SA Plaster Workshop

A plaster workshop was held in Adelaide on June the 19th and 20th with assistance from the Smith and Nephew team and some ED Nurse Practitioners. We had 20 attendees. Both days were informative, fun and interactive with most of the time spent applying plasters to each other!

Thank you!!!

Special mention must be made of the ED Nurse Practitioners Katie, Mary, Mark, Iain and Kerry who volunteered their time to teach.

Emergency SA Conference (EMSA)

Emergency SA Conference (EMSA)

On July 1st and 2nd 2016 the 9th EMSA conference was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference was part hosted by CENA, along with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and Paramedics Australasia. Approximately 194 delegates attended the conference, which was the most successful one yet. The conference saw networking and collaboration between three main professional groups; nursing, paramedics and medicine across a two day program that included concurrent sessions, posters, workshops, panel discussions, welcome drinks and a gala dinner. A highlight of the conference and crowd favourite was a keynote presentation by Dr Tony Fernando on the ‘Study of Happiness’. It was also wonderful to see CENA members attending the conference, presenting their work and involved in the organising committee. The next EMSA is shaping up to be bigger and better so for more information about the conference and to keep an eye out for future EMSA conferences visit the EMSA website:


Maternity Matters – Birth, Babies & Blood


On Friday 9th September 2016 CENA SA held a local education event. It was hosted at the ‘Adelaide Health Simulation and Skills Centre’ at the University of Adelaide. John, Rachel, Judy, Jenny, Adam and Michael were our six member expert faculty, and they facilitated four practical experiences;

  • normal vaginal delivery
  • care of the healthy newborn
  • care of the ‘flat’ newborn
  • postpartum haemorrhage

We had twenty three keen and enthusiastic attendees who immersed themselves in the simulation event.

Thanks to all the people that attended.  It was fun!


Tour of RFDS Adelaide Base

Tour of RFDS Adelaide Base





This event will include a general tour of the new RFDS Adelaide base. This new state of the art facility officially opened in October 2016, so you can be amongst the first clinicians to visit. Come along to gain an understanding of your patient’s pre-hospital experience.

The Adelaide Base and its team of pilots and flight nurses provide 24-hour emergency aeromedical transport serving all regions of South Australia. Adelaide Base is also home to RFDS’s engineering team which conducts heavy maintenance for the aircraft fleet situated across SA.

Please note: This is a working base and your viewing experience on the night will depend on operational activities at that time

Congratulations to Jasmine Zantvoort –  Recipient of the 2016 SA CENA Scholarship

Congratulations to Jasmine Zantvoort – Recipient of the 2016 SA CENA Scholarship



ICEN Report from Jasmine Zantvoort

The 14th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) was held from the 19th – 21st of October at the Alice Springs convention centre in the Northern Territory.

The theme of the conference was ‘Emergency Care: Expanding the Horizon’ and this correlated perfectly with the launch of the new Northern Territory CENA branch. It was also the first time ICEN has been held in, not only, the Northern Territory but also a rural location.

The aim of the conference was to explore the innovation, adaptation and perseverance of delivering emergency care in challenging environments.

There was a total of 202 conference delegates (not including sponsors or exhibitors) that attended not only from Australia but from other countries including China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Vietnam. 

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It was a well organized conference that integrated social media by offering and encouraging the use of media platforms including an ICEN delegate app for use on media devices. The app allowed you to plan your conference and pre-workshop schedule, take notes, give feedback on presentations, connect with other delegates, upload photos, provided maps on the convention centre, displayed sponsor & exhibitor information and games to win prizes and much more. The conference also provided attendees with easy options to book extra social events at their fingertips through it’s webpage including things such as hot air ballooning, a special dinner experience at the earth sanctuary, camel rides and more.

There was a broad selection of optional pre-workshops to attend on the 19th of October which varied amongst the sub themes of the conference including ‘access & delivery of emergency care in Australia, rural & remote areas’, ‘innovative models of emergency care delivery’ and ‘Patient focused care delivery in vulnerable population groups’.

The two main days of the conference held on the 20th and 21st of October were jam packed full of inspiring professionals who clearly were some of the most elite professionals in our field. These included nurses with many years of practice in an emergency care setting who have watched and are identifying the need for the role of the emergency nurse and department to evolve and adapt to our changing requirements – to those more junior upcoming nurses whose passion for improving care has inspired them to undertake pivotal research that has significant groundwork identifying issues that need change in our current roles and/or workplaces.

