GENCA is dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing through its mission: to promote excellence in gastroenterology nursing practice. It is actively involved through:

  • Developing national standards and guidelines
  • Providing educational courses and supporting the COGEN credentialling program
  • Facilitating representation at state, national and international forums.

GENCA supports the professional development of its members in an atmosphere of mutual support and respect, as well as actively encouraging them to share their knowledge and expertise with their colleagues.

Coming Events

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GENCA Fundamentals of endoscope reprocessing workshop - Gisborne

07 May 2016

GENCA Practical Skills Assessments - Gisborne

07 May 2016

GENCA National Conference 2016

14 May 2016 - 15 May 2016
9.00am - 3.00pm

The Organising Committee is working to secure renowned national speakers who will be presenting and exploring interesting issues. This conference will provide you with an exciting program of sessions that intend to enhance your professional development. We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to build upon your knowledge as Gastroenterology nurses and allied health practitioners. It promises to be a fantastic opportunity for educational and networking development, specifically catered to you – our delegates. Registration is now open, with a special early-bird discount offered until 17 March 2016. GENCA is offering a range of sponsorship opportunities for this conference - Full details in the attached prospectus.

GENCA Fundamentals of endoscope reprocessing workshop - Whyalla, SA

28 May 2016
8.30 am - 4.00 pm

This foundation program serves as an introduction to the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes incorporating infection control, structure and function, water filtration and workplace health and safety. These workshops are aimed at nurses, CSSD technicians and assistants involved with the reprocessing of flexible endoscopes. This is a revised program for 2016, and has been revised in accordance with current standards including AS/NZ 4187:2014, updated guidelines and manufacturers’ instructions.

GENCA Practical Skills Assessments - Whyalla

29 May 2016

Please complete the attached application form and submit it to Times will be allocated and confirmation sent to you via email. Note: prices vary according to membership and assessment type - please refer to the application form.

GENCA South Australia Branch Annual State Conference

04 June 2016

Each year we strive to cover a variety of interesting and diverse topics not only GI related but nursing profession related. This conference covers topics including controlling GI bleeding, PEG ethics, having difficult patient conversations, bronchoscopy basics and pathology skills for the endoscopy nurse.

AuSPEN Advanced Clinical Nutrition Course

16 June 2016 - 19 June 2016

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the principles and application of nutrition support for those involved in the nutritional care of patients. With a multidisciplinary focus, this course would suit physicians, surgeons, nurse specialists, dietitians or pharmacists with an active role in nutrition support looking to enhance their learning in this area. This is the first time this course is being offered in Australasia.

GENCA 2016 National Conference

14 May 2016 - 15 May 2016
9.00am - 3.00pm

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Latest News

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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

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!

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