NSWNMA 78th Annual Conference Professional Day

NSWNMA 78th Annual Conference Professional Day

The NSWNMA Professional Day for the 2023 Annual Conference begins at 9.30am on Wednesday, 30 August in the Pyrmont Theatre of the International Convention Centre (ICC). Registrations and the exhibition open from 8:30am. Make sure you read all the information below so you’re ready for the day!

Come early from 8.30am to walk through the Industry Trade Exhibition & enjoy a barrista coffee generously sponsored by Charles Sturt University located on Level 2 in the Gallery.


8.30am Registration and Industry exhibition opens
9.30am Welcome to Country
Introduction from MC
Wuruniri Performance Group
Sophie Scott OAM
9.45am Welcome Shaye Candish, General Secretary  
9.50am Morning Keynote: Philosophy, persuasion, perfidy, persistence and passion – the politics of primary health care Mary Chiarella AM, Professor Emerita, Susan Wakil School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Sydney 
10.40am  Morning tea 
11.10am Artificial Intelligence in healthcare: new technologies, opportunities and challenges. Dr David Lyell, Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University 
11.40am Artificial Intelligence in Nursing & Midwifery: applications and opportunities Saba Akbar, Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare 
12.25pm A superannuation voice for change HESTA
12.40pm  Lunch
1.40pm Sustainability in Healthcare Carol Behne, Climate & Health Alliance 
Deanna Hayes, CNS, St George Private Hospital 
Justine Parsons, CNC, John Hunter Hospital 
2.50pm Recover the Rebuild: Investing in the nursing workforce for health system effectiveness Adjunct Professor James Buchan, WHO Collaborating Centre, UTS, Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh 
3.30pm Afternoon Keynote Craig Foster AM, NSW Australian of the Year 2023, social justice and human rights activist, broadcaster and former Socceroo
4.30pm  Afternoon tea – networking event
5pm  Event close

General Information

Entry and during sessions


Your barcoded name tag is your credential for attendance and should be worn at all times during Professional Day.

The Association is required to maintain accurate records of attendance at Professional Day. To support this, your barcoded name tag will be scanned upon registration each morning.


Mobile phones are to be turned off or on silent mode during sessions.


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Convention Centre, read here how to access.

Parking and transport


Early bird parking is available at Wilson Parking Harbourside 100 Murray St Pyrmont.


Taxi rank: Iron Wharf Place near the Sofitel Hotel (refer to map).

Food & drink


Coffee is available free of charge during meal breaks from the coffee stations in the Industry Exhibition area.

Sponsored barista coffee & tea will be available on Wednesday from 8.30-9.30am and during Morning Tea break and is generously sponsored by Charles Sturt University.


Lunches for attendees with dietary requirements will be available at a separate pickup table in the Industry Exhibition, The Gallery (level 2).

General Enquiries

Please see the staff at the Conference Enquiries desk.


Located on the ground floor of the ICC near the First Aid Room.


Located on the ground floor of the ICC at the Customer Service desk. Available daily from 7:30 – 17:30.


First Aid is available on site at the ICC, please see the staff at the Conference Enquiries desk.


Available from the ground floor, Customer Service desk.


There is a message board located at the Conference Enquiries desk. If you are expecting a message, you should check the board regularly. If you wish to leave a message, please see staff at the Conference Enquiries desk.


The ICC is a non-smoking venue and smoking within the venue is prohibited. This includes e-cigarettes. Smoking must be 10 metres away from the venue.


No public telephones are available at the ICC.

Electronic Document Support Desk

The Electronic Document Support desk in the Pyrmont Foyer will assist attendees with any IT queries. It is recommended that attendees arrive with a fully charged electronic device as there will be limited charging outlets.

Electronic device accessories (eg battery packs, headphones, charger cables) are available to purchase at the ‘powerpod’ vending machine located on the ground floor near the Customer Service desk.

Industry Exhibition

We encourage you to visit the Industry Exhibition and the wide range of stands providing professional advice and services, community groups, financial services and of course some fantastic Association merchandise for your retail therapy (card only, no cash will be accepted).

Located in The Gallery (level 2) and will be operational from 8:30am and during breaks.

Please note: There will be no retail trade this year.


A Professional Day survey will be conducted online via Survey Monkey and you will receive a link via email on Friday.

Your opinions are valuable and assist in planning our annual event.

Attendees who complete the survey and add their names will go in a draw for a $250 Coles/Myers gift card.

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