Nursing and Midwifery Day Two: Thursday, 1 October 2020


10:30 am - 11:00 am Keynote Presentation: The Future of Midwifery in the Primary Health Environment

Luke Williamson - Chief Executive Officer, Australian College of Midwives
Australia is seeing a “back to the future” shift, as midwives leave the hospital environment to work more in the primary health environment. Some are working in publicly operated group practices and some are leaving health services to start their own private midwifery businesses to deliver more woman-centred and more personalised care. This is the a growing part of midwifery’s future, creating choice for midwives and for women and families too.

Learn about:
  • The trends in midwifery service provision and what it means for midwives, maternity services consumers, and public services operators
  • The regulatory model, and how to enter private practice
  • The fundamentals of entrepreneurship and running your own business

Luke Williamson

Chief Executive Officer
Australian College of Midwives

11:00 am - 11:30 am The Role Clinical Supervision Plays in Supporting Your Professional Development

Catherine Murray MACN - Clinical Director, National Home Nurse
Clinical supervision (CS) promotes reflective practice and professional development. Catherine will discuss the benefits of making it an integral part of your professional life.

Learn how to:
  • Build your resilience by increasing your selfknowledge and discovering that your own solutions will emerge
  • Improve patient care and staff retention by providing a space to reflect on behaviours and set goals for personal and professional development
  • Develop your confidence and creative problem solving abilities

Catherine Murray MACN

Clinical Director
National Home Nurse

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Solution Provider Session

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Supporting Nurses When They Are Their Most Vulnerable with the Occupational Violence Incident Response Kit

Joanna Griffiths - Manager, Queensland Health Occupational Violence Strategy Unit
Lita Olsson - Clinical Lead, Queensland Occupational Violence Strategy Unit
A provocative, personal tale of how a tragic Occupational Violence incident resulted in the inception, creation and deployment of the Occupational Violence Incident Response Kits across Queensland Health.

Learn how to:
  • Navigate the post incident space without winging it
  • Implement a 5-step process to provide meaningful support to staff and utilise the principles of psychological first aid
  • Make holistic, sustainable and meaningful change to support your nurses

Joanna Griffiths

Queensland Health Occupational Violence Strategy Unit


Lita Olsson

Clinical Lead
Queensland Occupational Violence Strategy Unit

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Overcoming the Stigma of Substance Use to Maintain High Quality Patient-Centred Care for People Who Use Alcohol and Other Drugs

Jennifer Holmes - Senior Program Manager Data and Informatics, NSW Ministry of Health
In the media, anything to do with drug use is negative. However, it is important to overcome stigma to ensure consistent quality of care for patients who use substances (alcohol and drugs). So how can we ensure that people with substance use issues aren’t neglected by the healthcare system?

Learn how to:
  • Drive better quality of care for patients with substance use issues through leadership and change management
  • Use data drawn from the electronic Medical record to shape a positive story/business case and shift preconceptions to ensure clinicians maintain high quality person-centred care to this vulnerable group
  • Help overcome the ingrained stigmatisation of this patient cohort and perpetrated by the media by building momentum and support to drive persistent incremental change from the bottom up

Jennifer Holmes

Senior Program Manager Data and Informatics
NSW Ministry of Health

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Exploring the Different Leadership Styles in Midwifery: Which One is Right for You?

Felicity Czarnecki - Project Director, Safer Baby and Better Births Collaborative, Safer Care Victoria
Midwives may feel there are limited leadership models to be inspired by. This is changing, however, as the increasing connectivity of teams, services and states presents midwives with more opportunities to diversify their careers and take on leadership positions. For Felicity, leadership is a collaborative team effort. But what leadership opportunities might appeal to you?

