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ACNC 2018 Conference
Mercure Hotel
9-10 March 2018
Keynote speaker: Jeroen Hendriks
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ACNC 2017 Conference
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
10-11 March 2017
Keynote speaker: Tiny Jaarsma
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2015 Sydney Crowne Plaza Conference
Keynote speakers: Professor Sabina De Geest, Professor Patricia Davidson
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2014 Gold Coast Conference - Young at Heart
Keynote speaker: Professor Yoshimi Fukuoka

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2013 Auckland, New Zealand,  Working Together
Keynote Speakers: Professor Kathy Dracup; Professor Jenny Carryer

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2012 Crowne Plaza Sydney, The Ageing Heart
Keynote Speakers: Professor Alex Clarke;  Professor Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman

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2011 Sebel Hotel,  Melbourne - Hearts and Minds
Keynote speakers: Professor David Thompson; Dr David Hare

2010 Royal on the Park, Brisbane - Cardiovascular Nursing- Prevent, Educate, Treat
Keynote Speaker: Professor Martha Hill

2009 Crowne Plaza, Sydney - Cardiovascular Nursing: The Heart of Cardiac Care
Keynote Speakers: Dr Rosemary Bryant;  Professor Chris Semsarian

2008 Sebel Hotel, Melbourne - Advancing Cardiovascular Nursing While Improving Patient Outcomes
Keynote Speakers: Professor Kathy Dracup;  Professor Barbara Riegel

2007 Watermark Hotel, Gold Coast - Cardiovascular Nursing : A New Horizon
Keynote Speakers: Professor David Thompson;  Professor Cheryl Dennison

Dr Jeroen Hendriks, RN, PhD, FESC, FCSANZ 

Dr Jeroen Hendriks is an Academic Nurse and Health Scientist who received his PhD in 2013 at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, the Netherlands. His doctoral studies focused on developing Integrated Care in terms of specialised Arial Fibrillation clinics and proving the role of specialised nurses to manage these clinics.

In 2015 he took up the Derek Frewin Lectureship at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital. His program of research focusses on integrated care management in atrial fibrillation and related cardiovascular disease, as well as preparing and redesigning practices for such an approach. Jeroen holds an Early Career Fellowship from the Australian Heart Foundation.

Dr Hendriks is the Vice-President of the Australian Cardiovascular Health and Rehabilitation Association (ACRA) and is Board Director of the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College (ACNC). He is the Past-President of the Dutch Society for Cardiovascular Nurses and the Past Communication Officer and board member of the Council for Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP) within the European Society of Cardiology.

Professor Geoffrey Tofler

Professor of Preventative Cardiology, University of Sydney, Senior Staff Specialist in Cardiology, Royal North Shore Hospital
Honorary Medical Director, North Shore Cardiovascular Education Centre/Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Management of Cardiac Failure Program (MACARF) 

Geoffrey has a long-standing interest in novel approaches to prevention of cardiovascular disease. After completing his cardiology training in Sydney, he spent 13 years at Harvard Medical School in Boston, before returning to his current position. Among his 170 original publications, he has co-authored several papers on the relationship between obesity and cardiovascular risk.

Kimberley Bardsley

Kimberley Bardsley is a Nurse Practitioner working at the Heart Failure Service at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. She has a background in cardiology including intensive care, surgical, medical, education, transplantation and acute and chronic disease management. Setting up the St Vincent’s Hospital Heart Failure Service to be an ever evolving, evidenced based - nurse led collaborative multi-disciplinary team. The service provides flexible care focused on providing support for people living with heart failure. Providing support for patients in their own home or in clinics. Specialist care includes management of chronic heart failure and heart failure exacerbations, application of the current guidelines to practice including – pharmacological and non - pharmacological optimisation and strong collaboration and linkages with the broader health care teams to optimise care and manage any co-morbidities, and targeting strategies to improve access and fill the care gaps for high risk populations or for those with decreased contact with health care services.

Professor Robyn Clark

Professor Robyn Clark is a senior clinician and mid-career researcher; she holds qualifications as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and Critical Care Nurse, a Master’s degree in Education and a PhD. Professor Clark is currently a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Fellow of the American Heart Association and Life Member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. She was the inaugural recipient of a National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS-NHMRC) PhD scholarship supported by the National Heart Foundation for researching telemonitored heart failure management in rural and remote Australia She completed a NHMRC Australian Training Fellowship at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013 after which she commenced her appointment at Flinders University in as Professor of Acute Care and Cardiovascular Research.

