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David Todd - Conference MC

David prides himself on helping people to take action to achieve their stated priorities in life via Simplicity, Authenticity and Relevance.

Originally from a Sheep and Cattle farming background in Waipukurau, David is married ,with 3 adult children (2 in the workforce, 1 at at University), and lives on an apple orchard which is leased out.

As a presenter, something he has done professionally since 1991, David’s style is both entertaining and thought provoking. His on going involvement with self development programmes dating back to 1987 provides him with a wide range of anecdotes to draw on that helps his audience act on what they experience.

Since the establishment of “Toddy Talks” David’s client list includes, among others, Harcourts, Silver Fern Farms, Landcorp, BNZ, Mission Estate, Dairy NZ, Farmlands, BrokerNet and Germinal Seeds. He has spoken throughout New Zealand, in Australia and in Bangkok Thailand.

David is degree qualified from Lincoln College (B Com Ag Valuation/Farm Management).

In his most recent Corporate role as Head of Coaching and Development for ASB Bank, his overall responsibility was for the skill set and personal development needs of the Rural and Commercial division’s 200 plus staff.

From 2004 -2007 he held a Key Account role supporting ASB’s Rural Managers throughout the North Island, providing assistance for clients on a strategic basis, including governance issues. He was also involved with broader projects; chosen as the Bank’s representative at the NZ Opportunities Expo in London and to visit Uruguay to assess opportunities there.

He takes an active interest in his children’s and school activities. For the past 10 years he served as an Elected School Board member and Chair. David also assists with specific charities and enjoys water sports and tennis.

He completed a Directors Course run by the NZ Institute of Directors in 2008.

Juliet Asbery

How to Utilise the PNC Knowledge and Skills Framework in Practice

Juliet Asbery RN, CNS, PGDipHsc, BA(Hons), MNurs trained at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom.  She immigrated to New Zealand in 2005 where she initially worked in theatres at Wakefield Hospital, Wellington.  She is a member of the Professional and Education Committee of the PNC and is the incoming National Committee Representative for the PNC (Wellington Section).  Juliet currently works full time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist throughout the peri-operative continuum in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  She is passionate about patient advocacy and education; she is on the Nurse Practitioner pathway and actively promotes the role and benefits of the nurse as an expert provider of care within surgical practice.

Phil Barnes

IANZ Accreditation Group: Requirements for Medical Imaging

Phil Barnes was trained as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the UK, specialising in Clinical Biochemistry and employed as Head of Technical Services for Wolverhampton Hospitals group until 1998. Immigrated to New Zealand in 1999 to become Programme Manager of the Medical Testing, Radiology and Pharmacy accreditation programmes for International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ). Notable IANZ career milestones:
• Introduced the international standard for medical testing to New Zealand in 2003 (ISO 15189). New Zealand was the first country in the world to adopt the standard which is now used in 73 countries worldwide.
• New Zealand representative on several international accreditation and healthcare standards’ drafting committees.
• Established the National Cervical Screening and Breast Screening Aotearoa audit programmes in partnership with MoH
2006 – 2014: Laboratory Services Manager, Director of Allied Health and Group Manager Hospital Operations, Waitemata DHB.
2014 - 2017: General Manager IANZ Accreditation Services.

Best marathon time 3h59m45s
Current obsession – E Bike

Anne Brinkman

Realising Patient Responsibilities

Anne has been working at NZNO for 11 years now as a Professional Nursing Advisor advocating for nurses where and when possible. Beyond her nursing education at the varying levels here in NZ, Anne has worked across the spectrum in DHBs, PHC settings, in academia - teaching and running programmes meaning she is familiar with many of the issues currently facing nurses.  Anne has jumped through many hoops in the health sector but now wants to focus on helping nurses to determine where they can choose to focus their energies and effect change.

Anne and her partner, Alan, have three adult children, no grandchildren yet, two dogs and an ancient cat to keep them distracted.  Fortunately, varying forms of exercise, reading and writing all help to give balance so that the Impostor Syndrome (of life!) stays at bay.

Professor Greg Cook, MSc(Hons), D.Phil., FRSNZ

Is there life beyond conventional antimicrobials?

Professor Greg Cook is a world-leading authority on the metabolism and energetics of microbial growth. Greg completed his PhD in 1992 and conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell University and King’s College (London). The overall goal of Greg’s research is to develop bacterial metabolism and energetics as a new target space for drug development to combat antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) bacterial.

Anne Evans-Murray

Communication and Management of Difficult Situations

Patterns of abuse and workplace bullying

Anne has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District, and many years teaching in the Master’s program at Griffith University, Gold Coast Australia. She is currently a guest lecturer at Bond University Medical School. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as assessment of the deteriorating patient,  Advanced Life Support, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics.  Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient's condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes. Anne is also a Registered Counsellor in Australia and has a passion for empowering nurses in developing assertion skills and how to manage difficult situations. She runs assertion training groups on the Gold Coast, Australia and has a strong interest in bullying in health institutions. In these presentations she will address the hidden psychological games that occurs in bullying behaviour and outline why many bullying situations are not managed effectively. Anne will also demonstrate practical hints on how to be more powerful in communication at both home and work in these sessions. Body language and gender issues will also be highlighted. She will also highlight challenges that nurses face and strategies that can be put in place.  She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”,  “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’.

Dr Lucy Fergus

Frailty Care for Elderly Patients Undergoing Surgery

Dr Lucy Fergus is a Geriatrician at Hawkes Bay District Health Board. She is the clinical lead of engAGE, a new integrated care service linking community, hospital and primary care which supports frail older people to remain independent at home. She works across community and inpatient settings, using her skills in leadership and improvement to change systems and enhance the health of older people.

