Festival of Nursing

The Festival of Nursing – it’s a national nursing conference, SUPERCHARGED!  

Location and date: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 27-29 July 2023

You’re invited to join hundreds of nurses from across the country at this one-of-a-kind nursing conference in Perth this July!

The Festival of Nursing 2023 features well-renowned speakers, interactive workshops, and engaging discussions that will provide valuable insights into the latest developments and changes in the nursing field. Our speakers will discuss topics such as patient-centred care, the use of technology in nursing, the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in healthcare and a vast range of clinical topics.

In addition to the thought-provoking sessions, there are ample opportunities to network and socialise with fellow nursing professionals from diverse backgrounds. You will also have access to a wide range of exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services in the healthcare industry.

Whether you are a nurse practitioner, registered nurse, enrolled nurse, or a nursing student, the Festival is designed to meet your professional needs. Come and join us for an unforgettable experience at the Festival of Nursing 2023!

Second release, 'early bird' tickets on sale NOW!

Want a group booking? Email apna2023@arinex.com.au

Festival outline

3 Days  |  10 Master classes  |  40 Sessions  | 44  Speed Presentations  |  26+ hours of CPD

Please see below the 'master classes' planned for day one of the Festival and an overall outline of day two and three. More detail on day two and three will be added in the coming weeks. 

Thursday 27 July, 2023

Learn more about the master classes

Spirometry: Get comprehensive training in the application, measurement, and interpretation of spirometry. Topics include the introduction to spirometry, indications and contraindications, performing spirometry theory, interactive practical sessions, spirometer devices and specifications, quality assurance, interpretation of results, case studies and discussion.

Skin cancer: Join an immersive half-day workshop tailored for nurses with an interest in skin cancer management. This workshop aims to empower nursing professionals with essential hands-on skills to manage skin cancer effectively in a small group setting. The program covers a comprehensive range of topics including dermoscopy, punch biopsy, shave excision, suturing, and local anesthesia, equipping nurses with the skills to manage skin cancer with competence and confidence.

Occupational violence: Empower yourself as a healthcare worker with practical training in identifying risks, prevention strategies, de-escalation techniques, physical intervention, and post-incident support in Australian healthcare facilities. This non-punitive training aims to ensure patient safety and minimize harm, providing relevant tools to manage challenging situations. Join this master class to reduce the risk of harm to both you and your patients.

Chronic disease management: Learn the fundamentals of Chronic Disease Management in primary health care. From theory to practical application and implementation we will cover providing patient centered care, the MBS, comprehensive assessments, care planning and team care arrangements. Nurses will have the opportunity to hone their skills in small group breakout sessions focusing on Chronic Disease Management in different primary health care settings.

BLS: Get the skills you need for your annual CPR and defibrillation update in this session, covering initial assessment, recovery position, CPR with defibrillator, airway management, and choking in children aged 1 month to 8 years. Additionally, learn about initial assessment of the unwell patient, stroke, acute myocardial infarction, and anaphylaxis in adults and children in small group workshops, aimed at all primary health care settings.

Nurse Clinics: Start on the journey to build the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to establish a nurse clinic! APNA’s Building Nurse Capacity program has supported the development of more than 50 unique, team-based, nurse clinic models across Australia. We’ll help nurses build their capacity and confidence to test and deliver new and innovative models of care.

End of life: During times of ill health, life limiting illness and palliation, nurse’s communication and resilience is integral to help understand the needs of the people you care for. In this master class you’ll enhance your communication skills and further develop resilience in discussing personal issues with patients, family, and carers more effectively.

Custodial Health Nursing: Offering career development information and support, this masterclass target audience is nurses aspiring to custodial health nursing practice and current custodial health nurses looking to develop their clinical skills. Working as a custodial health nurse is rewarding and dynamic, offering nurses the opportunities to practice to their full scope. Research has confirmed autonomous practice and a high level of clinical ability are the cornerstone of custodial health nursing.

Nurse Practitioner: Join other Nurse Practitioners in this master class designed to support registrants in their continuing professional development related to the role and function of the nurse practitioner in Australia. You’ll learn the latest information on current challenges and future directions for NPs and provide updates to support evidence-based practice in advanced clinical health assessment, diagnostics and pathology, and updates on medicines and prescribing.

PHN Staff Forum: A day for PHN staff to come together to network, learn and share ideas, insights and projects. Join this engaging day of robust discussion and presentations to help your PHN succeed in the evolving primary health care sector. Discussions will include: Did the budget deliver on reforms? What does health workforce innovation look like post budget? And PHN commissioning MDT – what could that look like?

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July, 2023

See below the list of draft topics that will be presented at the Festival of Nursing. These are subject to change and the schedule and program will be release in the coming weeks.

Second release, 'early bird' tickets on sale NOW!

Want a group booking? Email apna2023@arinex.com.au

Why should you attend the Festival of Nursing?

  1. Continuing education: The Festival of Nursing offers an opportunity for you to learn about the latest advancements and trends in the nursing field. You’ll be able to attend a wide-range of educational sessions and workshops, and are provided a continuing professional development certificate.
  2. Networking: The Festival of Nursing provides a platform for you to meet and network with peers from different specialties and backgrounds, from all over the country. You’ll be able to  exchange ideas and best practices, and establish professional connections that can benefit your career development.
  3. Professional growth: Attending the Festival will help you to develop new skills and knowledge that can be applied in your work. It can also help you to stay up-to-date with changes and trends in the healthcare sector.
  4. Exposure to new products and services: The Festival features exhibits from healthcare brands showcasing their latest products and services. You’ll be able to explore new technology and equipment, that can help you provide better patient care.
  5. Inspiration and motivation: Attending the Festival will be a source of inspiration and motivation. Reignite your passion for your work, and see the impact you have on the lives of your patients and the wider population.


