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EAUN-AZUNS session puts spotlight on sexual health at EAUN19 Meeting

Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.”

The European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) has a long history of networking with individual experts and collaborating with national urological associations to boost the field of urological nursing.

Next year at the 20th International EAUN Meeting (EAUN19) in Barcelona, the EAUN will underline its collaboration with other societies, such as the Spanish Association of Urology Nurses (AEEU) and the European Council of Enterostomal Therapy (ECET). Together with the Australian and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society (ANZUNS), a Thematic Session on “Sexual health matters” will be held.

Ms. Franziska Geese (CH) and Ms. Kathryn Schubach (AU) will chair the joint session, and together with fellow experts from Australia, England and The Netherlands, they will help provide nurses with crucial skills and resources in assessing their patients’ needs, identify sexual health issues, and initiate a plan of care. This Thematic Session will not only represent the merging of expertise, but the dedication and passion for urological nursing as well.

Impact on sexual function 

In Australia and New Zealand prostate cancer is one of the most common diagnosis. Every treatment modality, aside from active surveillance, will have an impact on sexual function. Men have a very high success of cure and will often live for many years. Thus their quality of life may be impacted by their sexual dysfunction. Patients, like them, rely on nurses to take on the responsibility for developing, maintaining and optimizing urological care to increase the quality of life.

While research suggests sexual dysfunction is common (some 43% of women and 31% of men report some degree of sexual dysfunction), it is still a topic that many people hesitate to talk about. The literature is similar in Australia and New Zealand. It also indicates that healthcare professionals (HCPs) feel that they lack experience in discussing sexual issues.

We need to keep the conversation going, encourage it and break down taboos when talking about sexual dysfunction.
Sexual health is an important aspect of patient care that should be acknowledged and examined within a holistic framework. Nurses are in the best position to assess their patients’ needs and provide care. And to enrich the knowledge and skills of nurses is to boost and optimise patient care.

A place for you at EAUN19 Meeting

Join us in this session and in all highly-informative joint and thematic sessions and activities at EAUN19.  Additionally, as in previous congresses, hospital visits form part of the total learning experience.

Examine varied approaches and best practices first-hand during hospitals visits at Fundació Puigvert, University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, or the University Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. Afterwards, unwind with colleagues and newfound friends, enjoy Catalan cuisine at the Barceloneta restaurant, and savour the views of fishing port, Moll dels Pescadors.

EAUN19 promises a varied and insight-filled programme dedicated to the training and educational update needs of European urology nurses. Know more about this must-attend meeting and explore its Scientific Programme  via To take advantage of discounted rates, register before 15 January 2019.

We look forward to welcoming you in Barcelona!

Early fee registration is open until 15 January; don’t miss out on the considerable reduction!

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