|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 98-100
Report on International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing 2018: A Very Successful Conference in New Zealand
Qi Wang1, Winnie So2, Patsy Yates3
1 Department of Nursing, National Clinical Research Center of Cancer, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin, China
2 The Nethersole School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
3 Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
|Date of Submission||19-Oct-2018|
|Date of Acceptance||29-Oct-2018|
|Date of Web Publication||29-Nov-2018|
Department of Nursing, National Clinical Research Center of Cancer, Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital, Tianjin
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Wang Q, So W, Yates P. Report on International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing 2018: A Very Successful Conference in New Zealand. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs 2019;6:98-100
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Wang Q, So W, Yates P. Report on International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing 2018: A Very Successful Conference in New Zealand. Asia Pac J Oncol Nurs [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Feb 16];6:98-100. Available from: http://www.apjon.org/text.asp?2019/6/1/98/246419
This summary attempts to highlight the major events of the International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing 2018, held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 23 to 26 November 2018. The conference was organized by the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
| Opening Ceremony|| |
International Conference on Cancer Care Nursing (ICCN2018) commenced with a performance by Maori communities of New Zealand, to welcome more than 500 delegates from 33 countries and regions.
In the President's address, Prof. Patsy Yates said that the conference theme “Global Action: Working toward Unity and Excellence in Cancer Care” was intended to highlight the need for action and the importance of international collaboration, as all oncology nurses around the world strove for excellence in delivering quality of care for all people affected by cancer. Patsy also announced a new International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) membership status, “Global Citizen.” She noted that the new category of membership has been established to engage nurses or other professionals who wished to support the ethos, objectives, strategy, and philanthropic goals of the ISNCC. The Global Citizen membership category is intended to complement existing membership categories, including full member and associate member societies.
| Keynote and Plenary Sessions|| |
The Conference Management Committee and the Cancer Nurses College of New Zealand had exerted great efforts to organize a full and engaging program to provide learning opportunities across a wide range of topics related to cancer nursing. A number of internationally renowned scholars and leaders in cancer care were invited to deliver keynote and plenary speeches. To name a few, Prof. Alex Molassiotis, a recipient of the Robert Tiffany Lectureship, delivered an inspiring lecture on the challenges of utilizing symptom experience research to develop interventions. Prof. Molassiotis also reviewed his research of cancer symptom experience to highlight the possibilities for future research and practice. Prof. Meinir Krishnasamy together with five panelists from different regions (Dr. Mynra Doumit from the Middle East, Ms. Nerry Nuku from Oceania, Mrs. Patience Mbozi from Africa, Dr. Winnie So from Asia, and Prof. Anne Young from Europe) discussed issues identified in the Lancet series on equity and access to cancer treatment and services in the global and regional context. The presentations of both Prof. Jane Turner (representative of the International Psychology Society) and Dr. Chie Watanabe (representative of Asian Oncology Nursing Society [AONS]) laid out the whole process of translational research in psychosocial care, its barriers, and enablers. They also explained to the audience their own research projects and how to translate the findings into practice for improving quality of care. Prof. Daniel Kelly (representative from the European Oncology Nursing Society [EONS]) delivered an insightful presentation on better understanding of the scope and potential of cancer nursing from a European perspective. Prof Kelly used the EONS project, “Recognition of specialist cancer nursing” as an example. The findings of the project provided evidence to support the importance of oncology nursing education for effective care. Prof. Alex Molassiotis (representative from Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) further discussed his research on complementary therapy for symptom management and explored various issues concerned with the translation of generated knowledge into practice.
| Awards for Cancer Nurse Leaders|| |
Two excellent cancer nurse leaders were recognized at the conference. Letitia Lancaster, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gynaecological Oncology, Westmead Hospital, Australia, received the Distinguished Merit Award in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science and art of cancer nursing. Dr. Myrna Doumit, Assistant Dean, School of Nursing, Lebanese American University, received the ISNCC past president award in recognition of a cancer nurse from a low- or middle-income country who had initiated and sustained a program of cancer care in her own country. Both Letitia and Myrna's speeches about their work and experience were very inspiring.
| Concurrent and Poster Sessions and Preconference Workshops|| |
There were many concurrent and poster sessions which provided a platform for cancer nurses to share new findings in oncology nursing, valuable results of nursing research, explorations and investigations of the issues, and phenomena existing among cancer patients, family members, and caregivers, as well as in nursing care systems.
A very prominent part of the conference was the preworkshops held right before the conference opened. The four such workshops were free for all participants who had registered for the conference. The end-of-life nursing education consortium (ELNEC) workshop was provided by the ELNEC, which has long been influential in palliative care and end-of-life care education, both nationally and internationally, and 131 participants attended the workshop. The neuroendocrine nurses workshop attracted 56 participants, in which international specialists and leaders engaged in care for people affected by neuroendocrine tumors joined the workshop discussion of treatment, genetics, nutrition, psychosocial and patient support, and genomics research. The biosimilar workshop focused on an introduction to biosimilars, their potential impact. A train-the-trainer event to provide participants with a training program resource was also included in the workshop, which was presented by twenty participants. In the publishing workshop cohosted by the European Journal of Oncology Nursing and Cancer Nursing, two experienced editors highlighted major mistakes often made by authors and provided some tips for preparing papers for submission. There were 43 participants at this event.
| Book Donation|| |
Apart from the workshop, ISNCC also launched a book donation event during the conference. Delegates were encouraged to bring along oncology nursing textbooks and donate them to delegates from low- and middle-income countries. More than 70 books were received to support continuing education for cancer nurses in less developed countries.
| Asian Oncology Nursing Society and Asia-Pacific Journal on Oncology Nursing Booth|| |
AONS took this golden opportunity to exhibit the society's materials to the delegates such as the membership leaflet, the official journal Asia-Pacific Journal on Oncology Nursing, and the promotion leaflet of the 4th AONS conference to be held in India in November 2019. Many international delegates visited the AONS booth, spoke with AONS members, and took the leaflets [Figure 1].
| Closing Ceremony|| |
During the closing ceremony, Linda Krebs, the Chairperson of the Conference Management Committee, announced the recipients of best poster awards. With the closing remarks by Linda, the curtain came down on the immensely successful ICCN 2018.
The vision of AONS is that cancer patients in Asia will receive best care from cancer nurses who are well prepared in providing high-quality and science-based care. AONS is very delighted to see many delegates from the Asia region actively participated in ICCN2018. AONS look forward to continue working hand-in-hand with ISNCC on achieving our common goals. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 4th AONS conference during November 13–15, 2019, in India.
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