The 22nd OHNNG national conference for 2018, in conjunction with the Australian Society of Head and Neck Surgeons annual surgical meeting will be held at the Crown Convention Centre at Burswood in Perth WA from Friday 9th March to Sunday 11th March.  It is my pleasure to invite OHNNG members and all nurses with an interest in ENT or Head and Neck nursing to join us in the beautiful city of Perth.
Our ongoing positive relationship with ASOHNS affords us the wonderful opportunity to run our national meeting simultaneously with our surgeons and enables our delegates to avail themselves of the ASOHNS program.  This opportunistic blend of surgical and nursing programs is unique to our group and is certainly highly valued by past conference participants.

Our program will benefit from the ASOHNS international invited and keynote speakers, and comprise of a host of nursing, allied staff and patient centred presentations focusing on the theme of “Brave New World”.

Although the program will be ‘tight’ we hope to include the popular hands on workshops and host a social gathering to blend networking and relaxation in the picturesque environment of the Swan River.

As our meetings travels around our country it allows us a great opportunity to meet with fellow nurses and clinicians that are involved with our unique specialty. As president of the group I would like to extend this invitation to participate and benefit from our 22nd meeting. I would like to encourage and welcome you to start planning to attend, what we hope to be an exciting and stimulating meeting.

Your contribution will ensure OHNNG’s objectives are met, and by attending all allocated sessions for this 3 day event you will accrue up to 23.5 hours towards your annual professional development for the year. It is our objective that you return to your work environments with extended knowledge, some work areas to develop or research, many new friends found and old friends reacquainted. Our previous meetings have resulted in overwhelmingly positive feedback – and I’m sure this one will too.  Might I suggest you start planning your leave, saving your pennies and finding your way to Perth in March 2018.

Cheryl Kelly

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Please download the program here.

The theme for our 2018 meeting is Brave New World, and as the conference convenor I will endeavour to offer a diverse mix of presentations by invited surgeons, including the international key note speakers, nurses (both experienced and novice presenters), and our allied health partners with a range of topics that will suit our varied audience.

As mentioned OHNNG delegates are permitted to attend presentations on the ASOHNS program.


The Crown Perth convention Centre is situated on the eastern bank of the Swan River just minutes from the CBD.  I invite you to visit for specific details about this venue.

OHNNG Social Program

As in the past six years our nurse’s dinner will be held in conjunction with the ASOHNS Gala dinner. The ASOHNS committee has also invited us to attend the welcome reception. Attendance to these functions is heavily subsidized for delegates by both OHNNG and ASOHNS. Attendance will be complimentary for the welcome reception and $60 for the Gala Dinner.

Please indicate your attendance to both social events when registering on the Trybooking site. Extra tickets to these functions are necessary and available from the ASOHNS site, at full cost.

Welcome Reception

Date: Friday 9 March 2018
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Crown Ballroom 2, Crown Perth Convention Centre
Cost: Included for full registration categories, bookings essential
Additional Tickets: $75.00 per person

Gala Dinner

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: Astral Ballroom, Crown Perth Convention Centre
Cost: $60 (subsidised by ASOHNS and OHNNG), bookings essential
Additional Tickets: $150.00 per person


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st December 2017. Early submission is encouraged. Authors will be advised in writing of acceptance or non-acceptance of abstracts by 31st December 2017. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Meeting Handbook. All Oral presentations accepted will receive complimentary registration for the day of the presentation. Scheduling of presentation remains the right of the committee.

To submit an abstract download form


The poster should include author and co-authors’ names, a short title, the name of the institution where the work was carried out, and the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions and Recommendations.

To submit a poster presentation download form

OHNNG Sponsors

I would like to thank all the sponsoring medical companies that have assisted in providing an affordable meeting for us all. It is with their ongoing assistance and support that meetings like this can be attended from all ORL Head & Neck nursing specialist across the country.


