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Urinary Catheter Management in CoViD-19 Times

ANZUNS welcomes you to the first face-to-face meeting of its 2021 Education Series. Our panel of experts will share the challenges brought by CoViD-19 pandemic to Urological Nursing, encompassing both acute and non-acute settings. This meeting features case presentations, panel discussions and theoretical workshop delivered through an interactive format to update you with the latest in the management of urinary catheters.

This event is FREE to all ANZUNS members and nursing students (undergrad/postgrad). However, seats are limited to comply with the NSW CoViD-19 restrictions. Register now so you don’t miss out!

On site registration available at $55 including NUNS and ANZUNS Membership for FY2020-2021. Offer limited until seats are all reserved.

Morning tea and lunch provided. Attendees will receive 5 CPD points.

This event will be broadcasted live through our webinar platform. If you are unable to travel to Sydney to attend the meeting face-to-face, click on the button above to submit an EOI to join through our virtual platform. Official invitation to register to attend to this event virtually will be sent to you via email, closer to the date. The event may also be recorded for on-demand access through the Members-Exclusive section of the ANZUNS website.

Important Dates

Thursday, 19 March 2021

Registration for the face-to-face meeting closes

Sunday, 19 March 2021

EOI submission for virtual attendance closes



Arrival and registration of delegates


Introduction and general housekeeping
Marinelle Doctor NUNS President


Kath Schubach ANZUNS President


Continence Nursing: CoViD-19 response pertaining to catheter management in the aged care setting - the strategies learnt and applied from the acute care setting.
Michelle Paul Community CNC, Hunter New England LHD, NSW




Morning Tea


Bundle of Care Interventions to improve self-monitoring and self-management of indwelling urinary catheter
Joby Alex Community CNC, Western Sydney LHD, NSW


BD: Your CAUTI prevention partner
Trixi Allen Senior Product Manager - Urology and Critical Care (UCC), BD


IDC care pathway: Optimising complex case management (panel discussion)
Wendy Watts Urology CNC, NSW
Karina So Urology NP, NSW
Michelle Paul Community CNC, Hunter New England LHD, NSW
Joby Alex Community CNC, Western Sydney LHD, NSW




Top 10 most difficult catheterisation
Dr. Steve McCombie Urology Trainee Specialist, Fiona Stanley Hospital, WA


Theoretical workshop on management of rare Urology cases (interactive session with Kahoot app.)
Dr. Varun Bhoopathy Urology Trainee Specialist, Liverpool Hospital, NSW


Closing remarks
Kath Schubach ANZUNS President

Program may be changed without prior notice.

Our Speakers

Michelle Paul

Michelle is a Nurse Practitioner specialising in bladder/bowel incontinence issues .Michelle in employed by Hunter New England Local Health District,  Greater Newcastle Sector. Michelle’s duties include advance clinical assessment and management of adults and children who have complex incontinence issues or associated conditions. Michelle runs sector wide trial of void clinics and manages complex catheterisation issues. Michelle provides continence and catheterisation education to nursing and medical staff. Michelle has a Master in Nursing and a Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Newcastle University as well as a Postgraduate Diploma and Post Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the NSW Institute for Psychiatry.

Alex Joby

Joby Alex is working as a Grade 2 CNC–Continence in Integrated and Community Health (I&CH), Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), and a Sessional Academic at Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery. As a CNC, he supports primary nurses in managing a complex caseload of patients living with indwelling catheters and those with urinary or faecal incontinence, including in aged care facilities, private nursing services, and colleagues across the WSLHD. Prior to this role, Joby worked as a Continence CNS2, Acting Clinical NUM and RN, both in the community and in various hospital settings. In 2019, he won the I&CH International Nurses Day Award.

Academic qualifications: RN, PhD candidate (Western Sydney University), Master of Primary Health Care Nursing (University of Sydney), Grad Cert Aged Care Nursing/Continence Management (Australian College of Nursing), Cert IV in Frontline Management (Registered Training Organisation), Teaching and Assessing in Practice (University of the West of England, Bristol, UK).

Research contributions: Joby is a member of the WSLHD Nursing and Midwifery Research Steering Committee. He has been involved in different projects in WSLHD to improve patient outcomes, including a clinical documentation template project, which was shortlisted for the district award in 2019. He has assisted in developing policy and procedures. Research is a core function of his current role and he successfully led his own program of research (A bundle-of-care interventions to improve self-management and quality-of-life of patients living with indwelling urinary catheter: IQ-IDC Study) during the last 2 years. He was successful in receiving a Nursing and Midwifery Kickstarter grant in 2018, I&CH Research Launch Pad Grant in 2019, and Westmead Hospital Charitable trust Grant in 2020.

Karina So

Karina So is a Urology Nurse Practitioner in private practice and a Clinical Lecturer of Concord Medical School, University of Sydney NSW. She has extensive clinical experience in management of adults with acute, chronic and complex urological cancer and non-cancer related problems.

Over the last 31 years, Karina has held multiple leadership positions in professional groups and government-sponsored expert panels. She developed local and district clinical practice guidelines and on-line point-of-care resources. Recently she contributed to the Sydney Local Health District Health Pathways project on urinary catheterisation.

Karina is a life member, past President and currently Vice President of the NSW Urological Nurses Society (NUNS). In 2016, Karina was admitted to the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Fellowship in recognition of her life-long commitment to the nursing profession in patient care, education and clinical research. She has won multiple awards and scholarships and was the Finalist of the 2019 HESTA Nurse of the Year Award.

As an educator and a clinical leader, Karina coordinated and delivered community educational activities through various media promoting urological health throughout her career. She is an invited speaker at local, state, national and international nursing conferences. She initiates, collaborates and supports clinical research, designs and runs short courses and clinical skill workshops. She regularly supervised post-graduate clinical placement for local and overseas nurses, and has a number of publications including co-author book chapters.

Steve McCombie

Steve McCombie is a Urology Fellow at Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia.  He has a special interest in bladder cancer and robotic surgery.

He has a strong interest in research having completed a Master of Surgery through the University of Western Australia, published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and is an active member of ANZUP.  During his career he has put in countless catheters, and he will be sharing his experiences with the most challenging of these with us.

Varun Bhoopathy

Varun Bhoopathy is a Urology Trainee Specialist at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He has a special interest in education, better use of technology in surgery and everything Urology. He has trained in several busy tertiary hospitals in Sydney and as such, seen interesting Urological pathology. He will be sharing some of these cases with us and will talk through their management.

Virginia Ip

Urology CNC at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and past president of the NSW Urological Nurses Society.