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WAPNA''s THIRD SEMINAR was held on 10TH OCOTBER 2014
- Jigsaw Training for Suicide Prevention
Modification Strategies to Improve Mental & Physical Health
with presenters covering the areas of Heart Disease, Diabetes,
Respiratory Conditions and other medical conditions including breathing
WAPNA's SECOND SEMINAR
held on 28th JUNE 2014
- Asthma in adults and children: these
topics were a presented by Charlotte Allan (CN - PMH) and Dina
Sharifa (CN- Fremantle Hospital).
- Dina then presented regarding
the Domiciliary oxygen therapy referral process.
- Jenny Ibrahim- a consumer
- presented about the LIFE program and support groups
available in the community and included information about living with
session:- Immunisation update as necessary for annual
WA Immunisation schedule: getting it crystal clear
General Immunisation Update: What we can expect for 2014
Influenza 2014 update
General questions and answers
Using Department of Health resources.
THE FIRST WAPNA SEMINAR for 2014
was held on March 8 - this was an all day event.
Topics - Diabetes & CVD Management - presented by Professor Bu
Yeap from Fremantle Hospital
Wound Care & the "walking wounded in General Practice" -
presented by Lynn Barnden (Co-ordinator Burn Early Discharge Program)
& Beth sperring (Acting Clinical Nurse Consultant, Plastics
Ambulatory Care, Telehealth Royal Perth Hospital).
A very interesting and interactive day was enjoyed by all.
and allergies – presented by Valerie Noble Clinical Nurse
Adolescent and Child Health Services PMH. Paediatric trained nurse who
completed her training through PMH. Has been working in immunotherapy
2002 been a CNS in Allergy since 2008. Currently on the WA
Advisory Group and working on the WA MOC for Anaphylaxis. A member of
currently sits on the Anaphylaxis subcommittee and Paediatric
This presentation was on The Role of Allergen Immunotherapy and will
information on injection sites, needle sizes, allergy reactions and
West Resources –
presented by Wounds West committee member. Overview of
services. Online education and resources available for nurses in
View Health chemotherapy at home
by Lorna Rogers RN. Lorna has a background in cancer and cancer drugs
services provided include chemo drugs, other types of drugs
that need to
be infused such as those that are monoclonal antibodies for Crone’s
RA, MS etc. in the patient’s own home. Also available through this
iron transfusions, bisphosphonates, some subcutaneous drugs and many
types of drugs.
July 21st:- Mobile Alerts information – presented by Lance
Stracke. On January 1st, Western Australia became the 2nd state (SA
being the first) to offer a rebate on Personal Safety Devices, commonly
known as an alert pendant. WA Seniors Card holders can apply for up to
$200 towards the purchase of a PSD. All PSDs are designed to contact
family, friends or emergency services with one push of a button on a
readily accessible transportable device. Designed in WA, the Mobile
Alert is a PSD, that has been specifically developed for mobile
seniors. Remotely monitored by family, friends and/or neighbours, the
Mobile Alert uses the same cell network technology used in mobile
presenter:- Veronica Walshe – Sexual Health Practitioner –
Aboriginal Health Council of WA. Information on blood borne virus’s,
Opportunistic STI screening and Cultural Safety. Cultural Safety
Training (CST) aims to improve the quality of service delivery by
health care provider’s to ATSI people. CST adopts a head-heart-hands
approach to cultural safety, reflecting the need to elicit thoughts,
feelings and promote positive action in people.
TopicIntroduction to proposed workshop on Suicide prevention for
October Seminar – Presented by Sally Hedderwick CN Jigsaw Training.
This workshop is intended to enlighten not frighten participants around
the subject of suicide. Suicide is the leading cause of death for all
Australians under the age of 44 – but most of these suicides can be
prevented. Participants will gain knowledge of the signs that someone
may be considering suicide, the risk and protective factors around
suicide, the myths surrounding suicide, what to do and say and how to
have ‘that’ conversation with someone they may be worried about. You do
not need to be a psychologist to keep people safe from suicide, nor do
you need to resolve the person’s problems – often we do not have the
skills or the knowledge to do so. What we can all do however, with some
training and skills, is to be able to recognise when someone is at risk
put them in touch with organisations and people who can help them.
presenter:- John Boyd Chairperson Thyroid WA Support
Group. The only support group in WA for thyroid sufferers.
This is a very professional support group with direct contacts to
endocrinologists and thyroid surgeons. Session will include information
for nursing support staff to have more understanding of the disease and
what can be done with diagnosis and treatment. They have a
comprehensive website which is www.thyroidwa.com and sufferers can
access a lot of it without becoming a member.
The group is run entirely by volunteers. The three key volunteers are
all thyroid disease sufferers.
information evening presented by Jane Gardiner RN, Communicable Disease
Control & Regional Immunisation Coordinator, South Metropolitan
Public Health Unit,South Metropolitan Health Service.
Awareness of public health and communicable diseases
Vaccine preventable notifiable diseases in adults and children
in relation to vaccine storage, packing an esky, new vaccines and where
to go for help/support for cold chain breach/incident.
