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SA Symposium - 20 years of Nurse Practitioners: Let’s Celebrate the Diversity
Mar 12

SA Symposium - 20 years of Nurse Practitioners: Let’s Celebrate the Diversity

Start Date
12 March 2020 9:00 AM
End Date
13 March 2020 5:00 PM



| Overview

In 2020, the SA Symposium will be running over two days and will cover the topics:

  • Day 1 - 20 Years of Nurse Practitioners: Let’s Celebrate the Diversity, and; 
  • Day 2 Prescribing and Pharmacology Workshop. 

The Symposium offers an exciting range of topics from nursing industry leaders that allows you the opportunity to explore with your peers and professionals the application of better solutions for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses.    


| Objectives

Celebrating success of '20 years of Nurse Practitioners: Let’s Celebrate the Diversity' is designed to facilitate engagement between peers and professionals, stimulating discussion and involvement within the key areas of the latest issues.

The objectives of the Symposium are:

  1. Enhancing & Broadening NP Practice education is designed by and for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner Candidates and Advanced Practice Nurses.
  2. Earn 13 CPD Hours 


| Topics

The topics covered throughout the Symposium include:

  1. Listen to South Australia’s first Nurse Practitioner endorsed in 2002 who will reflect on the journey of the Nurse Practitioner
  2. Trauma orthopaedics paediatric to adult. Paediatric hip dysplasia and other paediatric orthopaedic challenges
  3. Drug and Alcohol Services. Methamphetamine use and the implications for all
  4. Sexual Health. HIV Prevention Program
  5. The pre-exposure (PrEP) and post-exposure (PeP) prophylaxis now available and information on prescribing and monitoring patients on these medications
  6. Takotsubo the triggers, treatment and the impact of takotsubo cardiomyopathy has on our community
  7. Writing articles for publication, how to get it right
  8. Prescribing and Pharmacology


| Program 

Please download the SA Symposium Program by clicking on the link below.

ACNP SA Symposium Program 2020 



| Details

Date:               Thursday 12 March (SA Sympoisum) and Friday 13 March 2020 (Prescribing and Pharmacology Workshop) 

Venue:            Tennyson Centre – 520 South Road, Kurralta Park SA 5037 

Time:               9.00am- Between 16:15 - 16:45 (please refer to each days program)

Cost:               Members both days - $ 375.00

                        Members Prescribing and Pharmacology - $275.00

                        Members Symposium only - $ 120.00

                        Non Members both days - $410.00

                        Non Members Prescribing and Pharmacology - $375.00

                        Non Members Symposium only - $ 200.00


| Event Poster 

Download the SA Symposium Event Poster 2020


| Presenters


Colin Roberts – RN/M MSc NP FRCN

Colin currently works at Adelaide Sexual Health Centre as the interim NUM. He was formerly supporting the PrEPX & Xplore trials as the research coordinator. He also works casual at Wallaroo Hospital as an RN in the operating room. His past experiences include Advanced Nurse Practitioner – Sexual Health in England predominately in central London – St Mary’s Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital & Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and then latterly in Devon – Derriford Hospital, Plymouth as the Clinical Nurse Manager. Colin is an endorsed NP with AHPRA.

Colin is a published author in the medical and nursing press (UK), as well as co-author of education programs for several London Universities, NHS patient group directions for nurse initiated treatments & was guest teacher on the Non-Medical Prescribing programme at London South Bank University. Colin has presented sexual health nursing & perioperative nursing at many local, national and international conferences as well a former visiting educator on sexual health in Spain, and Malta.

Colin was the National Nurse representative on the board of the British Association for Sexual Health & HIV – UK for 4 years. He has worked for the Royal College of Nursing as an advisor – Sexual Health, the Dept of Health (England) as a Consultant Nurse and the Care Quality Commission (England) as a Clinical Expert in practice. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing (UK) for services to sexual health and education in 2014. Colin returned to Australia in 2016 with his partner.

Outside of nursing Colin & his partner have run a successful Bed & Breakfast in rural Cornwall and set up a new B&B here in Wallaroo.  Colin enjoys gardening, walking the family dog and is an active member of his local Anglican Church in Wallaroo.


