HNEkidshealth Conference 2018







Come join us at the Rydges on the beautiful Newcastle Harbour for a two-day conference, featuring both local and interstate presenters.

Create the ripple effect as we share research, stories and ideas from families and staff demonstrating innovative and creative family centred care.

HNEkidshealth is a clinical network of services for Children, Young People & Families in the Hunter New England Local Health District.

The network incorporates the Children's Hospital in Newcastle, as well regional Paediatric Units in Tamworth, Taree, Armidale and Maitland. It covers ambulatory outpatient care services from rural remote centre such as Tenterfield and Moree, regional centres such as Tamworth and Taree to metropolitan centres such as Newcastle.

HNEkidshealth is an integrated organisation of health care services which prides itself on providing family centred care.

NOTE: The HNEkidshealth Conference qualifies for CPD points in nursing and General Practitioners (Cat 2 RACGP)

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Keynote Speaker

Dr Helena Popovic: Turn stress into success

Medical doctor, international speaker, best selling author, media commentator, TEDxSydney Fast Ideas Finalist



Special Guest

Nick Gill from Hit 106.9

Nick will share his experiences with healthcare and also interview young kids about what they think of healthcare.

Nick Gill


Thursday 1 November, 2018

8.30am - 5pm

Friday 2 November, 2018

8.30am - 5pm


Rydges Newcastle
350 Wharf Road
Newcastle NSW 2300



Welcome Address

Professor Trish Davidson
Executive Director Children, Young People & Families; Executive Director Clinical Networks, Conjoint Professor Paediatric Surgery, University of Newcastle

Opening Keynote

Dr Helena Popovic:

Turn stress into success 

Stress is an inevitable part of life.

Intermittent, mild stress is not a bad thing. It assists in building up our resilience and it switches on our adrenal glands to release performance-enhancing chemicals.

However chronic or severe stress has a detrimental effect on our performance as well as on our physical, mental and emotional health. Unchecked stress is a contributing factor in every major illness we suffer and can lead to erosion of brain function, reduced immunity to disease and body fat deposition.

Forty-five percent of Australians experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Every year one million Australians suffer from depression and two million people suffer from anxiety. The starting point for most of these conditions is chronic stress. Inability to manage stress is the greatest cause of loss of productivity in the workplace.

Turn Stress into Success explains how we can use stress to our advantage and turn stressful events into successful outcomes – personally and professionally.

Learning outcomes & key take-aways

  • A clear understanding of stress and how it operates in our lives
  • How stress affects our brain and overall health
  • The stages of stress and how to recognise them
  • How our attitude to stress influences our response to stress
  • How to fortify our mind and body to raise our stress threshold
  • Neuroscience-based strategies to deal with stress so that we not only survive but thrive

Morning Break (10.00am - 10.30am)

Mid-morning session

Early Diagnosis & Early Intervention in Cerebral Palsy: Who, What, When, Why? 

Michelle Jackman & Amanda Orr
Paediatric Occupational Therapists, John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Playing our ACES: The Benefits of Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Robyn Jones
Child Protection Educator; Violence Abuse, & Neglect Services

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: When to suspect, how to identify and diagnose” 

Dr Murray Webber
Community Paediatrician, HNEkidshealth

Lunch (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Afternoon Session

Stream 1: Primary Healthcare for Children

“Blocked Nose? Who knows?” (Implications of Nasal Obstruction through Childhood)  

Dr Niall Jefferson
Ear Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgeon

Joining the Dots – A String of Dental Pearls   

Dr Helen Cornwell
Paediatric Dentist

An Approach to Managing Urinary Incontinence & Bedwetting at a Primary Healthcare Level 

Dr Ani Deshpande
Paediatric Urologist & Surgeon

Stream 2: Paediatric Chronic & Complex Care

Diabetes Management: A Rural Health Model

Dr Catherine Wiles &  Louise Vaughan
Paediatrician & Nurse Practitioner, Armidale Hospital

Hip Surveillance Management

Dr Heather Burnett
Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist, HNEkidsRehab  

Dietary intakes and meal routines of young children with Type 1 Diabetes

Dr Rowen Seckold
John Hunter Children’s Hospital

New Advances in Cystic Fibrosis

Dr Jodi Hilton
Staff Specialist. Respiratory & Sleep Medicine

Afternoon Break (3.00pm - 3.30pm)

Late afternoon: Engagement in Healthcare

Clinical Excellence Commission Presentation

Jonny Taitz
Paediatric Patient Safety CEC

Let’s Talk Tucker: Engaging Aboriginal Communities

Jodie Peace
Paediatric Dietitian, Tamworth Community Health

What Families Need When Their Child Dies

Sarah Smith
Bereavement Coordinator, HNEkidshealth 

Implementing the Rights of the Adolescent in the Inpatient Ward

Melissa Anania
Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Evening from 6pm

Drinks on the harbour followed by the conference dinner starting at 6.30pm. Conference dinner will be at the Rydges Hotel "Ballroom" (included in your two day conference price).


Optional: Morning yoga session at the Rydges Hotel "Ballroom" (8am).

Culture is Important

Sharlee Bruce and Angela Knox
Aboriginal Health Workers


Morning session: Considerations in Critical Care

Paediatric Retrieval 

Dr Mary Morgan
Director Hunter Retrieval Service

Management of non-fatal strangulation (NFS): experiences from a sexual assault service 

Dr Anousha Victoire
Medical Lead, Newcastle Sexual Assault Service (Adult and Adolescent) 

Organ Donation in Paediatrics - Should We? 

Justine Parsons
Newborn Services, HNEkidshealth

Morning Break (10.30am - 11am)

Mid-morning session: Health and Ethics

“Withdrawal of life-sustaining medical treatment” Panel Discussion 

Facilitated by Dr Peter Saul 
ICU Specialist John Hunter Hospital

Children, Families, Health and the Law – Tips of Navigating the Minefield 

Blaise Lyons 
Principal Legal Officer, NSW Ministry of Health

Helping or Harming? The Use of Force in Paediatric Medical Procedures & the Role of Parents

Dr Liz Bishop
Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health & Human Rights; Monash University 

Lunch Break (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Afternoon session

Stream 1: Considerations in acute care

True Medication Allergy or Adverse Drug Reaction

Dr Katya Zawada
John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Acquired Brain Injury (title to be confirmed)

Dr Yolanda Coleman & Dr Robert Smith
Paediatric Intensivist & Paediatric Neurologist

Diagnostic Checklists for Child Protection: A Systematic Review

Dr Kate Bryan
John Hunter Children’s Hospital

The Deteriorating Patient: Lessons from the Front Line

Margaret Allwood & Amy Wethered  
Nurse Educators - John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Stream 2: Child and Youth Health

Marte Meo Therapy in Action

The Story of the Invisible Mother

Vicki Harbison
Marte Meo Supervisor, Marte Meo Therapist, Private Practice

Full House - ACEs over 3: Differential Diagnosis and treatment with children who have been dealt a tough hand

Timothy Hawes
Clinical Psychologist; Child & Family Health Team

Building Bridges for Youth with Problematic Alcohol & Other Drug use through Hospital and Community Services

Dr Krista Monkhouse
John Hunter Children’s Hospital

Short Break (3.00 - 3.15pm)

Late afternoon

Closing Keynote

Joy in Work: Enabling the Workforce to Truly Thrive – Not Just Persevere

Jane Gray
Executive Director of Research, Innovation & Partnerships