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Agenda

Day One - Tuesday, 18 June 2024

8:50

Chairperson’s Opening Address

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Adj. Prof Vanessa Owen, Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, Northern Adelaide LHN

National Picture

9:00

Keynote: What sort of goals should we be setting to ensure a strong and sustainable nursing workforce for the future? 

  • Outlining the intended outcomes of any future nursing workforce strategies 

  • Reporting on progress and looking towards the next steps to from both a policy and provider perspective

9:30

Exploring how PHC nurses being critical ‘thinkers and positive disrupter’ at a national level can enrich workforce satisfaction

  • Charting the benefits that improving the primary care sector will have on reducing hospital strain

  • Empowering all nurses to enact critical thinking and positively reshape their role

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Karen Booth, President, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

10:10

Morning Tea

10:40

Panel: Painting a picture from across the jurisdictions on the strategies addressing workforce challenges

  • Discussing convergence and divergence of initiatives and challenges 

  • Highlighting efforts to alleviate shortages in rural and remote areas

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Adjunct Professor Shelley Nowlan, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Queensland Health, Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner – Nursing and Midwifery, Department of Health and Aged Care 

Adj Assoc Prof Jennifer Hurley,
Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, SA Health 

Recruitment

11:20

Case study: Knowing your organisational culture to support retention, community and ultimately facilitate connection

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  • Promoting wellbeing, combating burnout and fostering resilience to support your nurses 

  • Tying the work undertaken with deeper mission goals to drive macro meaning

Dr Elisabeth Black, CEO and Director of Nursing, Brown Nurses

11:50

Panel: Setting and meeting expectations for the modern workforce to continue delivering exemplary service

  • Accounting for generational, cultural and other differences

  • Setting the parameters and expectations for the reality of 24/7 services

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Wendy Howard, Nursing Manager – Clinical Support Services, Sutherland Hospital

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Kassandra Packwood, District Deputy Director Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Excellence and Digital Health, Southern NSW LHD

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Roisin Murphy, Nursing & Midwifery Workforce Capacity & Capability, South Eastern Sydney LHD Nursing & Midwifery Practice & Workforce Unit

12:30

Networking Lunch

Culture

1:30

Systems thinking – a toolkit to support organisational complexity 

  • Addressing workplace culture and retention systemically 

  • Decision-making for professional and organisational development 

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Miriam Spano, Complexity Translator/ PhD, Monash Sustainable Development Institute   

2:00

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtable 1: Seamlessly onboarding more efficiently into your organisation

Roundtable 2: Nurturing professional development through individually tailored plans

 

Roundtable 3: Supporting employee wellbeing to cater to the demands of modern working environments

Roundtable 4: Discussing the role of technology in enhancing workforce capability

3:10

Afternoon Tea

3:40

Drawing upon organisational identity and reputation to empower recruitment

  • Using your organisational brand to be seen as an employer of choice in an employee's market

  • Channeling what retains your workers into what can also attract others

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Kassandra Packwood, District Deputy Director Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Excellence and Digital Health, Southern NSW LHD

Scope of Practice

4:10

Panel: Charting what expanding the power of nursing practitioners might do for retention

  • Presenting why this is being considered

  • Addressing the implications it might have for recruitment, retention and professional development

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Sarah Stewart, Senior Director, ACT Health

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Patrice Murray, Assistant of Nursing, Nurse Advisor, ACT Health

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Rochelle Firth, Nurse Practitioner- Neurosurgery, Royal North Shore Hospital, Associate Fellow, UTS

5:00

Chairperson’s Closing Address

5:10

Networking Drinks

Day 2

Day Two - Wednesday, 19 June 2024

9:00

Chairperson’s Opening Address

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Adj. Prof Vanessa Owen, Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, Northern Adelaide LHN

Growing your own and Person-Centred Care

9:10

Developing the workforce where possible in your local area to grow your own

  • Drawing upon your catchment and complementing this with a workforce from afar

  • Connecting and having positive experiences with your community to inspire involvement in the sector

  • Adopting a model of person centred care for both patients and nurses

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Professor Brendan McCormack, Head of School & Dean, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Sydney

9:40

Panel: Perspectives on workforce development from metro to regional and remote areas – is going international the answer?

  • Overcoming the challenges different settings present in recruitment and retention

  • Conversing about the effectiveness of initiatives conducive to retention

  • Unpacking what successful international recruitment looks like

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Rachel Gale, National Manager Nursing and Midwifery Workforce, Ramsay Health

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Colleen Vandy, Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Gosford and Woy Woy Hospitals

Roisin Murphy, Nursing & Midwifery Workforce Capacity & Capability, South Eastern Sydney LHD Nursing & Midwifery Practice & Workforce Unit 

Dr. Mpilwenhle Mthunzi, Director of Clinical Operations, Monash Health 

Rochelle Griffin, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery, Yorke and Northern Local Health Network, SA Health 

10:30

Morning Tea

11:00

Promoting the benefits of person-centred care delivery for your organisation

  • Exploring how the improvement in clinical outcomes can help the development of your workforce

  • Charting the positive effective collaboration has on retention and development

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Professor Patricia Davidson, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Wollongong

Flexibility

11:30

Rabbit in the headlights: Navigating the transition from clinical work to management. Have we got it right?

  • Transitioning from expert clinician to a competent manager in nursing

  • Embracing education and training programs, mentoring relationships, peer support networks, and the availability of leadership resources to foster a new breed of nursing leaders

  • Prioritising a culture of valuing nursing leadership development

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Dr Mpilwenhle Mthunzi, Director of Clinical Operations, Monash Health

12:00

Networking Lunch

1:00

Unpacking the key workforce learnings from the movement into a new facility

  • Sharing the surprising workforce insights gained from the transition

  • Addressing workforce anxieties and managing the change effectively

  • Maximising the ‘one off’ opportunities presented by a new physical environment 

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Rachel Bowes, Director of Clinical Services, St John of God Richmond Hospital

Workforce Development

1:30

Utilising robust data to strengthen forward planning

  • Effectively predicting and planning the workforce requirements for upcoming periods

  • Navigating through challenging periods whilst adhering to regulatory requirements

2:00

Afternoon Tea

2:30

Transforming care cultures – practical strategies for enhancing patient safety

  • Leveraging the power of nursing practice and reconnecting nurses with their ‘why’

  • Using evidence and quality improvement methodology to transform the culture of care

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Professor Jenny Sim, Head of School (NSW), Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University

3:00

Treading the dual edged sword of technology – gains and pains

  • Navigating what technological innovations can be incorporated to drive effectiveness and efficiencies for the workforce

  • Addressing the role of social media in promotion of the fraternity and ensuring professionalism from staff

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Dr Jen Bichel-Findlay, Chair, Nursing Midwifery in Digital Health

3:30

Chairperson’s Closing Address & End of Summit

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Adj. Prof Vanessa Owen, Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery, Northern Adelaide LHN

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