Albury/Wodonga Nurses' Conference
- : Albury NSW 2640
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
Clinical Leadership: The Problem of Ignorance and the Power of Knowing
Do you have a spirit of enquiry that ensures you can find out what is the best way to care for people or are you following worn-out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? In this session, you will learn quick and easy ways to discover new knowledge. It includes:
- What are the characteristics of a clinical leader?
- How do we become a clinical leader?
- What is the role of a clinical leader?
- Why do you need a clinical leader?
Diabetes Medication Update: Oral and Injectable Medicines
Oral and injectable (insulin) medicines for diabetes are frequently administered by nurses but can often be misunderstood. The risks to safety that medications such as insulin can pose if incorrectly administered are huge. As such, this session we will provide an overview of current medication treatments for optimal diabetes management. It includes tips for safe medication administration and explores:
- What are the differences between oral and insulin medications?
- When might each type be required?
- How is the type of insulin therapy selected?
- What are the side effects and interactions to be aware of?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Better Communication When a Person is Dying from a Chronic Disease
Death and dying are a fact of life. The dying experience affects everyone in different ways, including the professional provider of care. This, in turn, affects the manner in which communication is given and received. Words that are said at these highly emotional times cannot be unsaid. Timely communication, therefore, is critical but may be very difficult and uncomfortable to hear and engage in. In this session, we will discuss the difficulties that can be experienced when you are in a situation where communication is required but how and what to communicate is unclear.
Aids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy
There is a complex range of modern aids and appliances associated with the care of a person with a stoma. This practical session looks at some of these products, gives you information on their use and application, and explores how this relates to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients. It includes:
- How correct aids and appliances are selected
- How to prevent leakage
- Protecting peristomal skin integrity
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Wound Healing: Understanding How Skin Works and Heals
Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about the factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. This session includes an update on the skin and explores:
- What is a wound?
- How do wounds heal?
- What delays or prevents healing?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Fad Diets – Helpful or Hindering?
Fad diets are very popular, especially as they are often endorsed by celebrities. However, do they actually lead to permanent weight loss or do they contribute to an ongoing spiral of ill health? This session will assess the various diet modification approaches and consider their relative merits. It will include:
- Low-fat approaches
- Higher protein (25–30 percent of energy) approaches
- Low carbohydrate (less than 30g/day) and complex versus simple carbohydrates
- Glycaemic load dietary approaches
- Dietary patterns (Mediterranean style, vegetarian and vegan, paleo etc.)
- Meal replacements and liquid diet
- Very low-calorie diets (VLCD)
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Choosing Dressing Products
Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exists and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing. Learn:
- How are wound dressings classified according to function?
- How do you select the right dressing?
- When should you modify the dressing regimen?
- How do you choose a basic range of products for your workplace?
Dr Mandy Hobbs
You’ve Only Got One Body! The Power of Movement
Nurses who are injured during their working lives may experience a musculoskeletal injury that impacts on their range of movement. Nurses who then live with functional and mobilisation difficulties are often challenged by everyday tasks. In this session, we look at:
- The incidence of injury in the nursing profession
- Best practice strategies to avoid injury
- Best practice recovery strategies
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr Rachel Winterton
A Lack of Connection: Social Isolation in Rural Older Adults
In Australia, there are many older adults living in isolated rural areas. For many, there is a lack of social networks with whom they can connect to experience opportunities for interaction and communication. The level of isolation can lead to loneliness and other health issues. In this session, you will hear about how socially isolated older adults manage in these circumstances.
Recognising “Red Flags” of Clinical Deterioration
There is a huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to become rapidly unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. However, your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if an acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:
- What clues or changes in clinical observations may indicate a patient is becoming unwell?
- What immediate assessment should be undertaken when you suspect a patient is deteriorating?
- How should these changes in observations be documented?
- When should you escalate incidents?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Acute Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
A woman tells you she is experiencing severe pelvic pain. What would make you suspect it could be endometriosis? This condition can affect women from menarche to menopause and may cause chronic abdominal pain. It can have a major impact on quality of life. This session includes:
- What are some of the causes of pelvic pain?
- What is endometriosis and what impacts can it have on a woman?
- How can you differentiate between endometriosis and other causes of pelvic pain?
- What is its treatment?
- Does it affect fertility?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Beating Burnout in its Tracks
Stress reduction is front and centre in today's fast-paced health environment. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is one of the most stressful jobs, known for its long hours, continuous need for critical decision-making, and unfortunately can result in burnout. This final session includes:
- Strategies to reduce stress on a day to day basis
- What resources are available
- And practice of some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you
4:00 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.
Purpose of Program
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 guidelines
Gary is the clinical nurse consultant (Wound Management) at the Mt Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital, Sydney. Concurrent with his clinical ... Read More
Katie Fearnside has been working in the field of diabetes for just over five years. She moved to the Albury ... Read More
Steven Pitman is a Nurse Practitioner Candidate with East Hume Region Palliative Care, employed by Albury Wodonga Health. Steven has ... Read More
Gerardine O'Brien is a stomal therapist based at Albury Wodonga Private Hospital. ... Read More
Caitlin Silvester has worked as a dietitian for 37 years, of which the last 14 year has been primarily with ... Read More
Dr Mandy Hobbs graduated 30 years ago as a physiotherapist. She worked in Melbourne until 1999 in the public health ... Read More
Dr Rachel Winterton is a research fellow at the John Richards Initiative, La Trobe University, Wodonga. Her research is located ... Read More
Audas Grant is currently employed by NSW health as a clinical nurse consultant for emergency and critical care. He has ... Read More
Catherine Kembrey is a Psychologist based in Albury. ... Read More
To Be Determined