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ASHM Nursing Bulletin: December 2018

Welcome to the ASHM Nursing Program bulletin – keeping you up-to-date with happenings in the sector. Please feel free to contact me directly for any contributions or enquires: Melinda Hassall, ASHM Clinical Nurse Lead: melinda.hassall@ashm.org.au / 0422 596 701

IN THIS EDITION  |  ASHM Nursing program News |2018 ASHM Nurse Member survey |  Nurse board member profile | Online learning | Upcoming conferences

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ASHM: a member based organisation
ASHM is a member based organisation supporting the HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health workforce.  Nurses are valuable members of ASHM and are one of the most represented professions within ASHM’s membership.

 Benefits for nurses:

  • Opportunity to join a nurse network to advocate for education and participate in policy and advocacy discussions nationally and within your jurisdictions
  • Access to ASHM scholarships for relevant national and international conference attendance
  • Discounted registration fee to attend Australasian HIV& AIDS and Australasian Sexual Health conferences

ASHM Nursing Program news

ASHM supporting nurse education
2018 saw 610 nurse attendees at 29 nurse specific ASHM education events, including an additional 553 nurse attendees at other ASHM education events.

Nurse led Models of Viral Hepatitis Care Forum

A one day Nurse led Models of Care Forum (supported by Gilead Sciences) ran alongside the 11th Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Adelaide in August.


The forum was attended by 52 nurses, including Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Managers and Nurse Practitioners from a diverse range of clinical areas including hepatology/gastroenterology, alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, hospital, general practice, community health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and infectious disease services. The nurses also represented every jurisdiction in Australia and both north and south islands of New Zealand, including Borroloola in the Northern Territory, Thursday Island in Queensland, Launceston in Tasmania and Napier in New Zealand.
 

The forum demonstrated successful examples of nurse led models of care of hepatitis B and hepatitis C management that have resulted in improved patient outcomes.

 

2018 ASHM Nurse member annual survey


The 2018 ASHM Nurse member survey provided a great overview of members expertise, interests and needs for future focus and provided insight in to how ASHM can continue to support nurse members. Thank you to the nurse members who completed the survey and provided their feedback. Here are some survey highlights.

Who are our nurse member respondents?

  • 36% are Registered Nurses/Midwife
  • 77% work in positions Clinical Nurses or higher, including Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners (including candidates), Nurse Managers and Educators

What does this mean?
ASHM has a strong knowledge base and level of expertise across health care services within our nurse membership.

Where are our nurse member respondents?
ASHM Nurse members are located across all states and territories in Australia and also New Zealand

NSW - 21%
ACT - 4%
QLD - 21%
SA - 4%
VIC - 20%
WA - 11%

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Education

  • 88% of respondents are extremely likely or very likely to recommend ASHM training to colleagues
  • Some respondents were unfamiliar with the suite of ASHM resources and online learning modules and will now refer to them for information and CPD
  • Education gaps for members were identified in sexual health, HIV (in particular, advanced training and complex case management), transgender health and BBVs intersection with drug and alcohol services