World Mental Health Week
September 24, 2014
Hello all and welcome to my very first post on our new President’s Blog!
I thought this might be a nice, informal way of keeping you all up to date on the latest and greatest things happening in ADSNA and in Day Surgery in general.
I would like this to be a very interactive blog, so please feel free to post comments and questions as they come to mind. Please be mindful however these posts will be seen by anyone accessing the website, so if you would prefer to remain under the radar, you can contact me through the president email instead, email@example.com
So much has been happening in ADSNA recently. 3 weeks ago I attended the Coalition of National Nursing Organisations (CoNNO) meeting in Sydney. This was my second meeting as the ADSNA President and I came away inspired about the future of nursing. We were lucky enough to have Professor John Daly from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) come along to discuss his work with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Prof Daly was recently appointed to a four year term as the Secretary General of the WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. An amazing achievement for any nurse let alone an Aussie! He discussed the educational programs offered to nurses from developing countries through UTS and expressed an interest in working with all the CoNNO Organisations to facilitate an annual Nursing Leadership Summit in Australia. He stressed the importance of growing our nursing leaders of the future and made a statement that has stuck with me. He said, “As a nursing profession we have never been more educated than we are today and we have never had less of a voice than we have today”. Food for thought!
He also brought along a guest from the USA, Professor Martha Hill who is the Dean of the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Maryland. Together they sit on a group called GAPFON – the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing. Prof Daly is the only Australian invited to be a part of this global group. The more he spoke it was obvious to me … the man is a chronic under achiever … NOT!! As I sat and listened to him I felt in awe of all that he has, and still is, achieving in his nursing career. It really makes you think … what have I done? How can I contribute more to the profession? For more information about GAPFON, go to their website www.gapfon.org
The following week I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the DSNA NSW State Conference. Darling Harbour was the location on a cold and rainy day, perfect for staying indoors. The committee looked great in their purple shirts and they welcomed me warmly. All the speakers were fabulous, but if I had to choose a favourite it would be Lucy Perry, CEO of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital Ethiopia (Australia). Lucy took us on an emotional journey through the life of Dr Catherine Hamlin and the many women she has helped with her healing hands in Ethiopia. Without Dr Catherine Hamlin these women were condemned to a life of incontinence and unimaginable pain and suffering. The Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia has changed the lives of so many women and with all of our help and support, will continue to do so. Now I won’t give too much away because I would love to have Lucy come to our National Conference next year, but suffice to say by the end of her presentation I had laughed and cried and I felt completely inadequate, uplifted and inspired all at the same time. For more information on what you can do to help this extremely worthwhile charity, go to the website www.hamlin.org.au or like their Facebook page – ‘Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia – Dr Catherine Hamlin’.
So that’s all folks for my first post on the president’s blog. Write a comment and let me know how I went – please be gentle with me! If you have any burning questions or ideas for content you would like to see on this blog, please let me know that too.