Registration cost (inc GST)

Please see below three day, two day and single day tickets for the Festival of Nursing. Tickets are sold in ‘release’ batches, the earlier you buy a ticket, the better price you'll get. As first release sells out, second release becomes available, then final release.

APNA Member First release- Discounted Second release - Early bird Final release - Standard
APNA Member: Full 3 days (Thursday-Saturday. Includes party ticket) $695 $765 $880
APNA Member: Two days (Friday and Saturday. Includes party ticket) - $580 TBC
APNA Member: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - $440 TBC
APNA Member: Single day (Saturday) - $395 TBC
Non-member First release - Discounted Second release - Early bird Final release - Standard
Non-member: Full 3 days (Thursday-Saturday. Includes party ticket) $820 $910 $1050
Non-member: Two days (Friday and Saturday. Includes party ticket) - $690 TBC
Non-member: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - $525 TBC
Non-member: Single day (Saturday) - $470 TBC
Nursing student First release - Discounted Second release - Early bird Final release - Standard
Student: Full 3 days (Thursday-Saturday. Includes party ticket) $550 $615 $705
Student: Two days (Friday and Saturday. Includes party ticket) - $465 TBC
Student: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - $350 TBC
Student: Single day (Saturday) - $315 TBC

Second release, 'early bird' tickets on sale NOW!

Want a group booking? Email apna2023@arinex.com.au

Pay in instalments!

You can pay your Festival registration/registration+flights in instalments to help ease with the upfront costs to attend. The total amount of your booking for the event is split into the number of months remaining before June 2023. You will receive a payment reminder for each instalment prior to the monthly payment due date of the 15th day of the month. T's&C's apply. 

Flights (inc GST)

APNA has negotiated group airfares with Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar to allow a limited number of Festival of Nursing attendees to buy their airfares from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney to Perth. Seats are strictly limited, so please get in quick. 

To Perth Dep date, time Arr date, time Cost
BNE>PER outbound flight 1 Jul 26, 2023 12:35 PM Jul 26, 2023 4:30 PM $532
BNE>PER outbound flight 2 Jul 26, 2023 5:55 PM Jul 26, 2023 9:50 PM $482
BNE>PER outbound flight 3 Jul 26, 2023 6:15 PM Jul 26, 2023 9:40 PM $524
MEL>PER outbound flight 1 Jul 26, 2023 12:15 PM Jul 26, 2023 2:40 PM $428
MEL>PER outbound flight 2 Jul 26, 2023 2:55 PM Jul 26, 2023 5:05 PM $468
MEL>PER outbound flight 3 Jul 26, 2023 5:55 PM Jul 26, 2023 8:05 PM $515
SYD>PER outbound flight 1 Jul 26, 2023 12:05 PM Jul 26, 2023 3:05 PM $408
SYD>PER outbound flight 2 Jul 26, 2023 2:25 PM Jul 26, 2023 5:25 PM $498
SYD>PER outbound flight 3 Jul 26, 2023 6:15 PM Jul 26, 2023 9:30 PM $442
From Perth Dep date, time Arr date, time Cost
PER>BNE return flight 1 Jul 30, 2023 8:40 AM Jul 30, 2023 2:50 PM $498
PER>BNE return flight 2 Jul 30, 2023 10:40 AM Jul 30, 2023 5:10 PM $497
PER>MEL return flight 1 Jul 29, 2023 6:15 PM Jul 29, 2023 11:45 PM $498
PER>MEL return flight 2 Jul 30, 2023 10:20 AM Jul 30, 2023 3:55 PM $477
PER>SYD return flight 1 Jul 29, 2023 4:35 PM Jul 29, 2023 10:40 PM $498
PER>SYD return flight 2 Jul 30, 2023 11:10 AM Jul 30, 2023 5:15 PM $537

Second release, 'early bird' tickets on sale NOW!

Want a group booking? Email apna2023@arinex.com.au


APNA has arranged discounts on accommodation for Festival attendees. Please click on this link where you can search the discounted accomodation:  https://prf.hn/l/gANXye4

Interested in sponsoring or having a trade table at the Festival of Nursing 2023? Click here for more information.


More information

Terms and conditions
Cancellations must be notified in writing to the Festival of Nursing Team at register.apna2023@arinex.com.au

Note: there will be a $150 administration fee charged for refunds on duplicate registration payments.

Cancellations before Thursday 27 April 2023 will incur a A$150.00 cancellation fee. 
Cancellations from Friday 28 April to Friday 16 June 2023 will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. 
Cancellations on or after Saturday 17 June 2023 there will be no refund.

Flights and ticketing

Please note, if you are booking flights, they will been locked in and secured. As these seats are under a group booking, names for the seats will only be provided to the airline/s from early June 2023.

Cancellations before 9 June 2023 will incur a A$55.00 cancellation fee. 
Cancellations on or after 10 June 2023 will receive no refund. 
Changes to your booking on or after 10 June 2023 will be subject to a A$99 change fee plus any fare and tax difference.

Please contact Arinex Pty Ltd
3/110 Mounts Bay Road
Perth WA 6000, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9486 2000Email: register.apna2023@arinex.com.au (registration enquiries)
Email: apna2023@arinex.com.au (program and general enquiries)

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