Travel and communicable diseases
More details regarding the online immunisation course and update
Australian Immunisation Calculator – This calculator is out of date, so
beware regarding catching up children especially with dose of MMRV.
2nd presenter will provide information on:
Shingles prevention – The Risk, The Burden, Benefits of Vaccination
& current NHMRC recommendations.
Community Immunity – are you aware of this
Presented by bioCSL William Northcott
April 21st ( No meeting - Public Holiday)
Presented by Angela Wills - Deaf blind
Consultant, Deafblind Services.
An overview of
communication methods including those with dual sensory loss.
Emotional impact for vision and hearing impaired.
Exercising for those with vision and hearing loss and a case study
–Presented by Juliana Summers
and Ally White from Falls Prevention Programs – ICCWA (Injury Control
One of the key aims of the Stay
On Your Feet WA®
program is to raise awareness of effective strategies to reducing falls
occurring in the older population. With much of our older population
with sensory loss it is important to implement specific interventions
decrease risk for those in this cohort. This presentation will discuss
which specifically impact those with either single or dual sensory loss
focus on vision and hearing. We will discuss accessibility needs, how
effectively with patients living with sensory loss and considerations
implementing this in your practice.
* Crunch & Sip - school health program promoting fruit, vegies
water in schools.
* Foodcents - healthy eating nutrition program promoting healthy eating
on a budget.
* Livelighter - healthy weight campaign and support.
Resources and services presented by Sally Blane, Schools Nutrition
Coordinator Cancer Council WA and Anne Finch, Livelighter campaign
project officer Cancer Council WA.
Information regarding Coeliac Western Australia - resources from this
support group and dietary options for those living with coeliac
disease, gluten intolerance and other conditions. Presented by Julie
Curnow, Manager of Coeliac WA.
Monday 15th April
Partnerships in care for patients with cardiovascular disease: where
does the practice nurse fit in?
Presented by Associate Professor Andrew Maiorana - Coordinator of
Exercise Physiology Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant
Monday May 20th
Vaccinology; presented by Birgit Beisner; Regional Manager NIP Vaccines
Vaccinology? This presentation described the different vaccines types,
how they are made, for example, what does 'live attenuated' really
mean, and what are the benefits and disadvantages of each, a brief
description of the production process for bacterial and viral vaccines,
and where in the process certain ingredients (for example, those of
animal origin), may enter the process.A very lively presentation.
Monday June 17th
Carers WA information evening, also:
Information on the Better Start Initiative was presented by Julie King
- Better Start Supervisor. The Better Start initiative is funded by
FaHCSIA to offer early childhood intervention services for children
with certain disabilities.
Paige Munro - RIS advisor will give us an overview on the services
Carers WA offers in relation to mental health issues.
Diabetes research study information - presented by Helen Daniels
- presented by Tessa Jupp RN - Information on the Late Effects of Polio
which is affecting 90% of WA's 2000 plus polio survivors. Serum
carnitine levels done at PMH, reveal polios and some of their
children/grandchildren benefit from supplemental carnitine. The simple
methods used for pain and fatigue which may help our general community.
This was followed by an update on Insulin pens - presented by Lexie
Wilkins. This presentation alsol included injection technique
for insulin injecting
patients and the impact of needle phobia on insulin injections etc.
management - presented by Jane Muirhead, Occupational Therapist
specialising in this area. Jane presented tips for us to inform our
patients with chronic pain and the role of an OT.
– presented by
Lynda Southwell -
nursing perspective on Familial Hypercholesterolemia: common,
lethal and in your patients”
FH is an inherited
condition of high cholesterol where a genetic change to the receptor
regulates levels of LDL cholesterol in the body is faulty. This is
passed on from generation to generation and will cause a 20 fold
of premature CHD if undetected or left untreated.
significance and risk of FH by health professionals is important and
– Angela Mack from the Ear Science Institute
Mack, balance and implant centre manager, with over 30
years audiology experience and
Lisa Giles, senior balance audiologist from Ear Science Institute
Australia will give an overview on identification and management of
balance disorders. This talk will cover;
What to look for when screening hearing. Understanding diagnostic
audiometry, speech and tympanometry results. When a referral
is appropriate. Introduction to the balance system,
vestibular anatomy, overview of types of balance disorders, related to
history and symptoms and other investigations available.
Information for carers re Resource book - presented by
Karyn Salter –
Home Instead Senior Care and Alzheimer’s Australia
have joined forces to produce a free resource booklet for carers of
dementia. With an
estimated 1.2 million Australians caring for someone with
booklet is a timely addition to the Home Instead Senior Care suite of
public education materials. Karyn will also inform us about other
2nd presenter – Bonnie
Mist Community West - Overview
the Community Care Sector
HACC Program- Aims, Eligibility target group
philosophy underpinning support services
Referral to HACC- process and
document, Client scenarios.
Respiratory Nurse Educator RPH - COPD/Asthma
The differences and changes in airways (Remodelling) Tips on
Management in General Practice.
