Hello Liver Nurses! We’re excited to share with you our nurse program for the upcoming Canadian Liver Meeting. Watch the CAHN Facebook page where we will be highlighting our many wonderful nurse speakers. A special thank you to Lisa Barret and Hemant Shah for agreeing to take on this year’s debate topic, HCV Elimination.

Steps to Register as a Joint CAHN/CASL Member:

  1. Become a CAHN Member or renew your CAHN Membership.
  2. Become an Associate CASL Member or renew your CASL Membership.
  3. Use code, CAHNCASLMEM, to register on the Canadian Liver Meeting’s website.
  4. Book your hotel by Jan 26. You may choose to book a room at the conference hotel, Le Westin Montreal, by clicking here. Please join our Facebook group for carpooling, taxi sharing, and help to find a rooming partner.
  5. Register for the CAHN Nurse Mixer.
  6. Register for the AbbVie Nurse Educational Dinner.

Alternatively, you may register for the event as a non-member at the early-bird rate of $200 before December 18 (plus $175 for the HCV Symposium).

Qualifying CAHN members will receive travel reimbursement as per CAHN’s Conference Travel Policy. This year’s Conference Accommodation Rate is $199 + taxes per night. You must attend CAHN’s AGM which will be the morning of Sunday, March 01, and submit your travel receipts by end-of-day April 12. Please read the Conference Travel Policy to understand your entitlements.

Please join our Facebook group for carpooling, taxi sharing, and help to find a rooming partner.

CAHN Regional Events

Last year CAHN piloted a new member reimbursement initiative which assisted members to attend the National Conference (CLM) as well as one Regional Event. We’re happy to report the initiative was a success and will be continuing for 2020. See the Conference Travel Policy for more details.

In 2020 the Regional Events will be:

  • Swing into Spring – The Atlantic Hepatology Update in Halifax on May 1 & 2, 2020.
  • Falling for CAHN – The Autumn Update in Vancouver. Dates to be determined.

International Events

Global Hepatitis Summit Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, June 21, 2020, in Taipei, Taiwan. The GHS will include a special Liver Nurse Symposium Thursday, June 18 08:00 to 15:00.

An Expert Panel of International Speakers addresses best clinical practices, advances in nursing practice, and global innovations. With the opportunity for International Networking, this is a hepatology nursing event not to be missed!

CAHN is proud to be one of the organizing associations along with AASLD Hepatology Associate SIG, Australasian Hepatology Association, British Liver Nurse Association, and the Taiwan Nurses Association.

  • Upcoming key dates:
    • March 31, 2020 – Abstract Submission Deadline
    • March 31, 2020 – Travel Grant Application Deadline
    • May 31, 2020 – Online Registration Ends

CAHN Bursary Awarded

Congratulations to Megan Tomlinson who is the successful applicant of CAHN’s Bursary for the BCIT Viral Hepatology Course.

“In my current role as an outreach nurse, I provide support to a population defined as “high substance use and homeless/risk of homelessness”. Many of the individuals I provide service to experience discrimination and social exclusion on a daily basis. Their lived experience when interfacing with traditional health care, often results in mistrust and avoidance of accessing health care. In completing the BCIT Viral Hepatology course, I feel more confident with my efforts to streamline the process for people to access HCV treatment. For example, when a GP or NP is ordering blood work for an individual, I am aware of the challenges the person will encounter in completing the blood work. Therefore, I advocate ensuring all labs (eg. anti-HCV, HCV PCR, HCV genotype, LFTs, staging of fibrosis) are included with the aim of decreasing the number of times the individual will need to interface with traditional health care services prior to receiving treatment.

In addition, completing the BCIT Viral Hepatology course has increased my knowledge of risk factors related to viral hepatitis and fibrosis progression. I continue to disseminate this information amongst the multidisciplinary team I work on and contribute to HCV case-finding efforts. In short, receiving the CAHN BCIT bursary has provided me with the opportunity to increase my knowledge of viral hepatology and strengthen my leadership capacity in the efforts to eliminate HCV across a population that has historically been underserved by health care services. Thank you CAHN!” – Megan Tomlinson

Partner Messages

Canadian Nurses Association Logo

The Canadian Nurses Association is looking for a network member to sit on the newly formed Engagement and Dialogue Oversight Committee. For the past year, CNA has been working on engaging nurses to hear ideas, advice and opinions about the future of CNA, its membership, branding, programs and services. This ad hoc committee will provide overall direction and advice to the CNA board and provide the best approach for engagement based on their extensive networks and experience with national consultations. All nurse member types, including retired nurses, are welcome to put their name forth for this position. If you are interested in being a member of this committee, please contact CNA by January 31.

CATIE would like to share its resources with CAHN members. Click here -> hepatitis C landing page to see links to all their existing hepatitis C content.

This colourful wall poster, Common Hepatitis C Drugs Available in Canada for Adults, was designed to be used in clinics, hospitals or community agencies that need hepatitis C information. It lists hepatitis C medications by viral genotype so that patients can easily discuss their treatment options with their healthcare providers.

Thank you to our sponsors

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