SMARTcare5: Aspire. Connect. Together.

Fremantle 13 Aug 2021

Date: Friday 13 August from 5:30pm
Venue: Tannock Hall (ND4/101) The University of Notre Dame Australia, Corner Cliff and Croke Street, Fremantle.

Notre Dame's School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Notre Dame Nursing Society (NDNS) are excited to invite you to this year's SMARTcare5 event on Friday 13 August 2021. SMARTcare5 is a multidisciplinary event (MDT) organised across the schools of Nursing & Midwifery; Medicine; Physiotherapy; and Health Sciences.

The award winning SMARTcare seminar series encourages online networking with industry healthcare professionals for ongoing learning and employment opportunities.

This year the evening will include a new series of concurrent guest speaker sessions from inspiring and innovative leaders in industry.

  • Guest speakers

    Piers Truter & Sandra Dumas dual presentation

    Piers Truter

    Piers Truter is a primary contact physiotherapist in the Emergency and Orthopaedic Departments at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth, WA. He is a senior lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He has research interests in telehealth, emergency management of injury and patient-centred health system redesign. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame, Australia investigating the management of musculoskeletal pain and injury in the emergency department and connecting patients with appropriate treatment pathways after their emergency care episode. Piers is also working to foster clinician lead research and a culture of research in his clinical workplaces. Connect with him on twitter and linked in @pierstruter.

    Sandra Dumas

    Sandra Dumas is a senior physiotherapist in the Emergency Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She is a project officer leading an interdisciplinary service on best practice falls assessment and treatment of patients presenting with falls or at high risk of falls in the emergency department. Sandra has over 30 years of physiotherapy experience with 10 of these specialising in the care and assessment of elderly in the Emergency Department. Sandra’s passion is for person centred care for the elderly.

    Mary Mcconnell

    I am the Disaster Manager Coordinator for Joondalup Health Campus and my role encompasses the planning and exercising of all our emergency responses within the facility. I also the integration of those responses into the state health and community plans to ensure an effective response to all hazards. I have developed and am responsibility for the business continuity plans for the facility. These ensure we can continue to safely provide care, despite failures within the system. I represent JHC at any Operational Support Group Meetings that the hazard management agency might enact, to deal with a local hazardous event. My background is emergency nursing, where I have spent over twenty years working in the speciality, working as a nurse practitioner prior to moving to Perth. My career commenced in Belfast in the 90’s and progressed through to Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus. I have experienced the response required to deal with many major incidents, but now endeavour to ensure our response ensures the best outcomes for the patients, staff and the greater community. Due to my work relating to the COVID response at JHC, I have had the honour of being mentioned in parliament, had my story recorded in the state library and I make an appearance in the state museum. I will be presenting on how a facility can pull a team together during one of the most challenging events of our time, and how to come out stronger and with the knowledge that we can care for large numbers of COVID positive patents safely without compromising staff safety.

    Andrew Walton

    Andrew is a media, communications and corporate affairs specialist with over 25 years’ experience in some of Western Australia’s leading organisations. As Public Affairs Manager for Lotterywest, Andrew managed the media and communications for Lotterywest’s multimillion dollar community funding program. As Head of Corporate Affairs at HBF for over a decade he managed all media interactions and oversaw relations with key stakeholders, including state and federal governments. Andrew is Partnerships Coordinator for Mentally Healthy WA – the mental health promotion team based at Curtin University that developed and delivers the Act Belong Commit campaign. Andrew will speak about the importance of prioritising your mental health, and the habits and behaviours that can protect mental wellbeing during a time of extraordinary stress.

    Rachael Dawe

    Rachael Daweis a Registered Nurse/Midwife and medic who since graduating with a bachelor of Nursing at Notre Dame in 2013 has nursed her way through rural and remote sites in Western Australia including Christmas Island. During her nursing and Midwifery career she has also jumped into the opportunity of being a medic/surf guide at numerous surf resorts in Fiji and Indonesia following her passion of surfing while providing medical attention to guests and local people from villages. She now works as a flight nurse at the Royal Flying Doctor service of Western Australia. The topic she is presenting outlines her unique career journey whilst following her passion for surfing and adventure!