Felicity will share:
  • Her personal story transitioning from a midwife on the floor to where she is today
  • Different visions of what being a midwifery leader could look like
  • Different ways to imagine ourselves as leaders

Felicity Czarnecki

Project Director, Safer Baby and Better Births Collaborative
Safer Care Victoria

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Nursing Care Beyond Hospital Walls: How Sydney Adventist Hospital is Enhancing Wellness beyond the Organisation to Achieve Better Health Outcomes for the Community

Sydney Adventist Hospital aims to have meaningful community impact by extending its influence and wellness initiatives beyond the hospital walls. With nurses at the forefront of this initiative to enhance wellness within the community and organisation, learn how they are achieving this by:

  • Running community engagement activities, such as Run for Life, Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Christmas Carols at the hospital
  • Maintaining and enhancing brand preference as hospital of choice, increasing patient activity and demonstrating good corporate citizenship
  • Demonstrating good corporate citizenship and extending reach through external partnerships
Some of the basics of nursing & midwifery care hasn’t changed, despite the changing digital environment. It’s important to remember that the critical basics of personal care are of equal or more importance to patients as digitallyadvanced experiences.

This panel will discuss:
  • Why technology should be seen as an enabler to assist better personal care; not as a replacement
  • How technology needs to be in harmony with hands on nursing
  • Patient-centric strategies for wellness, including net-promoter scores through weekly patient surveys that reports on the metrics of satisfaction and promotes individualised care

Prachi Javalekar MACN

ENL, Evidence Generation & Dissemination
Agency for Clinical Innovation

Jennifer Holmes

Senior Program Manager Data and Informatics
NSW Ministry of Health


Alison Hutton FACN

Professor of Nursing
University of Newcastle

Kathleen Thorpe

Director Nursing & Midwifery
Wollongong Hospital


Lynne Stewart

Maternity Services Manager


Linda Sweet FACM

Chair in Midwifery - Western Health Partnership
Deakin University

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Top Tips for Building Confidence and Feeling Empowered in the Nursing and Midwifery Profession

Kathleen Thorpe - Director Nursing & Midwifery, Wollongong Hospital
Nurses often state that they do not feel empowered by management when decisions need to be made. So what can you do when you feel disempowered? Kathleen share her top tips for building confidence and feeling more empowered at work:

  • Define what success and happiness looks like: Knowing your passion and taking steps to embrace it, no matter how small the steps, will give you greater control and inner power
  • Let go of fear: Fear could be the single most critical barrier between you and a life of contentment
  • Embrace chaos: Comfort is the nemesis of progress. Disruption can be the sign of important changes about to present themselves and good things often come in unexpected ways

Kathleen Thorpe

Director Nursing & Midwifery
Wollongong Hospital

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Closing the Generational Knowledge in the Midwifery Workforce at an Individual Level

Lynne Stewart - Maternity Services Manager, Cabrini
The midwifery workforce is generationally diverse, which puts greater emphasis on the importance of mentorship and providing guidance to new graduates. To ensure effective and efficient collaboration among midwives, learn how to:

  • Acknowledge each other’s strengthens and weaknesses and find a way to balance and positively leverage the differences in skill sets
  • Overcome issues of time constraints and higher acuity that may impact the quality of mentorship
  • Ensure the continuity of basic nursing care in hospital training to support new midwives in their transition into the working environment

Lynne Stewart

Maternity Services Manager

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Creating a Culture for Self-Care to Retain Top Talent in the Nursing Workforce

Amanda Moses MACN - Academic & Lecturer, Charles Sturt University
Australia is facing a critical shortage of nurses, with a projected shortfall of approximately 85,000 nurses by 2025 and 123,000 nurses by 2030. Some nurses are experiencing a toxic culture at work, which affects the retention of nurses across the profession. Unless this is addressed promptly and appropriately, Australia will continue to lose top nursing talent.

Learn about:
  • Evidence that demonstrates the reality of the toxic culture and the subsequent impacts on nurses’ health and on nursing practice and profession
  • Steps nurses can take to address the negative culture, create change and promote a sense of belonging for all nurses
  • Self-care strategies the support the maintenance of wellbeing and overcome the impact of experiences in a toxic culture

Amanda Moses MACN

Academic & Lecturer
Charles Sturt University