Re­port a con­ven­tion con­ver­sa­tion starter

The Western Sub­urbs Weekly was there when UWA emer­gency medicine lec­turer Peter Carr re­ceived his $10,000 City of Perth Con­ven­tion Schol­ar­ship last year. Last week, he was guest speaker at the 2017 Perth Con­ven­tion Bureau Aspire awards.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By DENISE S CAHILL

PETER Carr spent his $10,000 schol­ar­ship at­tend­ing the World Congress on Vas­cu­lar Ac­cess in Por­tu­gal and bring­ing the Aus­tralian Vas­cu­lar Ac­cess So­ci­ety 2nd Sci­en­tific Meet­ing to Perth last month.

Mr Carr told guests at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre last Thurs­day that Google alerts from a Com­mu­ni­tynews. story had helped him at­tract del­e­gates to the event in Perth.

He said he was in Lis­bon when peo­ple were con­tact­ing him after see­ing the Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group ar­ti­cle on­line and it helped him start a con­ver­sa­tion about the Perth con­ven­tion.

Nearly 320 peo­ple from 17 coun­tries at­tended last month’s con­ven­tion about in­tra­venous and vas­cu­lar ac­cess, which was head­lined by na­tional key­note speaker Fiona Wood.

Mr Carr named the event House of Can­nu­las, in ref­er­ence to TV se­ries House of Cards.

The re­searcher has worked on re­duc­ing the num­ber of failed at­tempts at in­sert­ing in­tra­venous nee­dles and those that fail pre­ma­turely since 2006.

“We know up to 35 per cent of pa­tients can sus­tain a first at­tempt fail­ure and once there’s a suc­cess­ful in­ser­tion, up to 40 per cent will fail pre­ma­turely be­fore treat­ment is com­plete,” Mr Carr said.

“We want ev­ery­one to get first at­tempt suc­cess and we want to re­duce post-in­ser­tion fail­ure.”

Path of Hope founder Re­becca Tol­stoy won the 2017 City of Perth Con­ven­tion Schol­ar­ship.

Our 2016 re­port about Peter Carr re­ceiv­ing a $10,000 City of Perth Con­ven­tion Schol­ar­ship.

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