    Kim Shaw

    Kim Shaw is a qualified career counsellor with over 17 years’ experience within a range of organisations including community, state government, corporate, private consulting and University. Her clients have included executives, migrants, refugees, Indigenous, youth, individuals with disabilities or severe injury, mental health, adults in career change, and university students, both domestic and international. As a career changer, Kim has also accumulated a wealth of varied industry knowledge from her previous experience in the accounting field with a range of mining and resource companies and in the finance industry. Kim’s current Professional memberships include the Career Development Association of Australia, the National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services and the Career Industry Council of Australia. Kim is currently working with the University of Notre Dame Australia Career Service, Fremantle campus. Kim will be presenting on Health industry career planning: Healthy Careers - Managing life and work in the health industry.

    Dr Nigel Gribble & Dr Laurel Collin dual presentation

    Dr Nigel Gribble

    Dr Nigel Gribble is a Senior Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Allied Health (Occupational Therapy) at Curtin University in Western Australia. He completed a PhD in 2019 that focused on the impact of fieldwork placements on the emotional intelligence of occupational therapy, speech pathology, and physiotherapy students. He completed an MBA in 2007 where he discovered the concept of emotional intelligence and has been passionate about the applications of EI in healthcare and business ever since. Nigel has delivered EI training to 100s of participants in business, healthcare, and the higher education sector. His research interests are emotional intelligence, fieldwork placements, simulations, and higher education.

    Dr Laurel Collin – Board Member EISA PhD., M.N., Dip NursEd.,B.Sc (Nursing).

    I am a Western Australian nursing graduate who has worked in Zimbabwe, Northern Territory and country WA. I moved into research in 1996 with the Aged Care Research Group and UWA Dept. of Psychiatry and Neurosciences. Since 2009, I have worked at ND with nursing students in the roles of lecturer, tutor and Clinical facilitator.  My PhD was on the enhancement of Emotional Intelligence in undergraduate nursing students.

    Kylie Bosich

    Passionate about Rural and Remote Health Care and the Nurses who provide it.

    Kylie has worked in in rural and remote nursing roles for the past 24 years. With a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery both from Darwin her nursing career started and has continued to have a passion for providing and leading nursing care in country.  Although Kylie has a real passion for providing direct patient care the last 12 years have found her in management and leadership roles, supporting nurses in delivering contemporary generalist care in the bush. With amazing locations such as Tom Price, and Karratha as her places of work and play for the last 18 years she truly has the red dust in her veins. As of 2017 Kylie has expanded her level of influence into the Acute Telehealth Service area.  As the Director for the WACHS Command Centre, Kylie is leading the development of a 24/7 one stop shop which aims to support access for rural clinicians to specialist advice. Building on the successes and model of the Emergency Telehealth Service, the WACHS Command Centre is supporting rural clinicians in their care for those in the inpatient environment, presenting with acute mental health or substance affected presentations.  The Command Center also supports and will provide a consistent approach to patient transport across WACHS and support rural clinicians in providing safe care through the use of use of intelligent vital signs monitoring which predict the deteriorating patient.

    Deborah Stewart

    Deborah Stewart (Manager of Cancer Support Services at Cancer Council WA): Responding to and exploring social media platforms for cancer information and supports and connecting with Cancer Council WA. Deborah Stewart trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife in 1982 at Royal Perth Hospital & KEMH, and is currently the Manager of Cancer Support Services at Cancer Council WA.

