NMLC19 2019-11-12T04:59:06+00:00
Master of Ceremonies
Keynote Speakers
Call for Abstracts
Networking Function

28–29 November 2019 | Crown Perth


The Organising Committee is excited to announce the conference program is now available

To view the interactive program, please expand the links below:

Oral Presentations



Grand Ballroom 1 Foyer
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair:  Narelda Jacobs
Millie Penny
Dr Robina Redknap, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer WA
Alison McMillan, Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Grand Ballroom 2
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair:  Narelda Jacobs
Prof James Buchan, Health Foundation, London & WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Technology, Sydney
Andrea Rieusset, 2019 WA Nurse of the Year
Grand Ballroom 2
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair:  Jo Reid
Astral 1
Chair: Linda Coventry
Astral 2
Chair:  Rhonda Marriott
1330-1350 Empowering professionals at the point of care: The role of the clinical coach in patient safety
Annette Faithfull-Byrne , Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Engage, empower and inspire a small nursing team to make a difference
Mrs Ann Whitfield, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group
A regional centres approach to eradicating Hepatitis C by 2025
Mrs Claudia Matthews, Taranaki District Health Board
1350-1410 Evaluating critical factors that can assist nurses to reduce the use of restrictive practices in forensic mental health inpatient settings - Promoting positive and safe care
Mrs Lesley Barr, North Metropolitan Health Service - Mental Health
SPEAK UP for safety
Ms Penny Keogh, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group and Ms Renee dePrazer, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group
Evaluating the physical health outcomes of young people taking antipsychotic medications for a 12 month period
Prof Dianne Wynaden, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University
1410-1430 A Patient Flow Project – Nursing leaders supporting, motivating and collaborating to achieve a goal
Mrs Philippa Paterson, Fremantle Hospital and Mr John Harris, Fremantle Hospital 
The relevance of nurses and midwives code of conduct in Australia
Dr Linda Gregory, Western Sydney University, Ms Jan Heiler, The Sutherland Hospital, SESLHD and Dr Therese Riley, The Sydney and Sydney Eye Hospital, SESLHD
Grand Ballroom 2
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair: Annette Baker
Astral 1
Chair: Dannielle Orifici
Astral 2
Chair: Amy Wallace
1500-1520 Empowering our nursing colleagues in West Timor to influence an organisation
Mrs Ann Whitfield, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group
National Health Service Grampian (NHSG) and WA Health: Nursing and Midwifery Office research and recruitment collaborative
Mrs Leesa Kerr, Nursing and Midwifery Office and Ms Jane Ewen, NHS Grampian
Advancing mental health nursing practice – Establishing a physical health clinic for people with mental health concerns within the primary care setting
A/Prof Karen Heslop, Curtin University
1520-1540 Patient blood management: challenges of providing a state-wide service
Ms Linda Campbell, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Teamwork: Burns Management Program. Collaboration and education across a state-wide network
Mrs Sharon Rowe, Fiona Stanley Hospital
The exploration of women’s experience and understanding of post-childbirth morbidities and help-seeking behaviour during the first twelve months after childbirth
Mrs Maryam Rouhi, School of Nursing, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania
1540-1600 Parenting support for regional and remote families
Ms Leonie Hellwig, WA Country Health Service and Ms Sakina Bindahneem, Ngala
ETS: Emergency Tele-education Support, emergency education that supports
Mrs Melanie Goode, Wachs Ets
Bring Her Home: Nurse practitioner led programme that facilitated shared care of paediatric ventricular assist sevice child in her home town, Perth, Western Australia
Mrs Helen Hayes, Fiona Stanley Hospital
1600-1605 BREAK
