Below we list events that may be of interest to our members:


  • Friday, August 10, 2018 at 02:30 PM through September 19, 2018

    Nurse Manager Master Class - 8 hours online

    Starts 10 Aug 14:30 - 15:30 with weekly webinars for 8 week
    CPD Points:

    Unlock your nursing leadership potential with this course by tapping into your vision & aligning that with the organisation's vision to deliver great nursing outcomes you feel truly proud of. In 8 separate webinars, we unpack the core components of the NUM role, from effecting change to understanding accounting. We look at the traits of the transformational leader & develop that into your nurse manager leadership style. Nurse Manager HQ's resident CPA expert, with 25 years experience in health, clears the fog of accounting jargon to build skills & confidence in analysing and interpreting financial reports. We invest in emotional intelligence, building resilience & understanding motivation theories to enable you to build strong, dynamic & integrated teams delivering excellent patient outcomes. We meet as a group weekly for an hour to collaborate on the material & discuss how best implement it into your units. 

    This course transitions you into an empowered & confident nursing manager

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 09:00 AM

    ACN History Conference


    Monday 27 August 2018


    Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Queensland


    ACN Member: $100.00
    Non-Member: $180.00

    The program for the 3rd History Conference will present research on historical and personal perspectives related to nursing and its broader contexts. It will explore the complexities and differences of the past that have shaped the nursing profession. It will appeal to a broad audience including nurses and other health professionals, historians, ACN members and non-members, clinicians and academics.


    To register for the 3rd History Conference, please click here.


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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 09:00 AM through August 24, 2018
    Mercure Hotel Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia

    Enrolled Nurses - Acute Care Conference


    Have you observed changes in the level of acuity of the patients in your care? Are you looking to build your confidence and learn more about how to care for people with more complex clinical conditions? If you feel under pressure to continually extend your scope of practice and broaden your nursing knowledge of acute care topics, then attend this conference to keep up-to-date. Topics include:

    • How to recognise the early signs of deterioration following surgery
    • Orthopaedic emergencies explained
    • Performing a mental status examination on a person with acute psychosis
    • Avoiding medication-associated anaphylaxis
    • Managing metabolic emergencies
    • Understand acute asthma attacks and much, much more …

    Gain new knowledge and network with like-minded colleagues. Book now!

    The Goal

    Need for Program

    Rapid changes in health care, including technology, have resulted in a steep rise in the acuity of patients across all clinical settings. People who may have once been cared for in a high-dependency setting are now routinely cared for on general wards. As new knowledge emerges at frightening speeds and some previous practices are now seen to be outdated, being well-informed is an imperative for enrolled nurses who care for patients requiring acute care. There is a timely need for formal education that provides enrolled nurses with key clinical updates on a range of acute care topics.

    Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this program is to provide enrolled nurses with key clinical updates on a range of acute care topics so as to improve outcomes for patients with increasingly complex conditions.

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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 04:00 PM
    Mater Hospital in brisbane, Australia

    Wound Care - Stoma Care and Management

    Wound Care - Stoma Care and Management

    Hosted by Mater Health Services

    Wound assessment and management is critical to health professionals' repertoire of essential skills, as appropriate wounds care is imperative to good patient outcomes.

    Join us, as we build on key concepts of wound assessment, and explore current, evidence-based practice of stoma care and management, in a dynamic learning environment.

    CPD Points available - 4 hours Nursing only.

    For more information, including how to register, please click here.

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Calamvale Hotel in calamvale, Australia

    My Health Record in general practice (face-to-face workshop)

    My Health Record in general practice (face-to-face workshop)

    Hosted by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

    This education activity aims to increase understanding and awareness of the My Health Record and the move to an opt-out model in 2018. It will address likely concerns amongst GPs and general practice staff regarding the impact of the My Health Record expansion in their practice. How the electronic health record has changed over time, its current functionality, scenarios for use and safeguards to protect consumer health information will all be covered in this education. 

    Workshops are complimentary and light finger food will be provided. 

    Register at

    ​​​​​​Session summary

    Tuesday 28 August 2018
    7:00pm - 9:00pm


    Face to face


    All attendees welcome

    Target Audience
    GPs and practice team

    Relevance to General Practice

    By the close 2018, every person known to Medicare will be issued with a My Health Record (if they do not already have one), unless they actively choose to opt out. With 85% of Australians seeing a GP at least once each year, patients are likely to have questions for general practice staff about the use of My Health Record, the type of information it contains, and the opt-out process.

