Sponsored Sessions

All sessions recordings are available to conference registrants via the NNEC 2021 Virtual Portal. The below times are in AEST. 

DAY 1: Wednesday 8 September 2021

10:10 - 10:30 AEST
Wednesday 8 Sept 2021


Linley Bielby
Blood Matters Program

Louise English
BloodSafe eLearning Australia

Blood Does Matter – the importance of education for patient safety

Education for nurses and midwives regarding safe transfusion practice and patient blood management (PBM) is essential to ensure safe care, and enable the integrations of PBM as a standard of care across all health services. This session will discuss:
  • Why transfusion is associated with risk
  • How this risk may be mitigated
  • The role of education in ensuring high quality, safe patient care
  • Available resources for educators
Following this session educators will have an increased awareness of the rationale for why transfusion and PBM education is so crucial for students, nurses and midwives, and how to access resources to support this education

SPEAKER: Linley Bielby, Blood Matters Program

Linley is the Manager of the Blood Matters Program, a blood management and clinical transfusion practice improvement program in Victoria. She is a registered nurse with extensive experience across the health sector including as a Transfusion Nurse in hospital settings, as well as at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. She has also worked in senior nursing roles including education, clinical and nursing management across the public and private sectors.

She has been a nursing representative on the council of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) and is the current Chair of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, Transfusion Practitioner forum Steering Committee. Linley won the American Association of Blood Banks Presidential award in 2019. In 2020 she was honoured with the ANZSBT highest award, the Ruth Sanger oration.  Linley has a passionate interest and dedication to the area of blood management, transfusion safety and providing education and mentoring.

12.20 - 12:40 AEST
Wednesday 8 Sept 2021



Kate Yeo
Waikato District Health Board

Elizabeth Reid
Wolters Kluwer and Avondale University

Laura Chapman
Wolters Kluwer

Resilience: Key to the Future Nursing Workforce

COVID-19 has tested the nursing workforce like never before, testing our resilience and impacting the workforce. Join us and our panel as we explore how we and our organisations can foster resiliency in our workforce 


Kate Yeo, Deputy Chief Nurse
Nurse Led Services, Health Informatics and Technology
Policy and Procedure, Waikato District Health Board 

Elizabeth Reid, Clinical Consultant
Wolters Kluwer and Sessional Academic Avondale University

14.40 - 15.00 AEST
Wednesday 8 Sept 2021


Dr Farida Saghafi
University of Tasmania

Michelle Phillips
University of Tasmania

Post Graduate study with the University of Tasmania

Dr Farida Saghafi, post graduate nursing coordinator will share information about the availability of nursing specialisations with The University of Tasmania. She will be available to answer your questions and discuss academic pathways.

SPEAKER: Dr Farida Saghafi, University of Tasmania

Dr Farida Saghafi is a Senior lecturer and Post Graduate Courses Coordinator, at School of Nursing, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania. Her research and teaching interests include: Critical Care Nursing, Simulation, Detecting Deteriorating Patient System(s), Clinical Reasoning, New Graduate Nurses Transition, Clinical Risk Management and Quality Improvement in Health Care Settings, and Evidence Based Practice. In 2005, Farida won a Nursing Clinical Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in the delivery and development of clinical nursing expertise in Intensive Care. She has presented and published at several national and international conferences and journals.

DAY 2: Thursday 9 September 2021

07.45 - 08.40 AEST
Thursday 9 Sept 2021


Emma Collins
University of Otago & Otago Polytechnic 

David King Lassman

Global Leaders Leverage Mixed Reality in Healthcare Simulation

Learn how students can better prepare for clinical placements using holographic patients

Join Emma Collins of Otago Polytechnic to reveal how leading learning institutions around the globe are leveraging mixed reality to ready students for clinical placements. In this webinar, healthcare educators will discover how 3D immersive technology enables students to engage better with course material, learn to manage the pressure of real-life patient care.

Learn how GIGXR’s HoloPatient app allows students to see disease progression for 16 pathologies, portrayed by ultra-realistic and diverse patients. Instructors can customize each pathology, including altering vital signs. Students can join in the lessons either on a Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset or via Android or iOS smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the world.

