Catholic Health Australia is pleased to announce its inaugural Medical Research Symposium to be held on Thursday, 5 May 2016 in Melbourne. The Medical Research Symposium aims to foster better communication, collaboration highlight the many achievemnets of CHA researchers.
Catholic Health Australia's first Medical Research Symposium will be held on 5 May 2016 at St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne. Key note speaker will be distinguished Australian research biologist, Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE. Sir Gustav has enjoyed international fame for his breakthrough contributions to the fields of antibody formation and immunological tolerance.
Sir Gustav Nossal will be joined by Professor Chris Baggoley, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and a number of outstanding researchers representing CHA members. We are delighted to announce presentations from rheumatologist/clinical epidemiologist, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, NHMRC Senior-Principal Fellow and Director of the Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, Professor Steve Webb from St John of God Subiaco, who also holds a post as Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital and a Clinical Professor at the University of Western Australia and Monash University, Professor Mark Cook, Chair of Medicine and Director of Neurosciences at St Vincent's Hospital and Professor Sue Walker, Director of Perinatal Medicine at Mercy Hospital for Women, and the Sheila Handbury Chair of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Melbourne.
This year's CHA Nursing & Midwifery Symposium, held at St Kilda, Melbourne, was a tremendous success. Catholic sector nurses and midwives from right across Australia gathered to meet, learn, share their knowledge and pitch impressive ideas for future innovation in Catholic health and aged care.
CHA's Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Greenwood opened the day's proceedings with a rousing call to arms for all Catholic sector nurses and midwives. The message for the day: Our nurses and midwives are on the frontlines each day and night in our hospitals - they understand the difficulties that face the ongoing provision of exceptional Catholic care, yet overcome them and bring to the table great innovation and a proactive and steadfast spirit in their leadership.
Janine Loader, Chair of CHA's Directors of Nursing & Midwifery Committee was MC for the day. Her message: innovation in health, even on the smallest scale, is something that Catholic sector nurses can be proud of; the strong reputation of Catholic healthcare relies on nurses standing up, sharing their experience, and being counted.
Keynote speakers Margaret Banks and Cheryle Royle took many questions after the day's first session on the Revised National Standards. They shared practical insights into what works and what doesn't in the drive to improve safety and quality and the real drivers that dictate positive outcomes.
Tim Kirkman from RogenSi encouraged NUMs to 'lead from the front' and inspire greatness from their nurses. Acknowledging the difficult job all NUMs face in a busy hospital, Tim explained the importance of identifying priorities and tackling the most important things first and in the right way.
Approximately one hundred nurses from various hospitals and aged care facilities, spanning the length and breadth of the nation, brought their thoughts to the table, offering insights, challenging common practice or understandings and delivering practical, thought-provoking ideas for innovation in health.
'Shark Tank' session results: Chloe Martinich and her partner, Rebecca Morris, from St Vincent's Melbourne won $2000 for their Anaesthetic Emergency Resources concept, winning the Patient Safety & Quality category. Nicky Cummins from Cabrini won another $2000 in the Technical Innovation category for her innovation, Just in Time Training - Basic and Advanced Life Support and Karin Laws, who came all the way from the Mater Hospital, Townsville, won the Cost Effectiveness category with her innovation, EN transition into Cath Lab, securing another prize of $2000. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all contestants - the quality of competition and variety of ideas was impressive and made deciding a winner a difficult task for our judges panel.
CHA would like to thank all involved in this year's Nursing & Midwifery Symposium. Thanks to Susan Biggar (Health Issues Centre Victoria), Lisa Ramshaw (APHA), Margaret Banks and Cheryle Royle, Tim Kirkman, our three 'Shark Tank' judges (pictured above from left to right), Phillip Black (RogenSi), Prof Michelle Campbell (ACU), and Russell Duncan (Telstra Health). Special thanks goes to Janine Loader and CHA's Directors of Nursing & Midwifery Committee, whose support and dedication made the this year's Nursing & Midwifery Symposium such a success.
To read the discussion paper that informed conference proceedings, click here.
Click on the links below to access the speakers PowerPoint presentations from the conference.