    Learning outcomes

    1. Describe the role of My Health Record
    2. Articulate the drivers for the implementation of a national eHealth system
    3. Identify scenarios in which a general practice’s use of My Health Record might assist in improving patient care coordination
    4. Understand the impact of My Health Record expansion on general practice workflow
    5. Make an informed decision regarding participation in My Health Record

    Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
    Fragmentation of care is minimised

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
    Quality and safety is enhanced through the effective use of information systems

    Curriculum Contextual Units


    Partnering organisations

    Australian Digital Health Agency

    Contact Information

    Phillipa Walter
    Phone: 03 8699 0391


    Register Here:

  • Friday, August 24, 2018 at 08:45 AM
    The Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital in Herston, Australia

    Lead Inspired Change - Brisbane

    Do you want to become more confident, inspire and build a resilient team, learn how to motivate and lead change within your organisation?

    Who should attend?
    This course will benefit registered nurses, graduate registered nurses, Nurse Unit Managers, team leaders and
    middle managers.

    Key learning outcomes
    This course will allow the registered nurse to:
    • Know who you are, where you are going and how you are going to take others with you
    • Apply the concepts and practice of Emotional Intelligence to divert emotional hijack, to gain clarity and find effective solutions
    • Find your voice and develop the power of persuasion and actions to get people onside
    • Create a cultural environment that is conducive to improving unity and partnership within the team
    • Establish gratitude, validation and appreciation as the foundation for effective and open communication


    Dot Yam
    Dot Yam Consultancy

    Leadership Specialist. Consultant. Coach. Counsellor. Trainer

    Dot Yam is an acknowledged leader in Healthcare education with a background in Nursing, Education, Management, Counselling and Coaching.

    Dot specialises in optimising personal and organisational performance in Australia and overseas.

    She is passionate about self-care and building resilience to prevent burnout in nurses and healthcare professionals.

    In her warm, practical, dynamic style, she informs, challenges and motivates people in the areas of leadership, getting people on side, positive communication, constructing winning teams, building customer relationships and affecting cultural change.

    Dot worked as a lecturer at the Faulty of Nursing, Sydney University, as well as a senior educator at the NSW College of Nursing (now the Australian College of Nursing)

    Tiffany Joy BaxterAMACN 
    Tiffany Joy Baxter Consultancy

    Leadership Specialist. Coach. Educator. Facilitator

    Tiffany has a background in health and complimentary medicine.

    After gaining experience as a manager in aged care community services, Tiffany followed her passion in preventative and complimentary health. It is with the combination of these two modalities that she shares with the audience her profound knowledge and techniques in empowering them to become the best version of themselves and live their idea of an extraordinary life.

    She also has a special interest in the area of anxiety prevention and supporting clients beyond chronic fatigue and adrenal burnout. 

    Those who attended her workshop as well as her coaching sessions find them motivating, encouraging and life-changing.

    Non-member $395
    Member $345

    Sign in or create an account to secure your place today.

    ACN members
    Please log in to your membership account using the My ACN drop down box on our website.  
    Non members
    If you have never enrolled into one of our online courses, you will need to “create a new account” following the prompts.  
    If you have previously enrolled, you can log on using your previous username and password.

    By registering for the short course you are agreeing to the registration Terms and Conditions.


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  • Friday, August 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    Brighton Health Campus in Brighton, Australia

    Healthy Ageing Expo

    Healthy Ageing Expo

    Hosted by Metro North Hospital and Health Service

    The Healthy Ageing Expo encourages our older population to live a full and active life, physically, mentally and socially.  The Expo is about connecting people with service providers, community organisations and Council services.  This event provides health screening opportunities and information on health, well-being and lifestyle.  Free community lunch will be provided in addition to walking groups, tai chi, entertainment, garden workshop and the official opening of the Brighton Health Campus Wellbeing Garden.  

    Everyone is welcome.


    Vision for Brighton
    Phone: 3631 7568

  • Monday, August 27, 2018 at 09:00 AM through August 28, 2018
    Twin Towns Services Club in Tweed Heads, Australia

    National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

    The National Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club on Thursday 27 – Friday 28 September 2018.

    This annual conference is going into its 5th year and will provide the opportunity to share current research, celebrate successes and address challenges whilst learning and networking with like-minded professionals in the prevention, treatment and care of people living with an Eating Disorder and/or Obesity.

    The intervention points of public health promotion, community based care and hospital care along with the management of patients through multidisciplinary teams will create a unique collaboration of health care professionals.


