I would like to begin my report by thanking the outgoing committee for their outstanding support and attendances at the many meetings we have had throughout the year. I know after a busy day at work the last thing we want to do is to head out into the traffic and talk “WORK” but once there, we all have a good chat and try to plan for coming months. I could not have done this year without all of you and I think we made a fairly good team!
Where to start?
My goal has always been to reach into the three digits for members but sadly this year we have only reached 50. We have tried various strategies to increase numbers but still seem to fall short so anyone out there with any new ideas we are more than happy and willing to listen. As a committee we meet every second month and for any one interested in education and networking this is a great opportunity and to have new members would be amazing.
We chose not to run a Conference this year as our last one was low in numbers and we were financially challenged using an Event Company. Our aim was to run workshops or speaker evenings and thanks to Greenslopes and Holy Spirit Northside for their wonderful support in carrying out these speaker nights. Unfortunately we were unable to do our planned Workshop in Toowoomba due to lack of speakers but we have this one in our calendar for October 2017.
We are in negotiations with Redcliffe Hospital to organise a speaker night before the end of 2017 and a day workshop at The Gold Coast Hospital at the beginning of 2018. The Mater Hospital is running an Education Night on Wednesday 20th September to which QONSIG members are welcome to attend. In October we have the ANZONA Conference in Perth at which I will be presenting and some of the committee members will be attending from Queensland hopefully returning with some new exciting topics and ideas. We ran a drive to encourage the QONSIG membership by doing a draw for the cost of the Registration at ANZONA Conference in Perth and the lucky member was Haley A. Congratulations!!
We have also planned a Christmas drinks and nibbles for our members on Friday December 8th with the venue to be confirmed. Hopefully this will encourage people to come along and meet us and who knows we may even get a new committee member! Our website has been updated and thanks to Tallulah and her wonderful promotional skills we are keeping abreast with pending events and education
We have upgraded our electronic membership and it is now so much easier to become a member and to re-join. Try it!!
In closing I would once again like to thank you all for your dedication and passion to Orthopaedic Nursing and hope that the 2017 -2018 year holds many exciting encounters for us all!
Sheila Gilritchie President QONSIG 2016 – 2017.