What an amazing day CoNSA members had on 25 November 2015. The CoNSA workshop, which started the review of the draft CoNSA Standards for Practice, had 43 members in attendance with great discussion on many issues related to continence nursing in Australia. Thank you to Professor Jan Paterson, Dr Joan Ostaszkiewicz and Elizabeth Watt, CoNSA members, for their hard work at the CoNSA Workshop.
This was followed by the CoNSA AGM which saw the retirement of Leigh Pretty and Mary Harkness from the CoNSA Management Committee and the welcoming of Anita Francis (as SA rep) and Karen Allingham (as WA rep). Plus, the welcoming of Anna Ferrier as CoNSA Secretary taking over from Alyson Sweeney (who is staying on the Management Committee as the Tasmanian rep). Thank you to Leigh, Mary and Alyson who are been wonderful supports to CoNSA.
Finally, the CoNSA Dinner allowed over 100 CoNSA members to have a truly special celebration of continence nursing in Australia. Thank you to Independence Australia and Tena for sponsoring the event in the very beautiful Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria. I was so pleased to have Professor Mary Palmer, Professor of Aging at the University of North Carolina, as my special guest for the night, plus Barry Cahill, CEO CFA, and Rowan Cockerell, Depty CEO, CFA. Joan Ostaszkiewicz was delightful in giving us an update on items relevant to nurses from the recent International Continence Society (ICS) meeting in Montreal, Canada. We were also fortunate to have Gina Panebianco, curator of the gallery, give a presentation on the Great Hall's beautiful ceiling.
Thank you to CoNSA members who made this such a memorial day.
President, CoNSA National
Liz, Joan, Jan and me at the CoNSA Workshop
Mary Palmer, Christine Sumper and Lisa Wragg at the CoNSA Dinner
CoNSA Dinner - in the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria