GENCA is an organising partner in GESA's annual meeting Australian Gastroenterology Week (AGW).  AGW is one of the significant scientific meetings in the Asia Pacific region and features the latest advances in clinical management, cutting-edge translational and basic science, and original research in endoscopy, gastroenterology and hepatology. Since the inaugural meeting, AGW has grown in attendance from 25 to over 2,000 medical practitioners, surgeons, researchers, nurses and allied health professionals from across the Asia Pacific region.  An education stream for nurses is organised by GENCA as part of the program, as well as the GENCA Annual General Meeting, Awards Presentation Ceremony and social functions.

In 2019 AGW will be held in Adelaide from Sunday 8 - Tuesday 10 September.

AGW 2019 Nurses Program

Sunday 8 September


Theme: The Universe Within: Back to Basics - Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology

Chairs: Jeff Stewart, Helen Jurgens
0830 Liver Anatomy / Physiology / Test interpretation Dr Kate Muller
Dr Kate Muller is a Staff Specialist in Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide and Senior Lecturer at Flinders University. She trained in Gastroenterology at Flinders Medical Centre and completed a fellowship year in the Scottish Liver Transplant Unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland. She has also completed a PhD in hepatitis C at the University of Adelaide. Kate has been a member of the Australian Liver Association committee, and on the AGW scientific program committee for the last two years, organising the Liver stream. She is the Director of Clinical Trials within the Department of Hepatology at Flinders Medical Centre.
0900 Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology

Dr Suzanne Mashtoub
Dr Suzanne Mashtoub is a Grant-Funded Medical Scientist at the Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide and a former NHMRC Early Career Doherty Fellow. Based at the Gastroenterology Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Suzanne leads a research team investigating the therapeutic efficacy of naturally-sourced products in intestinal disorders including the inflammatory bowel diseases and associated colorectal cancer. With a particular interest in Emu Oil, Suzanne focuses on preclinical to clinical translation, supported by a recent Channel 7 Children’s Medical Research Foundation Grant to run a clinical trial investigating orally-administered Emu Oil in children with ulcerative colitis.

Previously, following a Biomedical Science degree, Suzanne received First Class Honours in Physiology followed by a PhD in Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education). Suzanne has published 20 original research manuscripts and a book chapter and has been the recipient of over 40 awards, most notably including the 2015 SA Tall Poppy Award, the SA Channel 9 Young Achiever Sciences and Technology Award, the Adelaide University Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence Award and the Top Honours in Physiology Cohort Award. Suzanne holds an Adjunct Research Fellow position at the University of Western Australia and is currently studying Medicine at Flinders University.

0930 Nutrient Absorption along the Gastrointestinal Tract
1000 Morning Tea  
1030 Bushell Lecture - Plenary Room  
1230 Lunch  

Theme: Wonders of the Internal Environment - Nurition and the Microbiome Universe Within

Chairs: Serena Martin, Stephanie Benson
1330 Diabetes and the Microbiome

Professor Jennifer Couper
Jenny Couper heads the Discipline of Paediatrics, University of Adelaide, and the Diabetes and Endocrinology Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, SA. She heads paediatric diabetes and paediatric endocrinology clinics at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital which care for >1500 children. Her research focuses on the prevention of childhood diabetes and the prevention of vascular complications in children and adolescents, who have diabetes. She leads the national cohort of the Environmental determinants of diabetes in children (ENDIA), a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, and contributes to national and international Guidelines for the Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Childhood & Adolescents.

