Chapter reports

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Queensland

South Australia

Victoria

Tasmania

Western Australia

President's Report

Australian Capital Territory Chapter Report

During this year I held one education day. This was held on Saturday 7th November and I had 4 speakers talking about Adult and Paediatric Sleep Apnea. I had an excellent turnout with 27 participants registering for the event.

I had another workshop morning organised but this had to be postponed to a time yet to be arranged due to 2 speakers being unable to attend at the last minute. I look forward to holing another education day this year.

Judy Redpath
ACT State Co-ordinator

NSW Chapter Report

Our first Education evening for 2016 was held in May. Topic was ‘Facial Trauma’.
Thanks to Associate Professor Gary Hoffman for his informative presentation & amazing photos. Registered nurses, Sarah Sawaki & Tami McDonald, RN’s, gave a presentation titled ‘The Tree Lopper’ – an interesting case study involving multi-trauma

41 nurses from both the public & private sectors attended this dinner meeting at the Beach Hotel, Merewether.

27th July was declared World Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Day in 2016 & a very successful study day was held at Calvary Mater to mark the occasion.

31 nurses attended, with presentations including Radiotherapy in H&N Cancer, Management of radiotherapy side effects, effects of concurrent XRT/Chemotherapy, PEG tubes (why/troubleshooting), CMH tracheostomy team, psychological considerations in H&N Cancer, Reconstructive options in H&N Surgery, & pt journey. The final presentation for the day was by Sophie Fleming, Prosthetic Artist. The Nurses & the Calvary Mater Hospital Head & Neck Support Group joined together for this informative presentation. One of the support group members read a poem he had written, that described his relationship with his ‘new nose’ – priceless.

Both of these education sessions were evaluated using the OHNNG Evaluation form – the response to both sessions was overwhelmingly positive.

Many thanks to the Consultants, Allied Health Staff, consumers & nurses from public, private & community for making 2016 a successful year.

Gai Shylan
OHNNG NSW State Co-ordinator

Metro State Coordinator Krystal Wang has successfully ran her first education evening workshop on Tracheostomy Care covering information on tracheostomy surgery, post surgery tracheostomy care and trade display. This workshop was well attended by 33 Nurses from public and private hospitals, who are working at various work settings include perioperative, ward and clinic; 1 Dietitian, 1 Medical Student and 1 Anaesthetic Technician. The feedback was very positive among attendees and most people are interested in attending other OHNNG education events.

Krystal Wang
NSW Metro State Coordinator

Queensland Chapter Report

I was happy with the night although – with all events you learn how to do it better next time. September found OHNNG in lofty Toowoomba with the very kind assistance of Megan Green the ENT CNC at Toowoomba Hospital. This full day event was again very well supported with 75 nurses attending – some travelling from Brisbane to participate. I was very pleased to have Tracey travel up for the event (although our trip up the range in the thickest fog I have ever experienced was a bit hairy) and due to a hitch in the timing Tracey was able to jump in with a sinus talk, which was very much appreciated by the audience.

The final event for the year was on the beautiful Sunshine Coast – an ENT Head and Neck study day at the Maroochydore Surf Club. The venue was great and the view was very inviting. Chris Bishop the ENT CNC at Nambour Hospital was instrumental in gathering speakers for the session, which made the event very easy to pull together. An audience of 75 enjoyed an interesting and well-balanced program.

Aside from the events run by OHNNG I again did my best to support the Brisbane Head and Neck Cancer Support Group in 2016 by attending many of their monthly meetings. I also attended An Advanced Symposium for Health Professionals working in Head and Neck Cancer which was held at the Translational Research Institute and the Biennial Acoustic Neuroma Conference throughout the year, both of which were interesting would be of value for nurses specializing in those areas.

I would like to express my thanks to the executive team at OHNNG for their support and assistance throughout the year and there are simply not enough words to express my appreciation to Tracey for her friendship, professionalism, undying enthusiasm and tireless efforts which makes this group so remarkably successful and one I am immensely proud to be a part of.

