Adelaide Nurses' Conference
- : Adelaide SA 5000
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?
Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Norah BostockWomen's Health 45+: The Age of Change
This introductory session will commence by looking at forward thinking in women's health. Current literature identifies that, although women focus on an eclectic mix of health issues, these are not necessarily identified in the research as meaningful. A range of factors that influence the health of a woman in the second half of her life will be highlighted. It includes:
- What is the health imperative for older women in the 21st century?
- Has women's health come full circle or have we moved forwards?
- What are the challenges and solutions for creating a tailored, healthy life for older women?
Joy GailerIron Deficiency Anaemia: An Update on Management
Still a prevalent disease in Australia, as well as globally, iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is a challenge to diagnose and manage. High risk groups include children, especially indigenous children, pregnant, and non-pregnant women. In this session, the topic of IDA will be explored,including a review of the current therapeutic guidelines for the management of IDA. Explore:
- What is iron deficiency anaemia?
- How does it differ from other types of anaemia?
- What are the causes and impacts of IDA?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Beverleigh QuestedPatient Blood Management and Contemporary Transfusion Practice
Blood and blood products are a crucial resource in modern healthcare. While this precious resource can save lives, its administration is not without risks. This session will include:
- An overview of the blood sector in Australia
- A short interactive quiz to test and refresh your transfusion administration knowledge
- An overview of Patient Blood Management (PBM) the current treatment paradigm for transfusion
- How PBM aims to improve patient outcomes by managing and optimising the patient’s existing haematologic reserve and improving their management across the healthcare setting
Dr Peter HayballBehavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD):
BPSD are defined by the International Psychogeriatric Associated Taskforce as “symptoms of disturbed perception, thought content, mood, behaviour frequently occurring in patients with dementia. BPSD can include aggression, agitation, wandering, social and sexual disinhibition, verbal outbursts, delusions, hallucinations, and anxiety”. The aim of any intervention associated with BPSD is to safely deal with the “crisis” and to rapidly resume a “normal” pattern of caring. This session focuses on the following:
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Sue TempletonFundamentals of Wound Management
Most nurses encounter wounds in their practice. However, the nature of wound management continues to confound many nurses especially due to the ever-increasing range of treatments available, such as wound dressings. This session reviews the fundamentals of wound management, gives an overview of wound dressings, and includes the following:
- What are the differences between acute and chronic wounds?
- How can you tell if a wound is healing – and what do you do if it’s not?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Linda StarrThe Law and the Regulation of Practice
There are potential risks that manifest in all areas of nursing care. The regulation of practice aims to mitigate this risk by providing a framework for safe, legal, professional, ethical, and accountable practice. When nurses practice in this manner, the goal of public protection is achieved. Despite this, many issues arise that fall outside the scope of safe, accountable practice and, thereby, jeopardise patient and public safety. This interactive session will consider:
- Why do we have regulation?
- How does this align with the law?
- What does safe, accountable practice look like?
- What issues continue to arise that impact on safe, accountable practice?
- What are the current trends, challenges, and considerations around the regulation of nursing practice?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Tracy EdwardsRecognising Important Signs of the Deteriorating Patient
This session will look at recognising the signs a patient may exhibit if their condition is deteriorating. It will explain what actions must be taken quickly in order to improve outcomes for your patient. We will also examine the importance of a good ISBAR handover in regards to patient safety and quality patient care. Case studies will be included so that, as a group, we can work our way through what actions must be taken. It includes:
- What clinical changes do we need to understand and look for in the deteriorating patient?
- When is it important to call a medical officer?
- Why is it important to escalate or call a medical emergency team early?
- How does ISBAR handover improve patient safety?
James ThompsonFluid Resuscitation and Modern Haemodynamics
Recent evidence is changing the paradigm when it comes to fluid resuscitation. For instance, the practice of administering a fluid bolus is seen to be an area of nursing where new evidence challenges previous thinking. Is it always safe and when is it appropriate? This session will discuss:
- A historical perspective of fluid physiology and resuscitation practices
- The reliability of clinical markers of perfusion changes
- The recent discoveries that are challenging practice
- The future directions for managing hypoperfusion
10:30 MORNING TEA
Sandy Shilling & Betsy StewartReflecting on Mental Health Nursing – A Career Option to Consider
Have you ever wondered what a career in mental health nursing is really like? What are the career pathway possibilities? This session will draw on personal experiences of a career in mental health to promote this speciality. It includes:
- An explanation of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program — advantage of working within General Practice
- Settings – what to expect and what is needed
- Succession planning for mental health workforce
Michelle GirdlerSo, You're Being Audited by AHPRA … What Now?
In 2010, the changes made during the transition to national registration included the introduction of mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Nurses have always engaged in learning, so CPD is not a new concept. However, a more formal approach to CPD, including a framework that encourages engagement in educational activities that are specific to the learning needs of nurses and midwives now exists. Each year, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) conducts audits to ensure health practitioners comply with these standards. This session will explore the following AHPRA's audit requirements:
- What can individuals do to survive the process?
- What are the logistics of this process?
- What are your responsibilities as a nurse?
- How can you keep calm and carry on during this time of uncertainty?
12:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Matt KowaldAs Cool As A Cucumber: Dealing With Conflict Comfortably
Have you ever felt like crawling into a cupboard when a team member has belittled or intimidated other members of your team? This antisocial behaviour is both disruptive and destructive. Conflict is stressful and damages health. This interactive session looks at:
- What are the cascading consequences that occur when intimidation is allowed to operate freely?
- How can you front up to hostility and break the cycle?
- How can you remain cool and keep your emotions in check?
Norah BostockBladder Health: Not All Leakage and Liners
The media tells us that as we age bladder leakage is normal and should be expected with certain activities. Is this perception of bladder health correct and is there only continence pads ahead? This session explores good bladder health and how to maintain a healthy bladder through the lifespan. Topics include:
- Understanding the concept of bladder health
- Strategies to ensure a healthy bladder
- Overuse of continence products
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Tina GibsonIs Compassion an Antidote to Burnout?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. But what about for nurses? Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. This session will provide you with an opportunity to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the role of mindfulness
- Explore compassion as a form of resilience
- Explain how we can include ourselves in our wise compassion
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
- Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.Your learning outcomes:
People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelinesPresenters
Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse who works as a consultant in private practice in South Australia. Norah's qualifications ... Read More
Joy Gailer is a clinical pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS) based at the Repatriation General Hospital. ... Read More
Dr Beverleigh Quested is the Transfusion Education Manager with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and program manger for the ... Read More
Dr Peter Hayball is the Principal Pharmacist for the South Australian Ambulance Service where his chief role is to assist ... Read More
Sue Templeton is the nurse practitioner: wound management for RDNS SA Ltd. Sue has been involved in wound management since ... Read More
Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing ... Read More
Tracy is a Nurse Practitioner working in the Emergency Department at Modbury Public Hospital in South Australia. In this role, ...Read More
Currently a senior lecturer at Flinders University, James Thompson coordinates several topics as well as teaching extensively throughout the paramedic ... Read More
Sandy Shilling works as a mental health nurse at the Kapunda Medical practice under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. She ... Read More
Betsy Stewart works as a Mental Health Nurse, and is employed under a relatively new programme, the Mental Health Nurse ... Read More
Michelle is currently the nursing director for practice development in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA. She has been ...Read More
Matt Kowald is a Registered Nurse with 20 years’ experience and a passion for aged care, which he has demonstrated ... Read More
Practicing mindfulness gave Tina the space to come up for air, in a very difficult time of her life. Years ... Read More