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  • Monday, August 27, 2018 at 09:00 AM through September 01, 2018
    Therapy Dogs Australia in Burpengary, Australia

    Therapy Dog & Handler Training - Community Team

    COMMUNITY Therapy dog training
    Human-Canine AAT Team Training (5 Days)

    This Therapy Dog & Handler training course is designed to equip you and your dog with the skills required to work together in an animal-assisted activities (visiting) setting.  This is the course that is suitable for people who are wishing to:

    --- Volunteer with their dog at a hospital or school

    --- Working in the health industry in an admin role

    --- Support worker role

    --- Health worker who is not registered with a regulatory body

    --- Clinicians who finds these course dates more convenient

    If you are unsure if you meet this criteria - please ask!


    This course has less clinical content than the clinical dog course, as such there is more time to focus on activities which are relevant and interesting to community workers and volunteers. 


    It is our primary goal that your dog and your client/s are both safe and enjoy their experiences together. Therefore, this 5-day course covers a wide range of topics from obedience, manners and canine body language to specific animal assisted activities training. 

    This course is for people who have their own dog and are looking to become involved in the field of AAT. While we do not require your dog to have had prior training, as we will teach you everything you need to know, you may want to have a look at our suggested course preparation here. 

    This course is designed to provide  you with a range of dog-training skills and techniques to assist you and your dog to meet the criteria for graduation as a human-canine therapy team. Throughout the 5-day course we do a range of assessments and if you and your dog meet the criteria, you will graduate at a specified level. Levels are explained here, the criteria for graduation can be discussed with you prior to enrolment in the course (on request). We encourage dog-handler teams to be working towards those criteria prior to commencement of the course, but it is not compulsory. Dogs and handlers who do not meet graduation criteria will have the opportunity to book an individual re-assessment at a time of their choosing (or at one of our Group Training days) your Therapy Dog bandana will be provided upon graduation, whenever that might be. Graduates will also receive a certificate, all certificates have an expiry date upon which time you and your dog will need to be assessed as a team again. This can be done at our Group Training Days, which are open to course graduates only. Graduation certificates may also contain information about the recommended work settings suitable for your team at the time of graduation. 

    Course cost is $1500, with early bird fee of $1300 for courses paid in full 6 weeks prior to course start date or courses paid in full upon registration (at any time).

    $1500*  for 5-Day course (lunch not included, however there is a kitchen on site with a fridge, microwave, coffee making facilities etc.). This price includes a Black Dog training halter and lead, which are provided on arrival. This fee also includes a Therapy Dog bandana for course graduates. Additional bandanas and therapy dog coats can also be purchased at the time of graduation.  
    Note: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your enrollment in the course. The balance is due no later than two weeks before the course start date. 
    *People who have already attended our 1-day AAT workshop will receive a $100 discount.

    *Credit Card payments can incur a surcharge

    This course takes place at Burpengary, which is approximately 25mins North of Brisbane, Queensland. Please email us if you require further information, the exact location will be emailed prior to the commencement of the course. The venue is close to the Burpengary Train Station. Please be aware there are other animals living on the training property, including horses, chickens & a cat - please advise at the time of booking your course if you have fears or allergies of any of these species. 
    Upcoming Training Dates  

    Monday 27th - Friday 31st August
    Summer School - 5 Day course split over 5 weeks, held on Fridays starting Oct 19th 2018


    Please complete this form to register, upon receipt of your form we will email you to confirm your place in the course. 
    There is a limit of 12 places per course, therefore a non-refundable $300 deposit is required to hold your place. 
    The full amount is required no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. 
    Cancellations with less than 30 days notice will not receive a refund. 

    In the event that you need to transfer to a different course date, a $150 admin fee will be applied. Deposits for the initial course date will be forfeited. As such, an additional deposit will be required to hold your place in the alternative date. Course transfers are not allowed within 30 days of course commencement date. 

    To register for this course, please download the registration form here.
    Complete and email back to us at 
    An invoice for payment will be emailed to you within 48hrs of receiving your registration form. 
    Non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your place in the course. 
    Remaining balance is required no later than 30 days prior to course start date. 
    There are no refunds for cancellations or transfers within 30 days of the course start date.

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 08:30 AM through September 01, 2018

    The National Nursing Forum 2018


    Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 August 2018


    Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2684 – 2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach QLD 4218 Australia


    The National Nursing Forum (NNF) is the Australian College of Nursing’s signature annual leadership and educational event bringing together nurses, students and other health professionals from around the country and across the globe. The NNF will take place from Tuesday 28 – Thursday 30 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The theme for the NNF is ‘Diversity and Difference’ which will be explored in the keynote plenary sessions and throughout the program.