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.


The NSW/ACT AGM was held in August during the Study Day at the Epping Club
AGM Minutes 

If you have any queries relating to this meeting please contact Gail Teale-Sinclair the ARNA NSWACT Chapter President.

At the AGM the new committee for 2016-17 was elected:
The new Committee are:
President: Gail Teale-Sinclair, Royal Rehab NSW
Vice President: Andrew Murray, The Prince of Wales, Hospital NSW
Secretary: Phillip Au, Royal Rehab NSW
Treasurer: Julie Pryor, Royal Rehab NSW
Ordinary member: Mark Ryan, Canberra Hospital and health services ACT

Diary Dates 

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!


NSW/ACT Chapter Contact Numbers

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Once again we are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity to members to apply for scholarships for the purposes of study/conference/research. Each scholarship is for a total of $1000. Anyone who has been a member for two consecutive years or more is eligible to apply. Please contact the Chapter President for more information.

NSW/ACT President

Gail Teale-Sinclair
Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney
P: 02 9808 0528
E: nswact@arna.com.au

Chapter Secretary

Phillip Au
Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney
P: 02 9808 9248
E: nswact@arna.com.au

Chapter Treasurer


NSW/ACT Chapter Committee Contact






Registered Nurse
Royal Rehab Private Hospital 
Ph : (02) 9808 0530
Vice President 
Clinical Nurse Consultant 
Rehabilitation Medicine Unit 
Barker St, RANDWICK 
Ph: (02) 9382 5531 Pager 46518
Registered Nurse 
Royal Rehab Spinal Injury Unit 
Ph: 041 755 7773
Prof Rehabilitation/Research 
Royal Rehab 
Ph: (02) 9808 9223 
Committee Member 
Clinical Development Nurse
Rehabilitation& age & Community care
Canberra Hospital & health services
Ph: (02) 624 42780


Committee Member


Lecturer/Unit Coordinator

Western Sydney University

Hawkesbury Campus
Ph: (02) 45701670