Jill Gould

Managing the Complex Pain Patient through the Perioperative Unit

I began my role as clinical nurse specialist earlier this year. A brand new role for HBDHB, my focus is developing the pain service to meet the needs of the HB hospital population and educating and supporting our frontline nurses to achieve excellence in pain management.

Jean Koorey, NCAET, BN, Post Grad Dip in Health Sciences

Helping avoid the 'Waste Tsunami’

Jean has recently retired as the Clinical Nurse Educator at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital in Hastings after 46 years as a perioperative nurse. Jean managed the operating theatres at Royston Hospital for 21 years before moving to follow her passion in education to the HB DHB in 2003.

Jean has previously been the National Chairman of the New Zealand Perioperative Nurses College and also undertook the role of being the Dissector Editor. Jean has had number of articles published in the Dissector. In her most recent article titled ‘Our Survival Plan’ Jean describes what happens in Hawkes Bay to promote, recruit, educate and retain perioperative nurses.

As well as being the CNE Jean also lead the Perioperative Unit Quality Review Team where she has been instrumental in leading a number of practice changes.

Identifying that the Hawkes Bay District Health Board were spending an excessive amount of money on waste disposal Jean lead a team of proactive staff to reduce biohazard waste and increase the amount of recycling from the theatres.

Albert Lo

Emergency Embolization 'Plugging the Boat'

Albert Lo is a Vascular Surgeon at Hawkes Bay Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.  After completing his vascular fellowships, Albert Lo worked as a Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Wellington for 2 years before moving to Hawkes Bay in 2014.  He provides a full spectrum of endovascular procedures such as peripheral arterial angioplasty and endovascular aorta repair in addition to open vascular procedures.

Shona Matthews RN, MHSc (hons)

Claustrophobia and Magnetic Resonance Imaging: An approach to care

Shona’s nursing career spans 40 years with the last 17 years focused on medical imaging. Her current role is as Nurse Co-ordinator in Radiology at Green Lane Clinical Centre in Auckland.  She is Chief Editor of the Perioperative Nursing journal – ‘The Dissector’ and sees this as a valuable way of sharing our stories and developing the perioperative nursing knowledge base. Shona has a particular interest in enhancing the patient experience in radiology will share the work her team have done on the care of patients with claustrophobia undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

George McNally, RN BN MN

The use and appropriateness of personal smartphones in clinical environments

George is a late bloomer to nursing and qualified in 2008 at the age of 51. Prior to this he has an engineering background working in underground coal mining. He has experience in the Adult Intensive care unit at Auckland City hospital and the Emergency department at Whangarei DHB. He has been an educator at Northtec in Whangarei  for five years teaching bioscience in the Bachelor of Nursing Degree course. In addition to bioscience lecturing, he participates in clinical tutoring of year two and three nursing students. George has a keen interest in technology and the way that technology can be applied to student nursing practicum. He is married to Bernadette, has four grown children and four grandchildren. He enjoys sport, cycling and music.

Lithotripsy Mobile Medical Vehicle

Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) machine

Dr Jane O'Malley

Watching out for Sirens and dolphins: Navigating the sea of challenges and opportunities on the way to perioperative nursing 2030

Dr Jane O’Malley is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at the Ministry of Health. The Office of the CNO provides strategic advice on the development of health policy and strategy in support of implementation and evaluation of responsive and future focussed health services. The CNO partners with senior leaders in nursing and across the sector to ensure effective contribution of the nursing workforce in supporting the health of New Zealanders and in particular to improve Maori health outcomes.

The Office ensures an effective contribution to nursing and health policy in international forums. Jane is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (ANZCCNMO) and the South Pacific Chief Nurses and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA). She is on the advisory board for the WHO Collaborating Centre at UTS which has a focus on nursing and midwifery in the South Pacific.

Denise Saussey

Life On the Road – Working on the Mobile Surgical Bus

Denise Saussey has an extensive background in operating theatre’s including roles at Mercy Auckland and Auckland Hospital. Denise joined the Mobile Health team in 2011 in a full time role of Clinical Nurse Manager where she has overall clinical responsibility of the service. She manages the team of Clinical Nurse Leaders and Anaesthetic Technicians ensuring a friendly and safe service with high clinical standards is maintained. Denise splits her time between the Christchurch Office, her home in Auckland and working with the Clinical teams throughout the country. Denise works as Clinical Nurse leader when the surgical unit is in the Northland-Auckland area.

Allanah Scott

A is for Airway: What makes an airway difficult, how can we manage them and the ‘can’t intubate can’t oxygenate’ scenario

I'm an Anaesthetist at Hawke's Bay DHB. I completed my training in Melbourne at Royal Children's, Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals. My special interests include paediatric anaesthesia, difficult airways, trainee welfare and medical education. Outside of work I'm a mum to three busy children and on Sundays I attempt to keep up with teenagers on the soccer field.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Glowing grubs and superbugs

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an award-winning scientist who has made a career of manipulating microbes. She and her team at the University of Auckland engineer bacteria to glow to understand how superbugs make us sick and to find new medicines. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford, before spending almost a decade working at Imperial College London. In 2009, Siouxsie was awarded a Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council and relocated to New Zealand. Siouxsie is an enthusiastic tweeter, blogger, artist, curator and media science commentator and has won numerous prizes for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and the Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal. In 2016, Siouxsie was named a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Trust. In April 2017, Siouxsie published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’, as part of Bridget Williams Books’ BWB Texts series.