WAPNA 3rd Seminar Saturday
Obesity – The
Impact in our Community.
The importance of
Physical Activity and Implications with Mental Health
SEMINAR JUNE 29TH
Falls Program, Paramedical Information,
and the role of an Occupational Therapist.
A very interesting seminar with information to update our knowledge in
these very important topics.
SEMINAR - 10th March 2012
AM Session Consisted
of an Immunisation update - necessary for annual competency, as per the
WA CDCD Immunisation Certification Accredited Guidelines.
PM Session This was
an interactive session with Cardiac Rehab providers sharing practical
tips to improve CVC management.
Home and Community Care - eligibilty criteria for accessing appropriate
Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT)-information on what is involved in the
Obesity in the Community
SEMINAR - 30th June 2012
This seminar was well attended and the above topics were presented in a
very enlightening manner.
- Mars and Venus, Chronic Pain
- Womens Health - presented by Dr Margaret Smith;
- Mens Health - presented Dr Pam Quartermass
- Chronic Pain - presented by Denise Fairclough
Clinical Nurse SCGH Pain Clinic . IncludeD the referral process to pain
SEMIINAR 20TH OCTOBER 2012
Auto Immune Disorders including
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Health Networks Models of Care - an overview of these
projects and how to navigate using Osteoporosis as an example Model of
Mental Health & Addictions -
incorporating the role of a Nurse in the Corrective Services.
Meetings in 2013
Monday 18th February
Cervical Registry Program presented by Heidi Pavicic,
Clinical Nurse Consultant.
Cervical cancer prevention: from
screening to vaccination.
Removing barriers: tips for increasing
participation in your practice
Reducing Legal Risk: Implementation of
recall/reminders and the role of the WA Cervical Cancer Prevention
The following presentation was:
Best Beginnings Parenting Support Program;
presented by Jennifer Hewitt.
Information on the support services offered to new parents.
Meetings in 2012
The Womens Clinic: Presented by Jane Griffiths Business Manager and
Flic Hardiman - Senior Registered Nurse. Presentation included
information on the Clinic and services offered. Other topics discussed
were the insertion of Mirena and Implanon-including the removal of
implanon, and details of the latest contraceptive pills. Information on
antibiotics and OCP, missed pill etc, this included the new Clyk device
to aid compliance on the new pill "YazFlex". Termination of pregnancy
was also discussed, including the role of the nurse in patient
education including proposed surgical procedures and general women's
health issues. Mirena training and service/sponsorship being offered to
GPs for training.
Chronic Kidney Disease - presented by Jenny
Duggan form KCat
Tips and resources in relation to
Cardio Vascular Disease - presented by Heart Foundation Nurses
& Project Officers.
This was an overview of CVD & Diabetes, the disease burden,
support services Heart Foundation offers in the community, including
Swap It resources & Live Lighter campaigns. Also included were
tips for PN - of how CVD & Diabetes can impact on each
Headache Help WA - presented by Beth Eggeston.
Information regarding this West Australian community-based
organisation. Support services, resources & assistance for
people with headache and migraine.
Followed by - Continence Advisory Service of WA - presented by Dee
Sutcliffe - Education & Training Officer for CAS.
Information, advice & tips for Practice Nurses on bladder
& bowel health issues. Resources & support provided by
CAS of WA & other supports in community.
Monday July 16th
Sharps Disposal and STI's - presented by John Palmer Sterihealth
An overview of relevant STI's - presented by Jane Hubble RN. Testing
and treatments and contact tracing. Supporting and enhancing your role
with your GP. What issues you may have & how to utilise us and
other public health nurses.
TB, refugee health and the latest changes - presented by Joanna Fagan
from Perth Chest Clinic
Osteoporosis management including the
importance of screening for bone density; presented by Jody Minerva
Osteoporosis Solutions Australia
Followed by Kath Snell - Volunteer Task Force - The positive effects of
their exercise & nutrition programs.
Karena Sheriff and Tina Newman from Commonwealth Carelink - Community
care options and resources for your patients.
Muscular Dystrophy WA
- presented by
Lesley Murphy Community Support Officer.
Information regarding the three main aims, to provide support to those
who live with Muscular Dystrophy, to provide support to those who care
for people with Muscular Dystrophy and to raise funds for research.
Neurological Council of Western Australia
- presented by Christina Line - Community Neurological Nurse.
This session described the collaboration between Neurological groups in
Western Australia and the coordination of services and support for
clients within the community including regional areas. Also,information
regarding a post graduate certificate in Neurological Nursing through
Home Medication Reviews - presented by pharmacist Richard Plumridge. A
very interesting and informative session describing the pharmacists
role and education provided to our patients. Information for nurses to
help us to educate our patients with their medications and explain what
HMR's are for and the benefits.
The following presenter was pharmacist Shirley Harrison - NPS for GP's
and Nurses, Dementia medications, followed by some case studies. Tips
for nurses and patients.
Information regarding the Coordinated Veterans Care Program (CVC),
followed by the Management of Cardiovascular Disease in General
Monday Feb 20th
Diabetes WA Services
Educators and Dieticians, their role in helping our patients. Presented
by Rhianna Muir, Health Professional Engagement Coordinator DAWA
- Information on non
medical Private Home Services now available in the community.
