Festival of Nursing 2023

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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!

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. 

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.

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 topics that are planned to be presented at the Festival of Nursing:

Please see the full program here

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
APNA Member: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - - $440
APNA Member: Single day (Saturday) - - $395
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
Non-member: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - - $525
Non-member: Single day (Saturday) - - $470
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
Student: Single day (Friday. Includes party ticket) - - $350
Student: Single day (Saturday) - - $315



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.


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