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The ANZSOM ASM 2017 offers a great hands-on educational experience for occupational health nurses. Here are 10 reasons why you should get involved. We look forward to seeing you in Fremantle!

1. Learn how to work 'Better Together'

The conference theme "Better Together" highlights the importance of the collective approach to achieving improvements in workplace health. A wide range of high calibre speakers will share their expertise and experience, while exploring opportunities for multidisciplinary engagement.   Click here to find out more about our speakers.

2. Dedicated nursing stream

ANZSOM strives to provide topics and activities relevant to our occupational health nurse members. All sessions and site visits are broadly relevant, however we particularly highlight  the stream on Tuesday afternoon featuring presentations on psychological injury prevention and the impact of sleep restriction.  There will also be a workshop to support the review of OHN competencies which is currently underway. Download the conference program

3. Become a qualified Mental Health First Aid officer

Nurses play an important role in supporting mental health in the workplace. The Mental Health First Aid Course qualifies you to be an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Officer. This course is being offered for the first time this year and is proving popular, with spaces filling up fast! Places in the course must be booked with registration.

4. See it first hand at unique work site visits

There's nothing like being there, and once again the ASM provides the opportunity to experience a number of unique and local workplaces. Visits this year include the Rottnest Island Authority Facilities (pre-conference event) - this is the body that maintains and controls Rottnest Island, Austral Ships - a major defence contractor and maritime technology provider; Fiona Stanley Hospital - a leader in medical research and education, Orthocell - a leader in regenerative medicine and innovative treatments; and Evolution Commercial - a major marine operations group.

5. Update your CPR

The CPR Update is a popular feature of the ASM, providing delegates with an opportunity to meet their certification requirements. The course will cover:

  • Response to an emergency situation
  • Performance of CPR procedures
  • Communication of details of the incident

Places in the course must be booked with registration.


6. Increase the profile of occupational health nursing

ANZSOM continues to look for ways to support our nursing members and raise the profile of our shared field of expertise. For those wishing to make a formal contribution, make sure you come to the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8am (light breakfast provided). ANZSOM staff and Committee members are also available throughout the conference to discuss opportunities for involvement or your ideas for improving your member experience.

If you would like more information or to be involved, please contact the Secretariat (secretariat@anzsom.org.au)

7. Catch up on sleep disorders management

Sleep disorders are common and present a considerable occupational risk. Day 2 and 3 of the conference will feature interactive discussions exploring challenges in sleep disorder management including the unique roles of the multidisciplinary team. There will also be a special lunchtime masterclass on Day 2 featuring a hands on experience of the latest sleep and respiratory therapy devices as well as the remote monitoring and patient experience platforms used to improve success of and compliance to therapy. 

8. Get the latest on the future of workplace health

An interactive session on Day 2 will explore how digital technology is helping to better reach out to people and instil positive behaviour change, and to help measure the effectiveness of health programs, while complimenting physical health services. Delegates will also look at what technology is on the horizon and how the digital and physical will further integrate to open up new opportunities in health for the future.

9. Connect with your colleagues

The ANZSOM conference is a great networking opportunity with over three days to connect and socialise with colleagues and to make new connections. The meeting is designed to cater for both medical and nursing members of ANZSOM and to bring us all together to share ideas and experiences in occupational health.

10. Relax and enjoy the beauty of Rottnest Island and Fremantle and its attractions

The pre-conference visit to Rottnest Island is an opportunity to relax before the main conference and to explore the delights of this iconic destination. It is a haven for unique and captivating flora and fauna - such as the adorable quokka (pictured above)! Delegates and and guests will also enjoy an array of social activities including tours and visits to iconic Fremantle attractions - Fremantle Prison, WA Shipwrecks Museum, and the Little Creatures Brewery. Download the pre-conference planning guide.


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