- latest information regarding
Pneumovax, Gardasil indications and other vaccines, presented by
William Northcott CSL Biotherapies.
Seminar for 2011 - Saturday 22nd October
Chronic Lung Conditions and treatments.
Paediatric Information - Improve your skills on how to assess the sick
Enuresis & Continence - Enhance recognition of dysfunction in
Seminar for 2011 - Saturday 2nd July
Chronic Lung Conditions and Current Trials - Presented by LIWA
Insulin Pumps - How they work, how to manage them and insulin dosing.
Presented by Linda Hop Clinical Nurse PMH
Medical Indemnity, Scope of Practice and Professional Development,
Recalls and Reminder letters - Where do We Stand?? Presented by MDA
for 2011 - Saturday March 26th (all day event)
An Immunisation Update by Shelly Howe was held in the morning session.
The afternoon session included a presentation by Lynn Barnden and Beth
Sperring on wounds and burns in patients with Chronic Medical
Wounds and Burns in relation to patients who have Chronic Medical
Conditions - presented by Lynn Barnden and Beth Sperring Atrial
FibrillatAtrial fibrillation, Warfarin management and INR"s - this
pesentation was by a Cardiologist and included the importance of
medication, ECG interpretation and stroke risk and the role of the
Practice Nurse. Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes for the Practice
Nurse - a presentation by a Renal Nurse - covered the role of the
practice nurse in the management of CKD.
and final Seminar for 2010 -Saturday 16th October:
TOPICS covered included :
- Busting the Myth
Medical iIndemnity Practice Nurses
General Practice - Recalls and Reminders
A very full and interesting range of subjects was enjoyed by all.
Seminar for 2010 - Saturday 26th June
(MI) is a collaborative person-centred form of guiding to elicit and
strengthen motivation to change. It has been used to successfully shift
a range of behaviours from diet, exercise, alcohol and drug use,
medication compliance, dental hygiene and criminal recidivism.
Back by popular demand after the first session that she presented to
WAPNA, Associate Professor Moira Sim shared her insights from a recent
workshop in the USA with the original authors of MI, Miller and
This session included an interactive workshop.
Wound Care Options in General Practice
This was a continuation from the WAPNA March educational meeting.
Information was also provided on the Nurse Practitioner Clinic now in
1st Seminar for 2010 - Saturday 27th March
This was an all day Seminar which consisted of an Immunisation Update
in the morning, lunch, then was followed by a Paediatric Update in the
afternoon. The venue was changed at short notice, to the Function
Centre, Technology Park, Bentley. This was necessary due to the 22/3
storm damage and flooding of the Clarke Lecture Theatres at SCGH.
Meetings in 2011
Continence update – prolapse bowel and bladder incontinence, prolapse,
services available and current support etc. Presented by Emma Wise
Macular Degeneration – Types of macular degeneration, aids and
services/programs available for health professionals and patients.
Presented by Georgina Ryan Education Officer for MD
Interesting presentations on Infant Nutrition & Obesity in
Later Life, followed by Men's Health Initiative.
The role of a Podiatrist - the process of the
consultation with foot
checks etc. This also included High Care Assessment, back and hip pain
& Diabetes - Presented by Earl Louis
the following presentation was an information session in relation to
the changes with access to HACC Community Care Services. The North
Metro Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) is now the one
access and entry point to refer new patients requiring assistance in
the home. Also included how to make a referral.
Jessica Foster, Lead Organiser, and Beth Arrowsmith, Nursing
Professional Development Organiser, gave presentations about United
Voice (formerly known as the Liquor Hospitality Miscellaneous Union
(LHMU. This is the largest uniob in WA and represents a large number of
staff members throughout the health sectors. Also discussed was the
professional development program for nursing members, which includes
education days, in service sessions at various employers and soon to be
launched online professional development program.
Monday July 18th
The role of an exercise physiologist - presented by Matt Hall. Another
presentation was from a CDE - of particular interest was the discussion
regarding the many ways the HbA1c is calculated.
Monday June 20th
Common eye conditions: A very full presentation by Dr Geoffrey Lam UWA
Clinical Associate Professor & Head of Opthalmology PMH. The
presentation contained information regarding general opthalmology and
common eye conditions.
Monday 16th May
Kathi Howes, Community Engagement Officer at Marie Stopes (Not for
Profit Registered Charity) Reproductive Health Care Services. Included
information on Sexual Health, Counselling Services, vasectomies and
A general information evening on Support Groups and Programs in the
Includes following topic area:
Fibromyalgia: The condition and how to manage it- presented by Kaye
Breast Care Support, Mercy Support Services, Diabetes Programs.
Many varied and interesting topics - a snapshot of the support in our
Dr Peter Richmond and Prof Moira Clay: Moira Clay's presentation: "A
research driven Health System .................;Can we get there?"
Peter Richmond's presentation: "Pertussis from parents and problems
with paediatric adverse events - an immunisation update for practice
3 Community Programs were presented, including the Lifestyle Triple P
Parenting Program - presented by Tiffany Marcus-Hanks. This is a weight
management program aimed to reduce childhood obesity by helping parents
to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Department of Education Program and Parenting WA Community support
programs were also be presented.
Meetings in 2010
Jane Gardner presented this general childhood and immunisation
information session, including details of the school nurses' role in
relation to immunisation.
Travel medicine update including vaccines for our patients on the move.
Examination of the Injured Hand – presented by Clinical Associate
Professor of Surgery Dr Stewart Flemming. Information regarding the
management of simple hand and traumatised hands and the relevant wound
20th: Child Health Information Evening
Miriam Krouzecky, Clinical Nurse
Specialist (Perinatal Depression) presented on Child and Adolescent
Lynn Sprigg, Principal Nurse for Child
and Adolescent Community Health, was also a presenter. Lynn has
extensive experience in Community health practice, particularly school
health nursing, Her expertise is in child health nursing and perinatal
An overview of the role of child health and school health nurses and a
brief overview of the perinatal mental health issues including PND, the
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and resources to support
vulnerable families were discussed.
Information about the universal schedule of health checks offered
through infant/child health clinics, kindys, primary and secondary
schools,with an opportunity for questions, including how community
health nurses and GP practice nurses can communicate and liaise to
provide better outcomes for families.
Clinton Heal – CEO and Founder of
Melanoma WA was the presenter.
General information in relation to melanoma stats, prevention,
monitoring and treatment was discussed. this was followed by
Clinton's own story regarding he was diagnosed with a melanoma at the
age of 22 and his journey from there. Also included was the background
of how MelanomaWA was started by this inspirational young man. A very
personal story from our patients point of view.
Monday 19th July
Shirley Teshome RN – Chronic Disease Program
Coordinator WAGP Network. Update on the latest Health
Assessment items – target groups and rules.
Refresher on requirements of Asthma Annual Cycle of Care, and where
this fits in with Chronic Disease Management items.
Piper Marsh – Asthma Educator Asthma Foundation of
WA- Overview and update on Management of Asthma. Tips on the
run, spacers/nebuliser ongoing debate etc. Also, how you can use your
Asthma Educator knowledge in the GP setting.
Monday 21st June
John Palmer – Steri Health provied an
update on the clinical waste regulations, the responsibilities of
practices and “best practice” in the correct handling and disposal of
sharps and clinical waste. Information on an alternative Sharps
Tanya Ricciardi RN and Paul Carpenter –Braun. An
update was presented on the protocols for the correct washing and
decontamination techniques of instruments in General Practice.
There was also a short presentation on Histoacryl Skin Glue, and its
application. This included a practical session on some pork belly, so
that people understood how to use glue.
by Jane Butcher RN – WAGP Network
Nursing in General Practice & QUM Program Coordinator.
A very up to date and informative evening.
National Registration and Continuing Competence – What’s the latest?
What should I do?
The 2010 National Award – Are you affected?
Changes to Medicare Items for May 2010 – update on health assessments.
information and processes.
DAWA online program update including Glucose Impairment.
and Beth Sperring CNS RPH – Wound Care on a Budget – Wound care options
when working with Budget Restraints in the General Practice Setting.
New tricks were shown and information provided in relation to different
dressing products when working with limited stock.
information session - What a chiropractor does in relation to patients
with chronic conditions, pain relief and adjustments.
for 2009 - Saturday 17th October
Cardiovascular Disease, Prevention, Management Strategies and risk
factors in Diabetes, PVD and CVD.
Tips on how to manage patients with heart disease, lifestyle
and how to simplify careplans in relation to heart disease.
Seminar for 2009 - Saturday 28th March
the Path to Wellness" Seminar
The program included presenters from the
Heart Foundation regarding the Heartmoves Program, the Lung Support
Group, Volunteering WA Services, Connect WA, Aged Care Support and the
former "Wish Group" who have many support organisations on their
listings. Also, presenters from Diabetes WA, Cancer Council,
the Rotary Waist Disposal Challenge, and Drawing the Line Healthy
Meetings in 2009
(Lab Duty Manager Clinipath Pathology), presented a Laboratory Point of
View with Mens Health from a Laboratory point of view with regard to
Examinations and Other Tests including PSA. Reasons behind the "Order
of Draw" when taking blood, "ideal" written referrals and importance of
clinical notes and history.
Discussion also included information regarding the taking of samples
such as FVU, MSU, Microalbumin urine samples and the interpretation of
Howe - Immunisation Program Coordinator
WAGP Network, Panvax vaccine update, questions and answers.
- Support Officer Silver Chain - Silver Chain Sharing the
Care - Next Step in Primary Care in your Community.
Silver Chain Home Hospital and the Priority Response
Assessment service (PRA) were discussed at length.
- Continence Information - Healthy bladder, healthy bowel, healthy life.
Interviewing techniques to assess continence and information
on the referral process.
