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TAS Symposium Celebrating success of ‘Trailblazers’
Nov 1

TAS Symposium Celebrating success of ‘Trailblazers’

Date & Time
1 November 2019 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM



| Overview

In 2019, the TAS Symposium will be running over one day and will cover the topics Celebrating success of ‘Trailblazers’ - seeking solutions for challenges to get to ‘Tried and True'.  Taking place in Launceston, the Symposium will be presented on the 1st November, 2019.  

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 ‘Trailblazers’ - seeking solutions for challenges to get to ‘Tried and True' 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 4.5 CPD Hours 

| Topics

The topics covered throughout the Symposium include:

  1. NP practice including the success of the collaboration between NPs and doctors at the Mersey Hospital

  2.  Australian Nurse Practitioners - Trail blazing to Tried and True. How far have we come?

  3. Has the Victorian Nurse Practitioner Program delivered?

  4.  Update on authority to prescribe process in Tasmania

  5. The Future – How do you see the future health care workforce with Nurse Practitioners and doctors in terms of patient care outcomes.

| Program 

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

ACNP TAS Symposium Program

| Presenters

Kerrie Duggan

Kerrie Duggan, Nurse Practitioner 
Kerrie is a nurse practitioner. She is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience. Kerrie holds post graduate certificates in Intensive care, Midwifery and General Practice Nursing and is an authorised Nurse Immuniser. Kerrie has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Masters in Nursing Science. As a nurse practitioner, her role is to support you to stay well and healthy by providing you with a yearly health check. Kerrie focuses on your health and well-being and checks for risk factors which can cause you disease. She can prescribe medications, refer to specialists, order blood tests and x-rays and ultrasounds, and assess and diagnose many medical conditions.


Hazel Bucher Nurse Practitioner Aged Care/Mental Health, ACNP National Secretary

Hazel is an Aged Care/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) who has been working in the Hobart as a NP since her authorisation in 2010. Hazel’s passion to improve health delivery for older Australians is the motivation behind all that she has done coupled with her belief that nurses can be at the forefront of positive change in health care delivery models. Hazel is a research associate with the Wicking Research and Education Centre in Hobart, is a Unit Coordinator with the Nursing and Midwifery (School of Health Sciences) University of Tasmania, conducts a Nurse-Led Memory Clinic and works with Hobart Aged Care to deliver an in-reach service to residents in residential care. Hazel joined the Board of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners in February 2019.       


Dr. Marielle Ruigok

Dr. Marielle Ruigok is the Director of Emergency Medicine for the Tasmanian Health Service North West.

“Dr Marielle Ruigrok reluctantly admits she has been a doctor for several decades now. She has been in an Emergency Department director position for the past 16 years. She has a wealth of experience in diverse administrative portfolios and work environments.

She concedes she has no real interests except ensuring the best quality care for patients… and of course in “holding up the umbrella to stop the rain of excrement from landing on my staff.”

She has agrarian instincts and concedes that her farm is the most effective money sink she knows. We are delighted to have Dr Ruigrok provide her experience and insights regarding the role of the nurse practitioner in an emergency department.


Karen Linegar

Adj. Associate Professor KAREN JANE LINEGAR

RN RM Ba App Sc BB Dip Com Law MHA FCNA JP

Karen is currently the Executive Director of Nursing - North West Tasmania

Karen has worked as a nursing executive in a variety of nursing and health management roles for over twenty five years, She also has an extensive clinical background in the fields of operating theatre, intensive care and emergency nursing.She holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position with the University of Tasmanian (School of Nursing).

Her key areas of interest are in governance, safety and quality. She is committed to developing people, leading change and being accountable. Having both a clinical and corporate background she is well positioned to understand risk in both areas.

Karen was inducted to the Honour Roll for Women Tasmania in 2017 and awarded the Institute of Public Administration (IPAA) President’s award for excellence in the public sector in 2018.


Leahanna Stevens

Registered Nurse, Masters of Nursing Science Nurse Practitioner

Leahanna Stevens has over 20 years of experience in Emergency Nursing. She was one of the first Nurse Practitioners to go through the Queensland University of Technology program in 2007 for the Masters of Nursing Science, NP and pioneered the position in the Gold Coast Hospital ED. Leahanna now works in the smaller regional ED of the Mersey Community Hospital with two other fellow NPs. As a Nurse Practitioner Leahanna is deeply committed to ensuring the safety of patients when transitioning care from the ED to the community.


Sue Sanderson

Sue is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science, Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and a Masters of Nursing Science Nurse Practitioner

Sue Sanderson is a Nurse Practitioner specialising in chronic cardiac conditions and rehabilitation.

She has almost 30 years continuous service in this area with a principal focus on patients with heart failure since becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She coordinated and managed the cardiac rehabilitation service at the Royal Hobart Hospital including conducting pre-assessment clinics for surgery patients.

Sue is a strong advocate of patient self-management and sees her role primarily as a facilitator for the development of these skills through individual and group education and support. She works closely with cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and the multidisciplinary team.


Meredith Prestwood

Meredith is a Registered Nurse who holds a Diploma in Health Science, Graduate Certificate in Wound Management, Gradate Certificate in Diabetes Education and a Masters of Nursing Science Nurse Practitioner.

Meredith was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner and began work in General Practice in 2011. In 2016, she took on the role of Nurse Practitioner/team leader in an innovative hospital avoidance program in Launceston, Tasmania.  The success of the program in the North of the state led to a state-wide rollout of the service.  Meredith feels fortunate to lead a dedicated team, and worked successfully in partnerships with GP's and other health care professionals to provide high acuity, expert care to patients in their own homes.  She is proud of the success of the program not only in terms of referrals but from patient stories and feedback.


Giuliana Murfett

Giuliana holds a Bachelor of Nursing, Masters Nursing Science Nurse Practitioner, Graduate Diploma Education, Graduate Diploma Diabetes Education and is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator,

She is a Fellow of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, a PhD Candidate, and is Chair of the Medical, Education and Scientific Advisory Council

She is currently working at North West Regional Hospital as a Diabetes Nurse Practitioner.

| Details

Date:               Friday 1 November 2019

Venue:             Flexible Learning - Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, room number: NH.BE21.L01.130. Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania,  Newnham Drive, Newnham TASMANIA 

Time:               9.45am- 4.00pm

Cost:               $80.00

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Event Location
Flexible Learning - Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, room number: NH.BE21.L01.130. Newnham Campus, University of Tasmania, Newnham Drive,
Newnham TAS 7248
Venue Phone
0436 398 145
Contact Details
Melinda Phillips
0436 398 145

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