Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.
Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertion training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics.
Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient’s condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes.
She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”, “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’. Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia.
Sue Walker is the Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Nurse Education Consultant Sue is a member of the Education Governance Committee of the Institute as well as a key contributor to the online education platform Continuing Professional Development library.
As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.
Sue has extensive experience both as a clinician, educator, and senior manager in the acute, aged care, community, and palliative care settings. Sue is passionate about making a difference to the way in which people experience the health care system.
“Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession – the backbone of the healthcare system, it is the knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse that will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client.”
DAY One: Monday, 30 May 2022
1300 – 1330
Registration, welcome and afternoon tea.
1330 – 1400
Explanation of the retreat Activities | Sue Walker and Anne Evans-Murray
During this session will discuss the goals of the retreat days to come.
1400 – 1615
Anxiety, panic attacks and adrenal fatigue from constant stress | Anne Evans-Murray
Exploration of the physical and mental effects of stress and how it can affect the nurse. Discussion of how chronic work and home stress that nurses have which is linked to poor health. Exploring the link of personality traits to the exacerbation of stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Exploration of the link between gut health and mental health
1615 – 1700
Personality Profile – ABCD model | Anne Evans-Murray & Sue Walker
Analysis of the personality profile assists us to recognise our specific needs, and whether our needs have been met. This session will address the link between unmet needs and feeling stressed and unhappy.
1700 – 1800
Retreat attendee Group Get Together | Venue: The Fire Pit below the Bar
In this exclusive session for retreat attendees, we will watch the sunset with drinks as we get to know each other as a group.
Dinner this evening will be at your leisure and not included in the conference program. O’Reilly’s have some great dining options to choose from.
DAY TWO: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Join the Facilitators on a pre-breakfast walk.
0830 – 0900
Meditation Practice | Sue Walker
This will be a fun activity to start the day on a positive note.
0900 – 0930
Exploration of Art and Mindfulness | Sue Walker
In this session, we will explore art therapy as a form of mindfulness and the benefits of same.
0930 – 1030
Grief and Bereavement | Anne Evans-Murray
This session will discuss grief and bereavement and how grief affects us. We will examine what we need to recover. Often a nurse is caring for others, and family members and this may hinder their own recovery from grief and eventually leads to adrenal fatigue and burnout.
1030 – 1100
1100 – 1200
Grief and Bereavement continued | Anne Evans-Murray
This session will continue with further exploration of disenfranchised grief, and complex grief. It will examine the tasks the bereaved person will experience, and look at the time-frame of grief.
1200 – 1330
Counselling techniques and ‘the five minute framework’ | Anne Evans-Murray
This vital session will explore the practical techniques we can use when counselling a person. The interesting and important concept of the ‘five minute framework’ of counselling will be discussed. The presenter will further build on the needs of the bereaved, such as validation and expression to assist with healing. This is a more practical session and examples will be given on ‘what to say and what not to say’ when assisting someone either in your family or at work with grief.
1330 – 1430
During the lunch break, we will provide you with seed mix so that you can be involved in the bird feeding activity. Lots of fun and the birds are gorgeous.
Afternoon Tea to be included in the afternoon session
1500 – 1700 (Group One)
This afternoon we split into two groups.
Group one: Group Therapy | Anne Evans-Murray & Sue Walker
In this session, we will expand on the concepts discussed in the morning activities in a small group environment.
Emotional Freedom technique and I’m ok exercise | Anne Evans-Murray & Sue Walker
Developing neural pathways that assist during a challenging situation.
Group Two: Self-directed exploration of stress management techniques
During the afternoon session, attendees in group two can take advantage of optional pre-booked spa treatments, find a serene spot to complete self-directed reading activities from the online library, and take a meditative walk to relax. Click here to check out the spa facilities>>
1700 – 1730
Optional Activity: Meditation | Sue Walker
Join the facilitators for a meditation session to wind down from the day’s activities around the Fire Pit.
1830 – 2000
OPTIONAL GOURMET BBQ
If you wish you can join the Facilitators, other attendees and your guests for a Gourmet BBQ. A great chance to mingle, network and chat with other attendees.
The cost is $92/person which includes a Gourmet BBQ with drinks including soft drinks, beer and wine. Guests are welcome to attend.
Please Note: If you would like to attend bookings are to be paid for at the time of registration. Bookings will not be accepted at the Retreat. The cost of the BBQ is not included in the registration cost.
DAY Three: Wednesday, 01 June 2022
Optional Bush Walk with OReilly’s rangers. Meet at the entrance of the guesthouse 0645.
0900 – 1030
Lets’ explore mindfulness and meditation | Sue Walker
In this session, we will learn about the superpower of mindfulness. We will explore the concept and learn a few exercises that you will be able to practice to allow you to focus your awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.
Burnout in speciality areas and ward situations | Sue Walker
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands. We will explore the effects of burnout on the psychological health of health care workers and the issue of suicide in our field.
Let’s explore how to prevent burnout and if it has occurred what can we do.
1030 – 1100
1100 – 1130
The effects of shift work on physical and mental health | Sue Walker
In this session the presenter will examine the effects of shift work on the physical and mental health of the nurse. There will be a short discussion on the different types of rostering and advantages and disadvantages of 10 to 12 hour shifts.
1130 – 1200
Professional Boundaries | Sue Walker
In this session, we will explore how to be professionally close but retain you’re your personal distance.
1200 – 1230
Personal Boundaries | Anne Evans-Murray
This session will explore how the nurse needs to develop personal boundaries at work and in personal life. Boundaries protect us when managing challenging situations. Drug abuse throughout the society is increasing and the presenter will explore the importance of personal boundaries when managing a family member with drug abuse. The concept of ‘enabling’ will be addressed to assist with growth and change relating to boundaries.
1230 – 1330
1330 – 1400
Recognition of Challenging Situations that can affect mental and physical health | Anne Evans-Murray
We will explore the use of prescribed drugs that the nurse may be taking that has been linked to the development of anxiety and depression.
1400 – 1430
Developing a Personal Self-Management Plan | Anne Evans-Murray
We will finish with the main points identified in the retreat and discuss the development of a personal development plan.
Conference conclusion and goodbyes as we are splitting up into groups
Afternoon Tea to be included in the afteroon session
1500 – 1700 (Group Two)
Group TWO: Group Therapy | Anne Evans-Murray and Sue Walker
In this session we will expand on the concepts discussed in the morning activities in a small group environment.
Emotional Freedom technique and I’m ok exercise | Evans-Murray and Sue Walker
Developing neural pathways that assist during challenging situation.
Group ONE: Self-directed exploration of stress management techniques
During the afternoon session, attendees in group one can take advantage of optional pre-booked spa treatments, find a serene spot to complete self-directed reading activities from the online library, and take a meditative walk to relax. Click here to check out the spa facilities>>
If you are staying the night meet us up at the café bar and watch the sunset together.
Conference Registration Cost
$790.00 inc GST
- An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
- Conference Presenter/s that is a recognised expert in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
- A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
- A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenter/s
- A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
What’s not Included:
- Travel costs – flights and transfers
- Optional Dinner
- Travel Insurance
- Spa Treatments
What you don’t have to worry about:
- Cooking Meals
- The Boss