People, Purpose & Passion ~ 29th Annual Conference 2018

Conference Theme

The conference program will focus on People, Purpose & Passion, acknowledging that purpose and passion can indeed start with us.

The New World that is the National Disability Insurance Scheme provides nurses with an opportunity to showcase our passion and

to be extraordinary.

You will discover that the work of the Keynote, Invited and Program Speakers is both inspiring and extraordinary. You will hear from nurses who are leading with passion and purpose the opportunities to be extraordinary including advocating the abilities of people with intellectual developmental disabilities.

So come along, be passionate and experience what is new, interesting and uplifting as we learn and share together. We have assembled an inspired and passionate group of extraordinary presenters. Uncle Greg Simms will again offer us a warm Welcome to Country.

Keynote, Invited and Program Speakers

Conference speakers include:

Kathryn McKenzie: Director, Disability, NSW Ombudsman Office

Joselyn Evans and Deb Evans

Professor Julian Trollor

Dr Jeffery Chan

Tracy Wright

Gerard Steven AM

Dr Marika Guggisberg

Dr Nathan Wilson

Dr Linda Goddard

PANDDA Research Project

We are also pleased to bring you information about a project titled “Redeveloping the Speciality Practice Standards for IDD Nursing: The NDIS and Beyond”. This project is the result of a grant awarded to PANDDA by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to conduct research followed by the redevelopment of the PANDDA Practice Standards. PANDDA has entered into a research partnership with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University to conduct the research stage of the project.

Please Join Us

As always, you will have the opportunity to debate, contribute and discuss the topics being presented and there will be ample opportunities to catch up with familiar faces and make new connections during the conference.

Our sponsors have once again been generous and willing partners in this our 29th Annual National Conference. We look forward to meeting with you at the 29th Annual National PANDDA Conference and AGM.

Warm regards

Bob Weaver OAM and Damian Heron,

on behalf of the Conference Committee

Conference Information


Seven (7) points will be awarded for each day attended.


The registration fee includes entry to conference sessions, conference materials, tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and welcome drinks.


Presenters at the Conference are entitled to be considered for the

PANDDA Awards.

The Chris Atkins PANDDA Award $500.00

The Bob Weaver PANDDA Award $500.00


Do you or someone you know fulfil the requirements to be awarded PANDDA highest honour of Life Membership, then contact Louise Hedges for an application form or download a form now.


Welcome to Country and Welcome Drinks reception. In addition, there are trade displays, the PANDDA Annual General Meeting and the opportunity to network with 300 conference delegates from Australia and abroad.

We trust you can join us and we look forward to seeing you at the 29th PANDDA Conference.


Undercover parking is available at the hotel for a flat rate of $10.00

per day.


Take a train to Parramatta railway station. The conference venue is a short walk from the station.


Why not stay the night before and beat the traffic or stay and relax after the Conference. For a special conference room rate contact, Novotel Parramatta.

To make a booking contact Novotel Sydney Parramatta Reservations Team and quote the reference PANDDA Conference 2018.

Phone 02 9890 0850

Standard Room Rates

$210.00 per night – single

$225.00 per night – twin/double

Rates include full buffet breakfast served in the hotel restaurant. Please note, the above accommodation rates are only available until 30 days prior to the event. The hotel is not able guarantee rooms/type and all rooms will be subject to availability at the time of booking.

Conference Registration

PANDDA Inc. invites you to register for our 29th Annual National PANDDA Conference.