1400 Faecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) Dr Karmen Telfer
Dr Karmen Telfer is the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellow at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. Karmen first undertook a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of South Australia before working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a pharmacist. Following this, she studied medicine as a postgraduate student at Flinders University and continued at Flinders Medical Centre to undertake her training in Gastroenterology before moving to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2018 to complete her advanced training. Karmen is also a PhD student through the University of Adelaide, with research investigating the use of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation in Ulcerative Colitis. 
1430 Dietary Interventions for Ulcerative Colitis and Microbiome Analysis Alice Day
Alice is a Senior Research Dietitian at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and PhD Candidate at The University of Adelaide, South Australia. Alice completed her Dietetics degree with first class honours in the UK before returning to Adelaide in 2009 to continue working as a clinical dietitian across gastroenterology, surgical, critical care services. Alice’s interest in gut nutrition started with an honours project on the nutritional impact of nocturnal fasting in chronic liver disease, and continued to grow whilst working in the gastroenterology and colorectal surgery services at Lyell McEwin Hospital. Alice had an integral role within the parenteral nutrition service managing acute and chronic gut failure patients before stepping out to start a family. In 2018 Alice started a PhD in diet and inflammatory bowel disease and is currently the primary investigator on a pilot dietary intervention study for people with ulcerative colitis in collaboration with SA Health IBD Services and Monash University in Victoria. Alice is an active member of the SA Gastroenterology Dietitians Network and Dietitians Crohns and Colitis Network Australia. She has been an AuSPEN council member since 2016 and currently chairs the AuSPEN Exclusive Enteral Nutrition working group.
1500 Dietary fibre intake in patients with inflammatory bowel disease Rachel Davis
Rachel recently graduated from the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics with first class honours from Flinders University in 2018. Rachel conducted her honours project at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the Department of Gastroenterology, undertaking her research which looked at habitual fibre intake in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Since completing her honours degree, Rachel has commenced her dietetic career as a clinical dietitian at The Lyell McEwin Hospital as well as undertaking some work as a private practice dietitian. Rachel has a strong interest in gastroenterology and the role that nutrition plays in prevention, management and treatment of gastrointestinal conditions. This is an area that Rachel hopes to continue working in clinically, to help expand knowledge and skills and potentially identify key areas of interest for future research opportunities.
1530 Afternoon Tea  

Theme: Upper GI endoscopy and more

Chairs: Liz Ben-David, Sandra Ko
1600 Foreign body retrieval Dr Paul Hammond
Dr Paul Hammond currently works as a Senior Staff Specialist in the Gastroenterology Unit in Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide, as well as in Private Practice.  General Paediatric Training was undertaken in Adelaide and England, advanced training in Paediatric Gastroenterology was undertaken in Adelaide and Brisbane.  He briefly worked as a Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist in Brisbane before taking up his post in Adelaide.
1625 Eosinophilic oesophagitis Dr Hamish Philpott  
1650 Anaphylaxis in the endoscopy setting Dr Merv Atkinson  
1710 Third Space Endoscopy

Prof Rajvinder Singh
Rajvinder Singh is a Professor of Medicine with the University of Adelaide and the Director of Gastroenterology at the Lyell McEwin & Modbury Hospitals, South Australia. He is an Editorial Board member of Endoscopy and Digestive Endoscopy.

Over the last 10 years, he has published an average of 10 papers and 1 book chapter per year. He has been successful in obtaining grants from Cancer Council and Cancer Australia and more recently work on the investigation of the utility of serum biomarkers for colon cancer was selected as the top 10 best medical research initiatives in the country by the NHMRC.

He is presently an International committee member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and a committee member of the Standards of Practice and Publications committee with the World Endoscopy Organisation (WEO). He was the past chair of the Australian Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Association (AGEA).

He is also frequently invited to conduct advanced endoscopy workshops in the country and overseas having participated in more than 100 workshops/symposiums including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, India, Singapore, New Zealand, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines amongst other countries.


Monday 9 September


Theme: Liver / AHA Session

Chairs: Jeff Stewart, Rachel Wundke
0830 Hepatitis C

Michelle Bown
I have been a nurse for 20 years and have been employed by NALHN for 16 years, mostly working in the  acute care setting within the medical division.  In the last 4 years I have experience in the chronic disease management unit (CDMU), acting as the nursing unit manager for both CDMU and the diabetes education centre.  Most recently in the past 2 years I have been employed  as one of the SA Health  viral hepatitis nurse consultants.  SA Health viral hepatitis nurses provide specialist care to South Australians living with hepatitis B, C and/or D. This nurse-led flexible service aims to increase healthcare access to affected patients and their carers. The viral hepatitis nurse consultants work with Specialist hospital clinics, general practitioners and with other primary health care providers to deliver viral hepatitis care to the community.

0900 NASH Joanne Morgan  
0930 Liver Transplantation Libby John 
Libby is the Nurse Consultant / Liver Transplant Coordinator for South Australia and the Northern Territory. She has worked for the SA Liver Transplant Unit, (based at Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide) since it commenced in 1992. She has also worked overseas in Liver Transplant Units in the United Kingdom, and has had experience in Liver Transplant Units in the United States.

Libby has a Diploma of Applied Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Nursing Degree (Nurse Practitioner) in liver disease and transplantation. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences / Health Counselling. Libby has authored book chapters on the care of transplant recipients and also published several papers relating to liver transplantation. She is an executive member of the Transplant Nurses’ Association, and is on the Editorial Board of Progress In Transplantation and The Transplant Journal of Australasia. She is also a member of the TSANZ Liver and Intestinal Transplant Advisory Committee and several Australian Organ and Tissue Authority working groups.

1000 Morning Tea  

The developing universe within: pregnancy and IBD

1030 Consumer presentation - My story Keitha Young Chairs: Kerrie Moss, Helen Lewis
1100 Medical management of the pregnant patient with IBD Dr Reme Mountifield 
Réme Mountifield is a Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist and the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service Lead at the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network in South Australia, and Senior Lecturer at Flinders University.

Réme graduated from the University of Adelaide being awarded the University Medal in 2000 and has a PhD in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She has pursued her special clinical and research interest in Fertility and Pregnancy challenges in IBD patients, with numerous publications in this field. Her doctoral thesis examined the disparity between patient and physician perspectives of disease and treatment in IBD.   Réme has established a formal nurse led fertility and pregnancy patient education service at Flinders Medical Centre, and acts as reviewer for numerous IBD journals.  

1130 Surgery in pregnancy Dr Dayan DeFontgalland
Dayan is a General Surgeon with subspeciality training in colorectal surgery.  He holds a Ph.D in gastrointestinal neuroscience research.  He has trained in Adelaide and has done 2 years post fellowship training in Melbourne at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and St Vincents Hospital.

Dayan is employed at Flinders Medical Centre, SA, as a staff specialist and is a senior lecturer at Flinders University.

1200 Stomal therapy - care for adults, pregnant women and children

Lisa Naeher and Bronwyn Overall
Lisa works at the Women's and Children's Hospital as the Stomal Therapy/Urology Nurse Consultant.  Lisa has a keen interest in improving the lives of children with stomas and continence issues.  Lisa is a member of The Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) and is also a representative on the AASTN National Education and Professional Development Sub-Committee.  Lisa believes nursing is a very privileged occupation especially caring for children and families at vulnerable stages in their life.  Being a support for the patients/families and making a small difference is what Lisa finds rewarding.

Bronwyn is the nurse unit manager of the stomal therapy team at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.  She is an active member of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses having recently stepped down from the Chairperson of the National Education and Professional Development Committee.  Bronwyn continues to have an interest in education and professional develoipment and is keen to share knowledge so we can all work toward improving patient outcomes.  Bronwyn's presentation will discuss stoma related complications during pregnancy and touch on trouble shooting for adults with a stoma.



1230 Lunch  

Infection Control and More: Protecting the universe within

Chairs: Lyndall Moorcraft, Beth Wardle
1330 Improving outcomes: implementation of a pre-gastrostomy de-colonisation program Alison Forrest
Alison is a Nurse Consultant and a long term member of the Home Enteral Nutrition Service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.  She is passionate about providing equitable and evidence based care to all children requiring tube feeding.  With an ever increasing level of complexity of patients comes the challenge of constantly monitoring outcomes and adjusting care accordingly.  The Home Enteral Nutrition service strives to tailor care to ensure the needs of all children and their family are met, and believes in empowering them to gain independence with the care of their children with complex health needs in the context of a supportive environment.
1400 Standards Australia AS/NZS4187:2014 Amd 2:2019 - Standard update and water requirements Beth Wardle
My current role is the Clinical Nurse Manager of endoscopy at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.  I have worked in gastroenterology for over 30 years in private & public hospitals & have at various times been the GENCA Qld Regional manager, GENCA vice president, GENCA president & the Editor of the GENCA journal.  I am on the current committee reviewing Infection Control in Endoscopy & was a contributing author on the last 2 editions.  I am the GENCA representative on Australian Standards HE-023 committee responsible for AS4187.
1430 Transitioning to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital Lyndall Moorcraft
Lyndall is the Nurse Unit Manager of the Gastrointestinal Investigation Unit & Thoracic Procedure Suite at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and has held this position since 2008.  She commenced her career in Gastroenterology over 25 years ago after completing her training at the Royal Adelaide.  Lyndall was involved with the planning, staff training, and eventual move from the old Royal Adelaide Hospital on North Terrace to the new Royal Adelaide in 2017.  She has a keen interest in Infection Control and is a facilitator for the GENCA Fundamentals of Endoscope Reprocessing workshop.
1500 Endobronchial Volume reduction

