11h 30m CPDConference

Major Trauma Conference

Two Days for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Major Trauma Conference - Sydney 2019


Surry Hills
12 - 13 Dec 2019
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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Why Attend

Major trauma incidents can happen without warning. Are you prepared for when a major trauma patient comes your way? Since no two major trauma incidents are the same, education is essential to ensure you are confident and always ready to act. Attend this conference to improve outcomes for major trauma patients. Topics include:

  • How to treat penetrating injuries
  • Catastrophic haemorrhage management
  • Where to start with paediatric and obstetric trauma
  • Prehospital management of suspected spinal injury
  • A look at delayed accident symptoms and much, much more…
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Matthew Pepper

When Terrorism Causes Trauma

The word “disaster” evokes images of fires, earthquakes, floods, as well as the unthinkable horrors of 9/11 and overseas massacres, or closer to home at Sydney’s Lindt Café and Melbourne’s Bourke Street. The reality is, as nurses, we will, sooner or later, be confronted by a sudden natural or premeditated disaster, which, by definition, “impacts the delivery of patient care by requiring us to make difficult decisions and use whatever resources are available in a situation not entirely in our control”. Be it the “big one” or everyday MCIs, this opening session will highlight central issues for all nurses to consider:

  • Emergency response to disasters, ‘at work’ vs ‘at the scene’ as an incidental responder
  • The ‘facts and fiction’ of disaster management, influences on triage and impact of ‘short-term’ vs ‘long-term’ events
  • Characteristics of intentional mass violence incidents including wounding profiles and dynamic threat profiles
  • The “T” word: the impact of premeditated events on medical response and outcomes in today’s world
Dr Taneal Wiseman

Back to Basics: Essential Components of the Primary Survey

The initial assessment and management of a person who has suffered trauma are critical to their outcome and recovery. This session will discuss the rapid systematic primary survey, which is based on established frameworks. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate actions within different contexts. It includes:

  • Cervical spine stabilisation
  • Type of trauma, danger, and response
  • A - Airway
  • B - Breathing and oxygenation
  • C - Circulation and bleeding
  • D - Disability and delegating tasks
10:45 Morning Tea

Justin Treble

Penetrating Trauma

Penetrating injuries and lacerations are some of the most graphic injuries you may encounter. They may present as anything from a stab wound to evisceration. In this session, we will discuss the following topics:

  • How can we assess for additional injuries secondary to penetrating trauma?
  • Direct pressure vs tourniquets – when and how do we use them?
  • What are the special considerations for specific penetrating trauma? (e.g. neck or spinal penetrating injuries or evisceration)
Trish Lemin

Catastrophic Haemorrhage Management

Catastrophic haemorrhage, one of the leading causes of death on the battlefield, can also occur in a civilian setting. This situation requires a quick response to ensure a chance at survival. This session will discuss the management of a catastrophic haemorrhage and includes:

  • When is a bleed considered a catastrophic hemorrhage?
  • What are the time constraints that are present in catastrophic hemorrhage, and why are they important?
  • Would tourniquets be effective in these cases?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Mary Langcake

Crowd Control – Managing Crowd Crush Injuries

Sydney is home to big festivals and sporting events and, because of the large crowds they attract, there is always the risk of a crowd crush incident, which may lead to serious injuries or even death. This session will talk about the following topics:

  • What is the difference between a crush injury and crush syndrome?
  • What is traumatic asphyxia and why do healthcare workers need to be aware of it?
  • What do healthcare workers need to monitor when caring for patients who have been in crowd crush injuries? (reperfusion injuries, etc.)
Sara Flatley

The Consequences of Multiple Fractures

Fragility can occur with age, causing an older adult to be more susceptible to multiple fractures from falls, which can often lead to significant pain and distress. This session looks at this underrated area of concern that has a profound impact on an individual’s quality-of-life, if it is not addressed. It includes:

  • What common fractures occur in the older adult after falls?
  • What can you do to reduce the risk of fractures?
  • How can we provide comprehensive care to an older adult with multiple fractures?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Dr Maria Nittis

When Domestic Violence Triggers Trauma

Things are not always what they seem. Bruising sustained from a fall down the stairs or a head injury with a vague explanation may be hiding a story of domestic violence. In this session, we will explore the challenging situation where we suspect an accident may have occurred as a result of domestic violence. Topics include:

  • What are the red flags that may indicate potential domestic violence?
  • What is a “forensic injury” and how can we correctly identify and document them?
  • Strangulation – what is it, what are the red flags, how should it be investigated
  • What happens for a domestic violence victim in the justice system
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Trish Lemin

Suspected Spinal Injury Assessment and Prehospital Management

Spinal injuries result from both traumatic and non-traumatic causes. It is crucial that we are aware of the signs of a spinal injury, and how to manage these cases even before the patient’s arrival at the hospital. This session will discuss spinal injury management and includes the following topics:

  • Why is the mechanism of injury essential to know about?
  • How can nurses ascertain the level of injury at the first instance?
  • What can nurses do to protect the patient from further injury when there are limited resources available?
  • Nursing management of poikilothermic patients
Nadine Alcorn

