Presidents Report – September 2023

With spring upon us, the committee can announce some further exciting news, regarding education and conference. While we are using our website to communicate up to date information regarding conference in March, I am sure you will be as pleased as the committee with our next instalment.

Firstly, a reminder of our Specialist Nurses’ forum November 24 th at Miramar golf club, Wellington, adjacent to the airport. The day’s program will focus on the principles of Ultrasound Guided
Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation [USG PIVC] with some presentations followed by practical workshops using ultrasound machines. This is a fully catered forum, which is free to IVNNZ
members. There are limited places left so please check the website or contact Zola, our educator, if

Secondly, we have confirmation from speakers the committee have invited to present at Wellington conference, March 2024. As announced in our previous newsletter, Evan Alexandrou, from Sydney, is our conference Keynote speaker, with presentations at forum the day before, as well as both days of conference.
In addition to this we can confirm the following Invited speakers:
1. Dr. Peggy Yip, Anaesthetist, Starship hospital and Tasneem, IV CNS, will present the challenges of setting up a service for Intravenous Access in the neonatal/ paediatric population.
2. Christopher Corkery, from New Zealand Blood Service, will present some of the challenges of managing some of our population who rely on Blood Product Administration .
3. Jacqui Clapperton, St. John service, Gisborne district, will share her experiences of establishing IV Access in the community under emergency situations.
With the above exciting line-up, I am sure we will all gain much knowledge from the variety of presenters and topics. Please note some topics may vary from the above, before conference.

We already have several submitted abstracts, which will be judged in November when the committee meet in Wellington. If you are considering presenting, whether first time at a conference
or experienced, don’t delay as the limited time we have in the 2 day program will fill up easily. There are a variety of categories and awards, also advertised, for oral presentations.
If you are more comfortable presenting by poster, please feel free to submit an abstract for this. There is also an award for poster presentation, with criteria also on the website. Any queries regarding presentations, please check the website or contact one of the committee.

If there are any requests for topics at the forum before conference in March, please don’t hesitate to contact Zola or one of the committee members. This is a separate function from the conference
so registration is required separately.

Remember that as a member, you may be eligible for some funding towards attending the above conference to the value of registration. If you are looking at attendance at an international IV
related conference there is also funding available up to the value of $5,000 depending on the location of the conference. Please check the website and approach a committee member regarding
this. There are some great looking conferences currently advertised in the USA on the INS website as well as in the UK on the NHS website and European Global Summit.

The committee are once again asking for members to put their hand up to join the remaining committee as several step down at the next AGM at conference in March. This is a very rewarding
role and is vital for forums and conferences to continue in New Zealand. The current committee have worked tirelessly to put together templates for all documents related to conferences as well as
set up worksheets to ensure tasks are completed and timelines met when organising conferences.

We are very fortunate to have Conference Innovators working with us again to ensure the daily chores are carried out in a timely way. They are communicating with corporates, sponsors, speakers
and members on a regular basis to ensure it all comes together when we meet in Wellington. As we have worked with Conference Innovators for several years now, they understand what makes a
great conference that all can enjoy. Conference Innovators will be listing on our website some ideas for Wellington accommodation if you need some help. As the Grand Chancellor is very central there are many options for accommodation close by.

By the time our next newsletter is published, we will have abstracts submitted, judged and presenters confirmed. Registrations will be in full swing and the final touches will be going in to
conference. If we don’t see you at forum in November, we hope to see you at conference in March. There is plenty of time to plan your costume to wear to conference to be eligible for the “Best
dressed” with our theme being “A Beehive of Industry in our Capital City”. What else would we want for a theme when our venue is only a few steps from the Government Beehive?
Enjoy spring and hopefully we will have a better summer, leading up to conference in March. Print out the conference flyer and display in your work area. Nudge some work colleagues to consider
attendance so we have a great occasion next autumn.