Ash from Puyehue Cordon-Caulle might have blanketed New Zealand and parts of Australia but with a few exceptions most delegates arrived at the 2011 DANA conference albeit a little late in some instances.
Together we explored the “Frontiers of Drug and Alcohol Nursing” both at the pre-conference workshops and during the conference proper. A special highlight was the inaugural Adams – de Crespigny – Harvey Oration. Meredith Adams’ oration, “DANA: 25 years old and still going strong!” explored DANA’s beginnings and its achievements over the past 25 years. You can read Medeith’s oration on this website; just click on the Oration tab. Inspired by her words it was agreed that every effort will be made to preserve DANA’s history through the National Archives and a special group has been tasked to see that this happens.
Speakers’ presentations will soon be available on line so keep an eye on the website for these.
A DANA conference would not be complete without time to relax in the good company of our friends and colleagues and this conference was no exception. Words do not do justice to this aspect of the conference so you might like to follow this link to see photographs of some of the less formal activities that took place (as well as some of the more formal moments).
It is important to acknowledge that the conference would not have been possible without the support of our gold sponsor Reckit Benckiser, our Bronze sponsor MSD Hepatology and our poster sponsor Roche as well as the numerous exhibitors.
The AGM was held on Thursday 16.6.11. Margo Hickman is continuing as President. After many years of wonderful service to DANA Janice Ough is retiring from her role as Treasurer but promises to maintain an active role in DANA. Similarly Judy Gonda is stepping down from the role of Membership Secretary. New office bearers and state representatives were elected. If you would like to know more about the new office bearers and state representative the ‘contact’ tab on the website will be updated shortly with their details.
Join us in Melbourne 14th and 15th 2012 for the next national DANA Conference.