Where to Start with Paediatric and Obstetric Trauma

Specific population groups require unique consideration. Physiological differences must be considered to best respond to the physical needs of children, neonates, and obstetric patients. Psychologically, children are, of course, not immune to the effects of loss, grief, and destruction. Expectant mothers present specific physiological and emotional considerations. This session focuses on paediatric, neonatal, and obstetric-specific trauma injury management. It includes:

  • The physiological differences that make pregnant women, neonates, and children at greater risk of harm during a major trauma incident
  • Emergency paediatric and obstetric care pearls
  • How to triage children in mass casualties
  • Atypical injuries we may not think of
10:45 Morning Tea

Trish Lemin

Managing Severe Burns

Severe burns (>20% TBSA burns, high voltage electrical injury (>1000 volts), or inhalation injury with or without dermal injury) require immediate treatment to minimise injury and prevent mortality. This session will discuss the latest updates in managing severe burns. It includes the following topics:

  • In what way can we effectively manage pain in severe burn patients?
  • When is intraosseous access needed in treating a burn patient?
  • How can we treat a suspected airway burn?
Trish Lemin

Tourniquet Usage in a Civilian Prehospital Setting

The tourniquet, first used around the Roman times, has made a comeback after falling out of use due to the risk of unnecessary amputations. A recent study in Texas showed a sixfold reduction in fatalities in patients with vascular injuries to their extremities when tourniquets are used to control bleeding. This session will focus on the importance of tourniquet usage and includes the following topics:

  • When and how do we use a tourniquet?
  • How long can we keep a tourniquet on a limb?
  • What are the complications that may arise from the application of a tourniquet?
  • Is there a way to apply a tourniquet to a junctional injury?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Damon Peck

Giving Life - Organ Donation

Despite medical attention, major trauma may result in the irreversible loss of brain function. There is always a chance that some of these patients are eligible for organ donation or registered as an organ donor. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What are the criteria for an eligible donor in the setting of major trauma?
  • How can we respectfully approach the patient’s family regarding organ donation?
  • A look at some of the clinical and ethical considerations in organ donation
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Anthony Cook

Hospital Preparedness for Major Trauma in a Mass Casualty Incident

When mass casualty incidents result in major trauma, hospitals have to be ready to handle the influx of injured patients. This session will discuss hospital preparedness in these scenarios, and includes the following topics:

  • What are the priorities of care and management for major injuries during a Mass Casualty Incident?
  • What staffing considerations are required to deal with a MCI?
  • Are simulations to prepare for major trauma emergencies that result from mass casualty incidents a good way to prepare staff members for these?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Major trauma can be debilitating, and even fatal. Health professionals who work in prehospital and hospital settings have to be prepared at all times in the event that a major trauma patient comes their way. Nurses and other health professionals must use their critical thinking skills to manage each major trauma patient and their injuries. Education that is specifically tailored to those who work in this specialised area is crucial if morbidity, mortality, and permanent disability are to be averted.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to improve the outcomes of major trauma patients by enhancing nurses’ and other health professional’s knowledge about the latest evidence-based strategies to assess and manage major trauma injuries.

Your learning outcomes:

Provide care to major trauma patients that is aligned with current standards of professional practice to reduce morbidity, mortality, and permanent disability
Reinforce existing knowledge and skills relating to the initial assessment and triage of major trauma patients
Improve health outcomes by implementing evidence-based practice to manage a range of injuries
Be more confident in approaching the subject of organ donation responsibly and respectfully


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Patricia Lemin

Trish Lemin is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of emergency experience in prehospital, metro, and rural settings. Her qualifications include midwifery and a masters in advanced practice, as well as emergency and education certificates. Prior to commencing her current role in health service as a trauma nurse consultant, she worked in dual roles as a clinical nurse educator in ED and a university lecturer specialising in the sciences. She is currently professionally active both clinically and in education, including many modes of multidisciplinary trauma education. Read More

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Nadine Alcorn

Nadine Alcorn holds a Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice in Child, Youth and Family Nursing with a sub-specialty in education. Nadine's areas of interest and experience include neonates and children, as well as intensive/critical care and cardiac nursing. Read More

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Damon Peck

Damon is the Donation Specialist Coordinator for the NSW Organ and Tissue Donation Service. Read More

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Maria Nittis

Dr Maria Nittis currently work as a Senior Staff Specialist at WSLHD in Forensic Medicine. The Unit supplies clinical forensic medical services to complainants of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has a post-graduate Masters in Forensic Medicine and a Masters in Legal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Royal College Pathologists Australasia (Faculty Clinical Forensic Medicine), Australasian College of Legal Medicine and the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (UK). She has worked in Clinical Forensic Medicine for about 17 years. Read More

