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Aged Care Nursing - Improving Quality of Life Conference

  • : Sydney NSW 2000
Overview

 

While the average lifespan has increased, good health is not a guarantee in later life. Nurses are in a position to support older people to experience a better quality of life during these later years. This conference will provide you with up-to-date evidence related to the care of older adults. It includes:

  • The current hot topics in aged care
  • Dodging the dementia bullet
  • How innovative findings are changing the way we think
  • How to take a trauma-informed approach to understanding behavioural symptoms
  • Key updates on wound management, diabetes, medications safety, and much, much more…
Schedule Day One

8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15

Amy Bowen

Out with the Old, In with the New – Hot Topics in Aged Care

Due to a vast increase in literature, it can often be difficult to keep up-to-date with new research. Yet, being informed by current evidence is essential if we are to comprehensively care for older adults. As such, this session will review recent literature and the hot topics most relevant to the older adult. It includes:

  • What are key pieces of new evidence on older adults?
  • Is their new medication updates we need to be aware of?
  • Are certain practices now considered out of date?

10:00

Joanne Macmillan

Back to Basics – Caring for People with Cognitive Impairment

While cognitive decline is not guaranteed to occur during the ageing process, it is presenting more frequently in older adults. This session will look at the care needs of an older adult with cognitive impairment. It includes:

  • How does cognitive decline present in older adults?
  • Do some conditions cause cognitive decline to present differently?
  • How do you care for an older adult with cognitive decline?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:15

Joanne Macmillan

Tips for Coping with Aggressive Behaviours

It can be very distressing if a patient or resident experiences periods of agitation and even aggression as a result of their medical condition. Recognising aggressive behaviours and knowing the steps needed to de-escalate a possibly violent situation ensures you are able to keep yourself safe. This practical session will demonstrate:

  • What does aggression look like?
  • How do you stay safe and keep others safe?
  • What can you do to de-escalate an aggressive situation?
  • Who can you speak to if you’re exposed to danger?

12:15

Wendy Bryant

Opening Your Eyes to a Less Common Diabetes Complication

A range of diabetes-related complications can often manifest. One of the lesser-known complications that can impact a person’s ability to self-care and complete ADLs is eye-related conditions. This session will spend some time reviewing why this type of complication occurs and how to prevent it. However, most importantly, it will focus on practical approaches to supporting people with their ADLs who are experiencing this type of complication. It includes:

  • What causes eye-related diabetes complications?
  • Can we prevent them?
  • How does the vision loss associated with diabetes impact ADLs?
  • How can we:
    • Prevent falls?
    • Ensure correct BGL testing?
    • Support safe medication management?

1:15 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


2:00

Joanne Russell

What’s New? Dementia Treatment Update

Dementia is a complex condition that is vastly common in the ageing population. So, how close are we to finding a cure? This session will look at treatment updates for this debilitating condition that turns a person’s life upside down. It includes:

  • Evidence-based updates on treatment
  • Emerging therapies
  • Current trials and studies

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Joanne Russell

Applying a Palliative Approach to People with Dementia

This interactive topic will critically analyse a number of key points in relation to dementia and palliative care, including:

  • How do you manage a terminal illness in a person with dementia?
  • What are the clinical nursing issues?
  • How do you assess comorbid symptoms in a person with dementia?

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Fleur Trezise

Bringing Wounds To Light

Staying up-to-date with wound care and prevention to help prevent and reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at chronic wound management by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:

  • Exploring recommended wound care products
  • Advanced wound care functions
  • Latest research influencing wound care selection
  • Latest wound care standards

10:00

Amy Bowen

Involving Older Adults In Deprescribing

Enhancing an older adults involvement in the decision-making regarding their medication administration can have increasingly positive effects on their overall wellbeing. This session will look at the involvement of older adults in deprescribing and the responsibility that they are involved with. It includes:

  • How involved should an older adult be with medication decision-making?
  • What is deprescribing and why should it happen more often?
  • Why should older adults be involved with their medication?
  • How extensive should the education be about medication?

11:00 MORNING TEA


11:30

Kylie Tastula

Caring for a Person Who Has Had a Stroke

Caring for a person who has experienced a stroke can be challenging. This session will focus on communication, mobility, and eating and drinking following a stroke. It includes:

  • How can you communicate with someone who has had a severe stroke?
  • How can you ensure food and fluids are given safely?
  • What do you need to do to mobilise someone safely?

12:15

Eddi Cohen

Mouth Care Made Easy!

Did you know that maintaining oral hygiene in an older adult is essential to preventing illness? Oral health is more closely linked to ill health than you think. This session will discuss why positive oral hygiene can prevent a raft of conditions. It includes:

  • How do you promote and assist an older adult with their oral health?
  • What are the signs of poor mouth care maintenance?
  • How can you prevent poor oral health?

1:00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:45

Mike Smith

Mental Health in Aged Care – Collaborative Support

While an older adult may not initially present with the symptoms of depression, it may present as a consequence of their illness. This session will look at the significance of screening for depression and improving access to appropriate services. It includes:

  • Why may an older adult experience depression?
  • How do you screen for depression?
  • What services are available for older adults experiencing depression?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Amy Bowen

Exercising the Mind

Research has shined a light on the positive effects of behavioural therapy through activities drastically improves an older adult’s behavioural symptoms and overall quality of life. This session will look at alternative and/or innovative activities that are changing older adults lives. It includes:

  • Therapeutic robots
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Interactive technologies

4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


The Goal Need for Program

The knowledge and skills required to care for older adults are numerous and rely on a range of evolving attributes. High quality, up-to-date education is needed on a regular basis in order to ensure best practice and improve quality of life in aged care.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides nurses and related health professionals with up-to-date, evidenced education to enable informed decision-making when caring for an older adult.

Your learning outcomes:

Be better able to care for a person who has challenging behaviours as a result of your updated understanding of cognitive decline

Apply comprehensive care to older adults who have a range of comorbidities

Formulate and document nursing care plans that are based on current evidence relating to the prevention of harm

Improve the overall mental health of residents by implementing a range of simple but effective activities

Presenters

Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen is a self-employed Nurse Practitioner with an innovative model of care that combines the mindset and skill base ...Read More

Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant is a credentialled diabetes educator with 22 years' experience and specialised diabetes knowledge and skills in the provision ... Read More

Joanne Russell

Joanne Russell

Joanne Russell is a Nurse Practitioner, endorsed in 2012, who specialises in the care of the older person. Her work ... Read More

Fleur Trezise

Fleur Trezise

Fleur Trezise was endorsed in 2013 as a Nurse Practitioner: wound management and is currently working in South Western Sydney. ... Read More

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ...Read More

Eddi Cohen

Eddi Cohen

Eddi Cohen has been a critical care clinician and an internationally known speaker/author for over 35 years. She divides her ... Read More

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ...Read More

Joanne Macmillan

Joanne Macmillan

Joanne Macmillan has spent 34 years working clinically in a variety of aged care units. Since then she has had ...Read More

Title
Aged Care Nursing - Improving Quality of Life Conference
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Duration
10 Hours | 45 Mins
Start Date
29-Apr-2019
End Date
30-Apr-2019
CPD
10 Hours | 45 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Sydney NSW 2000
Venue
Rydges Sydney Central, 28 Albion Street
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