VIC President's Message

“CENA is a national body representing emergency nurses. However, many of the activities of the College occur within States and Territories. The Victorian Branch Committee of Management meets every two months throughout the year to manage the business of the Victorian Branch, which includes planning education events, completing work delegated by the National Board such as position statements and representing Victorian emergency nurses locally and nationally.

The Committee would welcome contributions from members, either by joining the Committee, contributing to events (education or social) or providing feedback and ideas for developing and improving the service provided by CENA locally or nationally.”

Julia Morphet | President VIC Branch

VIC Branch Committee

Name Position
Julia Morphet President (expires Oct 2018), Board Director
Di Crellin Vice President (expires Oct 2017)
Sarah Cornish Secretary (expires Oct 2018)
Lisa Cox Treasurer (expires Oct 2018)
Rachel Cross Committee member (expires Oct 2017)
Kelly Decker Committee member (expires Oct 2018)
Susan Harding Committee member (expires Oct 2018)
Kelli Innes Committee member (expires Oct 2017)
Tasmin Jones Committee member (expires Oct 2018)
Jo Morey Committee Member (expires Oct 2017); Board Director
Allyson Odgers Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)
Jo Porter Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)
Kate Sandry Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)
John Thompson Committee Member (expires Oct 2018)


Australian Resuscitation Council (Victorian Branch) – Sarah Taylor

Emergency Clinical Care Network 
Jo Morey & Julia Morphet

Field Emergency Medical Officer (FEMO) Program – Don Garlick

Emergency Access Reference Committee – Lisa Cox

You’re Invited
Suturing Workshop – Friday 24 November

The one-day workshop starts with a session on the principles of wound assessment and wound closure. The majority of the workshop is spent in a practical session whereby attendees practice a number of sutures including simple interrupted and mattress sutures under the guidance of an experienced Nurse Practitioner.

All suturing equipment required for the workshop is provided.  Please note that pork belly is used during the practical session.

The course will be held at Monash Rural Health Mildura, 231 – 237 Thirteenth Street, Mildura West 3500

Friday 24th November 9.30am – 4.00pm

Cost $160 CENA Members | $210 Non-members

Registrations Close Friday 17th November


Elaine Killeen Scholarship for Professional Development

The Elaine Killeen Scholarship is funded by CENA Vic for CENA Vic members in recognition of the contribution Elaine made toward emergency nursing education in Victoria. Elaine was an active member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia as a long standing member of the Branch Committee. She facilitated the CENA education program for Victoria for several years, and was part of the conference organising committee for the International Conference for Emergency Nurses in 2007. Elaine was an enthusiastic emergency nurse who encouraged others to aspire to the standards of practice that she had achieved.

Eligible applicants will need to demonstrate their own contribution(s) to emergency nursing. Funds can be used to attend CENA events, including conferences, the Trauma Nursing Program or local CENA study days.


Julia Morphet (VIC Branch President) presenting 2016 Recipient – Kelly Decker – with her award

Trauma Victoria Education Project

The project is funded by the DHHS and managed by Adult Retrieval Victoria and is focused on providing a sustainable trauma focused education for all clinical staff (Doctors, Nurses and Paramedics) involved in the management of major trauma victims.

The Trauma Victoria website incorporates the following:

  • Core guideline documents which include clinical and trauma system guidelines to support awareness of the key aspects of early trauma care and the trauma system.
  • Trauma Literature Warehouse through the Joanna Briggs Institute.
  • Online learning modules to support the principle guideline areas, with certification on completion.
  • Information about upcoming conferences and courses for trauma management.

Themed, case based moderated tutorials are currently under development and are to be scheduled fortnightly at predetermined times via video conferencing. The content of these tutorials will allow the clinician to contextualise the guidelines through practical case application.

The website is continual review with frequently updated news items and staged additions planned.



Education and Other Events

The Victorian Branch aims to offer members regular education and networking opportunities by hosting a range of events across the State. These programs will focus on skill development (eg: plastering workshops), evidence based updates and themed programs (such as: burns, ventilation, paediatrics etc). The education team also run annual forums for ED nurse managers and educators to provide them with professional development opportunities.

Social activities are also a good way for emergency nurses to celebrate the work that they do and the Victorian Branch regularly consider ways that Victorian emergency nurses can enjoy themselves. This has included barbeques, organised dinners and trivia nights. We will continue to focus on ways in which we can host social events for our members.

Previous Events

  • Suturing Workshop | Jul 2015
  • Paediatric Emergency Seminar | Dec 2015


Secretary Approval Cardiac Arrest 13 July 2015

Approval under regulation 5(3) Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006

I am writing to inform you that the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Secretary for Registered Nurses and Midwives has signed an Approval for Cardiac Arrest, which has changed the scope of practice for Registered Nurses and Midwives in relation to administration of adrenaline and amiodarone in the setting of cardiac arrest. Please review the Secretary Approval Cardiac Arrest Document, and the Frequently Asked Questions Document.

Our sincere thanks to Professor Julie Considine who contributed to the open consultation process for this change to practice on behalf of CENA and the ARC, and to those other Victorian CENA members who contributed to the consultation process. This is a great outcome for Victorian emergency nurses.

The approval can be found on the Drugs and Poisons Regulation in Victoria website at: