Endurance in Drug & Alcohol Nursing

Endurance in Drug & Alcohol Nursing

For the fourth year running e-GPS provided comprehensive Twitter coverage of key messages from the annual DANA Drug and Alcohol Nurse’s Forum.

DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia) is the peak nursing organisation in Australasia providing leadership to nurses and midwives with a professional interest in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) issues.

Endurance was the theme of this year’s forum and stories of endurance abounded both from the podium and the floor. Nurses, psychologists, social workers networking and sharing experiences working in the Drug and Alcohol sector.

Tweeting Like a Boss

Here’s a rundown of what e-GPS achieved in terms of gaining followers and disseminating key information from sessions throughout the day.

The unique conference hashtag #DANAForum17 was registered with Symplur Healthcare Hashtag project and you can check out the numbers (number of impressions, retweets and key influencers) on the Symplur website.

  • The total number of impressions of #DANAForum17 key messages during the week of the conference was over 1.1 Million!
  • A total of 732 Tweets by 66 participants is a record for any DANA Forum.
  • @DANAnews1 increased their number of Twitter followers from 683 to 713



Where can I view Tweets from the Forum?

For a full recap of the forum proceedings go to Twitter and search #DANAForum17

Each year e-GPS improves @DANAnews1 Twitter engagement with the Drug and Alcohol sector by building relationships with key stakeholders, promoting the forum, scheduling posts and tweeting key messages on the day to reach a wide social media audience.

Contact @e-GPS via Twitter or email alison[at]




Clinical Supervison Integral to Nursing

Clinical Supervison Integral to Nursing

Compassion comes at a cost

Mental health nurses are at the frontline of any mental health engagement. So, it’s an odd kind of disconnect when counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists engage in compulsory regular debriefing sessions during their training yet a similar model is yet to be mandated for mental health nurses - the very people who are expected to respond to the mental health needs of their patients from shift to shift.1


Could it be Swine Flu?

Could it be Swine Flu?

March 2014: Over 100 people have been admitted to hospital with swine flu in Queensland already this year - double the number for the same period last year.

85% of influenza notifications in Queensland are H1N1 virus (swine flu). Courier Mail, 12 March, 2014 

Similarly , a swine flu pandemic has been reported in New Zealand, prompting both NZ and Australian health authorities to encourage people to have their flu shots early. International Business Times, 27 March, 2014

What is Swine Flu?

H1N1 Influenza virus is a relatively new strain of Influenza A virus - first detected in Mexico in April 2009. The H1N1 virus spread rapidly around the world and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in June 2009. H1N1 is referred to as swine flu because it contains some of the same DNA from influenza strains that infect pigs.

What are the symptoms of swine flu?

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • chills
  • fatigue

Some people also have diarrhoea and vomiting.

Like the flu which occurs every year, swine flu can spread from person to person via droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The droplets can also settle on objects like telephones and door knobs and can then be transferred to the nose, mouth or eyes. As swine flu is a relatively new strain of influenza A, most people haven’t come into contact with it before and are therefore not immune.