Susan Alberti
Opening Speaker

Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.

Susan developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.  Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease.  It was at that point Susan’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission.  This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly.

Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009.  In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes research.  Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007.  This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type1 diabetes care and research. On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor.

Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, Retired Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical  Research Foundation, Director of the Western Health Foundation, Retired Chair of the DANII Foundation, Chair of the Victoria University Foundation, Retired Vice President of the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, Director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation, Retired President of the VFL Footscray Bulldogs, Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group, Director of the National Australia Day Council, Susan is also (Alma Mater) Patron of Siena College Camberwell and Governor of the Siena Philanthropic Society in addition to holding the many honorary philanthropic positions.  Susan was featured on ABC Australia Story ‘A League of Their Own’ aired on 29 August, 2016 and also on Network Seven’s Sunday Night Program in 2017. Susan is also Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria) for a term of two years. Susan is also the Heathcote Dementia Village fundraising campaign ambassador.

Susan also received the “Person of Sporting Influence 2017” Award during the prestigious Australian Women’s Health 2017 Women in Sports Awards evening. On October 31, 2017, Richard Goyder AO launched Susan’s biography, ‘The Footy Lady’ and on  November 18, 2017 Susan was crowned 2017 Melburnian of the Year. During the 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards held on December 12, Susan was presented with the Leadership Award for her vision and influence in driving the launch of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition.

Professor Jos Latour
Keynote Speaker

Jos Latour is a Professor in Clinical Nursing at University of Plymouth and Professor in Pediatric Nursing at Hunan Children’s Hospital, Changsha, China. Jos is also a visiting Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has been a nurse for over 30 years. His clinical post is based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton where he is the director of the Clinical Schools. The aims of the Clinical Schools are to build research capacity and to develop a research culture in clinical settings. The research programme of Prof Latour is defined as ‘Enhance Clinical Practice and Care across the Lifespan’ with the main streams of patient and family empowerment, patient and family witnessed resuscitation, end-of-life care, paediatric sepsis, and clinical care improvement.

Professor Latour is a team builder resulting in recent achievements such as three NIHR clinical doctoral research fellowships for his PhD students and the NIHR/HEE Master in Clinical Research programme. Further funding has been obtained resulting in 12 PhD students at University of Plymouth and a further three PhD students at other universities. Jos is an associate-editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and international editorial board member of several other international peer-reviewed journals.  Internationally, Jos is active in a number of international societies and he has been honoured with several awards such as the Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (2015), Fellow of the European federation Critical Care Nursing associations (2008); the ESPNIC Life Time Achievement Award (2009) and three Presidential Citation Awards of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (2006, 2010, 2014).

Professor Kerry Reid Searl
Keynote Speaker

Dr Kerry Reid –Searl (PhD, RN, RM, MClin Ed, MRCNA, FCN) is a Professor and Director of Simulation in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQUniversity. Kerry holds an adjunct Professor position at Monash University. She has been involved in undergraduate nursing education for the past 27 years. Kerry has extensive teaching experience and is the creator of Mask Ed and Pup Ed simulation. These modalities of simulation are used world-wide. Kerry has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Some of these include two CQUniversity Vice Chancellors Teaching Awards, two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations for her outstanding contribution to student learning, was named Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society- Nurse Teacher of the Year and was awarded and Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. Kerry also received the Simulation Australia Achievement Award. Kerry is well published in international journals for her work around medication safety and simulation.  She has been the principal author, as well co author, of several nursing texts books. Kerry is well versed in research. She supervises higher degree students and is the recipient of numerous research grant playing both chief and co- investigator roles.

Georgie Carroll
Dinner Speaker

Born and raised in Manchester, England; now a proud Australian. Georgie Carroll is a Comedian, Nurse, Wife and mother.

This combination of Nationalities, home life and hospital has provided a 24/7 training ground that has nurtured Georgie’s naturally funny bones. Her bluntness and charm coupled with a razor-sharp wit, give her a broad-spectrum appeal that can be put into any room, with any line-up, and shine.