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair: Myra Book
1630-1830 Networking Function
Grand Ballroom 1 Foyer
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair: Narelda Jacobs
Olman Walley
Alison McMillan, Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Karen Cook, Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer
Terri Barrett, President of the Australian College of Midwives
Grand Ballroom 2
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair:  Jo Reid
Astral 1
Chair: Linda Conventry
Astral 2
Chair: Renee DePrazer
1050-1110 Translating theory into practice: An immersive leadership course for nurse / midwifery unit managers
Judith Gonzalez , Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Building a culturally respectful non-discriminatory workforce through provision of Aboriginal Person-centred Care training
Mrs Helen Mclean, Tracs WA and Ms Nola Naylor, South Metropolitan Health Service
Rapid Access for Patients Imminent Delivery (RAPID) Project
Ms Judith Cuff, Royal Perth Bentley Group
1110-1130 Exploring staff experience of organisational support after experiencing or witnessing consumer aggression in an acute mental health setting
Mr Eric Lim, Royal Perth Bentley Group
Nurses experiences with cultural safety:  A Western Australian study
Dr Shirley Mcgough, Curtin University
Midwives ‘with woman’ the power of professional identity
Dr Zoe Bradfield, Curtin University
1130-1150 Is nursing and midwifery clinical documentation a burden? An empirical study of perception versus reality
Dr Janie A Brown, Curtin University
The impact of organisational values on nurses’ resilience levels: Results of a mixed methods study
Ms Alannah Cooper, St John of God Subiaco Hospital
The Delivery of a new Family Birthing Centre informed by Consumer involvement and the Birth Space Design Evidence.
Ms Peta Fisher, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Ms Leanne Graham, Fiona Stanley Hospital
1150-1210 Raise a flag, here comes (another) change
Ms Penny Keogh,  Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group
Does immersive medical emergency team response simulation improve self efficacy?
Ms Kylie Fawcett, Royal Perth Bentley Group
Acupuncture, its place in nursing: Safety and side effects of acupuncture therapy in Australia
Dr Carol Wang, Edith Cowan University
1210-1215 BREAK
1215-1315 STAFF
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair:  Myra Book
Astral 1
Chair: Dannielle Orifici
Astral 2
Chair:  Amy Wallace
1215-1235 The journey of integrating continuity of care into a tertiary maternity hospital
Ms Barbara Lourey, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Ms Sonya Mahoney, King Edward Memorial Hospital
Student perceptions of the nursing practicum environment and its relationship to resilience and compassion satisfaction
Prof Clare Rees, School of Psychology, Curtin University
Utilising a burns nursing care outreach service to optimise outcomes for burn injured patients with concurrent inpatient mental health needs
Mrs Joanna Camilleri, Fiona Stanley Hospital and Ms Lesley Knights, Fiona Stanley Hospital
1235-1255 Coaching for clinical nurse leaders: A mixed methods study
Dr Lorraine Thompson, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service
Western Australian midwives' experience of clinical supervision
Ms Jodie Atkinson, King Edward Memorial Hospital
Taking the ouch from the patient
Mrs Ann Whitfield, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group
1255-1315 Exploring the experiences of Western Australian public sector secondary school nurses who encounter young people with mental health problems
Anita Moyes, Child & Adolescent Community Health
Leading to enhance collaborative partnerships with the staying nurse
Dr Pam O'Nions, University of Notre Dame
Qualitative results of a pilot lymphoma nurse-led survivorship model of care
Dr Karen Taylor, WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network and University of Notre Dame Australia
Grand Ballroom 2
Grand Ballroom 1
Chair: Narelda Jacobs
Tarun Weeramanthri
Facilitator: Dr Robina Redknap
Alison McMillan
Prof James Buchan
Narelda Jacobs
Tarun Weeramanthri
Terri Barrett