Professor Clark is internationally-recognized for her research into the most effective management of patients with heart failure and cardiovascular disease. Her research program can be summarized under the overall theme of increasing ACCESS to evidence-based care for underserviced and disadvantaged populations. The program of research has three streams: stream one focuses upon improving access the heart failure and cardiovascular disease services for patients and communities especially in rural and remote Australia. This suite of research is recognized for its innovative methods, particularly its emphasis on geographical epidemiological analysis using GIS. The second stream involves the use of information technology to bridge the gap between cardiac specialist centers and populations with limited access to cardiology services or to patients with low health literacy. This suite of research includes the evaluation of telehealth, apps and avatars as tools to deliver education and secondary interventions for heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation. The third theme is centred on improving access for patients with cardiotoxicity after cancer treatment to appropriate cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.

Professor Clark has a strong background in epidemiology and linked data analysis and in the last 4 years has been working with cancer researchers in investigating the epidemiology and patient outcome of heart failure after cancer treatment. All of these streams underpin a cohesive research strategy that aims to build capacity in cardiovascular care supported by technology outside of metropolitan hospitals.

Reitai Minogue

Reitai is the National Project Manager of the Lighthouse Hospital Project at the National Heart Foundation located in Melbourne, Victoria. Reitai is a graduate of Monash University, Melbourne, where she received a Bachelor Pharmacy and a Masters Marketing degree. After graduation Reitai worked in both the acute and community sector as a Pharmacist. This has led to over 20 years’ experience in Primary Health Care initially in the Divisions of General Practice, NPS Medicinewise and State Government. She has extensive experience managing complex large-scale state and national projects with multiple partners and stakeholders. Projects have been structured to systematically improve and redesign end to end processes, drive data collection, analysis and evidenced based application, targeting service delivery to improve the health and safety of Australians both in primary and across the hospital sector.

Penny Newland

Penny Newland is currently based in Melbourne as a Project Coordinator with the National Heart Foundation, working on the Lighthouse Hospital Project. As part of this role she is supporting five hospital sites involved in the project across New South Wales and South Australia. She is also a Registered Nurse with 11 years’ experience in the acute sector. She has previously worked as a Clinical Nurse Educator at Austin Health in Melbourne.

Matthew Han

Matthew Han is a Nurse Educator working in the Surgical and Critical Care division at Westmead Hospital. Matthew started his Nursing career in Cardiology as a Registered Nurse in 1995 and soon realised his passion for Cardiac Nursing. Pursuing this career he has completed tertiary post graduate studies in Cardiac Nursing and has witnessed exciting evolution in practice. Matthew has discovered his enthusiasm for education and went on to complete a post graduate Masters in this area. He specialises in delivering cardiac education across Western Sydney Local Health District, and is passionate about ensuring health care professional delivers high quality care. 

Dr. Levi Bassin

Following a degree in Computer Science Dr. Bassin studied Medicine at the University of Sydney and then continued with PhD studies in cardiac electrophysiology. His clinical training took place at St Vincent’s Hospital, Wagga Base, Prince of Wales and Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney as well as Harvard Medical School in Boston, where Dr. Bassin undertook his Fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery as well as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). He is one of the few surgeons in Australia trained in TAVI and minimally invasive robotic surgery. 

Mr Elliot Williams MStJ RN BN, GradCert CritCare

Elliot is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Intensive Care Unit at Royal North Shore and Associate of the Faculty of Health for the University of Technology, Sydney, teaching on the post-graduate critical care course. He also holds the position of Chief Nurse for St John Ambulance Australia (NSW). His main sub-specialty interest is extracorporeal life support (ECLS). He is heavily involved in the ECMO programme at Royal North Shore, having developed a multidisciplinary ECMO training course for ICU nurses and doctors and is affiliated with the learnECMO education group. Elliot is currently studying a Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and is working towards joining the ICU Nurse Practitioner Service at Royal North Shore. 

Audas Grant

Audas was born in a log cabin that he built with his own bare hands and is currently employed by NSW health as a Clinical Nurse Consultant for Emergency/Critical Care and is located at Albury. He has worked in NSW Health for almost three decades and has represented on several state, interstate and national taskforce committees. Audas has presented at many national and international conferences. Currently, he is the chair of the NSW Rural Emergency/Critical Care CNC planning group and Co-Chair of the NSW Rural Critical Care Taskforce committee. His main ambitions are to play the Uilleanne Pipes competently, improve his lap time around Eastern Creek Raceway and continue his dedication to ASMAP.