Leukaemia, brain tumours and
chemotherapy - a presentation by Dr Nick Gottardo - Paediatric
Oncologist from PMH and ICHR.
Also a presentation from the program coordinator of the National Bowel
Screening Program, and also from the Cancer Council.
Monday 17th August -
Sarah Bright and Dr Eric Khong from BreastScreen WA provided members
with information on Breast Cancer and Screening.
Monday 20th July July
20th - This Travel information evening was presented by Dr John Terry -
GP and Travel Health Specialist. Travel is not just vaccines. This
presentation covered many travel risks and included advice regarding
the procedures necessary if one becomes ill whilst travelling etc.
Monday June 15th -
Wound care information presented by GP Dr Denise Findlay. Discussion
covered the types of wounds, dressings and information relevant to
Jody Niven also presented on the Falls Program.
Monday 18th May –
Chronic Wounds and General information on the Mental Health impact they
have. Presented by Jean Aplin.
Cancer and Palliative Care Network information presented by Gareth
Griffiths – General information for those in general practice. This is
an umbrella organisation which also incorporates Silver Chain as one of
Also, an update on the Home Medicine Reviews, the process, requirements
and the role a nurse can play in General Practice in relation to
organising them. Invaluable service for our patients
Presented by Hilton Tucker from Perth Primary Care Network.
Monday 16th March
16th March – General information and the latest changes with
immunisation- presented by Shelley Howe from the WAGP
Also a very informative presentation by Julie describing the facilities
and programs offered by Ngala. These services are available for
children 0-6yrs, and their families.
Monday 16th February
Information on Oral Health in relation to Chronic Disease and other
medical conditions. Presented by Patrick Shanahan - Oral Health
Consultant with interests in GP, Special Needs and Geriatrics.
The next presenter, Dr Noel Plumley, informed us about his role and the
Street Doctor program. How it works in our Central Perth district and
Meetings in 2008
Monday 17th November
An Allied Health Information Evening – Occupational Therapist &
Their role in relation to Chronic Diseases, Arthritis etc. Exercise
programs available for our patients.
Screening, ECG electrode placement and the Emergency
Trolley - presented by Dr Mike Butcher.
Also, a presentation about a group of retired nurses doing voluntary
work in Bali.
update on Tuberculosis was presented by nurse Vimala Jegathesan
of the Perth Chest Clinic. Discussion covered the disease, current
treatments in WA, mantoux testing and training availability.
Firth from Breast Chek discussed Thermography and, information
regarding a Continence Treatment Chair.
Alan Philp (DOHA) discussed plans for General
Practice, followed by a presentation on the Practice Nurse, and Nurse
Practitioner Programs at Curtin University.
A very informative evening covering the topics
of Drug & alcohol screening, fasting blood tests and
First Aid for Occupational Health Injuries in General Practice.
Discussion on Practice Nurse Updates and future
plans for ECU Training.
October 2008 WAPNA Seminar
Matters of the Heart : Speakers included a Project Officer from the
Heart Foundation, a Dietician, Pharmacist and Exercise Phsyiologist. A
very interesting afternoon was enjoyed by all.
June 2008 WAPNA Seminar
Prevention & Management of Diabetes including Neuropathic Pain
These topics were presented in depth by Toyah Tinworth from DAWA, June
Lee - Diabetes Educator, Professor Schug(Director of Pain Medicaine at
RPH) and Dr Gary Wilson (GP).
First WAPNA Seminar for 2008
Chlamydia and other "love bugs" -
presented by Robyn Wansbrough, Nurse Educator at FPWA.
Infection Control - Practical Aspects - presented by Sylvia Gandossi,
Infection Control Consultant.
Meetings in 2007
Sue Stockdale of Diabetes WA update on their services, educators,
membership benefits etc to assist us in general practice.
KEMH ante natal clinic. General information on what is checked and when
at the clinic, including gestational diabetes. What assists them from
the general practice side of things etc.
Heart Foundation Update.
Simon Cummings – Exercise Physiologist - re the MedExAus program for
diabetics, including the new medicare item number in relation to group
Dr Rosanna Capolingua, GP and National President of the AMA:
A special presentation to discuss the AMA position in relation to
October: Third WAPNA Seminar for 2007
Mental Health - risk assessment and mental state examination as
presented by Jane Armstrong RN.
Mental Health respite Program by Kareena Sherriff from Commonwealth
Skin Disorders - Dermatology and Laser Clinic, also treatment of Skin
July: Second WAPNA Seminar for 2007
First aid for burns
Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behaviours.
Burns Pain Control & Chronic Pain Management
1st July 2006
A very well attended seminar. Dr Liam O'Connor(Clinipath) gave a very
descriptive presentation regarding the collection of, and report
interpretation of wound swabs, MSU's and autoclave spore testing. Tegan
O'Rafferty (Asthma Foundation)followed with an update on asthma
medications and the use and care of spacers.
Sylvia Gandossi (Infection Control Consultant) discussed the latest
updates on infection control with wound care, sterilizers, spacers and
the effect of coming changes in relation the general practice.
