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Aged Care: Clinical Nursing Skills Seminar

  • : Melbourne VIC 3000

2 Day Seminar for Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Assistants in Nursing and other Health Care Workers



Caring for older people is complex and can be challenging due to ever increasing frailty, the burden of chronic disease, the risk of polypharmacy, and age-related changes to body systems. If you are looking to build your confidence and gain important clinical updates relating to the care of older adults, then this seminar is ideal for you. You will learn about:

  • Signs of clinical deterioration in the older adult
  • Updates to the Delirium Clinical Care Standard
  • Preventing hypoglycaemia in residents
  • Top 10 medication interactions
  • Key risks to skin integrity and much, much more…

An ideal update for any healthcare team member who works in residential aged care. Book now!


Need for Program

Caring for older people often requires a broad knowledge base to support the complex care needs of the elderly. High-quality clinical education is needed on a regular basis in order to ensure best practice in aged care. This seminar addresses a gap in clinical education for all healthcare workers who care for older adults in residential aged care.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this seminar is to provide all health professionals working in aged care, including Registered Nurses, enrolled nurses, and other healthcare workers with an opportunity to improve their clinical assessment skills of older adults.

Your Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and communicate common signs of clinical deterioration in residents to appropriate staff
  • Provide residents with safer management of their diabetes, including a reduced risk of hypoglycaemia
  • Recognise and communicate potentially inappropriate uses of medicines to appropriate staff
  • Enhance pressure injury prevention in residents, as a result of improved knowledge of skin integrity
  • Schedule Day One

    8:30am - Registration and Refreshments


    Denise Simmons

    Clinical Skills Update – Assessing Older People

    An assessment of the older person can be tricky. However, undertaking an assessment is the ideal way to respond to the holistic health needs of an older adult. By using case studies, in this practical session, we will review a core clinical skill – assessment. It includes:

    • Physiological changes related to the ageing process
    • How to conduct an age-appropriate head-to-toe clinical assessment
    • Collecting other valuable information:
      • Physical functioning
      • Psychological functioning
      • Social functioning
    • Commonly missed clues in the assessment of older people
    • Signs of clinical deterioration in the older adult

    10:30am - Morning Tea


    Denise Simmons

    Check Your Understanding – Is it Really Dementia?

    The increased incidence of people living with dementia can make it easier to assume a person has dementia when, in fact, they may have other reasons for their confusion. Building on your fundamental assessment skills, this session looks further at other causes of confusion in an older person. Come away making sure that you are not confusing dementia with the following:

    • Thyroid problems
    • Dehydration
    • Malnutrition
    • Infections
    • Medications


    Denise Simmons

    Clinical Care Standard Update – Delirium

    Delirium is a common syndrome, yet in older adults it can be fatal. It can also lead to other harmful consequences, such as falls and pressure injuries. As symptoms of delirium are shared by dementia, it can easily go unrecognised. In this session, using case scenarios, we will review key considerations for the assessment and management of delirium, including:

    • The updated Delirium Clinical Care Standard
    • Definition of delirium
    • Timeframe for development of delirium
    • Clinical characteristics of delirium
    • Causes, risk factors, and screening tools
    • Interventions to prevent delirium and related comorbidities
    • Modern treatment including minimising the use of antipsychotic medications

    12:30pm - Lunch and Networking



    Clinical Update – Diabetes in Older Adults

    Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the lives of many older adults. Understanding how exactly diabetes affects the body, what causes it, and how it is detected provides a strong foundation for helping people to prevent its terrible consequences. This session reviews:

    • How does diabetes affect the body?
    • What are the types and causes of diabetes?
    • How are older adults diagnosed with diabetes?
    • Why are symptoms sometimes “silent”?



    Safe Management of Diabetes

    Older people may require insulin to manage their diabetes. Yet their physiological changes mean that this medication must be very well understood for it to be given safely. This session will provide a comprehensive update on how diabetes is managed, with a focus on resident safety if insulin is required and recognition and management of preventable harm around hypoglycaemia. It includes:

    • What’s changed in the management of diabetes?
    • When do you monitor BGLs?
    • When should meals be eaten?
    • How do you administer insulin in older adults?

