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What we do: We rent specialized equipment to hospitals with full support services. We help carers prevent costly falls and pressure wounds and to get obese patients up and out of hospital beds faster.
How we do it: We do this by providing bariatric, fall prevention and pressure relief equipment, training and 24/7 support. All delivered within 60 minutes
Why we do it: We believe in giving patients equal and the best possible care while saving a hospital money.
What sets us apart: Usually hospitals have to follow the old adage and ‘choose any two out of good, fast and cheap’ from their outside suppliers. With Essential you get all three: We only use clinically proven equipment and technologies.



Mercy Hospital is a Private not-for-profit Elective Surgical hospital set in a tranquil parkland setting in the picturesque University city of Dunedin. The campus provides services to the greater south Canterbury, Otago and regions including that of: elective surgery, interventional cardiology and chemotherapy services.
In addition to its clinical work, Mercy Hospital makes a significant contribution, though its charitable outreach programmes, both at a local community and an international levels.  This outreach is pivotal to Mercy Hospital’s philosophy as is its collaboration with the Education sector.  Mercy Hospital provides clinical placement opportunities for Otago Polytechnic nursing students, Otago University Medical and Dietetic students.  The hospital employs New Graduate nurses and management trainee interns, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to the competence and lifelong learning of all of its staff.
Mercy Hospital is proud to support the 2017 Australasian Nurse Educator Conference.  The conference themes of transition, technology and transformation sit comfortably with the hospital’s strategic focus on resilience, quality and compassion.  Mercy Hospital wishes all delegates a superb conference, the opportunity to learn from the innovation and influence of others, returning to their workplaces inspired, for the benefit of colleagues and the experience of the patients with whom they partner.



TrendCare is the leading hospital resource planning and workload management system for nursing services across Australasia, winning national and international awards for innovation, service delivery and training.
TrendCare operates across more than 35,000 beds in some of the world’s largest healthcare facilities across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Ireland and interfaces with other systems including; patient management, HRM and payroll systems, menu systems, financial and costing systems, and facility dashboards. The system provides dynamic data for decision making, measuring patient acuity, resource requirements, efficiency and productivity for nursing, allied health, medical and non-clinical services.
Predictive work management reports, demand projection graphs and retrospective reporting and exporting of efficiency, productivity and costing data is available for all hospital services. The functions of rostering, patient/nurse dependency, clinical handovers, clinical pathways, patient risk assessments, bed management, diet ordering, HRM and staff health registers are widely used.
Healthcare facilities utilise TrendCare to measure and benchmark units of work (e.g. HPPD), efficiency, patient acuity, patient outcomes and episode of care resource utilisation. The TrendCare patient acuity / nurse dependency system is evidence based and can accurately measure patient acuity in all acute, sub-acute, community and aged care specialties.

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New Zealand Association for Simulation in Healthcare (NZASH) is a non-profit association with an elected executive committee who work for the Society on an unpaid basis. Membership is open to all those interested in using simulation as a tool for healthcare education, research or quality improvement: particularly staff from undergraduate and postgraduate education, from pre-hospital and defence healthcare, and from medical, nursing and allied health professionals in private and public institutions.

The Society was established in 2004 and aims to provide a coordinating network for collaboration on healthcare simulation activities in New Zealand. A conference is held biannually and an AGM is held annually, with alternate years coinciding with the Laerdal SUN meeting. The association aims to provide support to and is affiliated with International Simulation Societies and continues to promote evidence-based best practice in healthcare education, research and simulation. Opportunities to be involved in this organisation and contribute to advances in Healthcare Simulation Education are welcomed.

Elsevier is a leading provider of information solutions for educators and nurses, empowering them with resources and knowledge to make better decisions, and deliver better care. Elsevier provides online solutions, such as ClinicalKey and publishes a wide range of highly respected books and journals.
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The Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, Christchurch, specialises in postgraduate education for registered nurses, and graduate-entry pre-registration education.  The Centre offers a range of clinically focused programmes leading to postgraduate certificates and diplomas, masters and PhD qualifications providing RNs with the advanced knowledge and skills particular to their scope of practice, including Nursing Education and Leadership and Management. Highly qualified registered nurses whose teaching is informed by professional practice and research provide flexible learning options for Registered Nurses both in and outside of Christchurch. The Centre fosters a strong research environment and welcomes masters and PhD students.