This session will explore how this technology is helping students master clinical observation, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and collaboration, based on Collins’ work with HoloPatient and her own students. Collins will be joined by David King Lassman, CEO at GIGXR in an interactive Q&A. 

SPEAKER: Emma Collins, University of Otago & Otago Polytechnic 

Emma Collins is a Principal Lecturer within the School of Nursing, Year 2 (BN) Programme Leader, as well as a Learning and Teaching Specialist (ePortfolios) with the Learning and Teaching Development team. She began working for OP in 2011 and holds a Master of Nursing, specialising in Child Health. Her background is in paediatric nursing and community child and family health, in particular, school nursing and public health. Emma currently remains working clinically in a paediatric inpatient setting.

10.25 - 10.45 AEST
Thursday 9 Sept 2021


Joanne Tollefson
James Cook University

Fiona McAdam

Keeping up to date when teaching Clinical Skills

Educating student nurses by means of textbooks, video examples and clinical simulations addresses different learning styles and shows best practice. But what happens when best practice changes, or a facility opts to demonstrate a different method? In this discussion, expert Clinical Skills author and educator Dr Joanne Tollefson will offer some guidance for navigating these changes. Joanne will also discuss the different assessment tools available to clinical skills instructors.

SPEAKER: Joanne Tollefson, James Cook University

Joanne Tollefson was Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Nursing Sciences at James Cook University. She is a registered nurse with many years of clinical experience in several countries and extensive experience in nursing education at both the hospital and tertiary levels. Her research interests include competency-based education and clinical assessment, development of reflective practitioners for a changing work environment, chronic pain and arbovirus disease in the tropics. Joanne is also a two-time recipient of the National Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Carrick Award, 2007 and Australian Teaching and Learning Council Award, 2008). She is now retired from formal teaching but continues to engage in nursing via researching, writing and editing nursing texts.

12.30 - 12.50 AEST
Thursday 9 Sept 2021


Jeff Kenneally
MICA Paramedic

Claire Lobb
Nurse Practitioner

Renee Di Giuseppe

Claire Lobb and Jeff Kenneally are both extremely passionate about sharing knowledge with the wider healthcare community. In this session Claire and Jeff will provide a journey into their professional career and share some of the wonderful experiences they have had in that time. They will also discuss how the ‘Teach for Ausmed’ program has enriched their career and the opportunities it can provide others in the future.

SPEAKER: Jeff Kenneally, MICA Paramedic

Jeff Kenneally has a lifelong commitment to pre-hospital care, having served as an operational paramedic for 34 years, mostly in intensive care roles. He has managed frontline paramedic teams, commanded major events, mentored, educated and worked in communications dispatch centres and at the ambulance air wing. His roles have taken him to rural and metropolitan areas. For four years, Jeff managed the Ambulance Victoria clinical practice guidelines. In recent years, Jeff has turned to university lecturing for paramedic students, including leading international study tours. He is a published author in pre-hospital practice and contributor to numerous major textbooks. In 2018, Jeff was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in recognition of his contribution.

SPEAKER: Claire Lobb, Nurse Practitioner

Claire Lobb is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner in a large tertiary emergency department in Melbourne. Claire has been nursing for over 20 years and has been involved in several research and quality improvement projects in that time. Claire currently facilitates and manages a nurse practitioner candidate program and supports the learning needs of candidates, providing clinical mentorship for nurse practitioner candidates, and nurse practitioner Master's students. She is a passionate clinical leader in emergency nursing and is committed to improving the care and lives of patients. Claire works alongside nursing and medical staff to ensure a holistic and collaborative approach is a priority when caring for patients.

15.30 - 15.50 AEST
Thursday 9 Sept 2021


Alvin Tong

Josh Van Houten

Meet Nursing Anne Simulator Geriatric

Please join us for a virtual product showcase featuring our Nursing Anne Simulator Geriatric. During this live event, you will have the opportunity to
  • Meet our new Nursing Anne Simulator Geriatric
  • Have an overview of new clinical features
  • Ask questions to the product expert

SPEAKER: Alvin Tong, Educational Services Specialist, Laerdal

A Registered Nurse graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with concrete experience in nursing care. He is intrigued by healthcare technology and strongly believe that paying attention to detail is the key to success.

He has been with Laerdal since 2017, starting in Hong Kong and then moving to Australia. 


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