Following a huge build up and much anticipation the 22nd national OHNNG conference is now over for another year. The two and a half days were filled with 30 speakers over 28 presentations, an AGM and two corporate workshops. Approximately half of the 101 attendees submitted conference evaluation forms and those responses have been collated and are available for your perusal on this page. The responses indicate that (for the respondents at least) the conference met their expectations and they felt they gained significantly from the program. The verbal feedback I have had mimics these responses. As a committee we attempted to provide a well-balanced program highlighting new and novel approaches to ENT and Head and Neck conditions. I welcome the negative responses as well as the positive and where possible will change our practice to accommodate some of those opinions.
From a management point of view, I felt the conference ran quite smoothly and have my own opinion of where things could be improved or at least enhanced. I thought the venue (despite the temperature issues) was comfortable and suited our purposed nicely.
One big issue is the subject of corporate workshops. It is a huge benefit to have corporate sponsorship but of course companies are not going to throw money at us for nothing. The opportunity to run a workshop to highlight their products and the effective and appropriate use of their product or equipment to a large group of nurses comes at a significant cost. Unfortunately, these workshops are not valued by conference delegates and the numbers attending these workshops are quite low. Corporate sponsors fail to see value for money with so few people in the room. If corporate sponsors fail to support our conferences in the future, there is no recourse other than to increase registration costs. This is an issue which will factor significantly in planning for the 2019 conference.
For those who were unable to attend the Perth conference there were some items on the AGM agenda discussed and decisions made which I will outline here.
Future planning for the 2019 conference has already begun. I value your thoughts on this topic if you wish to submit them. I expect the 2019 Brisbane event will be our biggest to date and although that is a wonderful concept it brings with it many logistical challenges. I relish these challenges and hope to bring you another event that benefits both our members, non-members and ultimately our patients.
If you attended the recent Perth conference – I thank you for coming. If you were unable to attend I suggest you start looking at the Brisbane dates March 22nd to 24th and set plans in place to join us. If you have a topic you wish to share and believe it would be of benefit to our members I would be delighted to discuss that with you.
In closing I would like to extend my thanks to the nurses in Perth who attended the conference in good numbers and remained attentive throughout. It was an excellent opportunity for you to receive specialty specific education and I am glad you invested your time and money to attend.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and personally and professionally rewarding year. I suggest you keep an eye on our website for the most recent events and content and I look forward to seeing many of you in Brisbane in March 2019.
Cheryl Kelly | OHNNG President | email@example.com | www.ohnng.com.au | 0416 142 839
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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