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Master class sessions

The conference organising committee is pleased to offer master classes in conjunction with the Cancer Nursing Under Construction Conference. An aim of the conference is to assist in providing nurses working with people living with cancer the opportunity to grow their 'toolbox' of knowledge and skills for practice. Experts will review the basics and explore more complex issues/innovations associated with each topic. 

Master classes will be held on the following topics

Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD)


Wound care

As numbers will be limited, please indicate when you register for the conference if you will be attending these sessions.

Central Venous Access Devices

'As patients transition through the labyrinth of outpatients, hospital and post-acute care settings, it is imperative to do what's right in their vascular access voyage.' V Chopra 2016

This is an interactive class designed to augment your knowledge and develop critical thinking skills to achieve best patient outcomes.  Review the decision making process to determine what is the right catheter and right reason for the individual person. Review strategies for maintaining vessel health preservation in tandem with current innovative trends in selection of catheter type, placement along with tunnelling options for Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs), flush/lock solutions. 

 You will take a closer look at PICC securement practice, its link to complications and understand the influence of securement methods on care and maintenance such as the use of surgical adhesives and subcutaneous sutureless securement devices.


In this optional pharmacology class we provide a refresher on the basic principles of pharmacology and the role nurses play in administration of medicines. There will be an update on nurse prescribing along with presentations on drug classes used in the cancer setting. 

Wound care

This session will start with the basics around wound care principals, management and use of products.  The later part of the session would involve more complex issues related to radiation skin reactions and /or fungating wound management principles, and current practices.


Conference sessions

Euthanasia or Physician Assisted Dying (PAD)

Euthanasia or PAD is currently a very topical issue in New Zealand.  Dr Amanda Landers is a palliative care consultant in Christchurch, she will give an overview of this broad topic and where this is currently in a New Zealand context.  Amanda will discuss the legislative aspects that need consideration from a medical and nursing perspective on this extensive topic.  This session will provide nurses the opportunity to understand this topic from a wider perspective and what impact legalisation may have on our role in cancer care.  


Health literacy 

This session will be run by a member of Health Literacy NZ with the aim to give a better understanding of what health literacy is and what it involves.  Health literacy is complex and involves a number of aspects, not just the patient/client. The Three Step Model to building health literacy will be discussed which helps to reduce demands and build knowledge and skills.  The speaker will aim to give nurses some concrete ideas on what they can do in each of the three steps.  Useful resources will be identified to allow a better understanding of this topic, enabling nurses to gain a broader knowledge on the impact health literacy has on cancer nursing.  This session will explore and address the concepts of the heart of health and discuss its particular significance in managing resilience and increasing compassion between ourselves and our patients in our busy working lives.


NZ Cancer Nurses Under Construction 

The NZNO Cancer Nurses College has been instrumental in developing key documents to support cancer nursing in New Zealand. This includes the Cancer Nurses Knowledge and Skills Framework and the National Guidelines on Antineoplastic Administration. Sharron will provide an overview of these documents and how they have been utilised within the CDHB cancer services.


Technology influencing healthcare 

"Health technology refers to any method that is used to promote health, to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases or to improve rehabilitation and long-term care" (MOH, 2016)

This session will provide an overview of the health technologies that are influencing patient care throughout NZ. These include patient self management portals and the ability to deliver cancer care to remote areas across the country using telehealth or skype. Electronic tools that can be used for symptom management, medication adherence and to enhance communication for these patients and their families will also be explored. 


Hospital in the home 

Hospital in the home has moved from being a concept to being utilised in many areas throughout the world to manage people with cancer. Elaine will present on the hospital in the home concept, eligibility criteria, how to move this from a concept to reality and the benefits and issues that it created.


Radiotherapy in cancer care

Radiotherapy plays a large part in the treatment of cancer for curative purposes, localized control and palliation of pain and symptom management.  This session will outline the fundamentals of radiation in the treatment of cancer.  Designed for the novice to expert, this session will cover the various phases that patients undergo during the radiation therapy process from planning through to treatment.  Common side effects, including acute, delayed and late effects of radiotherapy and the management of these will be discussed.  This will give the nurse an overview of radiotherapy in cancer care and allow them to assist patients undergoing this treatment. 

Patient wellness

People with a cancer diagnosis often lose themselves in the process. They can go from confident, independent people to where every aspect of their life is being managed by someone else which can impact the transition they have to undergo at the end of treatment. This session will focus on using exercise and relaxation to promote wellness not only during treatment but also during cancer rehabilitation.


Clinical trials

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" Albert Einstein

Since 2004, the Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA) has led the Asia Pacific in educating health professionals in clinical trial design. Collaborating with international organisations including the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the Cancer Council Australia and the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, MOGA has developed a six day educational program targeting all disciplines of cancer research to improve and advance clinical trial design in the Australia and Asia Pacific region.

