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Leadership change for ACORN

The Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) Board has announced that Rebecca East has been appointed as CEO of the College and Garry Stratton has been elected as President.

Rebecca has served ACORN as a volunteer on the Board as the Victorian Representative (2014 – 2016), Victorian Director (2016 – 2018) and has led the Board and staff as President for the past 18 months. Rebecca was honoured with a fellowship of the College in 2018. 

Rebecca completed a Master of Nursing Practice (Perioperative) and Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) at Deakin University in 2013. She has practised in private practice for the past 8 years and gained endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner in 2014. Rebecca now runs two private orthopaedic and sports injury practices in Central Victoria. Rebecca is responsible for the management of the orthopaedic and sports injury patients and provides a surgical assisting role with her business partner and colleague, Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Glenn Boyce.

With Rebecca's insight and experience in the College, coupled with her business experience and perioperative expertise, the Board believes that she will successfully lead the College to deliver the Strategic Plan and advance the mission of the College for members and key stakeholders.

With Rebecca stepping down as ACORN President to take the role of part-time CEO, Garry Stratton has been elected by the Board as President until May 2020. Garry is the Perioperative Services Manager at Calvary St Luke's in Launceston and has been a Director of ACORN, representing Tasmania since June 2017. 

Taken from Australian College of Perioperative Nurses media release 28 October 2019

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