Invitation to attend

The conference committee extend a warm welcome to all emergency nurses to attend the 16th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) for the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) to be held from 10th – 12th October 2018 in Melbourne at the Pullman, Albert Park.

Emergency services globally are under increasing pressures. Implementing safe, quality care has become more complex in an often chaotic environment. There is often limited time and opportunity to reflect on the care delivered and share our lessons learnt with others. We therefore invite you to join us at the International Conference for Emergency Nurses where we will ‘Showcase the Best of Emergency Care’. This conference will provide a platform for emergency clinicians to share, learn and collaborate, to improve emergency care for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to the 16th International Conference for Emergency Nurses.



  • Kelli Innes, Monash University
  • Kelly Decker, Alfred Health

Scientific Convenors

  • Dr Julia Morphet, Monash University
  • Dr Joanne Porter, Federation University Australia


The following subthemes have been chosen to reflect the aims of the conference:

  • Simulation
  • Technology in education
  • Innovation in clinical practice
  • Leadership & Management
  • Patient Safety

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts now open
Registration now open

13th June 2018

Call for Abstracts Closes

8th August 2018

Notification of Results

5th September 2018

Early Bird Registration Closes

Mailing List



The conference is open to all whom would like to gain or share their experience and knowledge in emergency care, leadership, practice or education and is aimed at:

  • Nursing staff
  • Pre-hospital care staff
  • Medical staff
  • Allied health staff
  • Health researches
  • Retrieval or flight staff
  • Student nurses
  • Anyone with an interest in emergency nursing.


Pullman Melbourne Albert Park

65 Queens Rd,
Albert Park VIC 3004


Facebook Posts

Happy 35th! ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

College of Emergency Nursing Australasia shared NSW Ambulance's post. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our NSW Ambulance paramedics, call takers and dispatchers who yesterday received a Victor Chang Heart of Gold Award – recognised for their skills and courage when every second cou...

View on Facebook

CENA TNP Darwin registrations closing soon. April 16 - 17 @ Royal Darwin Hospital. Log on NOW to secure one of the last few places. See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Plenary Speakers & Committee Members

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynotes have been confirmed for the conference.

  • Professor Maaret Castrén
    Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Services in Helsinki, Finland
  • Dr Lou Atkins
    Senior Teaching Fellow of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
  • Dr John Lambert
    eHealth NSW’s Chief Clinical Information Officer

We also have an exciting complement of plenary speakers confirmed.  For full details click here.

Conference Convenor

  • Mr Wayne Varndell
    Clinical Nurse Consultant, Adult Emergency Department, MCENA MACN, Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney

Scientific Convenors

  • Professor Kate Curtis
    Professor of Trauma and Emergency Nursing Sydney Nursing School Clinical Nurse Consultant – Trauma St George Hospital, University of Sydney
  • Professor Margaret Fry
    Director Research and Practice Development, Nursing and Midwifery Directorate NSLHD, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney

Committee Members

  • Matt Lutze
  • Kylie Stark
  • Alana Clements
  • Janine Garland
  • Michael Henley
  • Celine Hill
  • Claire Hutchinson
  • Belinda Munroe
  • Kate Ruperto
Committee Reports
Password Required