Workshop participants are selected through a merit based application process whereby each individual applicant must present a clinical trial protocol to develop throughout the Workshop and subsequently conduct in a clinical setting. The underpinning goals of ACORD consist of imparting principles of good clinical trial design which yield clear results to apply in the clinic and future research and exposing participants to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research, from conventional antineoplastic agents and multidisciplinary treatment regimens to biological therapy. A variety of educational components aid Workshop participants in successful protocol design, including development sessions where participants present and discuss their clinical trial proposal in detail.

Session topics are extensive and include areas such as global cancer research, principles of clinical trials design, phase I-III trials, basic biostatistics, epidemiology, meta-analysis and systematic review. This unique regional Workshop maintains a substantial position in oncology education due to its international focus and provision of hands-on collaboration and guidance by a world renowned Faculty. The ACORD Faculty includes some of the leading world experts in clinical trials design and oncology. 

The ratio of Faculty to participants is maintained at three to one to facilitate individual project focus and learning. Participants, many fully sponsored, from all areas of the globe, come together to bridge cultural gaps in the name of science. Past Workshop participants have come from India, Nepal, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Iran, Bangladesh, Philippines, Pakistan, United States of America, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. 


Heart of the hospital 

Heart of Health is a science-based, secular meditation-based compassionate care development programme in which staff learn and practice meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, compassion and self-compassion skills. It is mental and emotional fitness training within the team environment supporting a compassionate workplace and wellbeing of staff and enabling compassionate patient care.

Heart of Health was successfully piloted by the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) at the Canterbury Emergency Department and RPA Oncology. SLHD have now extended this programme to 10 other teams across the health system with a projected 30+ teams participating in regular team-based meditation sessions by 2017. Evidence suggests that this programme has increased staff and patient satisfaction/ morale, increased staff resilience and reduced the incidence of sick leave.

Thursday 11 May

Pre-conference master classes

12:30pm - 5.00pm  Registration open
1.00pm - 3.00pm  CVAD master class
Elizabeth Culverwell, Canterbury District Health Board
3.00pm - 3.15pm Afternoon tea
3.15pm - 5.00pm Pharmacology master class
Fiona Stone
Ruth Tramschek
Mikaela Smith 

Wound care master class
Cathy Hammond, Nurse Maude
Jo Tuaine, Southern Blood and Cancer Service

Friday 12 May

8:00am - 5.30pm Registration open
8.45am - 9.15am Welcome mihi and housekeeping
9.15am - 10.30am Euthanasia
Amanda Landers, Nurse Maude Association
10.30am- 11.00am   Morning tea amongst the exhibition
11.00am- 12.00pm Complementary Therapies for Cancer - What works, what doesn't & how to tell the difference
Shaun Holt, Victoria University of Wellington
12.00pm- 12.45pm  Cancer Nurses College Biennial General Meeting 
12.45pm- 1.30pm Lunch amongst the exhibition
1.30pm - 2.30pm   Telehealth and patient symptom management
Eve Eynon, Townsville Hospital
2.30pm - 3.15pm NZ Cancer Nursing Under Construction
Sharron Ellis, Canterbury District Health Board
3.15pm - 3.40pm Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
  Concurrent abstract sessions 
3.40pm- 4.10pm  Miss A's treatment journey through a double cord stem cell transplant; The importance of palliative care input in stem cell transplant patients care
Natalie Meijer , Canterbury District Health Board
How do New Zealand nurses who work in the area of oncology educate and provide follow-up support to patient who are prescribed oral capecitabine and what are nurses' perceptions of this process?
Carol Reid, Eastern Institute of Technology
4.15pm - 4.45pm Men's experiences of cancer: An exploration of coping, adapting and living well
Kate Reid, University of Canterbury
A clinic for care- practicing holistically in an IV clinic
Christine Shaw, Nurse Maude

4.50pm- 5.20pm  Living with and beyond cancer
Kate Reid, University of Canterbury
The cancer patient Malaga: through Pasefika lenses
Leilani Jackson, Counties Manukau District Health Board
5.30pm - 7.00pm Cocktail function
Tait Technology Centre Atrium


Saturday 13 May

7.45am  - 1.00pm Registration open
8.00am - 9.00am  Breakfast session  (via Skype)
Hospital in the home
Elaine Lennan, Southampton University Hospital
9.00am - 9.40am The biology of cancer
Jim Edwards, Canterbury District Health Board
9.40am - 10.10am Morning tea amongst the exhibition
10.15am - 11.05am  Radiation therapy
Jo Tuaine, Southern Blood and Cancer Service, Dunedin 
Novel therapies
David Gibbs, Canterbury District Health Board
11.10am - 12.00pm Patient wellness through exercise, relaxation and rehabilitation
Robyn Bayly, Physio NZ
Clinical trials 
Anne Fraser, Auckland District Health Board
12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch amongst the exhibition
1.00pm - 2.00pm Heart of health
Nickolas Yu, Sydney South West Area Health Sevice
2.00pm - 3.00pm Health literacy - the New Zealand Framework
Susan Reid, Health Literacy NZ
3.00pm - 3.30pm Conference closing and presentations
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