Professor Hubertus Jersmann
Hubertus Jersmann was born in Germany (after the war). He migrated to Australia in the eighties and works as a Respiratory and Sleep Physician in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Burnside War Memorial Hospital. He visits Alice Springs Hospital every two months since 2011. Dr Jersmann has a special interest in Interventional Pulmonology, in particular treating select cases of severe COPD with endobronchial valves to achieve non-surgical lung volume reduction as well as patient with asthma and remodelling with bronchial thermoplasty to reduce smooth muscle hypertrophy.

Hubertus has an MD in human genetics and a PhD in immunobiology and is a Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Adelaide. He enjoys the mix of treating patients, research in the lab as well as clinical and of course, teaching.

His passion is conservation and sustainability, he lectures on the effects of Climate Change on Health at both, Flinders University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide.

1530 Afternoon Tea  

Theme: Novice Presenters and Unwanted invasion of the universe within - Gastrointestinal cancers

Chairs: Gale Roe, Helen Fowler
1600 Career pathways in endoscopic nursing  Stephanie Benson (Novice Presenter)
I commenced my nursing career many years ago on the beautiful North West coast of Tasmanian training over 2 years to become an Axillary Nurse. Upon arrival in South Australia, due to my husband’s work transfer I decided to go to University to convert my previous qualifications into Bachelor of Nursing. It was also great way of meeting new people and making great friends.

I have had extensive experience in both the Private and Public sector over my career. I’ve worked in a variety of clinical areas but always found myself drifting back to the peri-operative and endoscopy environment.  Endoscopy nursing has given me so many opportunities to develop a career I love and make some great friends.

I commenced working in The Queen Elizabeth Endoscopy Unit in 2013 and have since reclassified as a Clinical Nurse.  I am currently involved in the development of a model of care for patients accessing colonoscopy as the Direct Access Nurse at TQEH Endoscopy unit.  When I commenced working within Endoscopy I was encouraged to join GENCA and was so impressed with its great working committee I became a committee member. I remain a passionate member of the South Australia branch of GENCA and currently hold the title of regional manager.

I continue to thoroughly enjoy my career as a clinical nurse within Endoscopy as it provides both new technical challenges coupled with a holistic approach to patient care.

1615 Let's defeat bowel cancer

Kimberley Rice (Novice Presenter)
Kimberley commenced her career as a Registered Nurse in St John of God Hospital Operating Suite 14 years ago after completing a rotation in theatre as part of her graduate year program.  Kimberley has undertaken all her tertiary education at Deakin University and has completed a Master of Nursing with a particular focus on cancer nursing.  Kimberley is currently an Associate Nurse Unit Manager in General/Colorectal/Bariatric/Laparoscopic and Robotic surgery.

Kimberley’s own experience of bowel cancer within her family became her drive and passion within perioperative nursing.  Kimberley became involved in her local Rotary Club of Belmont and a subsidiary of this is the Rotary Bowelscan Program.  Kimberley holds a media and promotion role within this committee.  Kimberley promotes bowel cancer awareness at a local and national level through different modes of communication.  Kimberley is passionate about being able to make a difference to patients during their perioperative journey. 

Kimberley is part of the editorial committee for GENCA.  In her spare time Kimberley enjoys playing tennis, baking sweets, craft and more recently trying to master the game of golf.

