Lunch and Learn with the Experts

P1 — Lunch and Learn with the Experts - Debate: CVADs Materials Matter - Or Do They?

Tuesday, September 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Short North Ballroom
Presentation CE Credits: 1

This session will present a lively, respectful debate on whether CVAD materials really matter, from a range of viewpoints. The audience will have the chance to see AVATAR experts wrestle with each other, and then engage with the panel over a Q& A session to see if CVAD materials really matter.

A plated lunch will be served during this session.
12:00 - 12:30 pm: Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 pm: Session

Learning Objectives:

This Session is Supported By: 

Peter J. Carr, RN, PhD, MMedSc, BSc

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery National University of Ireland Galway

Dr. Peter Carr is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway, and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the AVATAR group Menzies Health Institute Queensland. His research aims to progress innovative and high-quality studies aimed at "making vascular access complications history." His research publications include the One Million Global Catheter study and the Cochrane Collaboration review title for Vascular Access Specialist Teams. His current research explores the use of clinical decision tools for vascular access. Pete is a vascular access clinician who has developed expertise in ultrasound-guided peripheral intravenous catheter and peripherally inserted central catheter assessment and insertion. Previously Pete was the Vice President of the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS) and Scientific Chair for the "House of Cannulas" 2nd AVAS Scientific Meeting 2017. He is Ireland's global committee representative for WoCoVA.

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Claire M. Rickard, RN, BN, GradDipN(CritCare), PhD, FACN, FAHMS

Principal Director, Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group
Griffith University

Dr Claire Rickard RN PhD established the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group ( at Griffith University, Australia in 2007. AVATAR is a network of researchers and clinicians who generate and implement high-level evidence, and publish monthly in the scientific literature. A Professor of Nursing, she also holds honorary positions at several partner hospitals, and the University of Manchester (UK). Her research goal is for patients to receive only one vascular access device, inserted painlessly, and have it remain comfortable and complication-free throughout therapy. Dr Rickard has over 185 academic publications including the well-publicized Lancet study on routine versus clinical indication of peripheral intravenous catheters. Her achievements have been honored by, among others, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.


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Amanda J. Ullman, RN, GradDipPaedICUNursing, MN(Research), PhD

Associate Professor, Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) Group
Griffith University

Dr Amanda Ullman is a Paediatric Nurse, and Associate Professor at AVATAR within Griffith University. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Her research focuses on promoting high quality vascular access care for children with complex and critical health conditions.


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Andrew C. Bulmer, PhD

Associate Professor
Griffith University

Andrew Bulmer is a biomedical scientist and graduated with his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008. Since then Dr Bulmer has developed the 'Experimental Laboratory Science' research group within the School of Medical Science at Griffith University. His group is focussed on understanding the impact of injury and inflammation within veins and arteries. The XLabS group uses a variety of approaches including ultrasound and clinical biochemistry and haematology approaches to determine the impact that different vascular access procedures and devices have on thrombosis and the duration of vascular device patency.


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Tricia M. Kleidon, RN, BSc(Nursing), GradCert.(Pediatrics), MNursSci(NursePrac)

Nurse Practitioner and Research Fellow
Queensland Children's Hospital

Tricia Kleidon is a Nurse Practitioner in Paediatric Vascular Access and Management at Queensland Children’s Hospital and Research Fellow with the AVATAR group at Griffith University. When Tricia is not sticking small children with large needles she enjoys running, lazy beach days and drinking spritz in the sunshine.


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Josh M. Byrnes, PhD

Associate Professor Health Economics
Griffith University

Dr Joshua Byrnes is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Health Economics within the School of Medicine at Griffith University (Australia). Two of his on-going roles are the assessment of the efficacy, safety, and economic impact of newly proposed medical services and pharmaceutical products for government subsidy via the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the Medicare Benefits Schedule. He is currenlty the President-Elect for the Australian chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research. He lectures frequently at local, regional, national and international conferences on topics related to value based health.


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Gillian A. Ray-Barruel, RN, PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Griffith University and QEII Jubilee Hospital

Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel holds a joint appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at QEII Jubilee Hospital and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. She is dedicated to improving assessment and decision-making by bedside clinicians to prevent patient complications. Gillian has extensive experience in vascular access devices research, critical care nursing, patient assessment, and project management.


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