One of the standout presenters was Christopher Cliffe, a highly experienced nurse from the NT, who spoke about his personal experiences providing care in the rural setting, which sung true with the ICEN theme. He spoke about over coming challenges that included not only cultural but significant access and resource issues in highly critical and complex patient care cases. He also spoke about the significant and somewhat limited availability of co-ordination required for transferring of patients in and out of rural settings and how to adapt to provide adequate patient care when in situations where patients did not meet evacuation protocols. He was so inspiring in his dedication to providing emergency and primary care not only in rural settings but his humanitarian efforts in some international disasters he had taken part in. He also presented and highlighted the statistical information about the significant discrepancies amongst the rural/remote and indigenous population with regards to their life expectancies and mortality risk related to various sustained injuries and general health problems compared to the suburban population within Australia. He highlighted the ongoing need for further assessment and subsequent interventions to address these inadequacies.

The conference ended on a highly enjoyable social note with all ICEN participants taken via private coaches to the Quarry at Alice Springs for a gourmet buffet BBQ dinner. The night was themed appropriately ‘hats & boots’. There was even a showdown for whoever had the best hat and boots! This was followed on by presentation of conference awards including the CENA nurse of the year Sharon Gregoor and the CENA emergency department of the year The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital. The remainder of the night was then spent feasting on all the yummy food and drinks and everyone socialized merrily around bonfires or danced the night away to the live band ‘old rockers’ as the sun set amongst the dry red iconic Alice Springs outback.

Are you thinking of attending a CENA conference or presenting?? 2017 is the year for you!

The closing finale of ICEN 2016 announced the 2017 conference would be held in Sydney with a Dr Seuss theme; “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.

The venue is the Sydney Masonic center and it looks like it will be an amazing experience for all delegates and presenters new or old!

Jasmine Zantvoort

Clinical Nurse

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Response to the death of Remote Area Registered Nurse Gayle Woodford – the need for safer workplaces no matter the location

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia is saddened by the news of Registered Nurse Gayle Woodford’s death. The College sends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Gayle.

The death of Gayle Woodford has highlighted the need for improved security and protection of all nurses.

Mr Shane Lenson, Executive Director for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia says, “violence towards nurses is not isolated to any one speciality or setting. In Australian Emergency Departments, physical and verbal abuse is a daily occurrence. Nurses dedicate their professional lives to caring for people who are injured and unwell. All nurses should be able to assist those requiring health care without the fear of violence and abuse.”

“Nurses who work alone are at increased risk of violence, and must be protected. Duress alarms and working in pairs have been shown to reduce violence in healthcare.”

A petition ( has over 70,000 signatures calling for an abolishment of single nurse posts in Australia and requesting a mandate for two responders to attend all after hours call outs in rural and remote communities. The College adds its support to the petition.

One Australian nursing blog, (@TheNursePath), written by emergency nurse Ian Miller has encouraged “ALL nurses to pay tribute to Gayle Woodford and support our Remote Area Nurses by wearing a simple bandage on their upper arm.” This is to occur on the Tuesday 29th of March.

Social media has erupted (#‎GaylesLaw) from Australian nurses who are saddened by the loss of Gayle. Additionally, many nurses are sharing on social media their stories of being vulnerable to violence and abuse in their workplaces.

Health service managers in rural, remote and metropolitan areas must engage in a review of their strategies to keep nurses safe as a matter of urgency.


Further information:

Mr Jamie Ranse, Associate Executive Director, CENA

Nurse Staffing Standards for South Australia Emergency Care Settings

Nurse Staffing Standards for South Australia Emergency Care Settings

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia has released a statement to its national membership outlining the required nursing staffing standards for South Australian Emergency Care Settings, both rural and metropolitan.

This statement is in response to the concerns from the South Australian Branch of the College relating to the proposed changes to the healthcare system through the Government of South Australia’s Transforming Health initiative.

Ms Karen Hammad, President for the South Australian College of Emergency Nursing Australasia says the changes “will have a significant impact on Emergency Departments within the state. his may subsequently lead to increased waiting times.”

Ms Hammad says “There are increased workload pressures on nurses working in SA EDs. This is complicated by the state government’s proposed changes to healthcare.”