    3:15pm - Afternoon Tea



    Preventing Complications of Diabetes

    The microvascular complications of diabetes are profound and have debilitating effects on a person’s quality of life. Older adults, in particular, have high risks for comorbidities and complications of diabetes. Correct diabetes education and the enablement of patient self-management are essential to prevent chronic complications. This session looks at how these complications can be prevented in older adults and includes:

    • How to command a serious complication of diabetes
    • How older adults with diabetes can stay well
    • Practical ways to provide education to older adults

    4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar

    Day Two

    9:00am - Commencement of Day Two


    Debbie Rigby

    Medication Safety and Older Adults

    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. Failure to identify unnecessary and unsafe use of medicines, potential contraindications, and serious interactions puts an older adult and the person administering medicines at a high risk. This important session discusses:

    • Key physiological changes that affect the metabolism of medicines
    • How to take a medication history
    • Common causes of unsafe use of medicines in older adults
    • High-risk medicines in older adults:
      • Potentially inappropriate medicines
      • Top 10 medication interactions
    • Identifying unnecessary medicines and encouraging de-prescribing

    10:00am - Morning Tea


    Debbie Rigby

    Urinary Incontinence – Causes and Considerations

    Because incontinence is complex, getting to the root cause of the problem is key to managing it appropriately. This session looks at some of the areas where medicines may cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence as well as opportunities to improve it. It includes:

    • Medication assessment – medicines that cause incontinence
    • Why some medicines exacerbate urinary incontinence
    • Overview of treatment options for urinary incontinence


    Louise Webber

    Clinical Skills Update – Assessing Skin Integrity

    Assessment of an older adult’s skin integrity is of the utmost importance if we are going to prevent skin breakdown. Starting with a review of what occurs to skin integrity across the lifespan, this session will bring you up to speed on the following:

    • How does skin structure and function change in older adults?
    • What factors are important when assessing skin integrity
    • How do you document your assessment?
    • What are the key risks to skin integrity?

    12:30pm - Lunch and Networking


    Louise Webber

    Pressure Injury Prevention in Older Adults

    Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to older adults. Preventing prolonged immobility, assessing and correctly managing a possible pressure injury according to its stage, and optimising healing are imperative. This session will discuss:

    • Causes of pressure injuries
    • How to prevent them
    • Correctly identifying the stage of a pressure injury
    • Correlating stage of pressure injury to management approaches

    2:30pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee


    Louise Webber

    Chronic Wounds – Overcoming Challenges

    This session looks at the difficulties faced by older people once their skin has broken down and a chronic wound is established. It will discuss ways to manage the care of a person’s wound in difficult healing circumstances.

    • How is wound healing optimised?
    • What causes a wound to be detained in one of the phases of healing?
      • Managing non-healing wounds
      • Quality of life considerations for older adults

    4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations


    Denise Simmons

    Denise Simmons

    Denise Simmons is currently working on the Sunshine Coast as a Nurse Practitioner: chronic disease. The object of her service is to prevent re-admission to hospital, by providing advanced clinical service and monitoring symptoms while in the home. Denise celebrated 50 years of nursing in 2017. Her past experiences are extensive and include rural and remote, juvenile justice, ICU, accident and emergency, and palliative care. Denise has lectured at a number of universities and TAFEs throughout QLD and has worked as a hospital executive for many years.

    Debbie Rigby

    Debbie Rigby

    Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland, she has since obtained a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy, Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Pharmacy, certification as an Asthma Educator, and has become credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist. Debbie is a director on the NPS MedicineWise Board, clinical reference lead to Australian Digital Health Agency, a member of the Veterans’ MATES Practitioner Reference Group, Australian Deprescribing Network, visiting fellow at QUT, and adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. Debbie conducts Home Medicine Reviews in collaboration with GPs in a medical centre and provides education to pharmacists, GPs, nurses, Nurse Practitioners and consumers. Debbie was the inaugural recipient of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist Award in 2008, and awarded the 2001 PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year, PSA Qld Bowl of Hygeia in 2002, and the SHPA 2016 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award. Last year, Debbie was voted the most influential woman in pharmacy.

    Louise Webber

    Louise Webber

    Louise Webber is a Nurse Practitioner, specialising in skin integrity and wound management. She is the owner of Wound Therapies – a private Nurse Practitioner practice. She previously held an honorary clinical fellowship at ACU. She is currently a member of the Venous Leg Ulcer Guidelines Working Party (Implementation group) and Wounds Australia. She is a regular presenter at conferences at the international, national, and state levels and has several publications in her field. Based on the Sunshine Coast and metropolitan North Brisbane, she provides a skin integrity and wound management services and provides interactive workshops on all aspects of skin and wound management to clinicians.

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