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HiNZ is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on education and networking. HiNZ supports the field of health informatics and runs a range of events. Its annual conference is the largest digital health event in New Zealand and it has an extensive archive of expert presentations on digital health.
HiNZ members include nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, IT experts, industry managers, academics, students, and government. HiNZ builds and strengthens connections between these groups and provides an impartial meeting place for sharing ideas and building knowledge about the use of IT in the health sector.



Laerdal is dedicated to our mission of Helping Save Lives. For more than 50 years, Laerdal has remained a world leader for training, educational and therapy solutions.
In collaboration with renowned researchers and prominent partners, Laerdal develops products, programs, and services designed to increase survival, improve patient outcomes, and reduce medical errors.
Trusted to build competence by healthcare providers, educators, and lay rescuers, our evidence-based solutions address the changing needs of healthcare organizations. By implementing what has been shown to work within resuscitation research, patient safety, and our global health initiatives, we believe we can help save 500,000 more lives, every year.

Amare Safety is the exclusive Distributor of Diphoterine a chemical splash solution for the skin and eyes, manufactured in France by a company called Prevor.
Diphoterine Solution is a hypertonic, amphoteric, multi-site, neutralizing washing solution for ocular and cutaneous chemical splashes.
The hypertonicity of Diphoterine Solution prevents the chemical from penetrating into the tissue and makes it possible to create a reverse flux capable of pulling the chemical from the tissue.
In other words Diphoterine Solution captures the chemical and eliminates it.

SafeCalculate Ltd provides sales and support in Australasia for safeMedicate®
SafeMedicate® is an evidence-based online learning solution for developing and assessing competence for safe drug dosage calculation and administration, with patient safety as the number one priority.
For individual users: safeMedicate® teaches drug dosage calculations and skills building and allows users to self-study, assess, and diagnose problem areas until they achieve proficiency.
For hospitals/health organisations: safeMedicate® provides the facility to track and support the drug dosage calculation proficiency development of users through the use of comprehensive authentic diagnostic competence assessments and powerful error diagnosis feedback and proficiency-tracking tools.


Abacus ALS supplies a wide range of simulation, clinical skills trainers and healthcare education products including: airway management trainers, catheterisation models, IV arms, nursing care manikins and much more.



Providing a proactive voice on national issues in nursing education and nursing workforce development.




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TAFE SA Community Services, Health and Lifestyle (CSH&L) Business Unit – is one of five state-wide educational units within TAFE South Australia. The CSH&L Business Unit includes qualifications in Nursing, Aged and Disability Services, Mental Health, Dental, Youth and Community Services and Early Childhood Education and Care and other related disciplines. In 2014 the unit began responding to the emerging demand for training in Positive Psychology, Wellbeing and Resilience. TAFE SA now delivers a Diploma in Positive Psychology and Wellbeing and an accredited short course in Wellbeing and Resilience and the team are commencing an Associate Degree in Primary Health and Wellbeing in Semester 1, 2017.
In 2016 TAFE SA launched NurseSim for student and staff use. NurseSim is a powerful 3D simulation learning tool covering a range of nursing clinical skills. It provides high impact learning experiences and is suitable for a variety of learning styles. It contextualises theoretical concepts and explains scientific processes using practical demonstrations delivered in interactive and immersive 3D.

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Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT) has been one of the leading providers of nursing education in New Zealand since 1973. We were the first educational institution in the country to offer the comprehensive nursing programme.
Each year we graduate over 250 students to become registered or enrolled nurses. Our graduate certificate and postgraduate programmes enable over 1000 experienced nurses each year to extend their speciality practice knowledge or prepare for nurse practitioner and advanced practice roles.
We are widely recognised for our innovations in supporting excellence in clinical education and practice, and for working collaboratively with our practice partners across the spectrum of healthcare.


