2018-19 Chapter Committee



Trisha Dodds


Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (Vic)

Vice President


Sara Alger


Dandenong Hospital (Vic)



Marie Vasquez


Dandenong Hospital (Vic)

Assistant Secretary


Gail Collins


Dandenong Hospital (Vic)



Sue Dickson

  Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (Vic)

Committee Members


Jennifer Arthur


Wimmera Health Care Group (Vic)
    Brendan Bakes   Royal Hobart Hospital (TAS)
Raewyn Buchanan


Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (Vic)


Vikki Clark


Cabrini (Vic)


Rani Govender


St John of God (Vic)
    Patrick Small   Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre (Vic)
    Lisa Street   Eastern Health (Vic)



Chapter Study Day Dates / Rehab Diary Dates 


The Chapter usually holds three or four Study Days per year, with the aim of at least one being in regional Victoria or Tasmania. Attendance at Chapter Study Days are at no cost for ARNA members and a small cost for non-members. Corporate members may send two staff at no cost. Morning tea, lunch, a certificate of attendance and lucky door prizes are provided. Registration forms and topics are advertised on the website and emailed to members closer to the event.

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Join online or read more about our member benefits here .

If you are interested in hosting a Chapter Study Day in 2020, or promote an event at your workplace please contact us on .

Tuesday 30 June 2020

ARNA membership renewals due


Friday 8 May 2020

Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses’ Association (ARNA) –Victorian/Tasmanian Chapter Study Day and Chapter Meeting
Venue: TBC
Registration: available soon
Provided: morning tea, lunch, certificate of attendance, lucky door prizes
Cost: ARNA Members - no charge; ARNA Corporate Members - may send 2 staff at no cost; Non-Members - $150

ARNA Chapter Study Days in 2020

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Past Study Days

Nov 2019: ARNA VIC/TAS Chapter Study Day at Heidelberg Repat
Sep 2019: ARNA VIC/TAS Chapter Study Day at Launceston
May 2019: ARNA NSW/ACT & VIC/TAS Chapter Study Day at Albury
May 2019:
ARNA VIC/TAS Chapter Study Day at St Vincent's Melbourne
July 2018:
ARNA Vic/Tas Chapter Study Day at Horsham Hospital
May 2018: ARNA NSW/ACT and Vic/Tas Chapter Study Day at Albury
Feb 2018: ARNA Vic/Tas Chapter Study Day at Dandenong Hospital

Chapter Meetings

Chapter Meetings for Members

The Chapter Meetings are held during the Chapter Study Days and are an opportunity for members to hear feedback from the President, who attends the monthly teleconferences of the National Committee Meetings, and to hear feedback from the regular Chapter Committee Meetings, as well as to provide feedback, ask questions and discuss issues. 


Chapter Annual General Meeting for Members

The Chapter Annual General Meeting (AGM) is being held during the November Chapter Study Day.  Chapter Committee Members are elected, future plans are discussed and member’s input is valued to help develop the Chapter.  We are always looking for people interested in becoming involved in the Chapter.  Each position and portfolio have more than one person involved so there is always support available.  We understand that these are voluntary positions, so any input is welcome.  (This can be included as part of your Continuing Professional Development hours.)

Chapter Committee Meetings for Committee Members

The Chapter Committee Meetings occur on the last Thursday of the month from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Dandenong Hospital and via teleconference. Discussion includes; planning future chapter study days, chapter scholarships and promoting the ARNA National Conference. 

Click here for the 2020 Committee Meeting dates


31 March & 31 August (when funds are available)

Closing dates of the ARNA National Education Scholarship Fund

31 March & 31 August 
Closing dates of the ARNA – VIC/TAS Chapter Education Scholarship Fund

The Chapter is offering 2 x $500 scholarships to attend the ARNA Annual Conference each year.
Application guidelines: These are the same as for the National Scholarship Fund. The applicant must be an individual member of ARNA and a financial member for a minimum of two consecutive years prior to the scholarship application.
Guidelines: click here

Congratulations to the August 2018 Chapter Scholarship recipient: Lyn McBain


Trisha Dodds, Chapter President

Marie Vasquez, Chapter Secretary

Lisa Street, Chapter Committee Member – Website Portfolio

Communication to Members
The VIC/TAS Chapter members receive regular emails about ARNA events.  If you are a member and have not yet provided your email address please update your member detail online, or contact ARNA on (03) 8669 1489 or