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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.

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)

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).

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.

Steve and Evan

SWSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Showcase 2019

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 2019

CANR's Deputy Director Dr Steven Frost attended the ANZBMS conference in Darwin held 27-30 October 2019.

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.

Steve poster pres Darwin 2019

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.

Dr Nicole Blay is appointed to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) 'Workforce Sustainability' Policy Chapter

Dr Nicole Blay has been appointed to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) 'Workforce Sustainability' Policy Chapter.

The college has established four policy chapters (Healthy Ageing, Workforce Sustainability, End of Life Care, Chronic Disease) to promote professional dialogue and exchange of ideas, engage and utilise experts and stakeholders and identify and analyse issues and strategies.  Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the ACN Board, the Policy Chapters will inform change by identifying  avenues to improve existing capacity, developing best practice guidelines and policy proposals.

You can find further information at

Welcome to Professor Martin Christensen

Professor Martin Christensen joined the Centre for Applied Nursing Research (CANR) team in January 2018 as the Director. He has been a registered nurse for over 30 years, 15 of which have been as a nursing academic and researcher. His main area of research interest is advancing critical care nursing practice. He has written extensively around issues related to critical nursing and learning and teaching education. Previous to his current role as Director of CANR, Martin developed and ran two Nursing Professorial Units with the core aim to promote and develop translational nursing research. In addition to his current position, Martin is a visiting research fellow with Portsmouth University.

Welcome to the team Martin!

Martin can be contacted at or by phone 02 8738 9355

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