Report from Matua Raki/DANA Addiction Nurses Symposium held in Hamilton 20th May 2011
Under the wonderful organizational skills of Louise Leonard the International Vice President of DANA, the first in a series of three addiction nursing symposiums was a huge success. The day was attended by nearly 40 nurses who hailed from many regions within New Zealand including Tokoroa, Taumaranui,, South Waikato, Tauranga , Hamilton , Auckland , Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. The range of area’s the nurses worked in was varied and included, prison nursing, private and public addiction settings, methadone, inpatient and outpatient area’s and the salvation army to name a few.
The line up of the advanced addiction nurses was impressive and their presentations on innovative practice were well received by the attendees. The networking that took place was also really valuable, as well as the sharing of ideas and resources. Thank you to the presenters who gave up their time so generously to come and share their expertise. Acknowledgments and grateful thanks also go to Matua Raki for funding the speakers to fly to Hamilton from out of area and providing the nourishing lunch and Biomed for supplying the morning tea.
There will be a second symposium held in Wellington on the 19th of August 20011. For details go to the Matua Raki website at http://www.matuaraki.org.nz/
For photographs follow this link.
North Island (NZ) Representative DANA