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Australian College of PeriAnaesthesia
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Professional Fellowship

The ACPAN Professional Fellowship program is designed for non-clinical peri-anaesthesia nurses who would like to demonstrate their advanced specialisation in education or research in our field of healthcare. The program is suitable for Registered Nurses with a minimum of 9500 hours (5 years full-time or equivalent part-time) clinical experience in anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia care (PACU). All applications are assessed for eligibility by the ACPAN Executive Board.

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Professional Fellowship process: 8 easy steps

Become an ACPAN member and decide for which of the two options (education or research) you want to apply

There are two options to become a Professional Fellow:

Option 1: Education:

You are the principle educator providing education activities that are accredited by ACPAN. The education activities must be at (but are not limited to) ACPAN curriculum level 2 and may include ACPAN curriculum level 1. Your ACPAN accreditation confirmation letter will state the ACPAN curriculum level of your education activity.

Option 2: Research

As first author, you have published your original research in a peer reviewed indexed journal and/or you presented your original research findings at a (inter)national conference. Your research must have taken place in the perianaesthesia domain.

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Download the required documents

Download the ACPAN Employment Statement and ACPAN CV template from the ACPAN website.

Obtain the following certificates and documents

Candidate Professional Fellows are required to obtain the following certificates:

  • Certificate of their anaesthesia certification: see for more information the ACPAN website.
  • Certificate of their PACU certification: see for more information the ACPAN website.
  • Certificate of a postgraduate perianaesthesia course accredited by ACPAN at curriculum level 2.

Instead of your anaesthesia and PACU certification certificates it is also possible to apply with a valid Clinical Fellowship certificate.

ExclamationAll certificates still need to be valid on the day of the presentation at the national ACPAN conference. Most certificates are valid for three years.
Fill in and complete the online application and upload documents

Complete the online Professional Fellowship application:

You can apply for the Professional Fellowship throughout the year. Applications that are completed before 31st of March of each calendar year may be eligible to be presented at the ACPAN National Conference. Date and location are available on the ACPAN website.

Upload all documents to the ACPAN website:

Once your registration details are completed, upload all required documents to the ACPAN website:

  • Your CV as per ACPAN professional fellowship template
  • Employment statement (see step 3)
  • Certificate of anaesthesia and PACU certification (or Clinical Fellowship certificate)
  • Postgraduate degree in perianaesthesia certificate

Upload your application documentation:

Now you need to upload your application documentation which is either in:

  • Education: ACPAN accreditation confirmation letter. This letter will state the ACPAN curriculum level of your education activity.
  • Research: published original research in a peer reviewed indexed journal and/or a presentation of your original research findings at a (inter)national conference. Your research must have taken place in the perianaesthesia domain.
Pay the fellowship fee online by credit card

Total cost of the Professional Fellowship program is $500 (+ 10% GST), including:

  • Presentation at the ACPAN National conference
  • 1 day of ACPAN National Conference attendance (includes academic gown use)
  • Administration costs for program

Costs do not include travel, accommodation or other associated costs by undertaking the ACPAN Professional Fellowship program.

Any cancellation or request to transfer should be made directly to development@acpan.edu. Cancellation may be made at any time prior to 90 days of the day of the National conference. A $75 (+ 10% GST) administration fee will be deducted from any fees paid.

ACPAN will review your application

After you have uploaded all your documents to the ACPAN website and paid the invoice, your application will be reviewed for eligibility, and you will receive an email with the review outcome within 30 days of your application. All applications are assessed for eligibility by the ACPAN Executive Board.

Present at the annual national ACPAN conference

To successfully complete the Professional Fellowship application, you must give a presentation at the ACPAN National conference. Your presentation needs prior approval of the ACPAN Executive Board and will be reviewed against the ACPAN education curriculum level 2 and its originality, innovative character and evidence-based practice.

If unsuccessful, you will be invited to alter and update your presentation. The Professional Development Director will give you feedback during this process. After the second attempt, the Professional Development Director will advise the candidate of the outcome. If your second attempt is unsuccessful, the Professional Development Director invites you to discuss the feedback from the assessors. A third attempt is not possible, but you can apply again for the next year.

Attend the inauguration ceremony at the opening of the ACPAN conference

After the opening ceremony of the annual national ACPAN conference, the inauguration of the new Professional and Clinical Fellows will take place. You will be given a gown to wear during this ceremony. Family members and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony without the need to pay for the conference.

Professional Fellowship recertification: 5 easy steps

Your Professional Fellowship certificate will be valid for three years. After three years, you can apply for recertification. Without a timely recertification application, your Professional Fellowship title will be no longer valid. The recertification process costs $75 (+10% GST) and entails 5 steps.

Obtain your Employment statement

Obtain your Employment statement.

Complete the online application & upload documents

Complete the online Professional Fellowship application:

  • Personal details
  • AHPRA registration number
  • ACPAN registration number

Upload all documents to the ACPAN website:

  • Employment statement
  • ACPAN accreditation certificate orpublished or presented original research
  • CPD overview (in total 45 points): you are required to provide evidence of completion of a certain number of hours of continuing professional development in the previous three years, which must incorporate: 15 hours per year in perianaesthesia care.
  • CV as per ACPAN template
Pay the fellowship fee online by credit card

Email confirmation of your application and invoice.

ACPAN will review your application

After receiving your payment, ACPAN will review your application.

You will receive confirmation of your recertification

You will receive confirmation of your recertification application.

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