    Deborah is an experienced Senior Clinical Nurse with a 36 year history of work in both public, private and not-for-profit sector as a Midwife, Clinical nurse consultant, Nurse Educator and Clinical Nurse Manager of Disability sector nursing home. She has worked for multiple organisations including Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital, SCGH, Joondalup Health Campus, Cerebral palsy Association, NDIS and now at Cancer Council WA. Deborah has acquired and developed diverse skills in acute clinical care, community based complex disability care, disability care training, clinical research, Hospital liaison, clinical governance, and health care management. Deborah applies strong ethics in her personal and professional life and has a love of education and training, with a Graduate Diploma in Education, and values the acquisition of new information, training and skill development for both herself and others including patients or clients. Deborah maintains a strong belief that integrated person centred inclusiveness with an overarching psychosocial approach should be a core focus of all health practitioners across the spectrum.

    Through her presentation Deborah will highlight the need for Health professionals to be aware of how to view and respond to social media posts along with an exploration of the pitfalls of social media engagement as a health professional; and we can support patients to find relevant evidence based supporting information on social media platforms that benefits and not harms. She will link her session with the challenges around searching and seeking information concerning cancer supports and information available on the web.

    Graeme Wing

    My name is Graeme Wing and I had no idea where my nursing degree would take me, well I had a basic plan, but it’s definitely not how it turned out!  I graduated and took the advice I had learned while on prac and that was to take my time, check the hospital out, “see the sights”. I finally ended up in Intensive Care at SCGH. I had worked all over the hospital and knew where I wanted to be, it was ICU, and I wanted to be a Critical Care nurse! Since then I changed career a couple of times, using my varied nursing skills at every point, trusting my gut and critically analysing every situation.

    I looked after the first wave of swine flu patients in WA, I wrote a paper on how we would respond to chemical and biological threat for my post grad, I left nursing for a sales career, I started, bought and sold a medical company, I’ve seen the world, I’ve developed products, I’ve played about as a rescue crewman on a helicopter and I’ve enthusiastically pushed an Ambulance service into the world of Telehealth, thanks to a fantastic product! I then decided I needed a change and I’ve gone and bought into a building company! Nursing is a great career choice and it has taken me to places I never would have thought I would, I am so happy I decided to become a nurse!

    Katie Khoury

    Beginning as a graduate nurse at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH), Katie Khoury has worked within the Royal Perth Bentley group for 14 years.  Katie built her skillset and knowledge during this time and even taking on the challenging role of Nurse Unit Manager of the Acute Medical Unit at RPH – one of RPH’s busiest wards – where she has worked in various roles since 2008. Recently Katie stepped into a new role, becoming the first Nurse Unit Manager of the HIVE (Health in a Virtual Environment), a new remote patient monitoring service based at RPH.

    Jo Anne Forrest 

    Jo is the Director of Early Phase at Linear Clinical Research, located on the QEII precinct in Nedlands.

    Jo has worked in implementing and managing Clinical Research for over 20 years including leading global research teams and large, multi-regional international studies.  She is originally from Canada and has been in Perth and with Linear for 2 years.  At Linear, she leads the Early Phase Business Unit and oversees the functional research teams and project deliverable for over 50 studies. Jo is presenting on -Linear Clinical Research:  Continuing to Lead in Improving Health and Access to Innovative Therapies through a Global Pandemic.

    Natalie Parkes

    Natalie started nursing as an Enrolled Nurse in 1990 before graduating as a Registered Nurse. Completed a graduate program at Fremantle Hospital and Health Service after which she settled into the Haematology/ Oncology ward as a RN, CN and then the Staff Development Nurse. Natalie continued to study completing a certificate in Haematology and Haemopoeitic Cell Transplantation, as well as a Postgraduate diploma in Adult Education. In 2012 Natalie then moved into the role of Staff Development Educator, managing the education team for the Medical Directorate at Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, and also stepped into the role as the educator for Infection Prevention.

    In 2014 she moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital as a Nursing and Midwifery Educator (NME) as part of the pre-commissioning team that coordinated the induction program for safe opening of the hospital. Within her role as a NME she managed Clinical Educators, represented the nursing and midwifery policy committee by assisting clinical specialists with development of their hospital policies, and continued in the role of Infection Prevention Educator. In mid-2020, Natalie became the Clinical Nurse Specialist for COVID-19 contact tracing team.

