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Welcome to ARNA

The Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses’ Association (ARNA) began as the Australian Rehabilitation Nurses’ Association in 1991 in the Illawarra District of New South Wales when several Rehabilitation Nurses go together to discuss ways of networking and enhancing the education of nurses in the rehabilitation setting.  Since then ARNA has grown to include all the states and territories of Australia and has members in New Zealand and other nations.

ARNA has a number of Chapters in the states:  NSW/ACT, QLD, VIC/TAS, SA/NT/WA.  They are available for support and information relevant to your field.  For contact details of the relevant state please click on Chapters or along the status bar at the top of this page. Each Chapter conduct a number of Study Days during the year and all are welcome.

2014 Conference

ARNA has only just recently held their 24th National Conference in Darwin, which was a great success with a record number of delegates attending the NT for two days of networking, education and information gathering. We had Melissa Noonan (Limbs 4 Life) as the keynote speaker; guest speakers were Dr Lucy Madebwe (Advance Trainee Registrar in Rehabilitation Medicine) and Mark Kilpatrick from the Machado Joseph Disease (MJD)Foundation. We were also lucky to have been entertained by the Indigenous Dancers One Mob Different Country – low-security Indigenous prisoners performing traditional Aboriginal dances and the Grey Panthers – a unique NT dance troupe. The program included 16 Abstract Presentations and 3 Poster Presentations covering a wide range of Rehabilitation theories.            

While in Darwin, ARNA held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) culminating in electing the new Committee and adopting the new ARNA Constitution.

2015 Conference

It was announced at this year’s conference that the 25th Annual ARNA Conference will be held in Brisbane in October 2015. Keep an eye on this website for further information on the exact location and when submissions for Abstracts and Registrations will be open. We look forward to seeing you all in 2015.


We would like to invite like-minded rehabilitation nurses to join our ranks and become members of ARNA. Our association offers networking and support and educational study days to assist in the day-to-day caring of clients. We offer assistance and the Committee is at all times accessible for input and discussion. As a member you will receive the Associations Journal (JARNA) three times per year, a copy of the Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Standards, regular educational activities at a reduced rate and the annual conference (CPD points awarded) also at a great discounted rate.
Remember: ARNA is an association run by nurses for nurses and also encourages multi and interdisciplinary sharing of information and knowledge.