1630 Oesophageal cancer Jeff Bull
Jeff is a GENCA dinosaur commencing his membership with the organisation almost 20 years ago. He has a Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and was the first upper gastrointestinal Nurse Endoscopist in Australia. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the Australian Gastrointestinal Trials Group, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and a founding member of the Australian and New Zealand Gastric and Oesophageal Association.  Jeff is an Associate Lecturer with the School of Medicine at Flinders University and conducts and assists with many research studies relating to oesophagogastric cancer.  He is the Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Nurse Consultant in the Southern Adelaide Health Region; a position he has held for almost 10 years.
1650 Neuro-endocrine tumour management Jessica Mercurio
Jessica Mercurio (BN, GradCert Cancer + Haematology Nursing) is currently a Clinical Research Nurse and Neuroendocrine Tumour (NET) Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Her primary role is coordination of the SA/NT Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) Program. Having a 12-year history of Haematology/Oncology Nursing she is passionate about optimising patient experiences in the Cancer setting using PRO’s and PROM’s. Her current projects include a commonwealth multicentre retrospective analysis of QOL data following treatment with PRRT for Unresectable NETs and the rollout of the national plaNET registry.
1710 Colo-rectal cancer - touching on genetics Liz Ben-David
Liz has been a gastroenterology nurse for 29 years. She began her career in Tel Aviv Israel in 1990, and has been passionate about this specialty ever since her first day on the job, working both in the public and private sectors.
Liz now works as a clinical nurse consultant at Seaford  Day Surgery

Tuesday 10 September


Theme: What is seen from the outside doesn't always reflect the universe within

Chairs: Kylee Bullivant, Robyn Foulds
0830 Psychological treatment for IBD patients: examples and insights Taryn Lores
Taryn is a health psychologist with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in South Australia. She gained her general registration as a psychologist in 2012 and completed her Masters of Health Psychology at the University of Adelaide in 2014.  Taryn has a strong interest in the relationship between mind and body, and the factors that influence health, illness and overall wellbeing.  She has been with the IBD Service since September 2015, and has undertaken research into the mental health needs of patients and usefulness of integrated psychological care in IBD management.  She also works in private practice seeing people presenting with a broad range of mental and physical health issues.
0900 Total Neoadjuvant Therapy (TNT) for rectal cancer: do we even need surgery anymore? Associate Professor Tarik Sammour
Tarik Sammour is a colorectal surgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in 2012. Following this, he undertook two years of accredited post-fellowship training in colorectal surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Royal Adelaide Hospital as part of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) accredited training program. He then travelled to the United States and spent an additional fellowship year at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston training specifically in robotic colorectal surgery and advanced colorectal surgical oncology under the mentorship of leading surgeons in the field.

‚ÄčTarik has authored over 90 peer reviewed publications in surgical journals, and 6 book chapters. Having completed a PhD in Surgery in 2011, he continues to pursue an active research program, focusing specifically on clinical trials to improve patient outcomes after colorectal surgery.

Details of current research activity can be found here:

0930 Robotic bowel resection Mr Chris McDonald
Chris is a General Surgeon with a special interest in Colorectal and Minimally Invasive Surgery including robotic surgery.

Prior to commencing a career in medicine he worked in the Royal Australian Air Force and then went on to complete a nursing degree graduating with first class honours in 2000. In 2002 he was accepted in to The University of Sydney and completed his medical degree in 2005, subsequently moving to Adelaide to start as an intern at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Having passed his Fellowship in General Surgery in 2012 he went on to complete further colorectal subspecialty training at the Lyell McEwin Hospital and a second year at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital as the Colorectal Laparoscopic Fellow. During this second year of subspecialty training he completed a Master’s Degree in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Adelaide, as well as undertaking training on the da Vinci robotic system.

In November 2015 he travelled to Atlanta Georgia to complete this training. He has joined Colorectal Surgery and intends to practice as a General Surgeon with a special interest in Colorectal and Robotic Surgery.

