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Queensland CENA Branch

“The committee is comprised of a group of passionate ED nurses who are working on behalf of all QLD CENA members to address issues at both a state and national level.

We aim to provide members with education and activities that they can access both via the webpage and other modalities. Your needs are important to us and your input is welcome.

If you would like to contribute to events, have suggestions or queries, please contact us via email.”

QLD Branch Committee

Lorelle Malyon President | Administrative Director (expires Oct 2019)
Katie East Vice President | National Board Member (expires Oct 2020)
Amy Johnson Secretary (expires Oct 2020)
Theona Stone Treasurer (expires Oct 2020)
Angela Devlin Committee Member (expires Oct 2020)
Carmel Larkin Committee Member (expires Oct 2019)
Elizabeth Elder Committee Member (expires Oct 2019)
Elizabeth Quinn Committee Member (expires Oct 2018)
Kelly Foster Committee Member (expires Oct 2019)
Therese Bryan-Brown Committee Member (expires Oct 2020)
Susan Sivyer Committee Member (expires Oct 2020)
Julie Finucane Committee Member (expires Oct 2020)


Professional Standards: Julie Finucane

Education: Katie East/Elizabeth Elder

Marketing: Theona Stone

Membership & Representation: vacant

Research: Amy Johnson

ARC: Katie East

SWEDNEC Forum photo by David Haynes, Hervey Bay ED.

Annual SWEDNEC Forum 

The annual State-wide Emergency Department Nurse Educator Committee (SWEDNEC) Forum was held in Cairns on October 25/26. This is an opportunity for emergency Nurse Educators, Clinical Facilitators and Clinical Coaches to meet for two days of education and networking. It is also an opportunity to share innovative ideas and education programmes that contribute to improving clinical outcomes for patients presenting to emergency departments across the State.

This year, the forum that was sponsored by CENA, QEDSAP and Cairns Hospital was attended by nearly 50 nurses from across the state and included metropolitan, rural and remote nurses.

Thank you to CENA member Hilary Pearce who was this year’s convener.

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ICEN 2020 is coming to the Gold Coast!!

  • Convenor: Katie East (
  • Co-Convenor: Dr Amy Johnson
  • Scientific Convenor: Dr Julia Crilly
  • Scientific Co-Convenor: Dr Jamie Ranse
  • Conference Committee: TBA

CENA QLD will be hosting the 2020 International Conference for Emergency Nurses on the Gold Coast in October (14-16).

In preparation for this, the conference committee is calling for photos that can be used in a video to promote the conference and Qld Emergency Teams that will be shown at ICEN 2019 in Adelaide in October. This is a competition not for photos (we will use them all), but for the most imaginative photo, that also fits the brief.

The winning photo will be announced on CENA’s social media on International Emergency Nurses Day in October and a $100 voucher will be awarded to the winning ED. The competition will close on August 31, 2019.

Our theme next year is “Between the Flags” and in keeping with that theme, we are hoping you are able to get some colleagues together for a photo. You might like to get creative in using props such as the beach, water, beach flags, lifesaving caps, surfboards, beach umbrellas (even if your ED is in a rain forest or in a remote community in Qld). The ideas are endless and only limited by your imagination. If you’d like to have a banner to identify your location or to welcome delegates to “ICEN 2020” or to the “Gold Coast 2020” then it could score bonus votes.

Photos need to be of good quality to be used and consent needs to be gained from all staff in the photos (consent form attached). Photos & form should be emailed to CENA National Office by August 31.

We look forward to seeing your creativeness and thank you for your participation in showcasing Qld emergency teams.

Wellness in Emergency Care

On May 30, CENA Qld held an education evening that focussed on wellness. Our guest speaker for this fun night was Natalie Cook OAM, 5 times Olympian and Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist who discussed self-care strategies that aim to promote mental and physical health.  The night was well attended with nursing, medical and paramedicine represented from a number of SEQ hospitals. The night concluded with a light supper. Thank you to all that attended and especially to Natalie who was such a great speaker.