Poster Presentations




Organisation The Lighthouse Hospital Project at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital  Moorditj Koort (Good Heart) Mrs Veronica Keys, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Organisation Optimising burn care in correctional facilities: A collaborative approach Mrs Sharon Rowe, Fiona Stanley Hospital
Patients Results of a nurse-led survivorship model of care with lymphoma cancer survivors Dr Karen Taylor, WA Cancer and Palliative Care
Network and University of Notre Dame Australia
Patients Consumers’ perceptions of nurses using recovery-focused care to reduce aggression in all acute mental health including forensic mental health services: A qualitative study Mr Eric Lim, Curtin University
Patients Case series: Thinking outside the square. Low frequency ultrasound debridement in non-healing burn wounds Mrs Sharon Rowe, Fiona Stanley Hospital
Patients Will patients who are returning to work after having a myocardial infarction benefit from attending a nurse led education clinic  Mrs Julie Prout, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Patients Empowering patients by unlocking the gate Dr Susan Alexander, Edith Cowan University,  Ms Rona Pillay, Western Sydney University,
and Ms Bronwyn Smith, Western Sydney University
Patients The journey towards delivering an LGBTI inclusive service: Becoming the first public health service in Western Australia to receive the Rainbow Tick of Accreditation Mrs Jill Spears, Royal Perth Bentley Group
Patients Red Green Day Ms Cheree Schneider, Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group
Staff Leadership: Pioneering Possibility & Enabling Potential   Dr Tracey Coventry, Joondalup Health Campus
Staff Simulation’s impact on patient safety knowledge and confidence in preregistration nursing students in a graduate entry masters degree: A longitudinal study Dr Janie A Brown, Curtin University
Staff Establishing a Palliative Care nursing service at Fremantle Hospital – Nurses leading the way Mr John Robinson, Fremantle Hospital and Mrs Nora Lane,
Fremantle Hospital


Empowering professionalism and celebrating the future in nursing and midwifery.

Empowering professionalism is a significant element of the Nursing Now Campaign 2018-2021 and part of the National Nursing (including Midwifery) 2030 strategy.
  • What do we mean by celebrating the future in our two professions?
  • How can we engage in raising the profile of the professions?
  • How can we promote the health and well-being of nurses and midwives?
  • What more can we do to impact the patient experience and outcomes?
These are all questions we are keen to explore at the Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference 2019.

When considering these questions in the context of celebrating the future in nursing and midwifery, we are looking to examine :

  • Equity of care and access to care
  • Providing care through a cultural lens
  • Building resilience and the health and well-being of the nursing and midwifery workforce
  • Proactive and visionary succession planning
  • Nursing and midwifery research and how this impacts on our professional lives and those of our patients
  • How to care for the carers, are we doing this any better
  • Workforce flexibility, agility, diversity and difference
  • Sustainability in health care
  • Digital health systems and informatics initiatives

Master of Ceremonies

MC – Narelda Jacobs

Narelda is the presenter of Perth’s Channel Ten News at Five. Narelda has been a journalist at Network Ten for 17 years and was appointed presenter of the station’s nightly hour long 5pm news service 8 years ago, at which time she became the first indigenous female news anchor for a commercial network in Australia.

Narelda graduated from the WA Academy of Performing Arts and began her career at GWN (Golden West Network) in Bunbury. She joined Ten News in 2000, eventually becoming their court reporter, and also filling in as weather presenter during summer months. In 2008, after the sudden death of news anchor Charmaine Dragun, Network Ten announced that production of their Perth news bulletin would return to Perth from Sydney, and they selected Narelda as news anchor.

Narelda has never had any qualms about what she wanted to do in life. “I wanted to be a reporter ever since I was in primary school. Although there were no indigenous role models in the media for me to look up to, my parents watched a lot of current affairs programs that that was probably a big influence.”.

Keynote Speakers

Tarun Weeramanthri

Tarun Weeramanthri is an independent consultant in public health, an adjunct professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia, and joint specialty chief editor of Frontiers in Public Health Policy.

He is a specialist in both internal medicine and public health, and was Chief Health Officer in Western Australia (WA) from 2008 to 2018, and in the Northern Territory (NT) from 2004 to 2007.

He has particular interests in policy and regulation, disaster preparedness, chronic diseases, Aboriginal health and the application of new technologies to public health.

In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney Sax Medal by the Public Health Association of Australia, for his contribution to public health in Australia.

He is currently conducting an Inquiry into the Impact of Climate Change on Health in WA, on behalf of the WA Government.

Alison McMillan

Alison McMillan was appointed the Commonwealth Government Department of Health’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in November 2019.

A Registered Nurse, Alison holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Master of Business Administration and in 2009 received a National Emergency Medal in recognition of service following the Victorian Bushfires.
As the Commonwealth Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Alison delivers high-level policy advice to the Minister for Health, the Executive and staff within the Department of Health and represents the Department at national and international levels.

