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Presidents Report November 2015 Paul McLiesh
The SAON committee continues to work hard to provide resources for SAON members as well as advocate for orthopaedic nursing in many areas. We now have members from most public hospitals and a number of private hospitals on the SAON committee. I think this has strengthened our group by providing different perspectives to our discussions and plans.
2015 has seen a record number of members (well a record for my memory at least) of over 50. This is a great result for orthopaedic nurses in SA. One area we would like to increase our engagement and membership is in the rural areas- this should be a focus for coming years. We continue to have interesting and informative presentations at our education nights. Our latest education night was on the 14th Sept and we had 2 great presenters- Kylie Webb CPC from the Women’s & Children’s Hospital and Dr Mathew Hutchinson Orthopaedic Surgeon. The night was sponsored by Practitioner Supplies. The presentations were excellent and focussed on paediatric orthopaedic practice and the two presentations stimulate much discussion and questions. We did not hold an education meeting in the latter half of this year but instead attended the ANZONA conference in Sydney. SAON was well represented at the conference and everyone found the event interesting, fun and engaging. The next ANZONA conference will be in WA in 2017. Check out the ANZONA website for more details. www.anzona.net
Three nurses from Myanmar attended the ANZONA conference and were sponsored by SAON- Please read the report later on in the newsletter for more information.
The 30th Oct was international orthopaedic Nurses day- There were many people celebrating on the day- check out the Facebook page for some of the events.
We plan to hold our biennial SAON workshop on the 8th July 2016. Keep an eye on the ANZONA webpage and Facebook group for details of our ongoing webinars. ANZONA has made some great progress in the past few years so I encourage you to look at the presidents’ report for 2015 on the ANZONA website.
Thank you to all the SAON committee for their hard work and ongoing passion for orthopaedic nursing. Special thanks go to Anita Taylor and Lesley Thomas who are representing SAON & ANZONA on national working groups.
Monday 8th Feb 2016
Payneham Rd, Stepney
Anita Taylor NP, RAH - Australian Hip Fracture Registry update
Lesley Thomas NP, QEH - Expert Advisory Group on Knee Pain, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
Myanmar Nurses at ANZONA 2015
Three nurses attended the ANZONA conference in Sydney as guest of SAON. SAON sponsored the nurses to attend and paid their travel and accommodation costs.
Mrs. Lahkri Hkawn Nu, Mrs. Nang Awng and Miss Ni Mya Thway travelled from Myanmar to Sydney. They were extremely grateful for the generosity of SAON members in providing them the opportunity to listen to some of the latest things occurring in orthopaedic nursing. They asked me to thank everyone from SAON for the kind gift of our sponsorship. They are relatively isolated in Myanmar so found the conference very exciting and informative. They will provide a report to SAON in the coming weeks that will be distributed to members. We also plan to publish an article in the International Journal of Orthopaedic and trauma nursing in the near future. SAON will continue to work with nurses from developing countries in a mentor role. The orthopaedic nurses in Myanmar are planning on forming their own orthopaedic nurses group in the near future and SAON will be able to assist them with this transition.
Meetings are held monthly. Dates are published on the website www.onavic.com.au.
Meetings are held at Carson Education Centre, ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth Street Melbourne at 5.00 pm.
Please contact the Secretary via email if you are interested in attending.
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Twilight Nights are held throughout the year.
ONA/WA Website: http://www.ona.asn.au
Queensland Website: http://www.qonsig.org
On April 29th 2016, the AONA NSW Branch held its annual nursing conference – ‘Fractures and Free Parking!”. The event was a great success with 110 delegates attending, sharing knowledge and networking with fellow Orthopaedic nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapist and medical staff. Topics included VTE protocols, Rehabilitation of the Orthopaedic patient, trauma case studies, Update on ANZHFR and Restricted weight bearing in Orthopaedics. Feedback from the conference was very positive.
The NSW branch holds 4 educational evenings per year – last year the branch supported hospitals in rural nsw, private hospital and public hospital to present the diversity of services within the Orthopaedic clinical field – the NSW branch continues to support and promote education for Orthopaedic nurses.
Please visit our website www.aona.com.au for membership and information on hosting or attending an education evening
President AONA NSW Branch
In New Zealand we have held three educational sessions throughout the country so far this year. There are more planned for later in the year, with our AGM scheduled for 30th August. We are currently looking at ways to celebrate Orthopaedic Nurses Day for 2014 which will include greeting cards to all current members. We are also exploring avenues where we can offer support to our nursing colleagues in the Pacific Islands. We are aware that clinical and educational support may not be specifically orthopaedic related, that some areas may want the general basic aspects of nursing care before delving into specialist practice. We have also briefly discussed the apparent tendency within the nursing profession to encourage a generalist approach to nursing rather than developing speciality care. It has been noticed that many nurses tend not to develop an area of speciality practice and therefore education in these areas is no longer taken up. How to encourage nurses to develop these specialist skills needed in orthopaedics is of concern. We also wish to acknowledge the contribution of an orthopaedic nurse for her services to people with arthritis. She is not an NZONA member but has been an orthopaedic nurse for a number of years. Kathie Smith has worked at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital since the 1970s. During this time was was an orthopaedic and rheumatology charge nurse for 20 of those years. She has pioneered services to improve the management of patients and has been active with the Arthritis Foundation of NZ, serving as the president from 2007-11.
At Counties Manukau Health she has held leadership roles helping to improve outpatient and elective surgery. She has been honoured in the Queens Birthday Honours with the title of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
That’s all for this report,
talk to you later
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