1000 Morning Tea  

Theme: Medication and more

Chairs: Stephanie Benson, Helen Jurgens
1030 Iron deficiency Liz Ben-David  
1100 Anticioagulant therapy Joy Gailer
Joy is a credentialed Advanced Practice Pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), and the practice support clinical pharmacist at Chandlers Hill Surgery. She is passionate about assisting general practitioners in providing the best possible quality use of medicines services to their patients, championing patient-centred care.
1130 Diabetic care in the fasting patient Jennifer Gordon
Jennifer Gordon is a clinical pharmacist who has worked within the Central Adelaide Local Health Network for the past 9 years. She is one of the senior surgical and perioperative service pharmacists at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, based predominantly in the multidisciplinary Preadmission Clinic for the past 3 years. She was instrumental in piloting the first Day of Surgery Admission suite clinical pharmacy service in South Australia. Jennifer has a special interest in the perioperative management of diabetes and perioperative smoking cessation and is currently supervising research in these areas.
1200 Nasal Bridal use - parent perspective and consumer feedback

Cassandra Farrelly
Cassandra has been working within various departments and wards at the Women's and Children's Hospital as a Paediatric and Neonatal Nurse since 2001.  She completed tertiary study including two Graduate Certificates, one in Paediatric Nursing and the other in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing.  More recently she has completed her Masters in Clinical Nursing and Teaching 2017.  She has worked in NICU for 15 years including 7 years within a leadership position as a Clinical Nurse Educator.

In August 2018 she transitioned to a new position as a Home Enteral Nutrition Nurse Consultant, in the Gastroenterology Department.  Within this role she supports over 300 children and their families requiring nasogastric and gastrstomy feeding at home.  She is passionate about providing a high level of nursing care to all children and families accessing the service.  She incorporates her knowledge and skills in education by teaching families and colleagues at the Women's and Children's Hospital.

1230 Lunch  

Theme: Within the Nurses' universe: Professional Development issues, submitted abstracts and GENCA AGM and Awards

Chair: Stephanie Buckton, Kim West
1330 Service improvement Marian O'Connor
Marian joined the team at Taranaki Base Hospital, in January 2018 following a move from the UK. Marian works as an Autoimmune Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and provides care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) predominately. The GI service at the Base Hospital consists of 0.1 FTE Consultant Gastroenterologist and 0.8 CNS providing care for approximately 500 patients with IBD whom live in the region.

Prior to living in New Zealand, Marian trained and worked in London, England for 18 years and spent the majority of that time working at internationally renowned St. Mark’s Hospital. Marian led the IBD nursing service there for more than 10 years and built largest IBD CNS team in the UK with eleven CNS staff, in order to accommodate the cohort of 10,000 patients.

Marian is the past chair of NECCO (Nurses European Colitis & Crohn’s Organisation), having been a founding member of NECCO since 2008. Marian also led on publishing the first N-ECCO consensus statements on the role of nurses in caring for patients with IBD.   Marian co-edited the first Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nursing book.

Marian has completed her Masters (MSc) in health studies and at the University of Bedfordshire in November 2014. Marian has also been awarded GI Nurse of the year 2012, and awarded an ECCO Mark Of Merit in 2014 for her work with N-ECCO.    

1400 Nurse endoscopy Sharon Gillespie
I have had a diverse career working as a Nurse Unit Manager for Perioperative Services, Clinical Nurse Consultant for a busy surgical ward, Labour Room Midwife, Sales Specialist for Olympus and Erbe and now a credentialed Advance Practice Nurse Endoscopist.

I believe every decision regarding patient care should be based on achieving the best possible outcome for them within a risk management framework.

 I am passionate about nursing and the advancement of the nursing profession. I have seen enormous change over my 40 + year career however believe that there is still so much more to be done to advance our position within the current health care setting.

1430 Abstract - Fungal colonization of an intragastric balloon - a case report and the implications to nursing practice

Irit Bialik and Michelle Ford - presented by Dr Alasdair Patrick

Michelle and Irit are both senior Registered Nurses in MacMurray Centre in Auckland, New Zealand, with over 20 years of nursing experience, working in Endoscopy for the past 10 years. They both have a strong interest in the Endoscopic Weight Loss methods and patient care. Irit is currently acting as a Nurse Manager to MacMurray Centre. Michelle is a team leader and endoscopic weight loss service coordinator



1437 Abstract - A nurse-led Functional gastrointestinal disorders service results in high patient satisfaction and is associated with high patient confidence in their diagnosis  Dr Rebecca Burgell - presented by Dr Judith Moore  

GENCA Annual General Meeting and Awards

  Close of GENCA Nurses Program  
1530 Afternoon Tea