The DANA Pathways to Credentialling Program was officially launched in Sydney at the NSW Nurses’ Forum on Friday August 23rd by Professor Ramon Shaban.
A year ago DANA sought assistance from nursing organisations that had successfully established credentialling programs. ACIPC, the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control, offered their resources, guidance and expertise to help DANA establish its own program.
In particular DANA is grateful to Professor Ramon Shaban for his personal involvement with the DANA Pathways Project. Professor Shaban is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher and amongst other achievements, the Professor and Chair of Infection Control and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Griffith Graduate Infection Prevention and Control Program and the Deputy Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University. With over 10 years credentialling experience he is also the current Chair of the ACIPC Credentialing Committee.
We are honoured that Professor Shaban agreed to launch the DANA Pathways to Credentialling Program and accepted DANA’s invitation to become the interim Chair of the DANA Credentialling Advisory Committee.
During his address Professor Shaban spoke about the importance of credentialling as a mechanism for demonstrating expertise, the changes that ACIPC has made to its program over time and advised that DANA too will need to make changes as the drug and alcohol sector changes.
With a generous grant made available through the Drugfields Project of the Alcohol and Other Drug Council of Australia (ADCA), DANA was able to hold its first face-to-face meeting of the Credentialling Advisory Committee (CAC) in Sydney the day following the NSW Nurses’ Forum. The goal of this meeting was to “credential the credentiallers” and to finesse the application process if necessary. With the main business of credentialling dealt with, the final item of business was to select a Chair for the CAC and I am delighted to announce that Jennifer Holmes has agreed to undertake this role.
If you would like more information, click on the tab above marked “credentialling”. There you will find:
- The DANA Credentialling Application Package and Guidelines
- Information regarding members of the DANA Pathways to Credentialling Advisory Committee
- Workplace Posters
- Contact details for the CAC
as well as considerable background information.
New Zealanders please note! Shortly there will be a slightly modified application package for you to use. As the term “credentialled” has a different meaning in a New Zealand context you will be offered an equivalent pathway to “advanced certification” built around the Aoteoroa/New Zealand Addiction Speciality Nursing Competency Framework 2012.