Acute Care – Broadening Your Scope

26 October 2022

Media Doorstop
Who: Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmania Branch Secretary
When: TODAY Wednesday 26 October 2022 at 9.30am
Where: RACV Hobart Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart 

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tasmanian Branch (ANMF) is holding its annual Acute Care Conference TODAY at the RACV Hobart Hotel with over 60 acute care nurses attending from around the state. 

The conference is a unique opportunity for nurses and midwives working in acute care to increase the breadth of their skills and knowledge with best practice presentations, as well as take back their learnings to the acute care sector. It also focuses on advanced clinical practice in a vast variety of settings. 

Keynote Speaker Dr Tristan Harding from the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne will speak about paediatric emergency medicine. He has completed much of his training through the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has a strong interest in research, having previously completed a Master of Science. 

Guest Speakers include Dianne Mason from the Melanoma Institute Australia, Dr Nicki Elkerton from the Macquarie Skin Clinic and Dr Nicolas Blackburn from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. 

ANMF Tasmania Branch Secretary and HERC CEO Emily Shepherd, who is opening the conference, said “every kind of modern nursing role in every sector is demanding, but acute care represents one of healthcare’s most challenging disciplines. At the frontline of health 

service delivery, acute nurses and midwives are called upon to perform a wide variety of assessment, treatment and support modalities and must be prepared for diverse situations every day.” 

Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions and might take place in a number of clinical settings like Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Neonatal Care. 

“Not only are nurses and midwives providing acute care and treatment, but they must also have a huge breadth and depth of knowledge to understand patients’ co-morbidities and have excellent communication skills to engage with patients and their families in what are often some of the most challenging circumstances they may face in their lifetime,” Ms Shepherd said. 

Media contact:
Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary
Mobile: 0400 884 021