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SA President's Message

“Welcome to the South Australian CENA webpage!

The SA branch committee is made up of passionate emergency nurses who volunteer their time to promote emergency nursing across South Australia. We do this through educational and social events, advocating for emergency nurses at a state and national level and representation on local and national committees. CENA SA has two scholarships available for members to attend ICEN (Alice Springs 2016) and EMSA (Adelaide (2016), see below for more details on eligibility and how to apply for a scholarship.

We welcome feedback and contributions from members, either by joining the committee or contributing to events (education or social). If you have any ideas for developing and improving the service provided by CENA locally or nationally please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing”

Karen Hammad

SA Branch President

SA Branch Committee

Name Position
Karen Hammad President (expires Oct 2018)
Megan Wake Vice President (expires Oct 2017), Board Director
Vacant Treasurer
Vanessa Stalley-Gordon Secretary (expires Oct 2018)
Jack Fabian Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)
Deborah Lloyd Committee Member (expires Oct 2018)
Cathi Montague Committee Member (expires Oct 2018)
Sally Neumann Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)
Peter (Kevin) Shaughnesy Committee Member (expires Oct 2017)

Emergency SA Conference (EMSA)

On July 1st and 2nd 2016 the 9th EMSA conference was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The conference was part hosted by CENA, along with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine and Paramedics Australasia. Approximately 194 delegates attended the conference, which was the most successful one yet. The conference saw networking and collaboration between three main professional groups; nursing, paramedics and medicine across a two day program that included concurrent sessions, posters, workshops, panel discussions, welcome drinks and a gala dinner. A highlight of the conference and crowd favourite was a keynote presentation by Dr Tony Fernando on the ‘Study of Happiness’. It was also wonderful to see CENA members attending the conference, presenting their work and involved in the organising committee. The next EMSA is shaping up to be bigger and better so for more information about the conference and to keep an eye out for future EMSA conferences visit the EMSA website:

Congratulations to Jasmine Zantvoort –

Recipient of the 2016 SA CENA Scholarship



ICEN Report from Jasmine Zantvoort

The 14th International Conference for Emergency Nurses (ICEN) was held from the 19th – 21st of October at the Alice Springs convention centre in the Northern Territory.

The theme of the conference was ‘Emergency Care: Expanding the Horizon’ and this correlated perfectly with the launch of the new Northern Territory CENA branch. It was also the first time ICEN has been held in, not only, the Northern Territory but also a rural location.

The aim of the conference was to explore the innovation, adaptation and perseverance of delivering emergency care in challenging environments.

There was a total of 202 conference delegates (not including sponsors or exhibitors) that attended not only from Australia but from other countries including China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Vietnam. 

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It was a well organized conference that integrated social media by offering and encouraging the use of media platforms including an ICEN delegate app for use on media devices. The app allowed you to plan your conference and pre-workshop schedule, take notes, give feedback on presentations, connect with other delegates, upload photos, provided maps on the convention centre, displayed sponsor & exhibitor information and games to win prizes and much more. The conference also provided attendees with easy options to book extra social events at their fingertips through it’s webpage including things such as hot air ballooning, a special dinner experience at the earth sanctuary, camel rides and more.

There was a broad selection of optional pre-workshops to attend on the 19th of October which varied amongst the sub themes of the conference including ‘access & delivery of emergency care in Australia, rural & remote areas’, ‘innovative models of emergency care delivery’ and ‘Patient focused care delivery in vulnerable population groups’.


The two main days of the conference held on the 20th and 21st of October were jam packed full of inspiring professionals who clearly were some of the most elite professionals in our field. These included nurses with many years of practice in an emergency care setting who have watched and are identifying the need for the role of the emergency nurse and department to evolve and adapt to our changing requirements – to those more junior upcoming nurses whose passion for improving care has inspired them to undertake pivotal research that has significant groundwork identifying issues that need change in our current roles and/or workplaces.


One of the standout presenters was Christopher Cliffe, a highly experienced nurse from the NT, who spoke about his personal experiences providing care in the rural setting, which sung true with the ICEN theme. He spoke about over coming challenges that included not only cultural but significant access and resource issues in highly critical and complex patient care cases. He also spoke about the significant and somewhat limited availability of co-ordination required for transferring of patients in and out of rural settings and how to adapt to provide adequate patient care when in situations where patients did not meet evacuation protocols. He was so inspiring in his dedication to providing emergency and primary care not only in rural settings but his humanitarian efforts in some international disasters he had taken part in. He also presented and highlighted the statistical information about the significant discrepancies amongst the rural/remote and indigenous population with regards to their life expectancies and mortality risk related to various sustained injuries and general health problems compared to the suburban population within Australia. He highlighted the ongoing need for further assessment and subsequent interventions to address these inadequacies.

The conference ended on a highly enjoyable social note with all ICEN participants taken via private coaches to the Quarry at Alice Springs for a gourmet buffet BBQ dinner. The night was themed appropriately ‘hats & boots’. There was even a showdown for whoever had the best hat and boots! This was followed on by presentation of conference awards including the CENA nurse of the year Sharon Gregoor and the CENA emergency department of the year The Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital. The remainder of the night was then spent feasting on all the yummy food and drinks and everyone socialized merrily around bonfires or danced the night away to the live band ‘old rockers’ as the sun set amongst the dry red iconic Alice Springs outback.


Are you thinking of attending a CENA conference or presenting?? 2017 is the year for you!


The closing finale of ICEN 2016 announced the 2017 conference would be held in Sydney with a Dr Seuss theme; “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.

The venue is the Sydney Masonic center and it looks like it will be an amazing experience for all delegates and presenters new or old!

Jasmine Zantvoort

Clinical Nurse

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Opportunities exist for members to represent CENA at a state and national level. There are a number of committees and opportunities to be involved in policy review. In previous years CENA SA has been influential in determining improvements to staffing levels within metropolitan emergency departments of SA.

  • Deb Henrys – CENA national representative for the ACEM patient safety project
  • Nathan Butler – CENA SA representative for the Australian Resuscitation Council

CENA SA Meeting Dates

Any CENA SA member is welcome to attend these meetings.

Dates to be advised

Book a whole table or just buy a ticket and we will find you a table to join!

Tour of RFDS Adelaide Base





This event will include a general tour of the new RFDS Adelaide base. This new state of the art facility officially opened in October 2016, so you can be amongst the first clinicians to visit. Come along to gain an understanding of your patient’s pre-hospital experience.

The Adelaide Base and its team of pilots and flight nurses provide 24-hour emergency aeromedical transport serving all regions of South Australia. Adelaide Base is also home to RFDS’s engineering team which conducts heavy maintenance for the aircraft fleet situated across SA.

Please note: This is a working base and your viewing experience on the night will depend on operational activities at that time


Maternity Matters – Birth, Babies & Blood

On Friday 9th September 2016 CENA SA held a local education event. It was hosted at the ‘Adelaide Health Simulation and Skills Centre’ at the University of Adelaide. John, Rachel, Judy, Jenny, Adam and Michael were our six member expert faculty, and they facilitated four practical experiences;

  • normal vaginal delivery
  • care of the healthy newborn
  • care of the ‘flat’ newborn
  • postpartum haemorrhage

We had twenty three keen and enthusiastic attendees who immersed themselves in the simulation event.

Thanks to all the people that attended.  It was fun!