Arthritis, auto-immune disorders, current treatments and resources were
discussed in the presentation by Jean McQuade from the Arthritis
Janni Goss "The Laughter Lady" then followed with an interesting
segment on the advantages of laughter.
Wound Management Workshop
Thanks must go to the WAGPNetwork and
the WA Wound Care Association for allowing WAPNA to be a part of this
very successful week-end.
Many people were sponsored from the rural and remote areas to attend -
so popular was this event that there were 80 people on the waiting
Many thanks once again to Cheryl Grigsby for here untiring work for
nurses in General Practice.
11 & 12th February 2006
Meetings in 2006
Sydney Sacks from Clinipath Pathology.
Pathology reporting,fasting times and results interpretation of
Lipids, Liver Function Tests, U and E’s, BSL’s
An update on
travel vaccines followed by Karena Sherrif presenting on the Carelink
facility. Application forms for BSWA Health Promotion in General
Practice also handed out.
well attended meeting. Dr Butcher gave a very enlightening presentation
on the emergency trolley requirements in general practice. BreastScreen
WA provided flyers with a special extension for the registration to
their Breast Cancer promotion for WAPNA members. Val Abery presented
very interesting figures for predicted future increase in the
requirements for Aged Care and Advanced Care Planning .
interesting evening, full of "Mother & Baby" information.
Speakers included Jeannie Thompson from ABC Plus, Eric (Dermatech),
Jeanette (Wyeth), Anne from Supernanny Plus and Julie Holschier from
To download a brochure from Ngala please click here
presented regarding the new NHMR Pap Guidlines that come into effect on
1st July 2006.
William Northcott gave a short talk on the new vaccine RotaTeq that
provides protection from Rotavirus.
Judith Thompson gave a very interactive presentation regarding the
Pelvic floor muscles and continence.
Chronic Renal Failure was
presented in depth by Lisa White from RPH.
Please contact Jenny Hall for a copy of the power point presentation,
kindly sent to WAPNA for members use.
The following presentation
from Niki Parle (also RPH) covered Heart Failure and the success that
RPH has with heart transplants for those in need.
Kristina Economo from the
Asthma Foundation spoke about the Newborns Asthma & Parental
Smoking (NAPS) program.
Julie & Lorraine
described the Healthy@Home Chronic Disease Service that covers 8
metropolitan areas. the aim of the program is to save 25bed days/day by
with chronic health problems to maintain their independence
The MAC Bus & Street
Doctor. Margaret spoke of these very invaluable services - MAC Bus for
the 12-25yr old and Street Doctor for those in need without
a regular GP.
Di Bailey (a Collaboratives
Program Manager) presented information regarding the National Primary
Care Collaborative 3 year pilot program. Jan Ingram followed with her
presentation on a Practice Nurse perspective of the collaborative
Dr Rithy Sovann provided tips for using medical computer programs and
the availability of templates ie for Care Plans etc.
provided information regarding Hopital @ Home and many of their other
This was followed by a presentation from "Disability First Stop".
Combined WAPNA, APNA & WADSO
held on 16 & 17 September 2005
The Workshop was a very rewarding and positive event which achieved the
aim of greater communication and learning opportunities among rural,
remote and metropolitan practice nurses.
The Workshop would not have been possible without Paul
Geyer from APANA for his direction and control of
all the management and financial
Cheryl Grigsby from WADSO
organised and co-ordinated the sponsorship of many rural and remote
practice nurses and was a wealth of knowledge for many contacts. Cheryl
designed and provided the very innovative conference bags also.
Many thanks are expressed to our generous sponsors, Surgical
House, Cottmans, Coloplast and Smith & Nephew.
To all the WAPNA Committee,
thank you also for your support and advice.
Educational Meetings in
A very informative session about the Silver Chain Hospice Care Service.
The team providing the service includes specialist palliative care
GP's, nurses, volunteers, care-aids, a social worker and chaplain.
The service also caters for children, and respite (offered through
Carelink) is available for carers of palliative care patients. There
was also a discussion on the Hospital @ Home service. The Silver Chain
Clinical Research Co-ordinator is looking for nurses to help with a
project in December (please see
"News" for more details).
Carmen Lake presented a very informative slide show (to complement her
presentation last month) from her previous trip to Kenya. Carvings and
also shown. Any donations of medical equipment and nursing books are
most welcome - please contact
a committee member for futher details.
Karena from Carelink presented a short update on recent changes to the
Cheryl Grigsby from WADSO discussed the support by the State Office for
Carmen Lake gave a very informative account of her experiences nursing
in Kenya, and about future plans to assist the area by providing more
nursing and medical equipment.
Francis and friends followed Carmen with a very informative discussion
- C - Culture, client, communication
- A - Assistance, awareness,
- L - Language, learning, lifestyle
- D - Diversity, dignity
Asthma Resources followed by a discussion on
the values of Protein in Our Diet.
The topics covered were Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Deficiences.
A very interesting presentation was held by the Vaccine Trials Group.
