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Nursing, Health Sciences & Allied Health Highlights from Prague

Bronwyn Levvey, RN, Grad Dip Clin Ep
Outgoing NHSAH Council Communications Liaison

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bronwyn levveyFor those of us from NHSAH council fortunate enough to be able to attend ISHLT 2012, we were definitely not disappointed! Prague is one of Europe's most beautiful and grandest of old cities, and it was delightful (though those with high heels may have described it 'challenging') to walk around the cobblestone streets, soaking up the atmosphere (and the rain!).

Although Prague is a city that reminds us of centuries past, this year's program definitely was focused on the future, with outstanding NHSAH sessions describing how Technology & Tele-health can improve self-management and increase patient access to quality healthcare. The combined NHSAH & Pediatric Councils' pre-meeting symposium, and a symposium focusing on caregivers as true investment in maximizing patient outcomes, were rated highly.

Despite a decrease in the overall number of nursing members attending, pleasingly the number of allied health attendees, who were contributors to symposia or abstracts presenters, increased this year. The quality of presentations in the oral abstract sessions overall was outstanding, as was those selected for mini-orals and poster presentations. For NHSAH council members unable to attend the meeting in Prague, the ISHLT Board kindly agreed to facilitate taping of our council sessions. These will be available (either on DVD or via webinar) for a purchase fee in the coming months.

We must congratulate the winner of the Nursing and Social Sciences Excellence in Research Award- Kate Hayes, a physiotherapist from (Melbourne, Australia), and to the winners of the Nursing and Social Sciences Research Grants - Lut Berben (Basel, Switzerland) and Connie White-Williams (AL, USA). . We also sincerely thank our out-going council chair, Nancy Blumenthal, for her enthusiasm and leadership over the past 2 years, welcome our incoming chair, Annemarie Kaan, and we gratefully acknowledge the wonderful contributions Susan Chernenko has made over the past 3 years as our council representative on the ISHLT Board of Directors.

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.