1 - 4 August 2024


Aaron Conway

Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Aaron Conway holds a Conjoint Senior Research Fellow position with QUT School of Nursing and The Prince Charles Hospital. His research aims to make procedural sedation as safe and effective as possible. This program of research is informed by his clinical experience working as a nurse in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.

Dr. Conway has held prestigious research appointments, including the RBC Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network and Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto (2018-2023) and a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (2015 to 2018).

His research has produced high-quality evidence to support clinician’s decision-making regarding approaches for procedural sedation. Notable publications in highly ranked journals include randomized controlled trials in Heart and the European Journal of Anaesthesiology and meta-analyses in Anaesthesia and Thorax.

Dr. Conway's recent work has leveraged machine learning to create innovative solutions for common problems encountered in procedural sedation, including using deep learning to optimize capnography alarm management, and automating sedation state assessments. 


Patricia M. Davidson Lecture

The first Cardiovascular Nursing lecture was presented at the 2006 CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Canberra.  In 2023, the Cardiovascular Nursing Council submitted a proposal to the CSANZ Board to re-name the Cardiovascular Nursing Lecture in honour of Professor Patricia Davidson and it was unanimously approved at the Board meeting in November 2023.  

Prof Davidson has been instrumental in developing the leading cardiovascular nurse researchers in Australia to improve the cardiovascular health of their communities. She is committed to mentoring the next generation of research leaders across many disciplines. Her career has focussed on improving the outcomes of individuals with chronic illness and developing policy relevant health interventions. As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Prof Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and at risk populations. 

Throughout her research career, she has supervised more than 56 doctoral students. She has over 700 publications, a large number are published with students, mentees, clinical collaborators and fellow nurse scientists, many of whom are former students or mentees.

After beginning her tertiary education at the University of Wollongong in 1995, Prof Davidson returned as Vice-Chancellor and President in May 2021.  Prior to her return to Australia, she spent 8 years in the United States as Dean and Professor of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD.  Her previous appointments were at the University of Technology, Sydney, firstly as Professor and Director for the Centre for Cardiovascular & Chronic Care then appointed as the Professor, IMPACCT Research Centre Sydney.