Throughout 2017 BrightSky delivered a number of seminars in the BeBright Study Series. They focussed on continence product prescription and were held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Launceston, Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin.
Overview of the 2017 Program
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rolls out and replaces state-based funding systems, continence management within the community is changing.
The workshop explored continence needs for those with neurological disabilities that result in functional or neurogenic related incontinence and the role healthcare providers play in identifying the most appropriate product to meet the needs of the individual to achieve their goals including the administration of a continence assessment and the use of specialised products and aids to suit individual requirements.
The workshops encompassed:
- An overview of continence needs for people with neurological disabilities
- Review of nursing standards outlining the framework for practice, including the responsibility and decision making of nurses in relation to product selection
- Decision making and the use of evidence-based practice
- Opportunities to use clinical tools that identify product features that aid continence management
- Include case studies specifically related to neurological disabilities.
Each session was presented by Kylie Wicks MN(Research), BHlth, DipAppSc(Nursing).
Kylie is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in spinal cord injury and general continence and currently the General Manager Clinical Services ParaQuad NSW. Kylie has a Master of Nursing Research that focused on Nursing knowledge and catheter selection. Winner of the 2013 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards, Emerging Leader category, for development of product selection tools to assist health professionals prescribe the most suitable continence products. Kylie has continued to develop tools in product selection and regularly provides training in neurogenic related continence assessments.