40,000 Kiwi Women

Focus on a Presenter: Andrea Lord

Andrea Lord

Incontinence is an increasingly common condition, especially if you’ve had a baby, and affects an incredible 40,000 Kiwi woman on a daily basis. While most of us don't talk about, that couldn’t be further from the truth for Andrea Lord. Continence Advisor and frequent presenter for the MSS Rural Health Professional Development Programme, Andrea works in private practice in Christchurch and specialises in bladder and bowel control for women.

Andrea believes that it is important for rural nurses to have access to up-to-date continence training because "even though it’s not a condition from which a patient can die, the impact on the individual and family is far reaching – physically,
emotionally and financially.”

Steve Smith, MSS Rural Health Professional Development Manager, says there is strong demand from rural sites requesting training. “It’s more convenient and more cost effective to deliver training by video. In one go we can cover a wide range of topics and reduce the need for rural staff to travel for training.” Andrea agrees, saying that “the video network enables rural nurses to continue with professional development responsibilities without the additional cost of travel to larger centres and the need for replacement staff.” 

“The communication and banter that enhances any education session is replicated in the video classroom setup, making the learning and sharing of knowledge enjoyable for all participants, including the presenter. The same education tools and aids can be utilised in this type of setup and the use of powerpoint/open microphones and additional camera viewpoints all enable an effective educational outcome.” 

KeriKeri AudienceAfter five years presenting for MSS, Andrea's sessions are still in high demand. Participants really enjoy her presentations, describing her as a lively educator, “full of fun and excellent at getting her point across.” They also enjoy the interactive nature of MSS’s video conference technology, commenting that it can “make an old problem very interesting.”