Ballarat Nurses' Conference
- : Ballarat VIC 3353
Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, the need to keep up-to-date with current evidence is imperative. Attend this conference and discover:
- What are the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
- How can you implement preventive health strategies and improve patient outcomes?
- What can you do to minimise the impact of certain conditions?
- What is the latest evidence on a range of current treatments?
- How can you deliver the best patient-centred care?
Attend this local Nurses’ Conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills and practice.Schedule
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Associate Professor Penny CashHealthcare Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in the health care workplace should be regarded as inevitable. A ‘big picture’ consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. The session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to certain types of proposed changes / innovations
Fiona CoatesThe Future of Cardiovascular Nursing: Where Are We Heading?
Cardiovascular nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting nursing care today and will nursing manage these changes? This session will bring you up-to-date on:
- Latest clinical care guidelines
- Trends and traditions in cardiovascular care
- Impact of chronic cardiac disease on quality of life
10:30 MORNING TEA
Renee Di GiuseppeHot 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 attention is warranted
- Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?
Graham DawesOutta Place: Outta Here! Inside The Adolescent Mind
Teenagers are a fact of life. The development of significant relationships with friends and partners during this phase is critical as adolescents often struggle with a sense of who they are and their role in the world. This session explores:
- How can we make sense of adolescent thinking?
- What are developmental norms?
- Do adolescents experience the same moral dilemmas as adults?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Shirley WhittakerOut of Sight, Out of Mind? Preventing Incontinence Associated Dermatitis
Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is inflammation of the perigenital skin as a result of contact with urine or faeces. IAD is a common yet under-reported and understudied skin disorder. This session will explore:
- Is IAD a form of iatrogenesis?
- Why does IAD occur?
- Would better toileting programs improve the incidence of IAD?
- What is the best-practice management of IAD?
Renee Di GiuseppeA Basic Guide to Cardiac Diagnostic Testing
Have you ever wondered why a particular cardiac test is ordered for your patient? While many nurses do not work within a framework that includes scope for ordering diagnostic tests, all nurses must have a basic understanding of appropriate diagnostic processes. This important session will clarify rationales for certain cardiac tests and assist all nurses who may be required to look after a patient before or after a diagnostic test is performed. Includes:
- How can you identify whether a cardiac diagnostic test is appropriate?
- Which cardiac diagnostic tests are most valuable?
- Overview of the indications for common tests such as ECG and Ultrasound
- When should contrast be avoided?
- What do I need to assess if a patient is fasting for a procedure?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Cath Healy and Sue BartlettThe Importance of Breast Cancer Nursing - How Nurses Can Make A Difference
Following the diagnosis of breast cancer many women seek support, education and advice on a range of issues. In this session:
- What specialist support is available for women with breast cancer?
- Why is this role so important?
- What does the evidence say about the support and education provided to women with breast cancer and how this improves wellbeing?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Darren RiggonClinical Supervision: A Force for the Future
Clinical supervision is the process of two or more professionals formally meeting to reflect and review professional practice with the aim of supporting the person in their professional environment. This session includes:
- Why do nurses need to know about clinical supervision?
- Do all nurses need to do this?
- What are the benefits and value of clinical supervision?
Jenny CameronEarly Identification of Lymphoedema
Although lymphoedema cannot be cured, the impact of the condition can be lessened with appropriate professional and self-management. The need to understand the signs and symptoms of lymphoedema, including the importance of patient education cannot be overemphasised. This session looks at the significant outcomes that a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to care can achieve and includes:
- How to manage skin in people with lymphoedema
- What is the correct way to apply compression therapy?
- How to prevent infection
- What type of patient education works best?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Renee Di GiuseppeArterial Blood Gases: Interpretation Made Easy
Arterial Blood Gases (ABG) are frequently used in acute care settings. However, their value during clinical deterioration in patients means that all nurses benefit from having a basic ability to analyse and interpret results. Using clinical case studies, this interactive session will provide an overview of:
- Indications for ABGs
- Basic interpretation - what do all those numbers mean?
- Practical examples of how to apply knowledge to practice
Maureen McPhailAcquired Brain Injury: Latest Management
An Acquired Brain Injury is an injury that occurs to the brain after birth. Causes may include a blow to the head, illness or disease, lack of oxygen, alcohol and drugs. The long-term effects are difficult to predict and are different for every person. This session includes:
- How the brain works and why an injury can be so devastating
- What are the physical and psychological effects of an ABI?
- Are there any treatments for ABI?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Associate Dean Deborah PascoeThe Problem with Falls: Latest Evidence
Accidental falls are a common feature in hospitalised patients and people of advancing age. In the community falls contribute significantly to hospital admissions. This can result in serious health problems or even death. Nurses are well positioned to drive change in risk minimisation and fall prevention. This session includes:
- The problem with falls – the extent, risk factors, and impacts
- The keys to prevention – screening, assessment, planning and education
- National guidelines and NQSHS Standard 10
- Reporting and incident management
TBAInsulin Resistance: Current Evidence
Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:
- What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
- Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
- How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
- What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Professor Penelope PaliadelisManaging People with Chronic Diseases
Today more than ever the health workforce is under pressure to provide innovative solutions to managing people living with chronic disease. This session includes evidence and research on how nurses support and encourage clients to manage chronic disease.
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Health care is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps is vital if nurses are to deliver safe and quality care consistent with their scope of practice. Changes include:
- A shift away from health practitioner locus of control to the patient
- Increasing professional accountability
- Emphasis on measurable, high quality and safe care
- Greater transparency for health care actions
- Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice
Addressing these gaps is crucial. Nurses need to be confident the practice they provide is current and reflects appropriate evidence. Access to up-to-date education is essential.Purpose of Program
Attending this conference will improve your knowledge, skills and practice relating to a range of current professional and clinical practice issues. In so doing, you will be better positioned to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction relating to care.Your learning outcomes:
Recognise people who have health risks and implement preventative action to avoid illness
Improve knowledge of specific nursing interventions that result in better patient outcomes
Embrace clinical practices that encompass interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes
Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standardsPresenters
Penny Cash is an Associate Professor at the Federation University, Ballarat. Her main areas of teaching are nursing knowledge, cultural ...Read More
Fiona Coates is a Clinical Nurse Educator in Critical Care at Ballarat Health Services. ...Read More
Renee Di Giuseppe
Renee Di Giuseppe is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at a large ... Read More
Graham Dawes is a Child / Adolescent Psychologist working in Ballarat. ... Read More
Shirley Whittaker is the Manager for the Grampians Regional Continence Service. ...Read More
Darren Riggon is a casual academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. His clinical supervision interests ...Read More
Jenny Cameron is a Lymphoedema Therapist with a background as a Registered Nurse working in Oncology. ... Read More
Maureen McPhail is the Manager of the Acquired Brain Injury Clinic, part of Ballarat Health Services. Maureen is an occupational ...Read More
Cath Healy has been working as an oncology nurse for 15 years, including experience with chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She completed her ... Read More
Sue Bartlett has worked as a breast care nurse for four years. Prior to this role she worked in medical ... Read More
Associate Dean Deborah Pascoe is a PhD Scholar at Federation University. ... Read More
Professor Penny Paliadelis is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Federation University, Ballarat. Her disciplinary background is nursing ... Read More