Georgie took out ‘Most prolific writer’, ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Comedian of the Year’ in the Adelaide Comedy Awards. Her debut festival hour ‘Nurse Case Scenario’, was nominated for ‘Best Emerging Comedy’ at Adelaide Fringe and ‘Best Comedy’ at Perth Fringe World. Her follow-up show ‘Gauze and Affect’ is undoubtedly Georgie’s strongest hour to date. Collectively the shows have sold out Internationally, with ‘Gauze and Affect’ breaking record attendance numbers for her venue at Gluttony (Adelaide Fringe 2017)

Georgie has been blowing the roof off the Australian Comedy club circuit since 2012, fine tuning her talent to become the world class comic, MC and writer she now is.

With 18 years of Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing under her belt, Georgie continues to Nurse when not on tour. This, along with her exceptional comedic talent has cemented her as the go-to entertainment for Medical and Nursing Corporates, Conventions and Awards Ceremonies.

*Disclaimer* Georgie did not write this. She is bloody good but you don’t want to brag about yourself too much.

Skye Coote
Clinical Update Speaker

Clinical Update: The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit providing pre-hospital stroke care

Skye is a Nurse Practitioner and the Nursing Coordinator of the Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing, holds a Master’s degree in nursing, and has completed 2 International stroke nursing courses, she is also the first Board Certified Advanced Neurovascular Practitioner in Australia. Skye is the co-chair of the Acute Stroke Nurses Education Network (ASNEN), an organisation dedicated to improving the delivery of evidence-based stroke care, education and networking opportunities for Australian stroke nurses. Her passion is improving hyperacute stroke care, stroke research and stroke education

Dr Shaun Greene
Clinical Update Speaker

Clinical Update: Street Drugs

Shaun is a clinical toxicologist and emergency medicine physician based at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently medical director of the Victorian Poisons Information Centre. Shaun undertook his clinical toxicology training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in central London, where he developed a keen professional interest in recreational drugs.

Don Garlick
Clinical Update Speaker

Clinical Update: Can a fridge magnet bleed? – adventures in mass casualty incident/novel health based exercises

Don Garlick is the Manager: Emergency Management for Ballarat Health Services. In this role Don is responsible for the planning, training, response and recovery arrangements for BHS; a large regional, multi-campus service with over 4000 employees and over 500 patient/residential beds. Don is part of the Victorian state-wide health based emergency management exercise and training faculty, represents CENA on the FEMO program, and is involved in local, regional and state-wide emergency management committees.
Don holds a Masters in Emergency Management (Distinction), Advanced Diplomas of Public Safety & Business Management, Graduate Diploma of Critical Care and Cert IV’s in Fire Technology, Training & Assessment, Work Health & Safety, Frontline Management and a Cert II in Firefighting Operations.
He continues to work part time as an ANUM at the Ballarat Base Hospital Emergency Department.
In his spare time, he is a 30-year veteran CFA volunteer firefighter in a busy urban brigade and because he was a bit bored, recently joined the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corp as a Reserve Nursing Officer.

Professor David Tuxen
Clinical Update Speaker

Clinical Update: Thunderstorn Asthma

Prof David Tuxen started at Melbourne University ages ago, in the year of the 1st man on the moon, and trained in respiratory medicine and intensive care.
After 35 years full time in ICU and becoming the oldest consultant there, he semi-retired this year. His colleagues believe he trained during the Jurassic period

He was director of Intensive Care at the Alfred hospital for 23 years but 12 years ago he stepped down to be a part time Senior Intensivist and started work ¼ time in Albury ICU.

He is now ¼ time the at the Alfred & with his little free time has just been appointed interim Director of Intensive Care at Albury Base Hospital.

In the past he was President of the Intensive Care Society & Chairman of the Intensive Care Foundation. He has received the ANZICS Medal, given the ANZICS Oration and been placed on the ANZICS Honour roll.
He started and co-runs the Alfred Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Conferences and the Mechanical Ventilation Waveform Workshops.

His greatest enjoyments are mechanical ventilation research, ventilator waveforms and enjoying life not necessarily in that order.