Cheryl Kelly
OHNNG Queensland Chapter Co-ordinator

South Australia Chapter Report

In 2016 we hosted 4 study days in Adelaide. The first was on the 19th of May and it was on “Robotic Surgery in ENT in Adelaide”. It was very well attended and held at St. Andrews Hospital and we listened to the nurses who worked with the DaVinci Robot. This covered the theatre set up and how the staff approached this new technology and a few case studies using the robot. It was a great evening attended by around 30 delegates, a very interesting evening.

On the 11th of August our next educational evening was by Trish MacFarlane on “Outback Otology.” Only a small number of people attended which made it a very personal and interactive evening. I was appalled by the unavailability of health care for the Aboriginal people living in rural and remote areas of Australia. . Thank goodness for the Surgeons who travel to the outback and volunteer their time for these isolated people.

The 12th of October was on “ABC of ENT” by Dr. Ben Stew, it was an informative evening and he covered the basic ENT emergencies we are faced within ENT and a few pointers on what to look out for during procedures and admission into the Emergency department. Our end of year break up in December we had Allana King and Michelle Oaklands who won a Premiers Scholarship, talk to us about their overseas trip to investigate how other hospitals are set up… differently or similar to us?. They had gone on a scouting trip to see how international hospital set up their wards in preparation to assist in the move to the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) when it opens later in the year. It was a great night and everyone stayed on to enjoy a supper and xmas cheer.

The Head and Neck Surgical Society have regular dinner meetings throughout the year which nurses are invited to also, this could explain the lower numbers of people attending our educational evenings.

My goal for this year is to do another study day near the end of the year.

Karen Mahoney
OHNNG SA State Coordinator

Victoria Chapter Report

 

West Australia Chapter Report

It has been a busy 2016 with various educational events occurring across the nation and above all the 20th OHNNG national conference in Melbourne was well received by number of attendees.

WA held 4 quarterly educational sessions at PMH megazone at 1730hr, which is a great location to catchup with other ENT nurses, & the venue has other activities to keep everyone entertained.

  • 10th February -Dunay Taljaard & Carl Chase _Timing is everything-infant hearing test
  • 11th May -Anton Hinton-Bayre Losing your larynx & learning to sing again
  • 21st September -Shane Ling What the FESS? Endoscopic sinus surgery & beyond
  • 12th November -1/2 day study day (6 speakers) Keeping up with ENT

I would like to thank all the WA sponsors – Smiths/Medical, Medtronic/ Covidien & ENT Technology who kindly supports all the educational sessions.

Don’t forget the National OHNNG conference will be back in Perth 2017 ….9-11th March. Any of our members that live in Perth and would like to be apart of the team to get our meeting under way would be very welcome. We would also love to see you all at the WA OHHNG educational sessions, as well. Please let me know together we can make it a great meeting.

Tu Trang Tran (Tooey)
WA State Coordinator

Tasmanian Chapter Report

It has been a busy 2016 with various educational events occurring across the nation and above all the 20th OHNNG national conference in Melbourne was well received by number of attendees.

WA held 4 quarterly educational sessions at PMH megazone at 1730hr, which is a great location to catchup with other ENT nurses, & the venue has other activities to keep everyone entertained.

  • 10th February -Dunay Taljaard & Carl Chase _Timing is everything-infant hearing test
  • 11th May -Anton Hinton-Bayre Losing your larynx & learning to sing again
  • 21st September -Shane Ling What the FESS? Endoscopic sinus surgery & beyond
  • 12th November -1/2 day study day (6 speakers) Keeping up with ENT

I would like to thank all the WA sponsors – Smiths/Medical, Medtronic/ Covidien & ENT Technology who kindly supports all the educational sessions.

Don’t forget the National OHNNG conference will be back in Perth 2017 ….9-11th March. Any of our members that live in Perth and would like to be apart of the team to get our meeting under way would be very welcome. We would also love to see you all at the WA OHHNG educational sessions, as well. Please let me know together we can make it a great meeting.

Lisa Hellwege
TAS State Coordinator