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ARNA and what being a member means to you 

The Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses’ Association (ARNA) is an organisation that supports the development and sharing of nursing’s body of rehabilitation knowledge, skills and attitudes for the wellbeing of individuals and communities.  We are an organisation wishing to invite like-minded rehabilitation nurses to share their skills and  expertise to inspire Rehabilitation to be the practice of all nurses and to develop the requirement to assist people at all stages of Health Care.

To encourage you to be a part of this vision and to join ARNA we offer significant networking opportunities as well as providing a number of educational Study Days set up by our state Chapters, a National Conference and Affiliates that all collectively support the improvement of care and enablement of our clients.  The events ARNA offer are at a substantial discount to ARNA Members.  For more information regarding the events please refer to the relevant Chapter page or the Conference page on this website.   

During the year our Members also receive copies of the ARNA specialist journal JARNA which has 3 editions each year, along with an educational reference publication the  Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Standards which is sent to all New Members upon joining ARNA.  Starting in February 2015 ARNA will be commencing the ARNA Newsletter which will be a bi-monthly publication distributed electronically to Members only.

So, to become a member is simple – go to the membership page on the ARNA website and complete the details.  Payment can be made online. 

Corporate membership is also available offering attendance to all ARNA Events for any 3 members of the organisation along with the publications outlined.

2015 Conference

The dates have been announced for the 25th Annual ARNA Conference being held in Brisbane, QLD. Please put in your calendars the following dates:            
  • Wednesday 21 October - Welcome Get-together
  • Thursday 22 October - Opening of Conference
  • Friday 23 October - Second day of Conference
We are expecting quality speakers to attend and present at this event – so keep an eye on the ARNA website for updates.

If you wish to submit an Abstract to be reviewed for presenting at the 2015 Conference, information and application forms will be available soon. An Abstract can be in the form of a Poster Presentation, a Research Paper or First Time Presenter. So please make ready to send in your submissions.

ARNA National Committee Planning Day

Each year our National Committee meet for an entire weekend to set up strategic and operational plans for the coming year. This event was held in Melbourne on 6-7 December. It is where the future development and promotion of ARNA is set up so the organisation can become pivotal in the industry for all things relating to Rehabilitation. A new Strategic Plan has been developed for 2015-2018 which will be published on the ARNA website shortly. And to implement this plan an Operational Plan has been drawn up to identify all responsibilities for the forward progress of ARNA.            

Remember: ARNA is an association run by nurses for nurses and also encourages multi and interdisciplinary sharing of information and knowledge.