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Mornington Peninsula Nurses' Conference

  • : Portsea VIC 3944



Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Mornington Peninsula region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Mornington Peninsula every May. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…

We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.

Schedule Day One



Welcome and Introduction


Renee Di Giuseppe

Essential Physical Assessment Skills

Nurses are essential in the early detection of clinical triggers that may suggest a patient is deteriorating or has already become acutely unwell. Appropriate and timely assessment is known to reduce morbidity and mortality, thus improving patient outcomes. This session reviews important assessment considerations, including:

  • Why do we assess our patients?
  • Vitally important “vital signs” – why some clinical cues are neglected
  • Top tips for quick recognition of acute deterioration
  • Review of key principles of assessment, including documentation and National Standards



Renee Di Giuseppe

Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration

How confident are you in your ability to recognise and respond to the early signs that a patient may be deteriorating? How can you ensure that we you have the knowledge and ability to take the necessary actions to prevent harm? This session will identify common types of clinical deterioration with a focus on cardiac, respiratory, and renal dysfunction. Topics include the clinical manifestations, investigations, and appropriate nursing actions of the following:

  • Atelectasis
  • Acute pulmonary oedema
  • DVT/PE
  • Hypovolaemic shock and haemorrhage
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Acute ECG changes
  • Acute kidney injury


Renee Di Giuseppe

When Deterioration Strikes – Great Teams Rise to the Challenge

This session will look at a low fidelity, high occurrence situation to get you working together. This short activity before lunch includes a group exercise to build on your communication and collaboration to support the provision of comprehensive care. It includes:

  • How do you delegate tasks during an adverse event?
  • How do you promote teamwork and why is it so useful?
  • Why is communication key?



Jane Spence

Older People and Medicines

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. It includes:

  • Metabolism and medicines – how do we change?
  • Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
  • What are the dangers of crushing medicines – are there other options?
  • What are the top ten interactions to watch for?



Jane Spence

Beware – The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

In the last week, how many times did you administer a benzodiazepine to a patient in your care, such as diazepam, temazepam, oxazepam, or alprazolam? These medicines are commonly prescribed for people with problems relating to anxiety and sleep. Alarmingly, though, they are also the most common drugs associated with multi-drug overdose deaths. Meaning, while they do not often cause deaths, they commonly contribute. Their high potential for dependency and even death calls for nurses to have some serious confidence in what constitutes safe use and in the signs that misuse may be occurring. It includes:

  • How do benzodiazepines act on the brain?
  • What makes them addictive?
  • Are certain benzodiazepines more preferable to abuse than others?
  • What is the safest use of benzodiazepines?
  • What are the dangers of mixing benzodiazepines with other CNS depressants, such as alcohol?


Day Two



Di Clayton

Preventing Falls – Easy Done?

A simple thing can change an older person's life. This may be as easy as slipping or tripping over an object. In an older person, the impact of a fall is likely to be devastating and is a major cause of hospitalisation, particularly to acute care settings. The resulting cascade of fracture and subsequent management can be very challenging. This session looks at how we can prevent the cascade of serious consequences resulting from a fall occurring in our most vulnerable group. It includes:

  • The latest evidence on falls – what causes them and what prevents them?
  • Taking the right steps to prevent a fall – the nursing role


Di Clayton

Gait, Balance, and Mobility Assessment Made Easy

Assessing gait, balance, and mobility form a crucial foundation for preventing falls. Understanding how injury relates to disorders of gait, balance, and mobility provides a comprehensive approach to preventing falls. Come away with an enhanced appreciation for:

  • How to assess an individual’s gait, balance, and mobility
  • The risk factors are modifiable
  • Whether people with dementia and cognitive decline are more prone to falls
  • How you can critically appraise your findings to prevent falls



Representatives From The Peninsula Mental Health Service - Matthew Baynes and Sonia Webb

More Than Just “Stressed” – Understanding Anxiety

Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • What is stress and how is it beneficial?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • Anxiety vs anxiety disorder – what are the key differences?
  • How can you manage stress and normal anxiety?
  • What is the treatment for anxiety disorders?


Representatives From The Peninsula Mental Health Service - Matthew Baynes and Sonia Webb

Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach

The origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study that investigated the correlation between adverse childhood events (ACE) and long-term health problems later in life. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience and enables healing for older adults. This session explores:

  • How adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications
  • The effects of chronic stress and trauma on older adults
  • The role of trauma-informed care
  • How nurses can incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults



Renee Di Giuseppe

Surviving Sepsis – The Importance of Early Recognition

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition. It includes:

  • What are the new definitions of sepsis?
  • Early recognition – what are the clinical signs of sepsis in adults?
  • What next? How is sepsis managed?



Renee Di Giuseppe

Your Career Vision

Taking time for yourself to consider what your future may look like is important. Being able to set clear goals and develop a plan for achieving them is a refreshing exercise. This session will provide an opportunity to consider:

  • Why it is important to have a vision
  • How to set clear goals
  • How to avoid procrastination
  • How to overcome a lack of confidence


The Goal Need for Program

Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness

Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and holds a Master of Health Science (Critical Care). She works ... Read More

Diana Clayton

Diana Clayton

Diana Clayton is a clinical nurse consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the Falls Prevention Service. She initially set ... Read More

Representative from the Peninsula Mental Health Service

Representative from the Peninsula Mental Health Service

The Peninsula Mental Health Service provides a range of recovery orientated, person centered services to the youth, adult and aged ... Read More

Jane Spence

Jane Spence

Jane Spence is a Consultant Pharmacist, based on the Mornington Peninsula, who has worked in the local area since graduating ... Read More


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Portsea VIC 3944
Mercure Portsea Resort, 46 London Bridge Rd
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