Recipient of Professional Development Award Bronwen Neely and Beverley Collins.


The Executive Officer                                                                                                     26th October 2013

David Collins Leukaemia Foundation

GPO Box 372 Hobart 7001


Dear Sir,


It is with heartfelt thanks that I write to thank the Foundation for supporting me to attend this year’s HAA Scientific Conference held on the Gold Coast Queensland from the 20th to the 23rd of October.


As a reasonably new practitioner to haematology I found the conference extremely valuable and a wonderful learning experience. I was initially invited to attend PNH Speciality Nurses session. Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria (PNH) is a very rare and debilitating disease of the bone morrow that affects the blood and major organs. This session provided me with a theoretical and physiological education into the disease and well attended by nurses from each State.

Case studies were presented and discussed. It gave me a great opportunity to net work with other nurses interested in this disease and a valuable contact point for future reference.


The conference, initially overwhelming with the share number of delegates branched off into specific discipline streams. I elected to attend all nursing lectures, workshops and master classes. The calibre of the speakers was outstanding with a strong emphasis on Multiple Myeloma. Integral building blocks were established between nurses. Holistic Care made a strong impact with lectures on exercise and mindfulness programmes in the rehabilitation context. Innovative nurse led programmes were a key theme with many developing exciting new programmes to assist their patient groups. One of the most interesting discussions was with the Director of Nursing from the Cook Islands. I asked her where they source their chemotherapy from and she relied they don’t. They have to send their patients abroad to New Zealand for treatment. I was mindful that indeed some of the issues we had listened to were very much from a first world perspective.


On my return I feel highly motivated and reinvigorated with my chosen professional and have decided to continue with my postgraduate studies to further my knowledge and career development.


I am proud to be a member of HSANZ and feel privileged to be welcomed into their fold. This would not have been possible without the support of the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation – Thank you.


Kind regards


Bronwen Neely








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