TUESDAY | 10 NOVEMBER 2020 | 18:00-17:40 AEDT

ANZUNS in partnership with BD/Bard presents a webinar on "Management of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI). This webinar will be hosted on BD/Bard's webinar platform and will be moderated by ANZUNS President, Kath Schubach.

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The Speakers

Prof. Brett Mitchell

The burden of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)

Professor Brett Mitchell is an internationally renowned expert and researcher in the field of infection prevention and control. He is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle, Editor-in-Chief of Infection, Disease in Health and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Professor Mitchell is a member National COVID-19 Evidence Taskforce Leadership Group and was the Chair of the recent NHMRC committee responsible for the development of the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. He has over 150 peer reviewed publication and conference presentations, and has worked in a variety of nursing positions in Australia and abroad. His research interests in the area of infection control include environmental cleaning, pneumonia, surveillance and urinary tract infections.

Dr. Ashani Couchman

Clinical management of CAUTI

Dr Ashani Couchman in a urological surgeon who sub-specialises in Transitional (adolescent) urology, and Neuro-urology. She graduated from Auckland Medical School in 2003 and completed her surgical training in New Zealand. This was followed by high profile fellowships at the Institute of Urology (London), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (London) and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (London) and Western General Hospital (Edinburgh).

She consults in both public and private - The Royal Adelaide Hospital, Continence Matters and the International Spine Centre and is a visiting specialist at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital. As the elected chair of the Children’s and Young Persons committee of the International continence Society, the President Of the Continence Foundation of Australia SA branch and the chair of the Younger Fellows Committee is South Australia for the Royal Australasian College is Surgeons, she advocates for patients and colleagues both in Australia and internationally. Ashani has published clinical research in her sub-specialty fields and edited a reference textbook on urinary incontinence. She continues to be a reviewer of the Journal of Paediatric Urology, a peer reviewer of the British Journal of Urology International and a member of the Cochrane Collaboration.

In her spare time Ashani enjoys travelling, spending time with friends and family, and getting stuck into a great book!

Alyson Sweeney

CAUTI and long-term catheter use in the home setting

Alyson Sweeney is a Continence Nurse Specialist in community care and is a clinical team leader with the Tasmanian Health Service in Southern Tasmania. Alyson has an enduring interest in understanding and improving the care and wellbeing of people who live with a long-term suprapubic catheter (SPC) at home. She has worked with and conducted research with this population over many years. This work includes a master’s degree that explored what it is like to live with a SPC. Other works include SPC change methods; a crossover comparison cohort trial. Presently Alyson has completed a doctoral thesis that has led to the development of a best practice guide for the care of people who live at home with a long-term SPC.

Karina So

Managing complex patient with a long term urinary catheter: A case Study

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.