2018-19 Chapter Committee


M: 0421 113 557       nswact@arna.com.au  anne.renshaw@healthecare.com.au
Vice President  LAURA BARNETT  
M: 0424 156 055   nswact@arna.com.au   laura.barnett@healthecare.com.au
Secretary PHILLIP AU 
M: 0417 557 773   nswact@arna.com.au   Phillip.Au@royalrehab.com.au 
P: 02 6051 7572   s.potter1273@gmail.com
Committee Members NADIA MURPHY 
M: 0452 592 175   nadia.murphy@healthecare.com.au
P: 02 6244 2780   mark.ryan@act.gov.au
M: 0425 236 271   meljanebnser@gmail.com
P: 02 9808 0530  

NSW/ACT Education Scholarships are now available for NSW/ACT Members


The NSW/ACT Chapter committee has put aside $5000 this year to support participation in relevant education programs and international, national or local conferences and symposia. The maximum amount available per application is $1000. Applications close 31 August 2018.

You need to have been a member of ARNA for a minimum of 2 consecutive years.

If you are eligible for an education scholarship and want to know more Click Here

All Education Scholarship applications will be emailed as an attachment to the ARNA office, arna@arna.com.au, by 4pm on the due date. Type ‘Education Scholarship Application’ in the email header. Applicant must indicate whether a National or Chapter scholarship is sought. ARNA office will forward applications to relevant office bearers.


Membership News

NSW/ACT Chapter membership is open to anyone with an interest in rehabilitation nursing. So do continue to advertise the benefits of ARNA membership to your colleagues. Membership of ARNA affords us access to valuable education and networking opportunities within our speciality that otherwise would not exist. In addition, we receive the quarterly JARNA and, importantly, our speciality is represented on local and national nursing bodies.

Chapter Committee Meetings

Chapter committee meetings are held throughout the year. Chapter members are welcome to attend or to forward any items for consideration/discussion to the Secretary of the committee. 
We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest for a new NSWACT Treasurer

Chapter Activities

The NSW/ ACT Chapter began the year by supporting two presenters Dr Julie Prior and Gillian Garrett from NSW to present at the inaugural ARNA Western Australia study day. The purpose of this was to assist in providing education for rehabilitation nurses in WA and support the formation of the ARNA WA Chapter. The new Chapter was formed early this year.
Planning commenced for two study days one in Sydney on the 29th July and one in Narooma planned for 23rd September on the NSW South Coast. Unfortunately the Narooma Chapter day had to be cancelled due to not having enough people to assist with logistics of running the study day in the area. The NSW/ACT Chapter is keen to run study days outside the metropolitan area but needs people “on the ground to help book venues, identify local presenters and help notify local hospitals and facilities of the day. The Study day in Sydney was excellent with a great variety of speakers.
Highlights of the day identified by our members were the
  • Humour foundation speaker Lou Lou Pollard on the “Joy of Laughter” - Clown Doctor’s.
  • Consumer speakers Aviva and Liz with their Seeing Eye dogs Warick and Poppy. The Vision Australia speakers were ‘inspirational’ providing practical tips on how to assist vision impaired clients/patients.
  • Dancing for Parkinson’s was ‘great fun’ Christine and Elissa led us in dance… dancing while sitting and standing as they would with their Parkinson patients and careers.


2018 NSW/ACT AGM is rapidly approaching. Please click the link below to view the 2018 NSW/ACT AGM Program.

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Upcoming Events

Past Events


NSW/ACT Chapter – Canberra study day

Rooms 5 and 6, Level 3

Centenary Hospital for Women and Children

Yamba Drive, Garran ACT 2605

Friday 24th February 2017

08.30     Registration – Tea and Coffee

Session 1: Chairperson Gail Teale-Sinclair

08.50   Welcome/Housekeeping

Gail Teale-Sinclair - NSW/ACT ARNA Chapter President

09.00   Rehabilitation nurses vs nurses who work in rehabilitation

Julie Pryor, Nursing Research & Development Leader, Royal Rehab


Overview of the ARNA rehabilitation nursing competency standards
Sandra Lever, CNC, Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre, Ryde Hospital

