In February 2012, Andrea Minnis submitted a bid for Bendigo to host the Australian Wound Management Association (VIC) Inc State Conference on behalf of Bendigo Health. The AWMA (VIC) Committee teamed up with a Committee from Bendigo Health to present an extremely successful and exciting Conference in Bendigo held at the All Seasons, Bendigo, on 22-23 March, 2013, focusing on our theme 'Wounds in our World'.
International speakers Professor Terrence Ryan, world leader in dermatology, Dr Zena Moore, Nurse Academic, Practising Clinician and Researcher and Pip Rutherford, New Zealand Nurse Practitioner joined national and local speakers to discuss not only the wounds we see across the world, but the cultural issues we need to consider when planning care and the knowledge and experience that our cultural backgrounds as health professionals bring to wound care.
The Conference was officially opened by Mr David Rosaia, Director of Nursing, Surgical Services, Bendigo Health following a welcome to country by the Aunty Lola from the Dja Dja Wurrung Association. The first day of the Conference provided delegates with a snapshot of wound, burns and lymphoedema management across Africa and the South Pacific. Presentations were provided by international speakers as well as those closer to home including Mr Ian Carlisle, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Cabrini Melbourne, Hana Menezes, Burns Liaison nurse, Alfred Hospital, Jennifer Byrne, Nurse Practitioner, Royal Darwin Hospital and Jaklina Michael, RDNS Diversity Manager.
We also had the opportunity to hear several stimulating and thought provoking papers presented by abstract presenters, Marianne Cullen, Anthony Lewis, Rebecca Mannix and Kate Harper. The close of day one then brought delegates together to enjoy a cocktail party and presentation by a small group of refugee children and young adults from the local Karen Association.
The second day of the Conference provided an overview of lymphoedema and compression management, volunteer experiences and diabetic foot management during our interactive tutorials, followed by a showcase of the fantastic work we see in our community presented by abstract presenters; Marcus Gardner, Matthew Malone and Dr Carolina Weller. Dr Zena Moore challenged the audience to consider the cultural diversity we face and in doing so reminded us that no matter where we live our goal in wound management is a common one.
Day Two culminated in an overview of some of the more unusual wounds we see, presented by Jan Rice, AWMA (VIC) President and the trends in Australia's population growth and diversity, presented by Charne Miller, Research Fellow, RDNS.
An expert interactive panel closed the day providing some thought provoking cases to discuss as well as some light hearted entertainment. The Conference was officially closed with the support of Mr Paul Rumpff, Director of Nursing Sub Acute Services / Sub Acute Programmes Manager, Bendigo Health and Mr Bill McGuiness, President Australian Wound Management Association and just when you thought it was over, Chinese dragons from the Bendigo Chinese Association burst through the doors to provide a amazing spectacle of dance, colour and sound. What a way to finish!
There have been many exciting developments with the planning of the State Conference over the past few months. We have confirmed 3 fantastic international speakers: Professor Terence Ryan, Pip Rutherford and Dr Zena Moore, who will all share their experiences of wound care in our world. The draft program is not far away now as we continue to confirm speakers and topics. We have also started to receive Abstracts and we have Bendigo tourism helping to make your visit to Bendigo very memorable.
Please download the Bendigo Tourisms accommodation booking flyer to receive a complimentary welcome pack and assistance with your accommodation booking. The hard working team behind the partner/family activity program are working hard to secure deals for AWMA Vic delegates to showcase all that Bendigo has to offer. Please download the suggested itinerary to whet your appetite for some of the sights and activities that Bendigo has to offer.
The AWMA Vic State conference sub committee can proudly announce that the call for abstracts is now open. Please download the attached Guidelines for abstract submission form and complete and email to AMinnis@bendigohealth.org.au before closing date of December 7th 2012. Please contact the web manager if you have any difficulties in downloading the file.
Registrations are now open for the State Conference! Please use the registration form here and send to AWMA Vic Secretariat. The form is in pdf so you can either print and enter your details by hand, or you can enter your details electronically and then print. You can then either post, fax or scan and email your form to Di. Please note that early bird registration closes COB 1st February 2013.
The conference sub-committee will also be releasing a call for abstracts later this week (4/9/12).
If you wish to book accommodation at All Seasons Bendigo, please mention that you are part of the AWMA Vic state conference. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
The AWMA (Vic) state conference sub-committee continues to work tirelessly to bring you an exciting, interesting and educational conference at Bendigo in March 2013. The team are currently working to secure high-profile speakers and a variety of topics. Along with this, the budget, sponsorship, catering and AV hire are all being fine tuned to ensure that the conference is a success outside of the presentations. We are in contact with a number of local Bendigo region providers to ensure that we have a truly ‘Bendigo region’ experience. This will be in the form of fine food and wine, and there’s even the potential for some dancing (and you can join in too!).
For the time being, the sub-committee would recommend that you consider submitting an abstract for inclusion at the conference, in either poster or presentation form. Presentations are to be no longer than 10 minutes. Further information regarding abstract submission will soon be available from this page, so stay tuned!
The AWMA (Vic) Conference planning committee have been a hard working bunch for the past seven months. The conference theme and location have been decided so the conference is officially underway! The planning committee consists of both Melbourne based and Bendigo based AWMA (Vic) members, to ensure that we are able to provide a wonderful conference for our delegates and to ensure that we showcase the wonderful Bendigo region.
Recently, members of the planning committee met in Bendigo to confirm the conference location. As you can see from the photos below, the team were hard at work and Bendigo displayed some sensational weather for the team to enjoy.
The All Seasons Hotel in Bendigo has been confirmed as the host of the 2013 AWMA (Vic) State Conference – Wounds in Our World. All Seasons Bendigo is the perfect place to attend insightful conference proceedings, mingle with presenters, trades and delegates whilst also allowing the opportunity to relax with family and friends.
Accommodation at All Seasons Bendigo is exemplary, with options for shared or single rooms, an extensive dining & entertaining area, along with a pool and BBQ facilities. Please take some time to look at everything that All Seasons Bendigo has to offer at www.allseasonsbendigo.com.au
The conference program is currently in draft format and it is looking to be a very exciting and interesting two days. We have invited international guests to present latest research and practices from around the world and there will be a call for abstracts and posters in the coming months.
If you have any questions in regards to the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the planning committee via the website feedback link.
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