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  FNA Workshop Report Adelaide 2017
FNA Adelaide Workshop 2017

The Fertility Nurses of Australasia (FNA) workshop in Adelaide in October featured a diverse program covering lifestyle, relationship, scientific, education and technology issues.

About 140 people attended the workshop including good representation by nurses from New Zealand.

After being welcomed by FNA outgoing Chairperson, Melissa Strickland, fertility nurse specialist Gillian Homan made an informative presentation on her research regarding promoting healthy lifestyle issues in fertility units.

Endometriosis issues came into sharp focus in the opening session with talks by embryologist Dr Ryan Rose and Lorraine Culley, Emeritus Professor of Social Science and Health at De Montfort University in the United Kingdom.

ANZICA members joined their nursing colleagues for the presentation by Professor Culley, who spoke on the impact of endometriosis on couple relationships. She explained that the emotional impact of endometriosis on couples is substantial often with a negative impact on intimate relationships with actual or anticipated infertility being a significant issue for many couples.

Embryologist Rebecca Mackay introduced a scientific perspective of “looking down the microscope.” Following were presentations by maternal fetal medicine sub-specialist Dr Rosalie Grivell on Why IVF Is Bad for MFM Doctors and fertility specialist Associate Professor Louise Hull.

Gavin Freeman, a psychologist with expertise in the sporting field, addressed the workshop on leadership issues and how fertility nurses could motivate each other to create the best outcomes for patients and themselves. Champion netballer and coach Michelle den Dekker spoke about her experiences in the afternoon with the workshop concluding with a CPD practical session by midwifery education facilitator Vanessa Tilbrook.

Vanessa specialises in helping others to critically analyse their performance and engage in the decision making process while striving to give effective, individualised nursing and midwifery care.

Workshop facilitator Sharon Sayers of Flinders Fertility said it was a stimulating and informative workshop that also highlighted the importance of nurses being abreast of pre-conception health issues.

“In that context, the workshop embraced the theme of the Fertility Society meeting about when the going gets tough,” she said.

“The workshop was also a valuable opportunity to engage with our counselling colleagues on psychosocial issues confronting individuals and couples on their IVF journeys.”

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