasoned Peri Anaesthetic nurse, experienced educator in both the clinical and academic settings and a budding researcher. Majella is passionate about education and supporting nurses in their professional development maintaining a focus on patient advocacy and optimising patient care.

Outside of nursing Majella enjoys camping, exploring Australia with her family and the science of wine.

Board Members

ACPAN Board Members: To support the organisational function of ACPAN State/Territory Directors, Directors and Executive and to assist ACPAN Board to deliver local education. ACPAN Board Members are mentored by State/Territory Directors.

  • ACPAN Board Member 2021: Vacant
  • ACPAN Board Member 2021: Vacant