Each year APNA selects a conference theme that is meant to inspire. This year has been no exception. The Hon Ms Sussan Ley, Minister for Health and Ageing, opened APNA’s Brave to Bold conference held on the Gold Coast last week to share in the excitement and celebration of primary health care nursing. Brave to Bold brought together wonderful, enthusiastic nurses from all over the country, to meet, learn, teach, share, network, and inspire creative and innovative nursing practice. I can also tell that more than a few of you had a little fun too. The APNA members of the Conference Advisory Committee and the staff team are all to be congratulated on what I feel was our best conference ever. Our highly regarded and much loved Commonwealth Chief Nurse, Dr Rosemary Bryant, shared with us her brave to bold story, in what will probably be one of her last big appearances before she retires in a few months.
We had a sensational line-up of truly inspiring national and international speakers who really are brave and bold, encouraging nurses to lead the way in many areas of primary health care and career development. Thank you to our international guests Dr Sheila Tlou, Dr Mary Moller, Professor Sue Cross, Deb Davies and Brian Dolan, and to our very own Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone, who gave some of the most enlightening, inspiring and invigorating presentations that I have the pleasure of attending. For those of you unable to attend the conference I urge you to look at the bios on our conference web page and view their great nursing work. We were spoilt for choice for the abstract papers and workshops presented at Brave to Bold. Thank you to all our wonderful presenters.
Thank you to the APNA staff who pulled this together, helped members navigate the conference and whose tireless effort helped to make the Brave to Bold conference special and to keep some of us sane. A big welcome to Alexis Hunt in her new role as CEO and her first APNA conference. Most of all thank you to our members who also made this special – you are the reason for APNA moving from brave to bold!
Next year’s APNA conference will be in… envelope please… Melbourne! See you there.