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Afternoon Workshop - 12 md to 4.30pm will be held at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Dinner Seminar - 5.30 to 9pm will be held at the Mercure Hotel, Birtinya

Topics include

  • Afternoon Workshop: HIE and passive cooling, Seizures and Sarnat Scoring + more
  • Dinner Seminar: details to come - 3 speakers include Dr Charles Kilburn, CN Sue Morgan and NNP Sarah Gnanaseharam.

Registration will open by the end of April.  

May 6-8, 2024
11th Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference
Aalborg, Denmark
'Supporting Closeness, Building Relations'
Call for abstracts now open. 
Registration opens 1 October. 

NNP SIG hosted annual workshop.
Recharge and Reconnect Workshop
Time: 8am- 5pm
Venue: Noahs on the beach , 29 Zaara St , Newcastle East
Open to all neonatal nurses (not only to Endorsed and Candidate NNPs)

Wednesday 24 March 2024
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Robertson Research Institute, Ground Floor, Norwich Centre, 55 King William Rd, North Adelaide
Topic: Neonatal Respiratory Conditions
Presenters: Liz Allen (Neonatologist) & Guest Parent Speake
Cost: $20, ACNN members; $40 non-members. Includes canapes and bubbles
Registration: essential. Closes Monday 22 April at 12 md. 
Inquires to: Miriam Long,

Date: Tuesday 13 June
Time: 6.30 - 7 pm AEST
Title: “When a Horse isn’t a Horse- it’s a Zebra”
Presenter: Greg Woodhead, Neonatal Consultant & Metabolic Fellow, RCH, Melbourne

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2023 7.00-8.00pm (AEST)
Presentation title: Creating high performing teams – why culture eats strategy for breakfast.
Presenter: Chris Hastie Manager, Health and Wellbeing, PwC
As part of PwC’s Health and Wellbeing Consulting team, Chris has over 13 years of experience across the Health and Government sectors. Chris is a trained Nuclear Medicine Scientist, as well as a Certified Health Executive and Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), with significant experience in the delivery of healthcare services, including developing culture and high performing teams. His strengths in all areas of health service delivery, including clinical and corporate governance, health and facility planning, project management and process redesign, data management and analysis allows Chris to understand both process and performance. Chris is also a certified Gallup-Strengths Coach and Schwartz Facilitator, enabling him to support culture and strengthen and improve individuals and teams. His experience across the federal, state and local levels of healthcare has provided solid grounding and a system-wide understanding.

Date: Monday 8 May 2023
Time: 6.30 pm start (Sydney time) 
Topic: Improvement in thermoregulation outcomes following the implementation of a thermoregulation bundle.
Presenter: Hannah Skelton.
Hannah Skelton is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for NICU at Westmead Hospital and a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University. She has always been passionate about paediatric and neonatal nursing, and commenced employment as a neonatal nurse in 2014. Her interest is ensuring that evidence based practice is implemented in neonatal care, and to increase the engagement between staff and parents, to improve neonatal outcomes. 

Topic: “The RBWH Humidity Trial: results of a randomised controlled trial”.
Presenter: Gill Noreiks, Principal Researcher & Clinical Nurse, Grantley Stable Nursery Unit (GSNU), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH). Gill has more than 30 years’ experience in neonatal nursing. Gill is in the Senior Leadership Group at GSNU as well as in the Research Group. Gill is also part of the NeoRSEQ (Neonatal Retrieval South East Queensland) which covers from Rockhampton to Northern NSW.

The Nutrition and Feeding SIG are hosting their first Education Presentation for the year next Thursday 23rd March commencing at 8 pm. 

Speech pathologist Jane Pettigrew from The Children’s Hospital, Westmead is presenting - How we can Support Feeding and Communication Development in Neonatal Settings.

Free for members; $20 for non-members. REGISTER HERE  to receive Zoom link. Zoom link sent 2 days up to 2 hours prior to the event commencement time. If not received, please email or contact us via FaceBook Messenger. 

Topic: Using quality improvement to improve perinatal infant mental health and more
Presenter: Amy Keir, Consultant Neonatologist, Women's and Children's Hospital, University of Adelaide, South Australian Institute of Health and Medical Research (SAHMRI), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship.
Date: Thursday 12 May
Time: 7.30 - 8.30 pm AEST
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members
Registration: Please register to receive zoom logon details. 

Date: Tuesday 29 March
Time: 7 pm start (NSW time); 6.30 pm (SA); 6 pm (Qld)
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members
Registration: please register to receive the logon details. 
Solid organ transplantation provides life-saving treatment for infants and children with liver and cardiac failure and is the best treatment for end-stage renal disease. While infants form only a very small minority on the active transplant waiting list, they are at a significantly higher risk of mortality, with 31% of infants on the cardiac transplant waiting list dying before receiving a transplant. Furthermore, infants have the highest mortality of all patients on the liver transplant waiting list. The principal reason for this excess mortality is a lack of suitable infant donors. Given that over a third of all paediatric deaths occur in the neonatal period, expanding organ donation in the neonatal population would address this imbalance as well as improving the supply of organs for older children on the transplant waiting list. Speaker details and registration information will be sent as soon as finalised

Australian College of Nursing Affiliate

Bronze Affiliate Benefits
- exclusive affiliate membership rate for all members
- 5% discount on all ACN CPD courses
- 10% discount on ACN endorsement services
- 1 x National Nursing Forum registration

Monthly “Experiencing Research” presentations via ZOOM - The aim of this initiative is to  facilitate increased awareness of current research, and provide an avenue for neonatal nurses to contribute to neonatal research and clinical practice change.
Next presentation: Thursday 22nd July @ 7pm AEST
“This is how we roll: a retrospective audit of positioning practices of extremely premature infants in the first 72 hours of life. - Hannah Skelton

ACNN strongly supports the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners call to respond to the MBS taskforce report and recommendations. ACNN supports and endorses the 14 recommendations the Nurse Practitioner Reference Group put forward aimed at improving patient access to quality affordable health care. Unfortunately all the recommendations were rejected by the taskforce. A concern was 'implementation of the NPRG recommendations might strengthen NP workforce expansion and capacity, and that “every nurse will become a nurse practitioner”'. ACNN, as a member of the Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations (CoNNMO) is supporting the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners in a response to the Health Minister in relation to the final Taskforse report.  
Anndrea Flint
President ACNN

Presenter: Prof Denise Harrison       

TITLE: Neonatal Pain Research: Improving pain management during painful procedures 

DATE: October 22nd 7pm AEST