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Port Douglas Nurses' Conference

  • : Port Douglas QLD 4877

Overview

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Port Douglas 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 Port Douglas every April. 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

8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15

Jodie Allen

Essential Physical Assessment Skills

Nurses are essential to 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

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Jodie Allen

Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of normal physiological processes are essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up to speed. As well, refresh your knowledge of the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:

  • What are the normal physiological processes of fluid balance?
  • What is hypovolaemic shock? How would you recognise it and what might the causes be?
  • What intravenous fluids should be used and when?
  • How do you recognise electrolyte disturbances early?

11:45

Jodie Allen

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 you have the knowledge and ability to take the necessary action and 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

12:30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Pippa Travers-Mason

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?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Pippa Travers-Mason

When Less is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing, and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Welcome and Review

9:15

Eliza & Sandi from Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

When Trauma Lingers…

Many of us experience trauma. It is not always from typical traumatic events that can threaten our health and safety. Some of us may go on to further experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress or have a diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What if a patient in your care is experiencing this? Providing comprehensive mental health care that is considerate of a person’s holistic needs is essential if we are to prevent re-traumatisation while in hospital. This session considers practical approaches to supporting a person who has a trauma-related illness feel safe during a hospital stay. It includes:

  • What is trauma and how does it affect a person?
  • What are the co-morbidities that are commonly associated with PTSD and other trauma-related illnesses?
  • How can we communicate with highly traumatised people?
  • How do we treat trauma-related mental illness and where can you refer a patient for help?

10:00

Eliza & Sandi from Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

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

Origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study which 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 adults. This session explores:

  • How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of adults
  • How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
  • What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma in adults?
  • What is the role of trauma-informed care?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:00

Dorothy Richmond

Food and Diabetes – How They Link

Recognising the importance of food in the control of newly diagnosed diabetes can assist with diabetes management. This session will look at:

  • The link between food and diabetes management
  • Recognising the importance of unstable BGLs
  • How to identify hypoglycaemia
  • How to manage undesirable weight change

11:45

Dorothy Richmond

Nutrition and the Older Adult

Older adults are the largest group of nutritionally vulnerable people in Australia. Dietitians and nurses can help support the older person for optimum health. Topics include:

  • Why are older adults nutritionally vulnerable?
  • How can you support an older adult with their nutrition?
  • What does a healthy food supply look like in this growing sector?

12:45 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Jodie Allen

ST What? Identifying Important ECG Changes

There are certain ECG changes that may be present in the context of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) that must be correctly identified and reported urgently. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. It includes:

  • What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain?
  • How do you identify ECG changes relating to myocardial ischaemia, injury, or infarction, and what might this mean?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Jodie Allen

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. It 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?

4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


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

Presenters

Jodie Allen

Jodie Allen

Jodie Allen is an experienced Nurse Practitioner and credentialed emergency nurse, currently working on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. With ...Read More

Pippa Travers-Mason

Pippa Travers-Mason

Pippa Travers-Mason began her career as a clinical pharmacist in Sydney before completing her first masters in public health, and ... Read More

Dorothy Richmond

Dorothy Richmond

Dorothy Richmond is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and runs a private practice servicing the Tropical North Region. She has ... Read More

Sandi from the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

Sandi from the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

Sandi is the Programs Manager for the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service and has been with the service for over ... Read More

Eliza from the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

Eliza from the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service

Eliza completed a Bachelor of Psychology: Double Major in Children and Family Studies in 2014 and since this time has ... Read More

 

Title
Port Douglas Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 Hours | 00 Mins
Start Date
29-Apr-2019
End Date
30-Apr-2019
CPD
11 Hours | 00 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Port Douglas QLD 4877
Venue
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort and Spa, Mitre St
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