10.30   Morning Tea 

Session 2: Chairperson Mark Ryan

11.00   An update on Canberra’s new sub-acute facility

Regina Ginich, Project Officer University of Canberra Public Hospital


Failure to maintain
Kasia Bail, Assistant Professor in Nursing, University of Canberra

12.15   Dancing with Parkinson’s

Phillip Piggin, Creative Program Officer Belconnen Arts Centre



Session 3: Chairperson Gail Teale-Sinclair

13.45   The processes of rehabilitation

Julie Pryor, Nursing Research & Development Leader, Royal Rehab

14.30   Consumer TBA

15.00   Productive gardening as context and mechanism for rehabilitation

Claire Boyle, Productive Garden Project Officer, Royal Rehab

15.30   Therapeutic harp and its potential use in rehabilitation
Alison Ware, Therapeutic Harpist

16.00   Evaluation and Close

Lucky door prize: 1 year membership to ARNA


Save the Dates for 2016 : 

29 July 2016 | Sydney study day- Rehabilitation Improving the patient experience 
23 September 2016 | South Coast Symposium - Narooma  

Chapter Study Day

Study Day & Annual General Meeting 2016
29 July 2016
08.30pm - 4.00pm
VENUE: Epping Club, 45 Rawson Street, Epping NSW 2121
Members Free | Non Members $130

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2015 Minutes  Nomination Form Proxy Form

DATE:  Friday 20 November 2015
TIME:  08:30am - 16:30pm
VENUE:  Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 2 Beach Road, Batemans Bay NSW
COST:  Members Free  |  Non Members $120

A most successful Symposium was held at Batemans Bay on 20/11 “Rehabilitation is everyone’s business”. 

Presenters included Julie Prior, Victoria Traynor, Assoc Prof, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care, Andrew Murray, Hearing Australia, Guide dogs Australia, CNCs in Continence and Wound and Professor Ian Cameron. Julie set the tone of the day with a powerful presentation which has triggered a good deal of workplace conversation re the philosophy of rehabilitation nursing.
One of the most thought proving was from Transitional Aged Care Program Manager Kerri Carmichael and Speech Pathologist Tim Tooke, highlighting the issues with communication
Attendees have requested a symposium for the South coast again next year – we will try to co-ordinate with some excellent whale watching. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the day such a success, I am sure all would agree it was an excellent day.
A big thank you goes to Elizabeth Happatz for all her hard work organising the day. Dates for Sydney and the South Coast Study Days will be on the website soon. 

If you are a member of ARNA and don’t get this newsletter in your inbox please provide your personal email to arna@arna.com.au, You could be missing out on upcoming events and other news because your work server is blocking your mail. I encourage everyone to put this newsletter up on the notice board so your colleagues can read it too! 

Are you interested in being part of the NSW/ACT committee the treasurer’s position is still vacant, check out the position description on the website. Meetings are held by teleconference so if you are out of Sydney you can still be on the committee. 
On behalf of the NSW/ACT committee I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and Happy new year!


If you wish to become a member prior to booking please go to the Membership page

Annual Study Day & AGM

Date: Friday 14 August 2015
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: The Epping Club, 45 Rawson Street, Epping NSW
Cost: Free to ARNA NSW/ACT Members and Presenters | $120 for Non Members

ARNA ACT Study day 2015
Brett Wheatley ARNA NSW/ACT 2015 spoke on his recovery following a double amputation which led him on a journey of participating in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race.

Heidie Haydon and Robert Wynn answered questions from the floor and discussed “The Good life Program” designed to cultivate personalised rehabilitation coaching partnerships led by Andrew Murray, CNC Prince of Wales Hospital. They also talked about their personal experience of having a spinal cord injury and their role as Spinal Peer Support workers including the importance of clinician’s seeing the person behind the injury and respecting what is important to them!