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Albany Nurses' Conference

  • : Albany WA 6330

Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps in your knowledge and skills. Find out:

  • What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
  • Why is the focus away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
  • What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
  • Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
  • The latest information about a range of current treatments

 Print Schedule

Day One



Karen Mason

The Case For Change: Health In Western Australia

Better health. Better care. Better value. What is the future of health in Western Australia and how will this affect the role of nurses? This introductory session discusses:

  • What does provision of a safe, high quality service mean to everyday nurses?
  • How will this be achieved with the changes that are occurring in the population's health?
  • How may the role of the nurse practitioner impact on the provision of healthcare?


Sue Youngman

Pre-Diabetes - A Window of Opportunity?

The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes including:

  • What is it and how is it diagnosed?
  • Who gets it?
  • What education can a nurse provide to patients to prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
  • Dietary friends and foes



Sue Youngman

Preventing Microvascular Complications of Diabetes

The microvascular complications of diabetes are profound and have long term debilitating effects. Diabetes education and patient self-management are essential to avoid and divert chronic complications and improve patient outcomes. This session looks in detail at these complications and focuses on nursing strategies, including education that may contribute to improved outcomes for patients with the following conditions:

  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Retinopathy
  • Nephropathy


Meeghan Clay

Polypharmacy and The Prescribing Cascade

The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:

  • Patient expectations and prescriptions
  • Significant risks and adverse medicine events
  • Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
  • Common culprit medicines to watch out for
  • Periodic reviews of medicines and its role in the prescribing cascade



John Stoner

Diabetes and Neuropathy: The Importance of Maintaining Happy Feet!

Diabetic neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy. It can affect both function and mobility. This session considers:

  • What is diabetic neuropathy and how does it affect the function of feet
  • What happens when a wound is sustained on a neuropathic foot?
  • How to maintain happy feet!



Karen Mason

Hot Bodies: The Importance Of Recognising Early Sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:

  • Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
  • How does sepsis cause hypotension?
  • The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that warrant attention
  • Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?


Day Two




Indigenous Health: A Voice In The Wilderness?

The Indigenous population is known to have higher rates of chronic disease, alcohol consumption and substance abuse and are accepted as a highly vulnerable group.

  • What are the comparative determinants of health for our Indigenous populations?
  • Can we improve the capacity of our health workforce to promote better Indigenous health?
  • Empowering Indigenous people: what are the best nursing interventions?


Louise Campbell

Weight Loss and Food

The global weight loss industry generates billions of dollars. But this is not translated into billions of kilograms lost nor kept off by individuals. This session provides an overview of the evidence underpinning various approaches to weight loss. Includes:

  • Dietary therapy: macronutrient content, carbohydrate and fat quality, nutrient density and amount of energy deficit
  • Other dietary weight loss strategies (e.g. meal timing, portion controlled meal replacements)
  • Should an obese woman diet during pregnancy?
  • Review of current clinical practice guidelines



Karen Nicoll

The Changing Landscape of Health Promotion In Regional Western Australia

People who enter midlife in a state of good health are less likely to experience or develop chronic diseases. This session focuses on how each of us has a role to play in promoting the health and wellbeing of our clients and showcases practical health promotion resources and tools nurses can use to make a difference to the lives of those with chronic conditions. Topics include:

  • What is the difference between health promotion and health education and why does this matter?
  • How is the ground shifting in promoting health in clinical settings?
  • Starting the conversation


Karen Mason

Drunk and Dangerous: Alcohol Abuse In Emergency Departments

Alcohol use and abuse is bringing more and more people into emergency departments all over Australia. The reason for the presentation is often varied and the impact on resources is considerable. This session looks at:

  • The profile of people affected by alcohol and types of incidents - different to what we think?
  • What effect are these presentations having on emergency department resources?
  • Nursing assessment of alcohol-affected people
  • Management of ‘clinical intoxication’



Dianne Van Clarke

Understanding and Supporting People Living with Dementia

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and there is no cure. It is the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians (aged 65 years or older) and the third leading cause of disability burden overall. Often a person will present with an acute illness while living with the challenges of dementia. The following topics will be covered:

  • Communication tips
  • Understanding “behaviours”
  • Resources to support the variety of experiences of those living with dementia
  • Best practice dementia care in the acute care environment
  • Tackling the stigma associated with dementia
  • Tools/resources relating to driving and dementia


Dr Kelly Ridley

Acute Mental Health Assessment: For All Regional Nurses

Nurses working in acute care settings, as well as smaller hospitals in regional parts of Australia, will be required to care for people with serious mental illnesses. Therefore, it is essential that all nurses, not just nurses working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental health assessment. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. It includes:

  • What are basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell
  • What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in
  • Best practice management and models of care for people with acute mental health crisis



Dr Kelly Ridley

Beating Burnout in its Tracks

Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast paced health environments. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs as a result of long hours, the need for critical decision-making and therefore potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This final session of the conference considers:

  • What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
  • What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
  • Practice some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you and your patients


The Goal Need for Program

Safety and quality are essential and are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information in regard to the nursing care you provide is a given no matter where you work. This is a time when:

  • Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
  • The community purse is shrinking
  • Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes.

It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.

Purpose of Program

This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and practice topics that will improve how you deliver nursing care.

Your learning outcomes:

People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness

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

Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

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


Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Karen Mason currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department. She has extensive experience as a ... Read More

Sue Youngman

Sue Youngman

Sue Youngman is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. She has a very broad nursing background particularly working in Rural and Remote ... Read More

Meeghan Clay

Meeghan Clay

Meeghan started her career in Pharmacy in rural community pharmacy in the Great Southern and moved into the hospital sector ... Read More

John  Stoner

John Stoner

John Stoner graduated from University College Northampton in 2002 with a first class honours degree in Podiatry. At undergraduate level, ... Read More

Louise  Campbell

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) based in Albany, Western Australia. Through her role as a dietitian with ... Read More

Karen Nicoll

Karen Nicoll

Karen Nicoll is the Regional Coordinator for Health Promotion at WA Country Health Service Great Southern and teaches part time ... Read More

Dianne Van Clarke

Dianne Van Clarke

Dianne van Clarke is a Registered Nurse and works part time as a Senior Educator with Alzheimer’s WA, covering the ... Read More

Kelly  Ridley

Kelly Ridley

Dr Kelly Ridley is a Registrar in Psychiatry at Albany Health Campus. She has also worked at hospitals throughout Perth ... Read More

Albany Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 45 mins
Start Date
End Date
11 hours 45 mins
Price Details
$572.00 (two days)
Albany WA 6330
Albany The Dog Rock Convention Centre Albany, 303 Middleton Road
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