Personal and Professional Grief and Challenges

A Nurturing Conference Retreat for Nurses

30 May – 01 June 2022 | Gold Coast Hinterlands | 15 CPD Hrs

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Phone: 07 4151 3884

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 4151 3884
Email: [email protected]

Conference Synopsis

As nurses we are expected just to carry on our work or cope, irrespective of the trauma we witness every day. In our personal lives as the nurse in the family people look to us to take the lead in a family crisis and “fix it”. The time to reflect on our own sense of grief and loss is negated. We tend to swallow our feelings until we can deal with them later but sometimes later never comes.

In our undergraduate education we have very little content on how to counsel a bereaved person which often leads us to feeling stressed and inadequate in dealing with the situation. We are also not given adequate education on how to manage our own grief response to the trauma we witness.

This retreat provides you the unique experience to explore the implications of grief and trauma in both the professional and personal life of the Nurse.

We will examine two main concepts. The first being self-nurturing and healing from our own personal grief or challenging experiences. The second is your work with patients and your relationships with family and friends who have experienced trauma, bereavement, or grief – enhancing your counselling and communication techniques.

This Nursing Retreat has been developed by two experienced facilitators who look forward to working with you in the breath-taking natural environment of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Although this retreat is predominantly for Nurses other health care professionals are also welcome to attend.

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Who is this conference for?

This is a conference retreat is for all Nurses irrespective of clinical specialty. The content applies to a new graduate, enrolled nurse, registered nurse through to director of Nursing.

The skills you will learn at the conference will be valuable to you in a variety of challenging situations.

This retreat offers not just education but includes a supportive environment with caring and experienced facilitators to assist you explore these difficult topics.

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You will learn:

In this conference you will:

    • What to say and not to say to a bereaved distressed person
    • The effect of chronic work stress and the link to poor physical and mental health
    • The pathology of panic attacks outlining the fight and flight response
    • The signs and symptoms of a panic attack and adrenal fatigue
    • The personality traits that are associated with anxiety and panic attacks
    • The link between gut health and mental health
    • The concept of burnout
    • The effects of shift work on nurses/paramedics, mental and physical health
    • About grief and bereavement and how it affects us
    • How to use the ‘five minute framework’ and how to counsel family members or clients.
    • Counselling tips
    • How to avoid traps in challenging situations
    • About prescription drugs have side effects of depressed mood
    • How to utilise the science of mindfulness for your own benefit
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Learning Outcomes

In this Retreat you will:

    • Gain an understanding of the importance of self-nurturing and the development of your own stress management plan

    • Explore anxiety, panic attacks and the link to adrenal fatigue

    • Investigate the effects of bereavement and grief on physical and mental health

    • Learn techniques to enhance your counselling skills

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Why a retreat?

A retreat conference is a seminar that is designed to facilitate the ability of a group to step back from their day-to-day demands and activities for a period of concentrated discussion and exploration about specific issues.

In the past Nurses have not been offered retreats, they have not been provided with the support that other professions have. Nurses make up the largest health care professional group but their distinctive needs have been overlooked.

The need for this Nursing retreat is based on the counselling work of Anne Evans-Murray. Anne works with many Nursing clients and provides practical assistance to deal with multiple issues.

So, join us at this bespoke retreat experience as we step back from our day-to-day demands and stressors and take advantage of the supportive environment that a retreat offers.

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Is this part of my Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

Yes, it is!

Under the code of conduct in Domain 7: Promote Health and Wellbeing,  the value statement that we, as Nurses and Midwives are required to abide by is:

“Nurses and Midwives promote health and wellbeing for people and their families, colleagues, the broader community and themselves in a way that addresses health inequality.”

This means that the information and education provided at this retreat is perfect to meet your obligations under this domain and thus claimable as a CPD activity.

The Venue: O’Reilly’s RainForest Retreat

The retreat is being held at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat which is located in the Lamington National Park. It is 90 minutes from the Gold Coast and 2 hours from Brisbane.

The journey to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is almost as memorable as the destination. Your journey will take you through the village of Canungra and as you pass through the Canungra Valley, stop in to sample some O’Reilly’s wine and fuel up for your afternoon of hiking with a picnic at Canungra Valley Vineyards. As you begin your drive up to the Lamington Plateau, take it slow on the winding mountain road and enjoy the vistas towards the mountains in the West, you’ll understand why it is called “The Scenic Rim”.

The location allows us to hold sessions outside in the rain forest to gain the benefits that mother nature provides us in this fabulous location.

