Membership Benefits


Information about the NSW OTA

The NSW OTA was formed in 1957 and represents the interests of perioperative nurses in NSW & the ACT and has over 1300 members The association’s Executive comprises volunteer members who offer their time to represent the membership and work towards achieving the Association’s objectives.

The Objectives for which the association is established, are to:

1. Promote and provide perioperative nursing professional development opportunities
2. Disseminate perioperative nursing innovations, advancements, and best practice
3. Assist in the establishment of standards of care for perioperative nursing
4. Support research and promote evidence-based perioperative nursing practice
5. Facilitate communication and networking between perioperative nurses across state, national and international nursing bodies
6. Collaborate with, and provide expert advice to, government, industry and regulatory bodies
7. Encourage the highest quality of care for all perioperative patients
8. Advocate professional issues for perioperative nurses
9. Promote perioperative nursing as a preferred career choice.


Benefits of being a NSW OTA member

Professional networking and recognition

The opportunity to expand your professional network and participate in advancing perioperative nursing practice through representation on a variety of professional organisations, committees and forums, at state and national levels.

Financial assistance

Opportunity for NSW OTA and ACORN financial assistance* to 

  • attend conferences and educational events in Australia and overseas
  • undertake perioperative education
  • undertake perioperative research
Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN)

Becoming a NSW OTA member gives you automatic membership with our national perioperative nursing body, ACORN. As well as the other benefits already mentioned this also includes:

  • access to the ACORN Standards (Individual) - through the MemberJungle app
  • eligibility for ACORN Fellowship
  • Excellence in Perioperative Nursing – Team and Novice nurse
Educational benefits
  • Discounted registration fees for the annual NSW OTA conference and the for the biannual ACORN conference
  • CPD hours for all NSW OTA and ACORN Educational events you attend
Newsletters and Journal
  • NSW OTA Newsletter “Suite Talk”, regularly distributed by email
  • receive ACORN journal 4 times a year
“Members only” access
  • access to the “members only” areas of NSW OTA and ACORN websites
  • access to members only online forum
  • access to the ACORN standards webinars

Eligibility for

  • NSW OTA Awards nomination, awarded annually at the NSW OTA annual conference *
  • Certificates and badges recognising years of continuous membership
  • ACORN Awards nomination, awarded biannually at the ACORN conference
Other memberships
  • Corporate membership of Qantas Club
Tax deductible
  • membership fees are tax deductible
Voting rights
  • full members are entitled to vote on NSW OTA official business
Committee memberships
  • full members are able to volunteer for participation on the NSW OTA State or Zone Executive committees or any NSW OTA working party / project groups
Use of Post Nominals
  • Entitled to use NSW OTA and ACORN Post Nominals


* * = conditions apply


We encourage all members to play an active role in the development of perioperative nursing practice. We have seven regional Zones which enables us to support perioperative nurses in the rural / remote areas of NSW and the ACT.

Regular professional education sessions and meetings are held in Sydney and in the Zones. A conference is held each year and provides an interesting and fun way of learning more about perioperative nursing.


Three financial categories of membership are available.


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