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World Gastroenterology News - e-Newsletter May 2020

21 May 2020

Official e-newsletter of the World Gastroenterology Organisation is now available.

Happy International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020

On this significant day for our profession we are proud to surprise you with a special message from the Prime Minister, the Honourable Scott Morrison MP. This is the first time an Australian Prime Minister is addressing nurses on International Nurses Day and demonstrates how crucial nurses are to the health and well-being of our community.

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Happy International Nurses Day 2020

12 May 2020

To commemorate International Nurses Day 2020 Australia’s Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officers have prepared a special celebratory video. Among others the exceptional nurse leaders outline the significance of 2020 Year of the Nurse & Midwife, share stories of nurses that have inspired them by giving shout-outs and give health and well-being advice to nurses.

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Chief Nursing & Midwifery Office, Alison McMillan - News - May 2020

05 May 2020

This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale - the world's most famous nurse and founder of modern nursing.

Her pioneering work was born out of crisis - war. And so it is today that nurses around the world and in Australia are once again on the frontline and in a war - this time against the dreadful coronavirus.

Here in Australia, nurses are playing a critical role across the patient care spectrum.

Nurses are working in respiratory clinics, providing important support, comfort and guidance to people who are worried and frightened about whether they have COVID-19. Nurses are delivering care to people in their homes so they can stay well - particularly people with chronic conditions. In aged care, nurses are helping to put in place vital infection control processes to protect the most vulnerable.

Nurses are very much at the frontline in the intensive care units, where the nurse is the person who is at the bedside of the most vulnerable, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.......... more....

GESA and GENCA recommendations for Endoscope Reprocessing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

01 May 2020

GESA’s Infection Control in Endoscopy (ICE) Committee has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICE Committee is a multi-society, multidisciplinary Committee with expertise in GI Endoscopy, GI Endoscopy Nursing, Infection Prevention and Control, Infectious Diseases and Sterile Processing. Endoscopic reprocessing is at the core of safe and efficient endoscopy practice. The ICE Committee considers the safety of all patients in endoscopy units and personnel involved in instrument reprocessing a priority.

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Considerations for Australian endoscopy units during the COVID19 pandemic

03 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has particular implications for the safety and wellbeing of staff and patients involved in endoscopic procedures. Recommendations are emerging from multiple organisations, including the US Joint GI Societies (AGA, AASLD, ACG and ASGE) and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists, among others. In addition, various public and private facilities in Australia are starting to restrict access to elective endoscopic procedures to avoid unnecessary exposure of staff and patients to the novel coronavirus. Download the GESA statement of recommendations for all medical and nursing staff involved in endoscopic practice.

Coronavirus resources and information

18 March 2020

A number of resources relevant to nurses during the Coronavirus pandemic 2019-20 are available on the GENCA website.

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COVID–19 Update

16 March 2020

Drawing directly on current advice and information provided by all government authorities, throughout March and April GENCA will now limit non-essential meetings of critical workforce, e.g. health professionals.

This will mean all GENCA branch meetings and fundamentals workshops will be postponed during this time. The GENCA team are now focused on increasing online CPD content to meet the ongoing CPD needs of our members. We are presently working the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre to re-schedule the National Conference to later in the year.

We apologise to all who are inconvenienced by this change. GENCA takes the health and welfare of members and others attending our meetings and events as its primary concern.


10 March 2020

As an organisation, GENCA is closely monitoring the evolving situation in relation to the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Drawing directly on current advice and information provided by both Australian and New Zealand government authorities, GENCA will continue to deliver all scheduled meetings and events. We will of course commit to implementing all recommended precautions from the World Health Organisation and health authorities, and will encourage all attendees to follow these guidelines. These will be communicated to all attendees prior to and during events.

AS18/07: Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations

12 December 2019

From Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for health service organisation compliance with Action 3.14 following the introduction and subsequent revision by Standards Australia of AS/NZS 4187:2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations.

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Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard implementation resources

04 December 2019

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have developed a number of resources to help implement and address a number of the quality statements outlined in the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard. These resources are intended to support consumers, clinicians, organisations and assessors. Below is a list of the resources:

Fact Sheets Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard – Clinician Fact Sheet Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard – Consumer Fact Sheet NSQHS Standards Implementing the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard – informed consent NSQHS Standards Certification and Re-certification of practicing colonoscopists

Poster Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard poster

Templates Colonoscopy Referral Information Template Colonoscopy Report Template Colonoscopy Follow Up letter Template – from the specialist to the GP and patient

Videos Consumer Video Assessor Video

Certification and Recertification of practising colonoscopists

19 July 2019

Certification (of training) and Recertification (of ongoing competency) in colonoscopy are now mandatory for all practitioners working in health service organisations being assessed to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition).

AS/NZS 4187:2014 Revision released

20 May 2019

The revision of the standard AS/NZS 4187:2014 has been published. The revised standard is available to be purchased from SAI Global.

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Issue 2, 2019 of J.GENCA is now available!

17 May 2019

The May 2019 issue of J.GENCA is now available online for member viewing.

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J.GENCA Article Tip-Off

01 May 2019

Would you love to have a topic featured in the upcoming issue of J.GENCA?

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Did you know...

01 May 2019

GENCA has a discussion portal for any questions you may have regarding Endoscopy, Hepatology, IBD, Infection Control, Nurse Endoscopists, Management, Paediatrics, Bronchoscopy.

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Issue 1 2019 of J.GENCA is now available

25 March 2019

The February issue of J.GENCA is now available online for member viewing.

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Seeking Article Submissions to be included in J GENCA

28 February 2019

We are seeking any interested members to submit an article to be included in J GENCA.

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Endoscope reprocessing modules

01 September 2018

Previously hosted on the Queensland Health website - these modules are now hosted by GENCA. The Endoscope Reprocessing course consists of six modules for you to work through. Each module has review questions at the end to assist with your learning. Once you have finished all six modules, consolidate your knowledge by working through the Final Review Quiz.

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e-learning modules now available

25 July 2017

We are excited to launch two fully interactive e-learning modules - Gastrostomy Guidelines: Pre-Insertion and Gastrostomy Guidelines: Module 2: Acute Hospital Care - these are now available from the GENCA website.