Infection Control in Endoscopy Guidelines modifications
20 April 2016
As you are aware there have been multiple tragic and well publicised outbreaks of mulit-resistant bacteria linked to endoscope usage in Europe and the US. This has been predominantly related to duodenoscopes and prompted Olympus to recall their instruments for inspection and modification.
GESA and GENCA believe that this issue needs to be taken further and that we have the specialised knowledge to lead this dialogue. A working party of the GESA/GENCA Infection Control in Endoscopy Committee has investigated the problem. A September 2015 news email summarises the issues and contained recommendations for reprocessing endoscopes that the Infection Control Committee believe will reduce the risk of transmitting infection.
A draft of the revised Infection Control in Endoscopy Guidelines, with a detailed literature review and discussion to support these recommendations, has been reviewed by AGEA and is now available for your comments.
The draft document will be available until 31 May.
As with previous guidelines, once these are ratified we hope they will become the Australian standard.
Please direct any comments to Ian Norton, GESA President at firstname.lastname@example.org
GENCA Education Grants - January 2016
07 March 2016
Congratulations to all members who were awarded a GENCA Education Grant in the January 2016 round of grants. Recipients are listed on the GENCA website. We trust the grant monies are used to further your knowledge, and look forward to receiving feedback from the education.
Member survey winners!
17 February 2016
The GENCA Board would like to thank all members who completed the member survey. We received 274 responses, giving us very valuable feedback. The Board is meeting late this month and will be reviewing the feedback from the survey during this meeting. Congratulations to the following members who are the lucky winners of a $50.00 prepaid Visa card for completing the survey. Belinda Wicks, NSW; Lee Wembridge, Vic; Beth Wardle, Qld.
Once again, thankyou to all who completed the survey.
Cathy Conway, President
GENCA post nominals - MGENCA
05 February 2016
The GENCA Board is delighted to provide guidelines for use by members to provide public recognition of their commitment to the profession. The Board would like to thank Dana Cotton for her work in developing these guidelines, which have been adopted by the Board.
GENCA Congratulates Professor Finlay Macrae - Officer of the Order of Australia
29 January 2016
GENCA congratulates Professor Finlay Macrae on his recent recognition in the Australia Day 2016 Honours list. As many of you know, Prof Macrae is a philanthropist who has dedicated his life to research in genetic bowel cancer, is chairman of the ANZGITA Board and founder of its predecessor GeFITT. Prof Macrae has a long involvement with GENCA through the volunteer program in the Pacific, and also through the organising and program coordination for AGW.
Congratulations Professor Macrae!