Event Name: 14th National Nurse Education Conference
Date: Wednesday 11th - Friday 13th April 2012
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth
Host: Australian Nurse Teachers' Society (ANTS) WA Branch
Concurrent Sessions: 3
No. of Sponsors: 22
No. of Exhibitors: 15
The Australian Nurse Teachers' Society (ANTS) has catered for the professional interests of nurse teachers in New South Wales for the past twenty years. It has brought together nurse clinicians, nurse specialists and professors in nursing. ANTS now has branches in most states.
There remain few autonomous organisations devoted exclusively to nurse education. There is an increasing need for an organisation to be established which can address and evaluate new curricula, new governmental policy and other contemporary changes that have swept through.
Perhaps the most attractive feature of this Society is that it is serious about helping all Australian Nurses who teach. They provide open days and education forums, research and study grants, support for conference attendance and the opportunity to meet and network with other teachers.
This three day nursing event aimed to focus on innovations in nursing education in both the clinical and academic arenas, bringing to light the changing demands facing nurse education for the future. Focusing on ‘Keeping the Flame Alight', the main themes of presentations and discussions were Ideology to Reality; The Art of Nursing; and Lifelong Learning.
The objectives of the Conference were achieved by ensuring a comprehensive and well planned program was established. The Conference program was presented in a variety of mediums designed to give maximum information exchange and networking opportunities. These mediums included;
- 3 Concurrent Sessions (Streams) across 3 days
- Welcome Reception - Conference Dinner
- 15 Exhibitors - Poster Session
The Role of ICE
ICE was contracted to professionally coordinate all aspects of the event, this included liaising with all service providers, sponsors, exhibitors and delegates to ensure a successful outcome was achieved. The Committee was looking for a professional conference organiser who could help them to achieve their goals and also ensure their ideas for the Conference came to fruition. ICE in conjunction with the Committee closely monitored the conference budget to ensure a low registration fee could be offered to all delegates and a surplus achieved.
There were a number of major achievements, including:
- Sponsorship income received was 3 times the initial budgeted target
- This was the first time the Conference was held in Perth and attendee numbers exceeded the last event held in Sydney
- A significant surplus was achieved through careful budget management
What our clients say:
"The ICE team ensured that the organising committee did not have to be concerned with the logistics of facilitating the conference. As hosts we were able to enjoy the conference and social program and network with the delegates, sponsors and exhibitors" - Lisa Gatzonis, Conference Convenor