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Hundreds expected at primary health care conference.

Close to 400 particpants are expected at NZNO's third primary health care nurses' conference, to be held at Auckland's Waipuna Conference Centre on August 5 and 6. The theme of the conference is "Community: The Pulse of the Future--Te ihi, te wehi, te wana mo apopo." It will be opened by the Minister of Health Annette King, following the powhiri. The Ministry of Health is the major conference sponsor.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together all nurses working in the community to discuss the innovations and challenges two years into the implementation of the primary health care strategy.

The first day will showcase eight of the Ministry-funded nursing innovation pilot projects and review their progress. A number of the nursing innovation projects were featured at NZNO's second primary health care nurses' conference in August 2003.

The keynote speaker on the second day is internationally renowned advanced nursing practice expert Sue Cross. Cross, who is the associate director of primary care nursing for Bedfordshire and Herfordshire National Health Service, will speak on professional development for primary health care nurses. Also a respiratory nursing specialist, Cross is the immediate past chair of the International Council of Nurses' advanced practice nurse/nurse practitioner network. She will also run two concurrent sessions: managing change in the patient resistant to change; and interprofessional collaboration. She has been a conference speaker in New Zealand before.

Concurrent sessions

The second day will feature a range of concurrent sessions. These include Maori health provision, primary mental health care, chronic disease management, child and youth health, hospital in the home, rural nursing, sexual and reproductive health, public health, health promotion and screening, and immunisation.

The closing date for abstracts was April 4. Conference convenor, NZNO professional nursing adviser Susanne Trim said there were 25 slots for papers and "we were well oversubscribed, which is heartening".

Future perspectives

The conference will close with a future perspectives panel and open floor discussion. The Ministry's chief medical adviser Colin Feek will present the Ministry's forward thinking plan. Other panellists have not yet been finalised. Three NZNO sections--district nurses, public health nurses and nurses for children and young persons Aotearoa, are using the conference as their annual conferences and will also be holding their AGMs on the evening before the conference begins.

Trim said conference organisation was going very well, thanks to the Ministry sponsorship. Registration forms are available on NZNO's website (www.nzno.org.nz) and hard copies are also being widely circulated.
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Title Annotation:NEWS AND EVENTS
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Date:May 1, 2005
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