Mr Shane Lenson, Executive Director for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia says “Australian EDs are facing an increase in patient attendances, during 2013-2014 over 19,700 patients per day nationally. It is widely agreed that patient presentations to the ED will continue to increase”.

According to a study by Professor Christine Duffield, a Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management, EDs are experiencing a more complex patient case load, increasingly presentations of patients with multiple comorbidities, and have increasing presentations of patients with rates of chronic disease and acuity and are we now have a more culturally diverse patient population.

Ms Karen Hammad, President for the South Australian College of Emergency Nursing Australasia says “There are numerous system wide issues particularly relating to in-patient capacity which impact directly on the ability to move admitted in-patients in the ED to in-patient treatment areas. This results in access block and an inability to treat patients in a timely manner when they present to the emergency department. This in turn has a direct impact on the South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS) who is often required to ramp patients as EDs are unable to accommodate patients in an appropriate clinical space within the ED”.

SA has 16 designated EDs, 13 in the public sector and three in the private sector. These departments vary greatly with regards to size, patient profiles, number of attendances and staffing making it difficult to develop a one size fits all approach to nurse staffing. Additionally nurses are working in a variety of emergency care settings across the state.

The College is calling on the Government of South Australia to consider a model which takes into account the unique nature of emergency nursing work while acknowledging variation across all emergency care settings in SA.

Mr Lenson states that “it is essential for EDs to have adequate nursing roles to support the timely and efficient assessment and management of emergency patients. EDs should consider roles such as clinical support roles, adequately trained team leaders, mental health nurses. These roles should be supported by other nursing roles such as: nursing directors, trauma nurse coordinators, patient flow coordinators, nurse managers, clinical service coordinators, nurse educators, research nurses, equipment nurses, discharge nurses, and disaster nurses”.

A full position statement can be located HERE

Click HERE to listen to Karen being interviewed on ABC radio

Further information:

Mr Jamie Ranse, Associate Executive Director, CENA,


Release date:

8th March 2016

Hospital Security Action Plan

Emergency departments have the highest incidence of violence in healthcare, and up to 90% of emergency department staff have experienced some form of violence in the careers.1, 2 However, surveys have demonstrated that up to 70% of incidences of violence go largely unreported.3, 4 In Australia, emergency nurses have the highest risk of being victims of violence, second only to security staff.1 All staff, patients and visitors have the right to an environment that is safe from acts of violence. The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia welcomes the commitment by the Minister for Health to improve security in all NSW emergency departments.

Roundtable Delivers Hospital Security Action Plan

Action Plan arising from Security Roundtable

Wayne Varndell | National Board Director | NSW State President


  1. Kennedy, M., Violence in emergency departments: under-reported, unconstrained, and unconscionable. The Medical Journal of Australia, 2005. 183(7): p. 362-365.
  2. Australasia College for Emergency Medicine. Policy on violence in emergency departments. 2011 [cited 2015; Available from:
  3. Hogarth, K.M., Beattie, J., and Morphet, J., Nurses’ attitudes towards the reporting of violence in the emergency department. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2015. In print. Link:
  4. Lau, J.B.C., Magarey, J., and McCutcheon, H., Violence in the emergency department: A literature review. Australian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2004. 7(2): p. 27-37. Link:

Release of the Australian and New Zealand Resuscitation Councils Resuscitation Guidelines

The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia is pleased to support the newly released guidelines from the Australian and New Zealand Resuscitation Councils, collectively known as ANZCOR. Mr Shane Lenson, Executive Director of CENA said “Emergency nurses, alongwith our colleagues in paramedicine, emergency medicine, intensive care nursing and intensive medicine, are a vital and highly skilled link in the chain of survival.”

“Emergency nurses are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for victims of cardiac arrest and their families by ensuring timely and evidence based care both during and after cardiac arrest.”  Mr Lenson also called for the public to take a greater role in resuscitation, stating “We know every second matters in cardiac arrest and it is essential that everyone knows what to do when someone collapses. CENA strongly supports public training in CPR and Basic Life Support and any attempt at resuscitation is better than no attempt”

Further information:

Mr Shane Lenson, Executive Director, CENA, (03) 6231 2722

Release date:

13th January 2016

Download CENA ANZCOR Media Release