Alison’s experience spans more than 30 years across the Victorian and English public health systems. She is an experienced manager having held senior executive roles in government and health services including as Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer in Victoria where she made a major contribution to the work to improve the recognition of, and response to, clinical deterioration as the Chair of the Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care’s Steering Committee on the deteriorating patient for 5 years.

Alison’s commitment and contributions to advancing community health outcomes includes her activities abroad as Deputy Team Leader, Australian Foreign Medical Team in Banda Aceh, Indonesia in 2005 following the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Nurse and Midwifery Team Leader for the Australian Medical Assistance Team deployment to Vanuatu following cyclone Pam in 2015 and advisor to the Ministry for Health Fiji on behalf of the Australian Government following Cyclone Winston in 2016.

Karen Cook

Karen has been a registered nurse for over 35 years and is currently Senior Nursing and Midwifery Adviser in the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at the Australian Government Department of Health where she is responsible for providing strategic advice on nursing matters and representing the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer at key forums.

Her current projects include development of the National Nursing Strategy and providing secretariat for the National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network. In recent times she managed the project to develop the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services and was a key adviser for Australia’s Future Health Workforce Report – Midwives.

She is also deputy chair of the Department of Health Disability and Carers Network, a group of Health staff who are interested in progressing issues for people with a disability and people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged.

In her spare time Karen is a marriage celebrant and event MC.

Terri Barrett

Terri Barrett is currently the national President of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM). She has been a nurse and midwife for more than 30 years, working in both the public and private sector across metropolitan and rural Western Australia. She is currently a Co-Director with Child and Adolescent Health Service.

Having completed hospital based training Terri graduated as a midwife in 1982. Over the next 20 years she worked as a clinical midwife and education facilitator before moving into management roles. Terri has also worked in senior safety and quality roles and is passionate about ensuring governance systems enable clinicians to provide patient centred, high quality care.

Terri has completed university studies at Masters level and has been an active member of the Australian College of Midwives both locally and nationally.

Terri has undertaken a number of senior positions which have given her an in depth understanding of the professional issues and challenges facing nurses and midwives in all practice settings. She has sat on several national committees over the past ten years and led a number of state-wide initiatives over this time.

As President of the ACM, she is passionate about advancing the profession and believes that midwives are best placed to make a difference in terms of women’s experiences and outcomes. Enhancing the recognition, value and visibility of midwives is one of the key strategic priorities of the Australian College of Midwives and remains an ongoing challenge.

Professor James Buchan PhD, DPM

Professor Buchan is an Adjunct Professor, at the WHO Collaborating Centre, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia; a Professor at Queen Margaret University, Scotland; Professor Catedrático Convidado, IHMT, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal (WHO Collaborating Centre); and a Policy Associate at the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems.

He has thirty years experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in international and national level strategy, policy and planning, health workers pay, incentives and reward strategy and labour market analysis.

Recent organisations for whom he has worked include EU, OECD, WHO (Europe, Western Pacific, and HQ) , ILO and the World Bank.

His background includes periods as a senior HR manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; HRH specialist at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland; and most recently as a specialist adviser to Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency.

He was lead editor on the recently published book on health professional mobility in the EU, published by the WHO European Observatory in 2014. In 2013 he was a special adviser to the Health Committee of the UK Parliament.

His other current commitments include being Associate Editor of the peer review journal “Human Resources for Health”

Andrea Rieusset

Andrea completed a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Notre Dame Broome campus (2004) graduating with the “Patricia Kailis award for Highest Academic Achievement” and the “Royal College of Nursing  Excellence Award”. Andrea’s passion lies in the area of Emergency, Critical Care and Trauma management. She went on to attain the Certificate of Clinical Nursing Emergency stream at (Curtin University , 2011) earning the CENA “Nurse Excellence Award” and Post Graduate Diploma  and Masters of Nursing Nurse Practitioner Emergency (Charles Darwin University, 2017).

