21 May 2020
Official e-newsletter of the World Gastroenterology Organisation is now available.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
18 March 2020
A number of resources relevant to nurses during the Coronavirus pandemic 2019-20 are available on the GENCA website.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.Read More
17 May 2019
The May 2019 issue of J.GENCA is now available online for member viewing.
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.Read More
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.
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.