Rosemarie Winsor then presented a talk about her new position within
This proved to be a very thought provoking and interactive session with
Bill Saunders, Psychologist. Bill talked about stress management for
Carelink managers then advised us how to make more effective use of
Practice Nurse Networking - Juggling Evening
This proved to be an innovative meeting, in which practice nurses
shared their experiences with triage, policies, procedures, infection
control and other Practice Nursing duties.
Members from Medical Hand, Health Direct and Disability Services also
discussed their roles in these organisations.
Presentations by Terry Jongen
Jongen kindly provided us with a copy of the presentations that
he gave at our Seminar in July, 2004, and has given us permission to
display these on our web site. However, please note that he retains the
copyright to this material. To view these presentations, click on the
that the presentations have been converted to PDF format. To view
them, you will need Acrobat® Reader® on your computer. If you do not
have this software, you can download it for free by clicking on the
logo at the left.
Educational Meetings in
The first educational meeting was held on Monday
16th February and the speakers were: Lorraine and Barry Young from the
Amanda Young Foundation, Kerry Blom from Wanslea Family Services, and
On 15th March, there were updates on Asthma and Diabetes.
At the meeting on April 19th, the topic of discussion was Pap Smears,
with Dr Steven Singh and Staff from the Clinipath Cytology Department.
The May 19th educational meeting was also allocated to Dr Singh for the
discussion of Hormones.
On 21st June, the topics covered were Alcohol Dependence, along with an
introduction to Community
Programmes available for Drug & Alcohol Addicts.
The 19th July meeting covered the Parent Drug Information Service
as well as an introduction to Vacutex wound dressings.
WAPNA members were invited to attend a one day training event presented
by the Drug & Alcohol Office on 28th August, 2004.
Those members who attended agreed that the day proved very interesting
and worthwhile for Practice
Nurses. Our thanks to the presenters Angela Hanslip
and Teena Olsen.
On the 20th September, the topics covered burns and a general wound
On October 18th, Palliative Care was discussed. Also, author Lorraine
Kember talked about her personal experiences as descibed in her book
"Lean on Me". Margaret Watson from the Nurse's Board provided details
difference between EN/RN as pertinent to Practice Nursing.
Videos of April's Expo and the July and October
Seminars from 2003 are still available, along with copies of the March,
July and October 2004 Seminars!
Practice Nurses Association ran a very successful Expo on Community
Resources in April, 2003, at the F.J. Clarke Lecture Theatre, QEII
Medical Centre. The Expo was opened by the Hon. Bob Kucera APM MLA,
Minister for Health, and included sessions relating to Care Link, the
Independent Living Centre, physiotherapy, diabetes, Cancer - Fresh
Start Program, Flora Health Centre, family planning, Lorikeet Club
House and the Alcohol & Drug Authority.
The July 2003 Seminar was also held at the F.J. Clarke Lecture Theatre,
QEII, and presentations were given on disability services, ENT,
radiology update, and the Healing Touch.
The October 2003 Seminar had a great turn-out of members.
speakers were Dr Steven Singh, Jill Illot (Australian Bush Flower
Essences) and Dr Peter Richmond, Consultant Paediatrician. Tess Henry
from Smith & Nephew along with Barry Jones from Huntleigh
Medical discussed the Doppler technique for diagnosing venous and
The first Seminar for 2004 was held on 27th March. Kerry Allan from
Community Development Communication, and Julie Lynch from Disability
Services , presented Communication Issues in Emergency Situations, for
people with disabilities. Due to unexpected circumstances, there was a
last minute change in the program. Pat Duffield spoke about her Ph.D.
research proposal regarding the Practice Nurse Experience.
This was followed by an open forum on the future planning needs for
standards and competencies for Practice Nurses.
We were fortunate to be able to arrange, at very short notice, another
topic "Recognition for the Critically Unwell Child-Airway &
Breathing". This was presented by Katherine Craig, Clinical Nurse
Manager of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, PMH.
At the Seminar on July 24th, Terry Jongen covered Emergencies (see
above to download the presentation), and Wendy Meggison discussed those
legalities particularily relevant to Practice Nurses.
Women's and Children's Health was the title of the October Seminar.
Those present were informed of the many facilities available through
the Women's Health Care Association,
and of the many Community Health programs available both antenatally
and during the early childhood years.
Rural Health Education Foundation Satellite
Television Broadcast -held on Tuesday 24th February 2004
"Nursing in General
To view on-line, or to obtain video
copies of this very informative program, and details of other past and
future programs, go to http://www.rhef.com.au/programs/401/401.html or
phone (02) 6232-5480
Our first seminar was held on the 9th April and covered the following
Parkinsons Disease; Incontinence and the Scope of Nursing Practice.
The July 30th Seminar covered the topics: Chronic Heart Disease,
Diabetes,Metabolic Syndrome and the links with Nutrition and these
On Saturday 22nd October, the topics covered included:
Obesity, effects, co morbidities, causes. Medical and surgical
Including outcomes and results of surgery (Mr Kevin Dolan)
Followed by a wound care update by Pam Morey CNS SCGH.
Videos/DVD's of past seminars may be ordered from our Liaison & Education Officer