Helen Orvad

Helen is in her 31st year of nursing for Hunter New England Health. She commenced her career in the Enrolled Nurse Hospital training system in 1986 in Tamworth. The conversion to her Registered Nurse status occurred through the University of New England simultaneously with shifting to Intensive Care nursing. It was the Coronary Care component of this Unit that took Helens interest along with Retrieval nursing and finally the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory when it opened in 2003. Helen worked between the ICU and CCL whilst completing her Masters in Cardiac Nursing also through the University of New England in 2005. Following this, she became the NUM of the CCL where she consolidated the Interventional service and established the pacing service. For the last 4 years Helen has been the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cardiology for Northern Hunter New England and more recently the Co-chair ACI Cardiac Network Rural Working Group.

Jackie Colgan

Jackie has been a member of ACNC since its inception and was secretary from 2013-2015. Jackie trained as a nurse in the UK and has been working in Australia since 1994. Jackie has worked in various roles in cardiac nursing and has been Cardiac Clinical Nurse Consultant Central Coast of NSW since 2007. In addition since 2013 Jackie has been the unit coordinator for Cardiovascular Nursing at UTAS. Professionally she has participated in various projects that promote evidenced based practice in cardiovascular nursing.

Dawn Mcivor

Dawn Mcivor is CNC cardiology for Hunter New England Health based at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. Dawn has over twenty years of Cardaic nursing experience working in hospital and community Dawn has experience and knowledge in all aspects of clinical cardiology with a specific interest in Cardaic rehabilitation. She recently completed her Masters of Research, is secretary for ACRANSWACT, and works closely with National Heart Foundation and other peak bodies. Dawn is a strong advocate for cardiovascular nursing as a speciality, and interested in finding ways to address this and support rural nurses in cardiovascular care. .

Ross Proctor RN, CCU Cert

Ross is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cardiac Services at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney. He has more than 25 years’ experience in cardiac nursing across a variety of settings, including six years co-ordinating the post grad cardiac nursing course at the Australian College of Nursing, now the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). Ross is a course director and accredited ALS 1 & 2 instructor with the Australian Resuscitation Council. He is a founding member and past President of the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College. Ross’ interests include improving resuscitation outcomes, improving patient and family/carer experiences in health care, promoting and developing cardiac nursing, and motorcycling.

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The abstract submission process has now officially closed. The Conference Organising Committee would like to thank all those that submitted abstracts for the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College 2018 Conference, taking place on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March at the Mercure Sydney.

The Conference Secretariat will notify all abstract submitters of acceptance via email by Friday, 8 December 2017. A reminder that presenters whose abstracts have been accepted must register for the conference and pay a registration fee.

The ACNC is committed to supporting the development of nursing practice, education and research in the Australasian region. The 2018 Conference will provide a platform for discussion of the key issues and challenges facing the industry. We look forward to having you join us in Sydney as we look to the future of advancing cardiovascular healthcare.


For more information, please contact the Conference Secretariat

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ACNC 2018 Conference 

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The Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College (ACNC) invites you to be involved as a sponsor and/or exhibitor at the ACNC 2018 Conference. The Meeting will be held from Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March 2018 at the Mercure Sydney, New South Wales.

The ACNC is the pre-eminent organisation in Australia and New Zealand for Cardiovascular Nursing and supports the vital role of cardiovascular nurses within Australasia.

The ACNC is committed to equip and advance nursing practice, education and research. We welcome and value collaboration with other health professionals as we strive to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients across the spectrum of home to hospital.

The exhibition is an integral part of the meeting and presents a unique occasion for trade suppliers to raise their profile within the profession and to display their products and/or services.

The ACNC 2018 Conference is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to a highly targeted audience with a number of excellent sponsorship and exhibition packages available.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Conference in 2018.


• Exposure to a local, national and international audience before, during and after the ACNC Conference

• Draw your target market to you in one place at one time

• Align your company profile with the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College and share the benefits of a large national consumer base

• Networking with delegates in the exhibition area and the opportunity to maintain relationships with existing clients.

2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The ACNC would like to thank the following organisations for their support of the 2018 Conference: