President's Report

Endocrine Nurses Society of Australasia (ENSA) AGM

President’s Report 28 August 2017 

AGM Perth Convention Centre

It has been my honour to be the ENSA president starting from August 2016. First of all I would like to say thank you to our wonderful executive team. Ann Robinson as the past president has been great with her support, experience and resources. Also thank you to Carmen Bischoff who was willing to continue the role of secretary and has been managing our agenda and minutes over the last 3 years.

Thank you to Shannon Reakes and Michelle Warnock who have been our treasurers over the last 2 years. Josie Green has been a member of the executive for the past 12 months as president elect.

Every couple of months, the executive committee has teleconference to ensure the smooth running of the ENSA activities.

The 2017 Symposium Organising Committee (SOC) has been working hard on this ENSA symposium.  This year we have conjoin lectures with Endocrine Society of Australia and Society of Reproductive Biology (ESA-SRB) Scientific meeting that will provide a great opportunity for ENSA members to learn and network.  With the great effort of our SOC and ASN team (Jim Fawcett, Daniela Sabolo, Nitesh Patel and Bree Knights), we have been able to offer 10 travel grants to support our members for their attendance to this symposium. 

Many thanks to Bin Moore, the NSW State representative, who has re-established NSW branch meetings in 2016 and adding them onto the ESA clinical monthly meetings at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Thank you for members who contributed their valuable comments for the ENSA response to the Osteoporosis Australia Draft first accredited Endocrine Nurse Course in Australia. This is so exciting to see that happening and is such a big step forward for the advance practice nurse in endocrinology. Hopefully this endocrine nursing course will be available in the near future in Australia.

ENSA was invited to review and comment on the updated version of Clinical Standards for Fracture Liaison Services by Osteoporosis New Zealand. Ann Robinson, Tania Yarndley and I myself were reviewers. The updated Clinical Standards for Fracture Liaison Services has then been endorsed.

ENSA continues to be represented at the Stop Osteoporotic Secondary Fracture (SOS) Alliance. Congratulation to Ann Robinson who has been elected as one of the members of the SOS Governing Committee in April this year.

Our ENSA members recently involved in publication of an international endocrine nursing textbook: Great thanks to Ann Robinson and Chris Yedinak as editors, and Julie Hetherington, Klaus Sommer and myself as authors. It is anticipated that this will be published in 2018.

All along, ENSA has a strong collaboration with the Federation of International Nurses in Endocrinology (FINE) which embraces members all over the world including countries of USA, Europe and Southeast Asia. Following the ENSA symposium last year, we had 4 ENSA members, Chris Yedinak, Julie Hetherington, Ann Robinson and myself, presented at the FINE 1-day symposium that embedded in the International Congress of Endocrinology meeting (ICE) meeting in Beijing. It is great to see that Chris Yedinak, Julie Hetherington and Ann Robinson again have been involving in the planning of the upcoming FINE symposium in ICE meeting at Cape Town, South Africa, in December 2018.

The 10th International Meeting of Paediatric Endocrinology and 1st International Paediatric Endocrine Nursing Summit will be held on 13-17 September in Washington DC this year. Following the ENSA meeting, some ENSA members will attend these conferences to present their abstracts in USA.

ENSA has a strong association Australian Pituitary Foundation (APF). ENSA members were invited to participate in APF national research study looking at the issues related to acromegaly patients. Thanks to some of our members’ contribution to this research study.

Special welcome to our new members! It is exciting to see that we had 10 new members since July last year until now, with about 15% increase in membership. All of these new members bring enthusiasm and wonderful nursing experience in Endocrinology. Thanks for Klaus Sommer who has been looking after ENSA membership. Also thanks to ASN team who also assists in managing our membership.

Special thanks to Maresa Derbyshire who has been working closely with ASN for ongoing management of the ENSA website and Facebook page. 

Great thanks to Tania Yarndley who is willing to continue as ENSA Newsletter Editor.

Once again thank you for all the ENSA members in attending this Symposium and looking forward to seeing you again in our next ENSA activities.

With best wishes

Yuk Fun Chan