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What is happening at ARNA

 

2015 looks like a very positive year for the Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses’ Association (ARNA).  The National Committee have set up the New Strategic Plan for 2105 – 2018 and as a result, their Action Plan is underway.  Under the Strategic Plan our VISION is to see Rehabilitation as an Integral Part of Every Nurse’s Practice and our MISSION is to Support the development and sharing of nursing’s body of rehabilitation knowledge, skills and attitudes for the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

To start the year off, the ARNA Chapters have set up a number of Study Days and events for 2015.  The first will be a full day Study Day conducted by the VIC/TAS Chapter on 13 March at Wantirna Health commencing at 8:00am through to 3:30pm.  Rachel Wotton is the Guest Speaker and will be discussing: “Providing sexual services to clients with Disability”.  Other topics which will be covered on the day are:

  • Promoting better sleep in a GEM ward - Catherine White & Julia Lee
  • Neuroplasticity - Dr Genevieve Kennedy
  • Having difficult conversations with patients and relatives - Cora Browne
  • Critical thinking, reflection & debriefing – why it’s important in the rehab environment - Ruth Williams
  • GEM@Home program – the nursing role - Joanne Campbell
  • Acute stroke management – what rehab nurses need to know - Skye Coote

This event is open to everyone so please register now before places run out.

Following this, the QLD Chapter is conducting their first Study Day at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on 27 March from 0:800am through to 2:00pm.  The Keynote Speaker Dr Wendy McIntosh PhD will be discussing “Managing Difficult Behaviour”.  All are welcome to attend so please complete the registration form (Direct Transfer or Cheque) before places run out.  Please note the Door Prize will be full registration to the ARNA Conference being held in Brisbane in October this year.

Additional events listed for the year are:

  • 22-23 October – ARNA 25th Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting in Brisbane, QLD
  • 13 November – VIC / TAS Chapter Study Day and Chapter Meeting in Hobart, Tasmania 
  • 29 November – QLD Chapter Half Day Study Day in Redcliffe, QLD
Members who attend these events do so at a very discounted rate.  So if you wish to take advantage of this and more why not become a member of ARNA.  It is a simple as going to the membership page on the ARNA website and complete the detail – with payment online.  Corporate membership is also available offering attendance to all ARNA Events for any 2 members of the organisation along with 3 editions of the ARNA Journal and a copy of the Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Standards.
 

2015 Conference

 
The dates have been announced for the 25th Annual ARNA Conference being held in Brisbane, QLD. Please put in your calendars the following dates:            
  • Wednesday 21 October - Welcome Get-together
  • Thursday 22 October - Opening of Conference
  • Friday 23 October - Second day of Conference
We are expecting quality speakers to attend and present at this event – so keep an eye on the ARNA website for updates.

If you wish to submit an Abstract to be reviewed for presenting at the 2015 Conference, information and application forms will be available soon. An Abstract can be in the form of a Poster Presentation, a Research Paper or First Time Presenter. So please make ready to send in your submissions.
 
Remember: ARNA is an association run by nurses for nurses and also encourages multi and interdisciplinary sharing of information and knowledge.