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

Executive Board 2021


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.


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.


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).