Pre-Conference Workshop

Wednesday 8 September

“Professional responses to personal crises”  workshop

8.30 am to 1.15 pm

This skills-based workshop focuses on preparing participants to undertake a conversation with someone experiencing emotional crisis or suicidality. We will foster attitudes underpinning help offering, help seeking and help acceptance within a workplace, in addition to identifying characteristics of those who may need support and connection with mental health professionals. Further, using demonstration, group activities and role play, we consolidate participants preparedness to engage in sensitive conversations, enhancing their likelihood to take an active role in suicide prevention conversations in the future.

Facilitated by Carmen Betterridge, Director and Principal Psychologist, Suicide Risk Assessment Australia.

Carmen is Director and Principal Psychologist with Suicide Risk Assessment Australia, delivering training, supervision and consultation services specific to suicide prevention and workplace psychological health and safety. Carmen co-chairs the Suicide and Workplace Special Interest Group with the International Association of Suicide Prevention and has contributed to systems-based suicide prevention initiatives within NSW Health via the Zero Suicide Australasia Institute. She is Lecturer and Senior Researcher with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University, in addition to co-facilitating training of the Systematic Tailored Assessment for Responding to Suicidality (STARS) Protocol.

Cost: $25 for Members; $50 non-members (includes morning tea). 

Breakfast Sessions

Thursday 9 September, 7.00 - 8.15 am.


Registration for the concurrent breakfast sessions is open via the conference registration site or can be added at a later date (numbers strictly limited). Session prices between $10 to $28.

Breakfast session 1: "Let's talk skin & skin injuries"

Hosted by the Neonatal Skin Special Interest Group.
An interactive workshop covering:

  • skin assessment vs risk assessment,
  • coding of skin injuries & the National Standards,
  • understanding adhesive base layers and best removal practices.  

Breakfast session 2: "Climbing the ladder to publication: learning from out peers"

Hosted by the Research Special Interest Group.
During this breakfast session a panel of novice and experienced writers will talk about their lived experiences of writing their first journal article to publishing a chapter in a book.

This will be an interactive session to talk about how to start climbing the ladder to publication, and the facilitators and barriers that can be encountered. Together we will share experiences and explore strategies to make the process of publication enjoyable and achievable.

We encourage everyone interested in sharing their experience, clinical interest, QA or research project results, or anyone who is working towards publishing to join our breakfast session. 

Breakfast session 3: Connecting Australian health professionals with colleagues in low- and middle-income countries to share paediatric expertise and improve health outcomes for infants, children and young people.

Hosted by the Low Resource Countries Special Interest Group
Presenter Dr Kathryn Currow, Managing Director, Taking Paediatrics Abroad.
Taking Paediatrics Abroad connects Australian paediatric subspecialists with paediatric colleagues in low- and middle- income countries to improve health outcomes for infants, children and young people especially those with complex medical problems. Initial plans commenced with face-to-face volunteering with ongoing contact then arranged to enable further consultations following these visits. COVID-19 has been the catalyst for the commencement of the Taking Paediatrics Abroad telehealth project in May 2020. Already more than 120 telehealth sessions have been undertaken in five countries covering all paediatric subspecialties, including the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Cambodia and Bangladesh. Colleagues from Kiribati and Vietnam are now poised to participate. Paediatricians, dietitians and Nurse-led sessions are included. Using telehealth has enabled a broader reach to empower colleagues in multiple centres in each country. New knowledge can be readily disseminated to other colleagues further augmenting the impact of this project. Outcomes have exceeded all expectations. New knowledge has led to lives being saved and enhancements in the health and wellbeing of children and young people. For example, the life of a baby born with a rare endocrine disorder was saved due to the intervention of local clinicians following guidance provided in a telehealth session from an Australian Paediatric Endocrinologist. That baby is now thriving. Clinicians in each country, including Australia, have found this to be a mutually enriching experience. Additional projects to enhance health systems are emerging with potential to further improve health outcomes for children and young people.

Friday 10  September, 7.00 - 8.00 am.

Sponsored by GE
Presenter: Dr Jennifer Dawson
Topic: "Lets get to the heart of the matter in the delivery room".

For all enquires please contact the conference committee via email conference@acnn.org.au