Andrea currently works at Fitzroy Crossing Hospital as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department. In addition, Andrea is the clinical lead for the coordination of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Kimberley response to family and domestic violence (FDV) presentations. Andrea has a deep seated commitment to improving outcomes for women affected by FDV and has made a significant contribution to service improvement, and potentially clinical outcomes, for women and children experiencing FDV in Kimberley communities. Andrea’s work provides vital, context- specific information for clinicians  working in FDV in WA’s rural and remote communities.

Andrea has always been a passionate advocate for the role of nurses in the care of patients. She sets a high standard of excellence for herself and encourages this in her colleagues as well, and thrives on supporting the nursing workforce to provide excellent care, every time.

Andrea achieved the 2019 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award in Aboriginal Health and WA Nurse of the Year Award  for her work in the FDV space.

Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract of your scientific research for an oral or poster presentation at the NMLC 2019 in Perth. All submitted abstracts are to align with the conference theme of “Empowering professionalism and celebrating the future in nursing and midwifery”.

Presentation Themes

The abstract will need to meet one of the following conference program streams:

– Leadership Patients: Empowering professionalism and celebrating the future
Consider innovative leadership approaches that enhance the patient experience and outcomes.
Abstracts for this stream must demonstrate leadership initiatives that are patient focussed.

– Leadership Staff: Empowering professionalism and celebrating the future
Consider innovative leadership approaches that outline caring for staff.
Abstracts for this stream must demonstrate leadership initiatives that are staff focussed.

– Leadership Organisation: Empowering professionalism and celebrating the future
Consider innovative leadership that outlines empowering professionalism and embracing the future in caring organisations.
Abstracts for this stream must demonstrate leadership initiatives that are organisation focussed.

Online abstract submission via the Abstract Submission Portal closed on Friday, 26th April 2019.

Submit an Abstract

Once an abstract has been submitted, it can be viewed (read only) via the NMLC 2019 Abstracts Submission Portal. Amendments will need to be notified to the NMLC 2019 Program Manager at program@nmlconference.com.au.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please ensure you have downloaded and read through the following documents prior to the submission of your abstract.

Download the guidelines and template provided to ensure your abstract is formatted correctly and follow the instructions carefully. The headings are an indication of the expected format and the maximum word count of abstract text is 300 words. Abstract submissions will only be accepted in Word format. Tables, graphs, images and reference need NOT be included in the abstract. The list of authors and affiliations does not count towards the abstract word count. Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms only. Uncommon terms, the abbreviations should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word The template lists the font details for the abstract as well as the abstract title.

No hardcopy, faxed or emailed submissions will be accepted

Important Notes

– Abstracts must contain original work and should include a detailed overview of the proposed presentation.
– The presenting author must submit the abstract.
– Abstracts are to be free of typographical and grammatical errors. Tables, graphs, images and reference need not be included in the abstract.
– Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be returned to the author and must be resubmitted immediately in the correct format to be considered for inclusion in the program.
– It is the responsibility of the presenting author(s) to ensure that the abstract is submitted correctly and received by the Conference Committee. The Conference Committee will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received.

Terms and Conditions

By submitting an abstract for presentation, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

– It is a condition of acceptance that all presenters, including co-presenters, must be registered delegates and have paid the conference registration fee.
– Accepted abstracts will be published in the electronic program handbook and conference app.
– Accepted poster presentations will be required to submit a PDF copy of the poster prior to the conference for display on the electronic board at the conference. This will be in addition to the printed poster presentation to be displayed at the conference.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts: Friday, 26th April 2019
Authors advised of submission result:
Late May 2019
Speaker registration and AV requirements deadline:
Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Require Assistance?

Please contact the NMLC 2019 Program Manager via the details below.

NMLC 2019 Program Manager

c/o International Conferences & Events (ICE) Australia Pty Ltd
T: +61 2 9368 1200
E: program@nmlconference.com.au

Networking Function

Networking Function

Date: Thursday 28 November 2019
Time: 4.30-6.30pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Venue: Crown Perth
Cost: $100 (inclusive with all full registrations)

Do not miss out on this opportunity to build new relationships, visit with old friends and enjoy the company of your colleagues and peers in a relaxed and informal setting. The Networking Function will be a perfect opportunity to catch-up with other attendees, while enjoying drinks and canapés in a relaxed setting.

Registrations are now open!

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