Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson

Paul Hudson is the Project Officer, Between the Flags at the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), which aim to improve the recognition and management of deteriorating patients across the NSW Public Health System.  Prior to joining the CEC Paul spent over 10 years working as a registered nurse  in a variety of roles including Emergency Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse Education and Nurse Manager. These roles provided the experience in policy and clinical practice guideline development, education, project manager, research and quality improvement.   Paul has completed his master in Emergency Nursing and has authored the articles on advanced nursing practice and early recognition and management of deteriorating patients.


Brooke Parsons

“Brooke is just beginning her  nursing profession with just over three years experience, two in her special interest Emergency.

Currently Brooke works full time at Wollongong Hospital and is simultaneously studying Masters in Emergency Nursing.

Brooke moved from a rural NSW to Wollongong six years ago. She loves the beach & has a keen interest in fitness & travel.

Ian Miller

Ian Miller has worked in an Emergency Department in Canberra for the last 34 years.
He has practiced in a diverse range of positions including  a clinical development nurse, a clinical nurse consultant, and an eHealth project manager. But of all the roles he has undertaken he is most proud of being a bedside clinical nurse.

Ian began writing online back around 2000 with a website called He now writes a blog over at as well as:

Curating online content he hopes might be of professional interest to others.

Strategically tracking inter-hospital pillow movements….

and mostly,  being deeply inspired by other nurses across his social media feeds.
Ian lives with his partner Kelly and their dog Juno.

Anna O’Hare

I began my career in an inner city hospital, at the Royal Liverpool, UK were I progressed to Senior Sister/Clinical Manager completing my BSc (Hons) in Specialist Practice: Emergency Care.  I have dedicated my career to A&E and ‘I am passionate about providing excellent Emergency Care to the Illawarra Community’.

Mum of Quadruplets, Wife, Emergency Nurse Manger with 17 years of Emergency Nursing experience in the UK and Australia. A Kids Sports Cheerleader, fitness addict, beach bum and lonely planet global explorer!’

My family and I emigrated to Australia in 2013 for a change in life style. I took a role at Wollongong Hospital Emergency Department of which I am now the Nurse Manager. My vision is to manage and lead the ED team to continue to raise standards and improve our patients’ experience.

Emma Bosker

Emma Bosker is a mother of 7 children and speaks from the perspective of parent of a child using the emergency services.

She has a background in Occupational Therapy and Family Psychotherapy. She has worked in various mental health settings as an Occupational Therapist and furthered her skills as a therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy.

This led her into working with children, adolescents and families in the Public Health, Private and Charity Sectors.

She is currently a full time mother bringing up her children and is looking forward to reigniting her career once her youngest is at school.

She will talk you through the story of the accident, and subsequent care received, sharing the experiences of her son’s  journey to recovery.

Professor Johan Duflou

Duflou_300Professor Duflou is a senior forensic pathologist practicing from Sydney with extensive expertise in all aspects of forensic medicine and pathology, including injury assessment, mechanisms of injury, and their effects on the human body, both in living persons and in the deceased. As a specialist pathologist he also has in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms and effects of disease on the body. He has presented expert evidence in multiple jurisdictions in all States and Territories in Australia, and has also given expert evidence in many international jurisdictions.

Professor Duflou has specialist medical qualifications from South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

He has been providing a part-time consultancy service since 1991, and has expanded this to full-time practice since 2015. Prior to this, he was Clinical Director at the Department of Forensic Medicine in Sydney. He is also a Clinical Professor at the Sydney Medical School of the University of Sydney, and a Conjoint Associate Professor at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) of the University of NSW.

Professor Duflou has published widely in the peer-reviewed medical literature, with over 100 publications on diverse topics including injury mechanisms and documentation, forensic toxicology and a variety of natural diseases. In addition, he has been the recipient of over $3.5 million in competitive research funding. He also lectures frequently at universities in NSW, and is a regular invited speaker at national and international medical, scientific and legal conferences.

Professor Duflou provides well-regarded investigations and expert reports at the request of all parties in criminal and civil trials, inquests and other courts and tribunals. He provides a timely and professional service at the request of legal counsel, professional organisations, and directly to tribunals. He also has an extensive network of senior medical practitioners and other experts who can provide additional specialist assistance as required.

Wayne Varndell

Wayne_Varndell_300Wayne Varndell is Clinical Nurse Consultant at Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department, and NSW Branch President for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia.  Wayne has held various educational and advanced practice roles in emergency nursing, and is an active academic within the field of emergency care and nursing.  His research interests include quality of care and illness experiences of individuals presenting to ED, the role of extended and advanced nursing practice and models of care, and pain and sedation management of critically ill intubated patient in ED.  He has received over $900,000 in research and project funding, and in 2014, was awarded Australasian Emergency Nurse of the Year.

Peter Anthony

Peter_Anthony_300Peter Anthony is Associate Director of Executive Education at Australian Catholic University. In his role he helps health professional acquire the necessary clinical and non-clinical skills to achieve patient outcomes. He has a Masters in Communication and has run workshops on influence and positive coaching in 12 countries over 16 years. His book ‘Influence People’ describes a six step approach to having a collaborative conversation that leaves both people better off. Peter has developed a specialty in helping nurses achieve patient outcomes by using practical approaches from the positive psychology toolkit.

In Peter’s plenary session – What’s so positive about positive psychology for emergency nurses? – He will highlight the latest learnings from positive psychology for emergency nurses with a focus on how to deal with stress and influence patients.

Professor Sandy Middleton

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Sandy Middleton is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University.  Professor Middleton has obtained 71 grants totalling over $22M.  She is the lead investigator on the NHMRC-funded T3 Trial: Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in the emergency departments.  Professor Middleton also led the landmark NHMRC-funded QASC cluster trial demonstrating decreased death and dependency following implementation of protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing post-stroke, winning multiple international awards.  Subsequently, she successfully translated this intervention into all 36 NSW stroke units, winning the 2014 NSW Premier’s Public Sector Award for Improving Performance and Accountability, and the 2014 NSW Health Nursing and Midwifery Excellence in Innovation Research – the highest NSW accolade for a nurse researcher.  Professor Middleton is a Ministerial appointment to the NHMRC Research Committee and has published in multiple international peer review journals including Lancet, Stroke, Implementation Science, and International Journal of Stroke.

Presentation title: Triage, treatment and transfer for stroke in the ED: Final results from the T3 Trial