Corporate Blue Events Management has been appointed as the official Travel and Accommodation Manager for the ASOHNS ASM 2018.
Please log on to the official ASOHNS site to book your accommodation


All registrations will be done via the trybooking website. To register for the OHNNG Conference please visit

Registration Fees

Registration type Early bird
(closes 04/02/18)
(after 05/02/18)
On Day
Full member $450 $475 $500
Member single day (Fri /Sat) $180 – each day $205 – each day $260
Member half day Sun $100 $110 $150
Non-member full $520 $550 $670
Non-member single day $200 – each day $225 – each day $350
Non-member half day Sun $130 $150 $210
ASOHNS Welcome reception Comp. Comp. Comp.
ASOHNS/OHNNG Gala Dinner $60 $60 $N/A
OHNNG membership can be completed (or renewed) via the membership tab on this website

To register for the OHNNG Conference please visit:

Registration Desk

Opening Hours
Thursday 8th March 2018: 4-5.30pm
Friday 9th March 2018: 7am
Saturday 10th March: 8am
Sunday 11th March 8am: 8.15am

ASOHNS: registration desk will be located adjacent to the Grand Ballroom
Opening Hours: to be announced.
Thursday 8th March:
Friday & Saturday:

Internet Facilities

Wireless Internet will be available throughout the meeting. Details will be made available on site.


Parking is available on site at the Crown Conference Centre. There is a range of free, paid, undercover and open car parks at Crown, including over 3,000 free parking bays available across the resort.

Name Badges

Your name badge is essential for entry into scientific sessions. Please collect your meeting materials from the registration desk prior to entering the sessions.

Dress Code

Scientific Sessions: Smart casual
Gala Dinner: Lounge suit / cocktail dress

OHNNG Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend a substitute delegate is welcome. All cancellations or alterations to registration must be made in writing to the convenor and/or president. A full refund, less a cancellation fee of $50 will be made on cancellations received before Monday 19th Feb 2018
No refund will be made after 19th Feb 2018.
Cancellations & ‘no-shows’ that have paid will be charged the full registration fee.
All refunds will be paid on notification and after the conclusion of the Conference
All members must be current financial members to receive discounted rate.

Download documents

Abstract Submission
Nomination Form
Proxy Voting Form
Poster Abstract

Preconference Workshop

This workshop is hosted by ASOHNS and registration for this workshop should be done via the conference website

Indigenous Ear Health Workshop

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Botanical Two & Three, Crown Perth Convention Centre
Cost: ENT Surgeon – $350.00
Other (non ENT Surgeon) – $200.00
Convener: Jafri Kuthubutheen
Program available shortly.


Awarded during Annual National meeting

1.    Best Novice Presenter
2.    Geoff Sharp Best Presentation
3.    Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award

2008 Perth Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Holly Powell
Best Presentation: Caroline Stewart
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Paul Dean

2009 Gold Coast Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Gai Shylan
Best Presentation: Silvia O’Connor
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Shelly Straw

2010 Sydney Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Cheryl Kelly
Best Presentation: Paula Mcleod
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Susan Trapani & Brenda Roberts

2011 Melbourne Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Elisabeth Consedine
Best Presentation: Shelly Straw
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Melanie Withers & Leanne Campbell

2012 Adelaide Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Leanne Stapleton & Jackie Huestis
Best Presentation: Catherine Parker
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Emma Parsons

2013 Perth Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Sandra McKendry
Best Presentation: Silvia O’Connor
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Allana King

2014 Brisbane Recipients
Best Presentation: Jackie Huestis
Best Novice Presentation: Lisa Hellwege
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Theresa O’Leary

2015 Sydney Recipients
Best Presentation: Sue Trapani & Wendy Stout
Best Novice Presentation: Tooey Tran
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Pauline Kennedy

2016 Melbourne Recipients
Best Presentation: Cheryl Kelly
Best Novice Presentation: Amanda Wood
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Katrina Frase

2017 Adelaide Recipients
Geoff Sharpe Best Presentation Award : Tracey Nicholls
Best Novice Presentation: Megan Green
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Margge Moncrieff

2018 Perth Recipients
Best Novice Presenter:  Amanda Richardson
Geoff Sharp Best Presentation: Tracey Nicholls
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award:   Cathy Doidge & Gabe Jackson


Nomination forms or proxy forms must reach the secretary prior to the 16th February 2018. The Agenda will be printed in the next ELink newsletter and or emailed to members is also available here.


AGM Documents

Please peruse these documents if attending the AGM on Sunday 11th March.

Proposed changes to the constitution.
Financial statement:  2018 profit and loss summary.

Previous minutes


Past/future conferences

2007 Adelaide
2008 Perth
2009 Gold Coast
2010 Sydney
2011 Melbourne
2012 Adelaide
2013 Perth
2014 Brisbane
2015 Sydney
2016 Melbourne
2017 Adelaide
2018 Perth
2019 Brisbane

For further information

OHNNG President & Convenor: Program & Meeting
Cheryl Kelly
OHNNG Treasurer: Registrations
Pauline Kennedy

Or the ASOHNS website