    Renee De Prazer

    Renee de Prazer has been seconded to the State Health Incident Coordination Centre at the Department of Health since April 2020 in the role of Team Leader- Facilities and Movements.

    This role entails managing the state quarantine facilities (hotels), the allocation and movement of passengers into Western Australia requiring quarantine in a state facility, as well as the standing up of various facilities to support the state response to the pandemic. Renee’s substantive role is the Coordinator of Nursing- Education for Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group having moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital in the pre-commissioning phase. She delivers education on a number of credentialed training courses in both metro and rural settings. Renee is a comprehensive trained nurse with a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Specialisation in Emergency Nursing) and a Masters of Nursing (Leadership and Management). She is a member of the WA state board for the Australasian College of Health Service Management and is currently undertaking her Fellowship. Renee demonstrates endeavours globally previously undertaking roles within the Nursing and Midwifery Office in this space and leading volunteer teams overseas on an annual basis since 2006 (notwithstanding the current pandemic).Renee was named the 2019 WA Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards winner in the education category for her work in the SPEAK UP for safety program and for her above contribution to nursing at a local level and abroad.

    Paul Ingram & Robert Radici (dual presentation)

    Paul Ingram has been part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) journey since May 1998.

    Joining as a youthful Flight Nurse at our Meekatharra Base, he has worked his way up to his current position as Head of Nursing at the Jandakot base. Paul is highly valued and well respected in the RFDS. His nursing expertise, collaborative leadership style and approachability empowers his team to provide the finest care for our patients. Originally from Victoria, Paul began his career and accrued 12 years of nursing experience at the local hospital in his home town of Ballarat in regional Victoria. Being the dedicated nurse that he is, during his time in Victoria Paul advanced his studies with post-graduate degrees in midwifery and Paediatrics which he completed at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. In July 1997, Paul ventured to the Kimberley region of WA, for a two year stint working at the local Derby hospital. This is where he first observed the impactful work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Western Australia’s remote communities, awakening an interest in becoming part of the organisation.

    When he joined the RFDS he spent 16 months in Meekatharra, polishing his Flight Nurse skill-set and acclimatising to the red dirt before relocating to the Jandakot base in November 2000. Paul’s work ethic, people focus and passion for nursing has accelerated his career at the RFDS. Climbing the ranks at RFDS, Paul held previous positions as; Senior Flight Nurse, Flight Nurse Coordinator, Clinical Nurse Manager and Deputy General Manager of Nursing, before acquiring his role as Head of Nursing. Representing WA, Paul has been an active committee member of the Aeromedical Society of Australasia (ASA), contributing his expertise and experience to enhance patient care at the highest standard of quality and safety. In 2020 Paul complete the Leadership WA Signature Program. Paul is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and is a single parent of three boys, spending most of his spare time supporting and chasing them around the football oval or cricket field.

    Dr Robert Radici I have been involved with the RFDS since 2008 and presently am the Head of Medical, a position I have held jointly for the past 12 months. In my RFDS experience I was part of the team sent to assist victims of the Ashmore Reef Disaster. I am a graduate of The University of Western Australia 1990 and obtained my anaesthetic fellowship in 1999 (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists).  Outside of anaesthetic practise I have been involved in the provision of medical services for the Western Australian legs of Rally Australia and Rottnest Channel Swim.

    Professor Ged Williams

    Area Director of Nursing & Midwifery for South Metropolitan Health Service, Director of Nursing & Midwifery, Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospital Group.

    From 2014 -2020, Ged has been the Nursing and Allied Health Consultant for SEHA, the public health service for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates while concurrently he has completed extended secondments as Chief Nursing Officer to 3 of the major teaching hospitals in the group. Most recently he has overseen the commissioning of Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, the largest and newest tertiary teaching hospital in the country.

