Susan Alberti
Opening Speaker

Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.

Susan developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s.  Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease.  It was at that point Susan’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission.  This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly.

Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009.  In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes research.  Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007.  This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type1 diabetes care and research. On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor.

Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, Retired Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical  Research Foundation, Director of the Western Health Foundation, Retired Chair of the DANII Foundation, Chair of the Victoria University Foundation, Retired Vice President of the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, Director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation, Retired President of the VFL Footscray Bulldogs, Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group, Director of the National Australia Day Council, Susan is also (Alma Mater) Patron of Siena College Camberwell and Governor of the Siena Philanthropic Society in addition to holding the many honorary philanthropic positions.  Susan was featured on ABC Australia Story ‘A League of Their Own’ aired on 29 August, 2016 and also on Network Seven’s Sunday Night Program in 2017. Susan is also Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria) for a term of two years. Susan is also the Heathcote Dementia Village fundraising campaign ambassador.

Susan also received the “Person of Sporting Influence 2017” Award during the prestigious Australian Women’s Health 2017 Women in Sports Awards evening. On October 31, 2017, Richard Goyder AO launched Susan’s biography, ‘The Footy Lady’ and on  November 18, 2017 Susan was crowned 2017 Melburnian of the Year. During the 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards held on December 12, Susan was presented with the Leadership Award for her vision and influence in driving the launch of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition.

Professor Jos Latour
Keynote Speaker

Jos Latour is a Professor in Clinical Nursing at University of Plymouth and Professor in Pediatric Nursing at Hunan Children’s Hospital, Changsha, China. Jos is also a visiting Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has been a nurse for over 30 years. His clinical post is based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton where he is the director of the Clinical Schools. The aims of the Clinical Schools are to build research capacity and to develop a research culture in clinical settings. The research programme of Prof Latour is defined as ‘Enhance Clinical Practice and Care across the Lifespan’ with the main streams of patient and family empowerment, patient and family witnessed resuscitation, end-of-life care, paediatric sepsis, and clinical care improvement.

Professor Latour is a team builder resulting in recent achievements such as three NIHR clinical doctoral research fellowships for his PhD students and the NIHR/HEE Master in Clinical Research programme. Further funding has been obtained resulting in 12 PhD students at University of Plymouth and a further three PhD students at other universities. Jos is an associate-editor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and international editorial board member of several other international peer-reviewed journals.  Internationally, Jos is active in a number of international societies and he has been honoured with several awards such as the Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (2015), Fellow of the European federation Critical Care Nursing associations (2008); the ESPNIC Life Time Achievement Award (2009) and three Presidential Citation Awards of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (2006, 2010, 2014).

Professor Kerry Reid Searl
Keynote Speaker

Professor Kerry Reid Searl is the Director of Simulation at CQUniversity School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences. Kerry has been involved in undergraduate nursing education for the past 27 years and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Some of these include two CQUniversity Vice Chancellors Teaching Awards, two Australian Learning and Teaching Citations for her outstanding contribution to student learning, was named Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society- Nurse Teacher of the Year in 2009 and in 2012 was awarded and Australian University Teaching Excellence Award. In 2013 Kerry was awarded the Simulation Australia Achievement award. For the past 4 years Kerry has been the recipient of certificates of commendation for Student Voice Awards for CQU Educator of the Year and CQU Distance Educator of the Year. Kerry has become known nationally and internationally for her pioneering work in creating, designing and researching an innovative simulation strategy which suspends learners in disbelief. The technique is called Mask-Ed (KRS Simulation). Additionally Kerry also works with puppets and has designed a technique called Pup-Ed (KRS Simulation). Kerry has published widely and is extensively involved in research.

Georgie Carroll
Dinner Speaker

Born and raised in Manchester, England; now a proud Australian. Georgie Carroll is a Comedian, Nurse, Wife and mother.

This combination of Nationalities, home life and hospital has provided a 24/7 training ground that has nurtured Georgie’s naturally funny bones. Her bluntness and charm coupled with a razor-sharp wit, give her a broad-spectrum appeal that can be put into any room, with any line-up, and shine.

Georgie took out ‘Most prolific writer’, ‘People’s Choice’ and ‘Comedian of the Year’ in the Adelaide Comedy Awards. Her debut festival hour ‘Nurse Case Scenario’, was nominated for ‘Best Emerging Comedy’ at Adelaide Fringe and ‘Best Comedy’ at Perth Fringe World. Her follow-up show ‘Gauze and Affect’ is undoubtedly Georgie’s strongest hour to date. Collectively the shows have sold out Internationally, with ‘Gauze and Affect’ breaking record attendance numbers for her venue at Gluttony (Adelaide Fringe 2017)

Georgie has been blowing the roof off the Australian Comedy club circuit since 2012, fine tuning her talent to become the world class comic, MC and writer she now is.

With 18 years of Emergency and Intensive Care Nursing under her belt, Georgie continues to Nurse when not on tour. This, along with her exceptional comedic talent has cemented her as the go-to entertainment for Medical and Nursing Corporates, Conventions and Awards Ceremonies.

*Disclaimer* Georgie did not write this. She is bloody good but you don’t want to brag about yourself too much.