Exploring Psychological Workplace Violence and Personal Resilience

A Nursing Conference Retreat

24-26 May 2023 | 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

In this Retreat, we are going to explore the impact on a Nurse facing workplace violence. We will examine resilience and how it links to healthy boundaries and mental wellbeing.
The issue of burnout will be examined. The content is vital knowledge for all of us as we face the unique challenges currently around us, only for our own self-development but also to have the knowledge and skills to provide support to our families, friends and colleagues.

This unique retreat offers not just education but includes a supportive environment with caring and experienced facilitators to assist you to explore these difficult topics. Participants will learn practical strategies on how to work in their personal and professional lives with very difficult people.

In addition to the conference program, attendees will have the opportunity to explore a number of activities to assist them to manage stress and prevent burnout. Each day  attendees can join the facilitators on one of the many beautiful and serene rainforest walks. We will explore different forms of meditation and explore topics that can be unpacked only in a supported learning environment.

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

Please note this retreat is predominantly for Nurses but all health professionals are welcome.

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Who is this conference for?

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

The issue of workplace violence is real within our professional culture as evidenced by increasing levels of burnout and distress.

The skills you will learn at the conference will be valuable to you whether you have experienced bullying or not.

If you are a clinical facilitator, educator, Nurse leader, or aspiring Nurse leader, this conference provides you with essential knowledge for your role.

This conference will assist you in developing your emotional intelligence and assertion skills, and to recognise and manage these difficult concepts. You will learn the strategies of how to support your team.

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:

    • The impact of hidden workplace violence on your physical health.
    • The hidden tactics of bullies that rob you of your emotional peace and cause you great pain.
    • The psychological impact of bullying: from causing embarrassment through to loss of professional credibility.
    • The spectrum of narcissism (from selfishness traits to a personality disorder) which may be in your family as well as at work.
    • To recognise of the primary techniques of those on the narcissistic spectrum including gas-lighting and the use of silent treatment.
    • How to manage your stress and restore your peace of mind.
    • To enhance your understanding of resilience and burnout.
    • How to regain your reputation and self-esteem after a difficult experience or assist others to do so.
    • Practical skills on how to be assertive and powerful.
    • Tips on how to avoid legal problems as a target of bullying or as a nurse leader.
    • Assertiveness to manage criticism.
    • That the skills you gain at this conference will apply to both the workplace environment and your personal life.
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Learning Outcomes

In this conference you will:

    • Explore Bullying and the effects on a person exposed to people with narcissistic traits or Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
    • Undertake Assertiveness training and learn practical hints on how to develop assertive body language and vocabulary.
    • Examine the manifestation of burnout and strategies to assist with healing.
    • Investigate the term ‘Resilience’ and how we can put strategies in place to increase or develop resilience.
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Why a retreat?

A conference retreat 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 of specific issues.

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

The need for this nursing conference retreat is based on the counselling work of Anne Evans- Murray as she works with many nursing clients who have experienced bullying or who wish to develop their own personal assertiveness skills.

It is also based on feedback from the Nursing CPD Institute subscribers in evaluating the sessions provided on resilience, bullying and assertiveness training and with requests for more practical assistance to deal with multiple issues.

So join us in this unique conference 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 paid).

O’Reilly’s retreat offers a rustic environment housed in the beautiful lamington national park.

If you choose to stay in the original Retreat Lodge building, there are no TV’s in the rooms to take away from your retreat experience. The lodge also houses the dining room and several spaces you can sit in front of an open fire and talk with others or lose yourself in a good book. The Sunset bar and conference room are also located in the original O’Reilly’s lodge.

If you want a more up market experience you can choose to stay in one of the many well appointed villas however, you will need to drive up to the Retreat conference room each day.

There is also O’Reilly’s Campground which is a world class ecotourism attraction set out amongst the pristine rainforest and has onsite safari-style tents available.

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 of lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.

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: Wednesday 24 May 2023

Topics covered today will include: 

  • Discussion of the goals of the retreat
  • Self-esteem – developing confidence and improving physical and mental health
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Day Two: Thursday 25 May 2023

Topics covered today will include:

  • Meditation Practice
  • Workplace bullying
  • Narcissism in families
  • Communication and Assertion
  • Small group coaching and assertion training

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

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Optional Food and Drinks Function


Join other attendees and the conference facilitators for an evening of good food and great company.

Enjoy 2 hours of food and drinks including soft drinks, beer and wine.

If you would like a guest to attend simply update the quantity once you have added this to the cart.

Please note this is an additional cost and not included in the registration fee.

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Day THREE: Friday 26 May 2023

Topics covered today will include:

  • Lets’ explore mindfulness and meditation
  • Personality profile – Increasing emotional intelligence
  • Resilience 
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Small group coaching and assertion training


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

I would recommend retreat to others.  Interesting content. Plenty of stretch and coffee breaks. Speakers very engaging and professional. Had a wonderful retreat we all really enjoyed it and will definitely be back for more Thank you Sue and Ann.


Nursing Retreat, May 2022

Fabulous conference! Many thanks ladies you did a wonderful job. Our society would be so much better if this information was taught not only to nurses but also widely throughout the community. 


Nursing Retreat, September 2021

Well worth attending [the] content was very interesting & well presented. So much to take away & put into practice & relevant. [I] felt so good after this Retreat. Just what I needed. Thank you so very much Sue & Anne


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  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • A copy of Anne Evan’s book – Uncomplicating Life, Simply (RRP $35)
  • 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

$850.00 inc GST

NB: Price does not include accommodation, travel costs or optional function.

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