Waikato Cyber Attack. Speaker to be confirmed

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The nation’s spy agency has been scrambled in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack and ransom demand that has brought Waikato District Health Board services to their knees” – NZ Herald on 18th of May 2021.
“Cyber attack on Waikato DHB’s IT system won’t be fixed until the weekend”. –NZ Herald on 19th of May 2021.
You probably read the headlines or listened to the news about Waikato DHB’s cyberattack and you probably knew more about this incident than some staff who actually worked here. But let me tell you this, it wasn’t fixed even after that weekend!  Attend my presentation and I will be sharing with you an inside story of how it was in the perioperative complex during the cyberattack. It wasn’t easy but it was quite a journey.  It would be great to learn a thing or two on how to prevent a cyberattack. After all, cybercrime might become the biggest threat to every person, place, and thing in the world (Devon, 2020).




Ischaemic Stroke Service, ADHB and wider Northern region. Gillian Martin

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This presentation covers the history of ischaemic stroke treatment including current practice , how the stroke service came into existence at ADHB , its impact on health care in the rest of New Zealand and its impact on the patients who suffer an ischaemic stroke , their treatment , care and recovery.

Gillian Martin, RN, PG Dip Health Sciences, University of Auckland. Gill has over 30 years nursing experience gained working both in New Zealand and in UK.  Her area of expertise is Radiology Nursing.  She has been Radiology Nurse Specialist at Auckland City Hospital for more than 15 years and has experience at working in all radiology modalities.  She is currently responsible for the Quality and Improvements aspects of Radiology Nursing which involves the writing of policy, procedures, guidelines and protocols for Radiology Nurses. She is also involved in education with Student Nurses at University of Auckland giving them an insight into radiology encounters for their patients.  She is an active member of the Perioperative Nurses College of New Zealand (NZNO).  Gill is committed to the enhancement of quality in patient care through expert knowledge, advanced nursing practice and dedication to a model of nursing that has a patient centred focus.

Allergy and anaphylaxis. Kim Phillips

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This presentation is a summary of management of anaphylaxis in the hospital environment. Kim will also cover the post crisis work up and investigation of anaphylaxis patients.


MBBCh MMed(pain mgt) FANZCA
Kim is a consultant anaesthetist at Canterbury District Health Board. Her undergraduate degree is from University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She did anaesthetic training in New Zealand (FANZCA). Kim has a masters in medicine (pain management). She is an ANZAAG (Australia and New Zealand Anaesthetic Allergy Group) representative. She is also a senior lecturer at The University of Otago Christchurch School of Medicine, where she teaches anaesthesia, pain and anaphylaxis.


Kaiawhina Nurse – What’s in a name? Can it influence behaviour? Carmel Appleby.

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The ENT theatre had been using a role based model for delegating nurses responsibilities for several years. A few years ago an anaesthetist and the CNC after trying names such as: patient focused nurse, lead nurse, circulating nurse etc decided to try a Maori name to reflect not only the value this nurse has in promoting efficiency but also overseeing the patient journey through theatre. After consultation with a respected Maori staff member, Kaiawhina was the title recommended. Kaiawhina means helper, assistant, contributor, advocate.
The unpredictable and busy nature of theatre today can often cause nurses to lose insight of the holistic needs of our patients and become task orientated. The Kaiawhina role provides patients with a singular nurse who is solely dedicated to overseeing all aspects of their care to ensure the patients’ needs are met accordingly. The Kaiawhina will be their nurse until handover to the PACU nurse. The presentation will explain how it is being adopted within the theatre suite. Most care delivered to Maori patients is by non Maori nurses, and the Kaiawhina role is now being used to develop cultural competence, by supporting nurses to use the Maori health model of care, Te Whare Tapa Wha.

Three key learnings:

Believe in the benefits

Overcoming the barriers

Whakapakari – growing the good

Kaiawhina causes nurses to pause and think of what and how they deliver their care. Because the name is different, it helps them to be mindful and intentional. Nurses are reporting they are making meaningful connections with their patients.


After a career spanning 24 years in administration Carmel retrained and graduated as an RN 8 years ago.
She currently works as a senior nurse in the Plastic Surgery Theatre at Waikato Hospital. Carmel is passionate about patient centred care and looks forward to sharing their efforts to integrate Te Whare Tapa Wha Health Model of Care in the department.

What are the views of Generation Z New Zealand Registered Nurses towards nursing. Isabel Jamieson

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Background: The aim of this research was to explore the views of Generation Z New Zealand Registered Nurses towards nursing, work and career. It builds on previous work that examined the views of Generation Y nurses.

Method: Nation-wide on-line survey via purposive sampling.

Inclusion criteria: All Registered Nurses (born 1991-1999) who were members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

This paper: Will report the findings of the open text question: Can you tell us about your experiences, both professional and personal, during the Covid-19 pandemic?

Findings: Manifest content analysis of 462 replies is in progress. Initial coding of categories using Graneheim and Lundman’s (2004) framework has revealed: a pleasant working environment v a chaotic workplace, high stress levels, fear of the unknown, a negative impact on their personal lives and a dauting time v a fulfilling time.

Dr Isabel Jamieson, RN, PhD, MNurse(Melb), CertAT,  is currently employed by the Ara  Institution of Canterbury (Ara), Department of Health Practice as a principal nursing lecturer and as a senior lecturer, University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand. Other roles include Chair of the department’s research committee, thesis supervisor and thesis examiner. Her research interests include health care workforce issues, clinical models of teaching and learning, nursing student’s readiness to practice as well as the graduate nurse experience. Isabel’s clinical background was perioperative nursing, surgical assisting, and infection control.


Patients who are on an opioid substitution treatment program. Dr James Marshall & Laura Bates

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Our aim is to provide practical and clear information to assist nurses working in these settings to better meet the needs of people with opioid dependence. We provide an overview of Opioid Substitution and its role in the treatment of addiction before moving to focus on specific considerations for patients in perioperative settings.  We discuss the medications used to treat opioid dependence and some common challenges which arise in the management of OST in the hospital setting, including consideration of systemic and individual factors from staff and patients. We will finish with some suggestions for how to implement changes in the practice setting to improve patient outcomes for this population.


Dr James Marshall is a senior psychiatric registrar completing advanced training in addictions at Canterbury District Health Board. He graduated from the University of Otago in 2016 and entered psychiatric training soon after. His interests are varied but I particularly enjoy opioid substitution therapy in pregnancy and psychotherapy.





Laura Bates trained in the UK as a Mental Health Nurse before emigrating to New Zealand in 2013. She has worked in a variety of settings but have spent the majority of my career in outpatient addiction clinics focused on providing opioid substitution treatment. She has been in her current role as  a GP liaison nurse within the Christchurch Opioid Recovery Service since March 2021.