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Operating Theatre Management Conference

21-22 August 2024 | Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

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The event is a fantastic networking and knowledge sharing opportunity for operating room management & perioperative professionals. The conference provides a platform for helping perioperative nurses address some of the challenges of management, effective ways to implement change, improve efficiency, enhance teamwork and communication, and improve knowledge for theatre management professionals.

The audience for this event is made up of operating room management and perioperative professionals, including operating room/perioperative managers, operating room nurse managers, clinical nurse educators, directors of surgical services, perioperative services managers, directors of clinical services and perioperative quality and safety managers.

What’s included for conference attendees:

  • Insightful keynote presentations with nuggets of wisdom to take back to your organisation
  • A balanced agenda with a variety of perspectives and expert speakers to learn from
  • The change to benchmark your organisation’s theatre practices, strategies and processes against others
  • Bounce ideas off your colleagues and peers from across the country as you mingle in the networking breaks
  • Networking drinks reception – continue your discussions over a glass of wine!
  • Networking dinner – use the chance to get together with old and new friends
  • Engage in lively panel discussions and Q&A
  • The opportunity to enhance knowledge and improve skills for theatre management professionals

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Charmayne Thompson

Director of Operations - Clinical, Adeney Private Hospital

Rebecca East

Nurse Practitioner, CEO and Founder, The Holistic Care Collective

Ruth Melville

CNC Perioperative Patient Safety & Quality, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

Deborah Burrows

District CNC Perioperative Services, Southern NSW LHD

Dr Paula Foran

Associate Editor Emerging Scholars, Journal of Perioperative Nurses

Jeffrey Woods

National Clinical Governance Manager, Cura Day Hospitals Group

Aimee Todd

Perioperative Nurse Educator, Metro South’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and Project Officer – SWAPNET, Clinical Excellence Queensland

Seun Idowu

Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Alicia Green

District Perioperative Nurse Educator, Division of Surgery, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

A/Prof Matt Rickard

Colorectal Surgeon, Macquarie University Hospital and Concord Hospital

A/Prof Chrys Hensman

Advanced MIS Hernia, Robotic research, Benign Foregut, Bariatric and Robotic specialist Surgeon, CEO, LapSurgery Australia, University of Adelaide

Indra Jolayemi

Clinical Nurse Specialist (Perioperative Nursing), Monash Health, Monash University & sub-committee member, Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group

Kate Gibney

CNC Reprocessing, Safety, Quality and Improvement Unit | Sunshine Coast Health, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

Elke Koslowski

Nurse Manager Peri-Operative Services, South East Regional Hospital, Southern NSW LHD

Cora Conneely

Perioperative Clinical Nurse Educator, Orthopaedic CNS, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney

Sally Sutherland-Fraser

Facilitator and Consultant - specialising in perioperative patient safety and healthcare standards

Phyllis Davis AM

Perioperative Consultant (RET)

Jessica Pougnault

Deputy Director of Nursing, St John of God Subiaco Hospital

Sharna Hendrickse

Nurse Unit Manager for Robotic surgery, St John of God Hospital, Berwick

Nicola Isles

National Infection Prevention, Control and Radiation Safety Manager, Healthscope


9:00 am

DAY ONE OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Rebecca East, Nurse Practitioner, CEO and Founder, The Holistic Care Collective

9:10 am

  • The importance of getting uncomfortable to succeed in your roles
  • Purposeful leadership and knowing your why…
  • What are your current barriers to you reaching the summit for you and your colleagues?
  • Lessons learnt about leadership – the Covid-19 experience

10:00 am

  • Collaboration and working within teams
  • Human centred care and creating healthy work environments – what does that look like in practice?
  • Exploring multidisciplinary approaches to achieve better patient outcomes
  • How do we optimise education and training pathways?
  • Role diversification – opportunities and concerns
  • Role expansion – how can we get this right?
  • Why are nursing turnover rates so high?

10:50 am

Networking Break

11:20 am

  • What are a surgeon’s expectations of an operating theatre?
  • How we can build better communication and collaboration between surgeons and the theatre team?
  • Improving emotional intelligence in surgeons

11:50 am

Innovative solutions to maintain surgical capacity in the operating theatre

12:20 pm

Networking lunch

1:30 pm

  • New technologies – weighing costs vs benefit
  • How to engage execs on purchasing and get funding for innovations
  • Implementing innovative processes or ideas
  • The importance of data in getting change, new services, new innovations
  • How can some learnings from the larger hospitals be adapted to smaller sites/communities?

2:15 pm

  • Key principles of informed consent
  • Duty of care and duty to warn
  • Obtaining a valid informed consent
  • When things go wrong – continuous disclosure with open discussions

2:45 pm

Networking break

3:45 pm

  • Spotting Issues: What to do when you see wrongdoing and the information you need
  • Addressing Persistent Problems: Steps to take when bad practices don’t improve
  • Impact on Managers: Understanding the manager’s role and responsibilities
  • Incident Reporting: Handling reports and the subsequent actions
  • Initial Actions: The importance and implications of your first steps
  • Post-Incident Debriefing: Effective strategies for team debriefs

4:45 pm

Closing remarks

5:00 pm

Networking drinks

6:30 pm

Networking dinner

9:00 am

DAY TWO OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Phyllis Davis AM, Perioperative Consultant (RET)

9:10 am

Currently perioperative nurses often feel as though they are facing some insurmountable barriers. Much of the workforce is tired following the pandemic. We are faced with staffing challenges, skill mix issues and have been asked to do more with less, and some of us are seeing the ‘passion for nursing’ flame in our hearts burn less brightly.

This presentation will look at some strategies to break down the barriers, endeavour to rekindle the flame, reignite your passion for perioperative nursing and remind all of us, not only how wonderful we are, but also what a huge difference our perioperative nursing makes to our patients’ perioperative care.

10:35 am

Networking break

11:05 am

  • Learnings from changing the clinical governance framework at Cura
  • Tackling the challenges with changing culture
  • Communication – shifting from a reactive to a proactive focus

11:35 am

The Art of Utilisation, Efficiency & Optimization

Jessica Pougnault, Deputy Director of Nursing, St John of God Subiaco Hospital

12:50 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

The release of the new AS 5369:2023 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices and other devices in health and non – health related facilities in December 2023, amalgamates AS/NZS 4184:2014 and Office based health care facilities AS/NZS 4815:2006.

The presentation will cover:

  • Comparing reprocessing standards and refreshing facility gap analysis
  • Extension to ACHS Advisory 18/07 V 10.0

2:30 pm

  • Exploring the experiences and lessons learnt from moving to day only procedures
  • Exploring pre-optimisation and pre-screening – what works and what doesn’t?
  • Considering workforce challenges/rostering options
  • Navigating the post operative opportunities and considerations
  • How do we increase/sustain surgery in district (smaller) sites?
  • The role of virtual care in improving efficiencies

3:15 pm

Closing remarks from Chair

3:20 pm

Close of conference



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2095+GST
Virtual Pass$1895+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $180+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695+GST
Virtual Pass$1595+GST
Extras Price
Dinner $180+GST
Streamly Access Pass $150+GST


Wednesday 21st August 2024
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Olio Kensington Street
Level 2, The Old Rum Store
2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

A very brief walk from the conference venue, attendees will enjoy drinks on arrival, followed by a sit down banquet with drinks.

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* Please note, only paying delegates, sponsors and speakers are eligible to attend the networking dinner.

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when & where

21 - 22 Aug 2024

Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney
Building 10, Level 7/235 Jones St,
Ultimo NSW 2007

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