There will also be opportunities to take advantage of the day spa with time allocated on day two and three in the afternoon to take part in self-care. You will need to book these activities directly with O’Reilly’s well in advance.

“I had a hot stone massage there recently and it was just fabulous – one of the best I have ever encountered” Anne Evans – Murray.

O’Reilly’s is renowned for its sunsets overlooking the mountains and on day one the group will be able to experience this at the complimentary Conference welcome session.

Attendees will book their accommodation directly with O’Reilly’s. There are a number of options to choose from and a special rate is available with the use of the Conference booking code (emailed after your registration is confirmed).

As the roads are winding, we recommend that you stay at the accommodation including the last night of the Conference. You might choose to stay the weekend or calmly head home on Saturday morning ready to face the world again.

Please Note: Accommodation costs are not part of the registration fee.

Once you have registered for the Nurse Retreat, it's time to book your
accommodation (you will be able to download the promo code from your receipt email).

If you are wanting to stay at the Rainforest Retreat please use the promo code above when booking to receive your conference delegate discount. 

This discount applies to the following rooms:

  • Stinson Rooms
  • Mountain View Rooms (Queen, Queen + Single and Studios)
  • One and Two Bedroom Villa (Rainforest or Valley)

Our Presenters:

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Anne Evans-Murray

R.N., BHlthSc, MACCCN, Grad.Dip Ed, MEd, Dip Counselling, GradCertCritCare, CertIV Training and Assessment, CertIV in Mediation

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 & Griffith University.

Anne Evans-Murray

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-ray interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertivness 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.

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Sue Walker

RN, BN, BN (ADMIN), MPHC (PALCARE), MACN Specialist Nurse Educator Sue Walker is the Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. 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.

Conference Program:

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Day one: Monday 30 May 2022

Topics covered today will include: 

  • Discussion of the goals of the retreat
  • Anxiety, panic attacks and adrenal fatigue from constant stress
  • Personality Profile – ABCD model
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Day Two: Tuesday 31 MAy 2022

Topics covered today will include:

  • Meditation Practice
  • Exploration of Art and Mindfulness
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Counselling techniques and ‘the five minute framework’
  • Group Therapy
  • Emotional Freedom technique and I’m ok exercise

This evening we invite all attendees and their guest to join the conference facilitators at an optional Dinner and drinks.

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Day THREE: Wednesday 01 June 2022

Topics covered today will include:Developing a Personal Self-Management Plan 

  • Lets’ explore mindfulness and meditation
  • Burnout in speciality areas and ward situations
  • The effects of shift work on physical and mental health
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Personal Boundaries
  • Recognition of Challenging Situations that can affect mental and physical health
  • Group Therapy


The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses.

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Things to do During your Visit To O’reillys

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SegWay Safari

What a fun way to have a look around the gorgeous rainforest on this guided tour on segways.

Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden one, the team at O’Reilly’s have taught many people to ride them safely so as to have the best experience possible.

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Birds of Prey Show

Barn owls, barking owls, black kites, kestrels, and of course the amazing wedge-tail eagle will be on display in all their magnificence at the Birds of Prey show. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to slip on the glove and get up close and personal with the eagle.

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Visit the Glow Worms

Climb aboard the 4WD bus as we are guided to the glow worm grotto where you will see hundreds of thousands of these twinkling delights.

You may also be lucky enough to see other night-dwellers like possums, bandicoots, frogs or Lamington Spiny Crayfish.

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Experience the Zip Lines

If you are up for a bit of adventure then head over to the zip line where you will be strapped in and sent on a 180m journey, 25m up in the rainforest canopy.

You’ll experience the wind through your hair as you see epic views of Morans Creek below.

Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.

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Happy attendees

The overall conference was fantastic. I would not change anything. There was a lot of content to cover, but it was enjoyable. Sue and Anne you were wonderful. Thank you.


Nursing Retreat 2021

A very big thank you to Anne and Sue for your wonderful team effort to make these 2.5 days one of the best learning activities I have experienced. You delivered a perfect combination of expertise, wisdom, humour, kindness and warmth in a naturally beautiful setting. The resources are excellent and will continue support my professional and personal development. Three cheers!!!!


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I found both presenters very open to interactive learning. I would be keen to attend further seminars held by both fabulous teachers!


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  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • Conference Presenters that are a recognised expert in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • Welcome function on the first night
  • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea as outlined in the program
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenters
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
Disclaimer: The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.
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Registration Cost

$790.00 inc GST

NB: Price does not include accommodation, travel costs or the optional Gourmet BBQ.

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