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15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011
15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011
15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011
15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011
15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011
15th National Conference - Melbourne April 2011


Dear Colleagues,

2016 will be a very special year as we host our 20th national conference. It is my pleasure along with Jennifer Bessell, the Victorian State Coordinator to invite and encouragd you to attend our 20th National Otorhinolaryngology Head & Neck Nurses meeting and ASHONS 66th scientific meeting. These meetings are the culmination of the previous year planning with our surgical colleagues; to delivery the latest developments in improved techniques, technology and treatments in our ENT world for our ENT patients. As nurse delegates we are privileged to benefit from the international invited and keynote speakers, and to attend any of the surgical scientific sessions as part of our nurse’s registration. As this is our 20th year we will also try to provide you with a meeting that will be bigger and better than any before.

As our meetings travel around our country it allows us all, a great opportunity to meet with fellow nurses and clinicians that are involved with our unique specialty. As president of the group I would like to extend this invitation to share with us and be a special part of this meeting.

The theme for our 2016 meeting is BACK TO BASICS, and as the conference convenors we will endeavour to offer a diverse mix of presentations by invited surgeons, key note speakers, nurses (both experienced and novice presenters), and our allied health partners with a range of topics and presentations that will be scientific, current and holistic, but also to reinforce where we have come from and to highlight where we are heading. By sharing this meeting we also have unlimited access to the largest ENT medical trade expo, program and social events with our surgical colleagues, held in Australia.

The Venue for this meeting is at the CROWN CONFERENCE CENTRE. The meeting days will be SUNDAY 6th, MONDAY 7th & TUESDAY 8th March 2016.

Crown Melbourne is located in the city’s lively Southbank precinct, alongside the Yarra River. Just 24 kilometres from Melbourne Airport, and also within walking distance to the CBD, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre and many of the city’s premier arts and sporting facilities including the MCG and Rod Laver Arena.

The WELCOME RECEPTION will be on Saturday 5th in the River Room at the Crown Conference Centre and the GALA DINNER on Monday 7th at Palladium at Crowni I would like to encourage and welcome you to start planning to attend, what we hope to be an exciting and stimulaitng meeting. Whatever your interests, there is something for you…. Your contribution will ensure OHNNG’s objectives are met, and by attending all allocated sessions for this 3-day event you will accrue up to 20 hours towards your continuing education requirements for the year.

It is our objective that you all return to your work environments with extended knowledge, something for you to try or research, many new friends found and old friends reacquainted. May this conference meet all your expectations. So please start planning your leave, saving your pennies and I hope to see you all in Melbourne next march.

Tracey Nicholls

OHNNG Contacts

President & Convenor
Tracey Nicholls
Email: traceynicholls@bigpond.com or tracey.nicholls@health.sa.gov.au

Victorian State Coordinator
Jennifer Bessell
Email: jenniferbessell@hotmail.com

OHNNG Program

Final program


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 23rd November 2015. Early submission is encouraged. Authors will be advised in writing of acceptance or non-acceptance of abstracts by 30th November 2015. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Meeting Handbook. All Oral presentations accepted will receive complimentary registration for the day of the presentation.


The poster should include author and co-authors' names, a short title, the name of the institution where the work was carried out, and the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions and Recommendations.

To submit an abstract download form
To submit a poster presentation download form

OHNNG Registration

Registration will ONLY be available on line this year through the TRYBOOKINGS WEBSITE

Registration type Early bird (closes
Regular (after 28/02/15) On Day
Full Member $420 $480 $540
Member Day Registration $170 $210 $250
Full Non-Member $470 $530 $610
Non-Member Day Registration $220 $260 $300
ASOHNS Welcome reception Complimentary Complimentary Not applicable
ASOHNS / OHNNG Gala Dinner $50 $50 $50

OHNNG Meeting Venue

8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

OHNNG Accommodation

OHNNG Conference delegates are required to make their own accommodation arrangements. Please refer to ASOHNS site for accommodation. A variety of accommodation options are available and will cover all needs and budgets. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

There are over 170 hotels within Melbourne’s CBD.

Tourist Information

Please refer to ASOHNS site for this information

OHNNG Cancellation Policy

Should you be unable to attend a substitute delegate is welcome. All cancellations or alterations to registration must be made in writing to the convenor or president. A full refund, less a cancellation fee of $50 will be made on cancellations received before 1st February 2016

• No refund will be made after 1st February 2016.
• Cancellations and ‘no-shows’ that have paid will be charged the full registration fee.
• All refunds will be paid on notification and after the conclusion of the Conference
• All members must be current financial members to receive discounted rate.

OHNNG Social Program

As in the past four years our nurse’s dinner will be held in conjunction with the ASOHNS Gala dinner. The ASOHNS committee has also invited us to attend the welcome reception. Attendance to these functions for full paying delelgates will be complimentary for the welcome reception and $50 for the Gala Dinner. Please indicate your attendance to both social events on the registration form.

Extra tickets to these functions may be available from the ASOHNS site, at full cost.

OHNNG Sponsors

I would like to thank all of the sponsoring medical companies that have assisted in providing an affordable meeting for us all. It is with their ongoing assistance and support that meetings like this can be attended from all ORL Head & Neck nursing specialist across the country.

For further information

Victorian State Coordinator & Co-Convenor
Jennifer Bessell
Email: jenniferbessell@hotmail.com

OHNNG President Convenor
Tracey Nicholls
Email: Tracey.nicholls@health.sa.gov.au or traceynicholls@bigpond.com

Download documents

Abstract Submission
Nomination Form
Proxy Voting Form
Conference Flyer
Instructional courses


Awarded during Annual National meeting


  • Best novice presenter
  • Best Presentation
  • Kim Tyrell Encouragement award

2008 Perth Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Holly Powell
Best Presentation: Caroline Stewart
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Paul Dean

2009 Gold Coast Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Gai Shyland
Best Presentation: Silvia O’Connor
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Shelly Straw

2010 Sydney Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Cheryl Kelly
Best Presentation: Paula Mcleod
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Susan Trapani & Brenda Roberts

2011 Melbourne Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Elisabeth Consedine
Best Presentation: Shelly Straw
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Melanie Withers & Leanne Campbell

2012 Adelaide Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Leanne Stapleton & Jackie Huestis
Best Presentation: Catherine Parker
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Emma Parsons

2013 Perth Recipients
Best Novice Presenter: Sandra McKendry
Best Presentation: Silvia O’Connor
Kim Tyrell Encouragement Award: Allana King

2014 Brisbane Recipients
Best Presentation: Jackie Huestis
Best Novice Presentation: Lisa Hellwege
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Theresa O’Leary

2015 Sydney Recipients
Best Presentation: Sue Trapani & Wendy Stout
Best Novice Presentation: Tooey Tran
Tyrell Encouragement Award: Pauline Kennedy


Nomination forms or proxy forms must reach the secretary prior to the 1st March 2013. The Agenda will be printed in the next addition of ENT Scope and is also available here.

Previous minutes



Past/future conferences

2008 Perth
2009 Gold Coast
2010 Sydney
2011 Melbourne
2012 Adelaide
2013 Perth
2014 Brisbane
2015 Sydney
2016 Melbourne
2017 - Friday 24 March – Sunday 26 March
2018 - Friday 9 March – Sunday 11 March