Dr Katrina Breaden, RN, BAppSc (Nursing), Grad Cert Ed, MN, PhD

Katrina Breaden is a teaching specialist in several nursing programs within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. She has been involved in the education of nurses (undergraduate and postgraduate) for a number of years, accompanied students overseas to experience other cultures and health care systems, taught in Singapore, and worked in both the UK and Australia as a palliative care nurse. Her teaching and research interests include; chronic breathlessness, palliative care, online learning and teaching, student support, death and dying and young women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. She has published widely during her nursing career and is a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals.


Dr Angela Kucia PhD

Dr Angela Kucia has worked as a cardiac nurse for 32 year and currently works at the LMH in acute cardiac assessment.   She recently retired from her position as Senior Lecturer at the University of South Australia, but will continue to teach their postgraduate cardiovascular courses, as well as supervise Master’s Degree and PhD students.

Angela completed a PhD in 2004 in early detection of acute coronary syndromes and has a number of conference presentations, journal publications, and book chapters relating to cardiovascular nursing and cardiac research, including editing a text book, Acute Care: A Practical Guide for Nurses, which is now in preparation for the 2nd edition.

Angela’s current research interest is Takotsubo Syndrome (also known as Broken Heart Syndrome). Takotsubo Syndrome is poorly understood by clinicians and there is little reliable information available to clinicians and people with Takotsubo Syndrome. In 2018 Angela received a grant from the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre to undertake a research project in ascertaining the information needs of people with Takotsubo Syndrome with the endpoint of developing a website for clinicians, researchers, people with Takotsubo Syndrome, and the general public. She will explain why it is important for all clinicians to be aware of this condition and show you aspects of the website that may be useful for you in clinical practice.

Judy Deimel, Memory Service NP 

With an immense love and passion towards providing caring for acutely compromised patients with neurological conditions, NP Judy Deimel strives to be a leader of change in relation to the provision of high-quality patient care in a timely, personalised, efficient and effective service. 

In my nurse-led clinic I diagnose dementia subtypes based on the person’s natural history and progression of the cognitive changes they are experiencing. This is performed collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team.

Features of the NP service include ruling out reversible causes for change, managing unintended consequences of other pharmacologic treatments, prescribing and monitoring medication for dementia symptoms and education about the increased risk of delirium.

Working with families in the non-pharmacological approach to care is a meaningful attribute the nursing model contributes. This includes education on the disabling effects the environment and relationships may have for the person with dementia, often first identified by changed behaviours. Dementia creates complex challenges in providing appropriate care and management strategies over the course of this chronic condition.

To be an effective change agent in this setting requires a respect for a multidisciplinary team approach, but importantly a shared decision-making relationship with the patient and family to deliver person centred care. Aside from being a most rewarding clinical role, with direct patient care, it is also satisfying to have the opportunity to lead change. The NP role in a memory service was an unfamiliar concept in South Australia when I commenced the NP pathway. It required active promotion of the role, a sound business case and a commitment to demonstrate the potential value for investment in a NP model of care. The business case highlighted the merit of timely, equitable, safe, personalised, efficient and effective service delivery by the NP, to improve patient and organisational outcomes.

To read Judy's full story see:

Michael Wallace - NP Drug and Alcohol

Michael has worked in the drug and alcohol field for the past 25 years in both the Northern Territory and South Australia. He has been at Drug and Alcohol Services SA Health for 20 years. He completed his Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) in 2016 and has been in a NP position since then. He is married with 3 adult children and has 2 Labradors and 2 cats’.

Prescribing and Pharmacology  

Dr Jenny Gowan, PhD, Grad Dip Comm Pharm, PhC, FACPP, FPS, AACPA, MSHPA 

Accredited Pharmacist & Teaching Associate Monash Uni
A current member of the PSA Branch committee, Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI,  SHPA  ‘Don’t Rush to Crush’, Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook, and the Thunderstorm Asthma Expert panel. Jenny has published over 350 educational articles and presents hundreds of talks annually.


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Event Location
Tennyson Centre
520 South Road
Kurralta Park SA 5037
Venue Phone
0436 398 145
Contact Details
Melinda Phillips
0436 398 145

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