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Justin Treble

Justin holds advanced nursing and ambulance skills gained through a multitude of qualifications, but also offers a unique skill set that was obtained exclusively through a lengthy career within the Aeromedical Retrieval and Critical Care environments alike. Justin has over 28 years’ experience in the field of Critical Care Nursing, specialising in the field of Flight Retrieval Nursing. He has been a Flight Nurse for over 22 years with the NSW Air Ambulance including Flight Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator / Clinical Support Manager. He has held numerous Clinical Nurse Consultant positions in the past in Cardio-thoracic ICU and State Co-Ordinator NSW Organ Tissue Transplant service. Justin is presently the Clinical Nurse Consultant with Care Flight for Medical Education & Retrieval. Justin also holds the rank of Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve at No 3 Aeromedical Squadron specialising in the area of Critical Care Aeromedical Retrieval and has completed numerous AME deployments both domestically and overseas over the past 12 years. This combination of Aeromedical Pre-Hospital retrieval with both CareFlight and the air force has given Justin a strong interest in the pre-hospital trauma care arena. A combination of working in both civilian and military environments has enabled Justin to exceed at both aeromedical retrieval as well as hospital-based critical care nursing and time spent in education roles have helped Justin far exceed in being a successful and competent educator, with the past years spent in providing expert subject matter in pre-hospital, hospital and inter-hospital care. Justin’s personal brands are to “set the standard” and “to make a difference” in both patient care and education delivery. Read More

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Anthony Cook

Anthony Cook is the Disaster Manager for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). Prior to this appointment, he was the Trauma Clinical Nurse Consultant for SESLHD for 11 years. He is an NSW Clinical Team Leader for the Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) structure. His background is in Emergency, Intensive Care and Trauma Nursing. He works casually for Careflight as a Flight Nurse and Educator. He has educated across many regional, rural and remote areas in Australia. He has presented at many Conferences across Australia about Trauma and Disaster in Health. He has expertise in responses as a Team Leader to Sydney Airport for Health issues such as the Bali Bombings 1 & 2 (2002, 2005), Swine Flu (2209) and Ebola (2014). He was a Health Team Leader for the Swine Flu Pacific Dawn Cruise response in 2009. He has recently travelled to Vanuatu, Bali, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Timor as part of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre’s (NCCTRC) outreach to educate, assist and collaborate with the respective countries Health and Disaster Services. He led a Health Team to Timor in support of the Tour de Timor bicycle race in 2017. He has a keen interest in education, humanitarian response, multi-disciplinary collaboration and leadership in Health. Read More

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Mary Langcake

Dr Langcake is the Director of Trauma Services at St George Hospital. Read More

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Taneal Wiseman

Dr Taneal Wiseman completed her Bachelor of Nursing at The University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 1998, and has since worked at a number of public and private hospitals. She has many years of nursing experience, particularly in the critical care environment. Since graduating she has worked extensively in Neurosurgical, ENT, Emergency and Trauma Nursing as well as experience nursing in a regional area in NSW. Taneal attained a Graduate Diploma in Emergency and Critical Care Nursing through UWS and in 2015 completed a PhD at Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, investigating the emotional well-being of admitted patients following traumatic injury. This research has resulted in a positive change to the holistic screening and care of the trauma patient. Taneal has a passion for education, and desire to see patient and family driven nursing care, and a will to empower others to be the best they can be in their chosen profession. Read More

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Matthew Pepper

Matt served 7 years in the Australian Army before becoming a paramedic. With over 13 years as a Paramedic across multiple Ambulance services, Matt is a Special Operations/Intensive Care Paramedic in Sydney.  Matt is a member of the first full-time Tactical Paramedic Team in Australia and is the first-ever dedicated Tactical Medicine Clinical Training Officer in the country. With a range of instructional roles, he teaches tactical medicine to various government agencies, the ADF and emergency services. Matt was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2015 to study tactical medicine and prehospital terrorism response with various agencies through the USA, UK and Canada.  He was also the Ian O'Rourke Scholarship recipient in 2018, exploring collaboration and interagency cooperation in high threat medical response. He has a Masters of Philosophy researching the characteristics of the prehospital response to terrorism, is on the editorial board of the Journal of High Threat and Austere Medicine, and works for numerous universities as a lecturer, tutor and curriculum developer; focused on tactical and high threat medical response.  Read More

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Sara Flatley

Having qualified as a Registered General Nurse in the UK in 1995, Sara Flatley initially worked in adult Respiratory Medicine gaining a Diploma in Professional Nursing to broaden her academic knowledge base and enable her to assess and mentor the new Graduate Nursing program project 2000 students at the time. Sara then moved to the challenging area of ED where she stayed for 10 years obtaining specialist skills and the Bsc Hons in professional Nursing to focus on evidence-based practice within her area and introducing changes to the ED department. In 2010 she moved into the problem-solving area of bed management/patient flow, to ensure the patients’ journey, most often, from ED to the appropriate bed area was achieved. Then in 2011, she commenced the Msc in Advanced Practice in ED, qualifying in 2013 and worked in Urgent Care, completing a Bsc in Non-Medical Prescribing which enabled her to be an autonomous practitioner. Sara moved into Ambulatory medical care focusing on admission avoidance applying her autonomous capacity. Sara and her family moved to Australia in 2018 where she now works in a large Aged Care Facility aiming to avoid hospital attendances utilizing her knowledge base, the local rapid response, and hospital in the home teams. Read More


12 - 13 Dec 2019


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$740.00 (two days)
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