    From 2007-2013 he was Executive Director of Nursing (EDON) at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Australia where he was responsible for transforming the nursing workforce to align with the building and expansion of two contemporary hospitals (combined building cost over $2.2 Billion). He is also Adjunct Professor of Nursing with Griffith University, Queensland and Emeritus Professor, La Universidad de Santander, Colombia. Previously Ged has been the EDON at Maroondah hospital, Melbourne from 2004-2007 and Alice Springs Hospital, in Central Australia from 1996 - 2003 and concurrently held the position of Principal Nurse Consultant for the Northern Territory jurisdiction from 2000 - 2003. Ged is a registered nurse with qualifications in midwifery, critical care nursing, Public Sector Management, Company Directorship, Master in Health Administration, and Master in Law. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing; Australian College of Health Service Managers and the American Academy of Nursing. He is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Australian & New Zealand School of Government; and Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Ged is the Founding Chair of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) since 2001 and continues to work with WFCCN globally and is currently board advisor to the African, South Asia, SE Asia and Latin American Federations of Critical Care Nurses as well as board member to the African Sepsis Alliance.

    He also served as Director of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive Care and Critical Care Medicine for 8 years from 2001. He has received many acknowledgements throughout his career including Honorary Life member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses in 2001 and a Lifetime Fellow of the WFCCN in 2016 as founding president for both organisations respectively. He spent four years on the Nurses Board of the Northern Territory and has been a surveyor with the Australian Council of Healthcare Standards and an International Advisor to the American Nursing Credentialing Centre (Magnet Hospital program). Ged’s research and publication interests are broad including clinical practice and safety, workforce planning, education and training program development and other management and leadership issues in nursing and health care generally. He has presented hundreds of presentations in more than 40 countries and published over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is regularly involved in strategic nursing and health care activities at the state, national and international level. Ged’s passion for capacity building, community development and professional empowerment has expressed itself practically through his work with nurses, doctors and other health professionals and communities both in Australia and globally. He never stops thinking how to make things better!

  • Industry representatives


    Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science (AACDS)

    Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses Inc. (AASTN)

    Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN)

    Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)

    Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)

    Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

    Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN)

    Australian Defence Force (ADF)

    Australian Indigenous Health Infonet

    Australian Nursing Federation (ANF)

    Australian Ophthalmic nurses Association (AONA WA)

    Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)

    Australian Red cross- Donate blood

    Cancer Council WA

    Career Hub, Career services at Notre Dame

    CENA- The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia


    Endocrine Nurses’ Society of Australia (ENSA)

    Governance Plus (GoogleGlass demo)

    Health professionals Bank (HPB)

    Heart Foundation



    Linear Clinical Research

    Midwifery Postgraduate study at Notre Dame

    MSWA We Know Neuro

    Notre Dame Health Sciences Club -Club 46

    Notre Dame Library interactive stall- LinkedIn learning; research modules and more

    Notre Dame Nursing Society (NDNS)

    Notre Dame Postgraduate study options- Notre Dame Prospective students office

    Nurse & Midwifery Support

    Nursing Agency- Health Care Australia (HCA)

    Palliative Care Nurses Australia Inc.(PCNA)

    Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH), Paediatric Nursing Education

    Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)

    Rural Health West

    SJOG Hospital


    ST John WA

    The Happy Nurse

    The Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses  Australia (MCaFHNA)

    The Notre Dame Volunteer Network

    VR technology demo stall- interactive activity- NDNS and Staff

    WAALHIIBE Student Rural Health Club (Allied Health) WAALHIIBE (Western Australian Allied Health Interested In Bush Experience)

    Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS)

Following these concurrent sessions, valuable networking hosted in the Drill Hall and Prindiville Hall with catering from food trucks - Bao Buns and a Pizza truck. Here, you'll get to speak one-on-one with industry representatives and experts, expanding your professional connections and career opportunities.

In addition, workshops on suturing; advanced life support (ALS); VR technology; an interactive laparoscopic operation theatre trainer; GoogleGlass; HoloLens, and much more will be available for you to interact, engage and connect with.

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