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Dr Evan Alexandrou ran an advanced vascular access workshop at the CODA Zero critical care conference held in Sydney on Wednesday 17 February 2021.

Vascular access CNCs and NPs from a number of hospitals helped facilitate this interactive program that incorporated live ultrasound scanning and advanced insertion techniques including subcutaneous tunnelling of Acute and chronic catheters. The audience was primarily intensive care and anaesthetic medical trainees.

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Congratulations to the Liverpool ICU CVAS team.  The Central Line Service was nominated by the District for the 2020 NSW Health Awards in the category of Health Research and Innovation - Faster Cheaper Safer:  Use of ECG for Central Line Placement.  

This was for their randomised trial on the effectiveness of intra-cavitary ECG for the placement of central venous catheters that has shown superior patient safety and organisational benefits -

Their nomination has been shortlisted in the top three projects for the state.  Winners will be announced 29 October 2020.


Congratulations to the CANR Safewards project who was announced as the winner of the 2020 Quality award in the category of:

  • Health Research and Innovation Award: Mental Health – Safewards co-production in South Western Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Services

The project was led by Professor Geoff Dickens and Tracy Tabvuma and the Safewards project team with special acknowledgement to the SWSLHD Mental Health Nurse Unit Managers and staff.

Click here to find out more about the Safewards project.

Camden & Campbelltown Hospital - Inaugural Research Forum

CANR was well represented at the Research forum held on Friday 28 February 2020 with a number of oral and poster presentations.  Well done to "the SENSES Study" who won best oral presentation on the day.

Nursing Oral Presentations

  • The use of a nurse initiated sensory programme in an acute hospital setting to manage elderly dementia patients with agitated behaviours (the SENSES Study) – presented by Professor Martin Christensen
  • World Delirium Awareness Day 2019, delirium and risk of falls in the hospital setting – presented by Margaret Perkins.
  • Clinical frailty and risk of delirium among adults admitted to intensive care – presented by David Sanchez
  • Clinical decision making for hospitalised elders:  the DECODER study – presented by Bernadette Shepherd

Rapid Fire Oral Presentations

  • Understanding the implementation of Safewards in SWSLHD – presented by Tracy Tabvuma

Poster Presentations

  • Safewards evaluation – Geoff Dickens & Tracy Tabvuma
  • Prior osteoporotic fractures among adults presenting to hospital with hip fracture – Lynda Marov
  • EPIC2 – Positive Workplace Environment – Sandra Devine

Pictured from left to right:  Alison Derrett (General Manager, Camden and Campbelltown Hospital), Bernadette Shepherd (Aged Care Liaison, CNC) and Professor Annemarie Hennessy (Western Sydney University Dean of the School of Medicine).

Difficult venous access is becoming a significant problem in hospitals worldwide.  The above documentary was developed by WSU academics Dr Evan Alexandrou and Dr Steven Frost and is an example of innovation and advanced nursing practice improving the patient experience.

Click on the article below to read more on the first quantitative study exploring community nurse work and workload.

Community Nurse article

Using nursing assistants to fill coronavirus gaps brings risks if they're not up to the job

Great opinion piece published in The Conversation by Dr Nicole Blay (CANR) and colleagues form UTS (Professor Christine Duffield and Associate Professor Michael Roche) on using AINs (including undergraduate nursing students) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Delirium Awareness Day #WDAD 2020

Theme for 2020: "Let's stop delirium before it starts" Prevention is key!

To mark World Delirium Awareness Day 2020, the South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) in conjunction with Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) held a number of events and educational activities across the SWSLHD.

Further information on World Delirium Awareness Day 2020 can be found at:

"The International Federation of Delirium Societies"

Pictured:  Dr Steven Frost (Deputy Director, CANR) and Bernadette Pringle (Clinical Nurse Consultant, Aged Care Services Emergency Team (ASET)

Congratulations to CANR's Deputy Director Dr Steven Frost and SoNM academic Dr Evan Alexandrou who were recently awarded the prestigious University of New South Wales, South Western Sydney Clinical School of Medicine's Paper of the Year for 2018.

This award was in recognition for their study on over 40,000 peripheral catheters in 415 hospitals in 51 countries.

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SWSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Showcase

Staff from WSU School of Nursing and Midwifery and CANR attended the 8th SWSLHD Nursing & Midwifery Showcase with the theme of "Balancing the Art and the Science of Nursing for Safe Patient Care"

The program featured guest speakers, a diverse range of high calibre presentations and a selection of exceptional poster presentations.  Pictured below is CANR's Aged Care Research Fellow Dr Kaye Rolls with her poster on "Falls can be reduced by delirium prevention programs".

ANZBMS Conference

CANR's Deputy Director Dr Steven Frost attended the ANZBMS conference held in Darwin.

The Triple FD group presented a poster around estimating baseline risk of subsequent fracture among women and men aged 50+ in the SWSLHD presenting to hospital with minimal trauma fractures between 2003 and 2018. At the conference it was announced that further Federal Government funding has been promised to increase the awareness of osteoporosis and uptake of treatment, as a results the Triple FD team are part of a Grant application to increase awareness and increase treatment update across the Primary Health care setting (including targeting Primary Health Care Nurses), and the development of a program to increase the awareness and prevention of osteoporosis among secondary school students (as peak bone mass is obtained between the ages of 20-30 yrs) and will determine the effect of bone loss on the risk of osteoporosis later in life, among both females and males. This project is a collaboration among Osteoporosis Australia, the Garvan Institute, and the SPHERE Musculoskeletal Clinical Academic Group. The ANZBMS conference not only focused of fracture, but importance of falls prevention, and the recognition and potential treatments for frailty.

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Dr Steve Frost presents at the Ingham Institute Weekly Seminar Series

Dr Steve Frost presented the "Risk of subsequent fracture following low-trauma fracture, and potential treatment benefits". Participants learnt after the age of 50 years, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will have an osteoporotic fracture. Around the world - an osteoporotic fracture is estimated to occur every 3 seconds. Importantly, an incident fracture doubles the risk of another fracture. However, despite good evidence prior fracture increases risk of subsequent fracture, the majority of women and men don’t receive screening for osteoporosis, or treatment after their first fracture. Good evidence exists for benefit of treatment post low-trauma fracture.

Steve Frost has been employed as a registered nurse by the South Western Sydney Local Health District since 1994 and started lecturing at Western Sydney University in 2005. Having been a clinical nurse specialist in intensive care, and clinical nurse consultant in the MET Research and Training unit, prior to joining WSU. Steve has a post-graduate certificate in intensive care nursing, a Masters of Public Health from UNSW. Steve had the good fortune of undertaking his PhD with John Eisman's bone group at the Garvan Institute, specifically focusing on the Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiological study (which is now into it's 29th year of follow-up).  Steve's main areas of interests being: osteoporosis epidemiology, health services research, and risk prediction.

Join us for the SWSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Journal Club to be held every Tuesday from 2-3pm via zoom link: Password: 962624

  • Weekly Journal Club articles will be accessible via the SWSLHD Nursing & Midwifery intranet page Journal Club drop down menu.

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