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NZMS has represented Medicina in the New Zealand market for over 18 years. In true innovation for patient safety comes, the new ENFit Enteral Safety syringes and associated accessories, including NG tubes, pH indicator strips and an extensive range of bottle adapters. These products are for the smallest of our customers with a range of an Enteral Feeding Pump and extension sets .  Medicina is a world d leader in the clinical development for the new ISO standards of Enteral Feeding.

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CritiCool  ™  this system provides neuro – protection by hypothermia in a non invasive approach , allowing precise  monitoring  of patients core temperature using a three dimensional flexible single piece wrap.
MEDCOMP- leaders in the design manufacture and supply of all your CVC requirements




IntelliLearn hosts, develops and delivers online courseware specifically for the Health Sector with a strong focus on student learning and compliance solutions for wider organisations such as Universities/Polytechnics, Private Training Providers, Hospitals & Care/Aged Care facilities.
IntelliLearn’s primary area of focus is Medication Safety via its Med+Safe product which has been endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing and is currently being used in Australia (by over 85% of universities who provide the Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery program), NZ and England.
Med+Safe aims to improve medication safety outcomes at an individual and organisational level by improving fundamental skills in maths, medication calculations/rights of administration and critical assessment skills through clinical case studies in an interactive and simulated ward environment.
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Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd is a primary care network performing the function of a Primary Health Organisation (PHO), as well as supporting general practices and community based health providers within Canterbury to deliver quality healthcare to over 380,000 enrolled patients. Formed in 1992, we are committed to improving the health outcomes for the people of Canterbury. We are part of the Canterbury Clinical Network and work closely with a range of organisations, including the Canterbury DHB and other alliance partners, to enable the delivery of primary healthcare to the community and to assist in the continuous improvement of our wider healthcare system. We provide a range of services for the community focused on improving the health and wellbeing of our population and provide essential 24 hour care, 365 days per year for the population of Canterbury through the 24 Hour Surgery.

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Synapsys has been developing end to end learning and development solutions across business, education and government sectors since 1996. A national learning services provider, we have offices in Wellington and Christchurch and consultants located across the regions. We work primarily in the areas of learning and development, leadership, change management, project management, and business process improvement. We provide learning and development consulting services across strategy formulation, training needs analysis, competency framework development, evaluation, as well as technology selection, implementation, and support. Our solutions include eLearning and social learning models and many blended learning combinations. We deliver services that sustain and enhance learning effectiveness, including Learning Management System (LMS) specification, implementation and evaluation of programme effectiveness.

Professional Information Online (PIO) is a company established in 2012 providing nurses with a sensible, useful, online solution to safely and easily store, track and make practical use of their professional information to support both regulatory requirements and professional development.  We provide individual subscriptions at for all nursing scopes and work with organisations to provide PDRP and credentialing ePortfolio solutions, including efficient organisation dashboard co-ordination and tracking services and integrated eLearning.  Built by a nurse and IT professional with extensive health organisation experience, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and designing sensible solutions that support best practice.

At ADInstruments we make technology to support life science educators and researchers. For nursing education, we have created two specialized collections of lessons that are delivered on Ltour cloudbased teaching system. Lessons in Lt interweave real-life patient case studies with practical exercises, and are designed to complement the face to face teaching of clinical skills and general nursing. Lt offers students a modern learning experience and has been proven to increase student engagement and to improve pass rates in nursing education.

ADInstruments are proud supporters of 2017 Australasian Nurse Educator ConferenceWe are delighted to be aligned with such a dynamic and passionate group of healthcare educators who are at the forefront of using innovation, research and technology to improve outcomes for their students, their institutions and for the nursing community as a whole.

Founded in 1993, Orion Health specialises in open technology systems that seamlessly integrate all forms of health and personal data cross the entire health community.  With solutions that connect healthcare across boundaries, we deliver a comprehensive package of software, services and support that aim to improve efficiency, quality and patient outcomes.
Our head office is based in Auckland, New Zealand, and we work in direct partnership with our New Zealand customers to deliver solutions that solve actual problems.  Today our solutions have grown to enable care for over 110 million patients in more than 25 countries and we believe that creating an open platform with integrated care solutions will change the way we care for our polulations.