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Barossa Valley Nurses' Conference

  • : Nuriootpa SA 5355

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 that 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 Schedule

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    Day One



    Matt Kowald

    Communicating Within an Inter-professional Team

    It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork, really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:

  • Learn about your own communication style — Did you really say what you thought you said?
  • Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
  • Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
  • Learn the dynamics of team communication?
  • The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
  • 10:00

    Matt Kowald

    Is it Delirium or is it Dementia or is it Both?

    Delirium has a high related morbidity and is a cause of patient deterioration. It is often unrecognised until it is well advanced, and is easily confused with dementia. It can be triggered by acute illness, surgical interventions and a range of inflammatory responses. This session looks at:

  • How does onset differ between delirium and dementia?
  • Questions to ask relating to history
  • How to perform a quick assessment to determine the likelihood that a person has delirium
  • What happens to consciousness in delirium compared to dementia?
  • In which condition do symptoms fluctuate?
  • 10:45 MORNING TEA


    Helen Millar

    Insulin 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?
  • 12:00

    Helen Millar

    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?


    Julia Trescowthick

    To Use or Not to Use? Antimicrobial Stewardship

    Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is crucial to counteracting the emergence of restraint bacteria. In the acute setting, this is of particular importance as many traditional practices that routinely use oral and intravenous antibiotics (IVABs), especially postoperatively, are now not always indicated. Knowledge of best practice and a willingness to speak up on inappropriate use of antibiotics represents an opportunity for nurses to improve patient outcomes and reduce harm and cost associated with antimicrobial resistance. This session looks at:

  • What evidence now exists regarding antimicrobial resistance?
  • Therapeutic Guidelines - putting evidence into practice
  • How can nurses speak up if inappropriate use is suspected?
  • 2:30

    Julia Trescowthick

    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


    Norah Bostock

    Nursing Care: Becoming More Effective. How to Make Evidence Work in Practice

    This session shows how high quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using practical examples, this session invites you to consider:

  • Why evidence and accountability go ‘hand in hand’
  • How can you quickly and easily assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome them?
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice, and how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs

    Day Two



    Norah Bostock

    Embarrassment Down Under: Urinary Incontinence in Women

    Far too many Australian women suffer from preventable episodes of urinary incontinence. This session will look at this pervasive condition and reveal the secrets to stop this symptom based disorder in its tracks. Includes:

  • What is the difference between different types of incontinence?
  • Can they co-exist and why is this important in terms of treatment?
  • How to perform simple but effective techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
  • 9:45

    Norah Bostock

    Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

    Inappropriate use and management of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and are a major source of community and hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting or removing catheters. This session considers:

  • Cost, prevention and management of CAUTIs
  • How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in healthcare settings
  • Management of long-term urinary catheters - when are they necessary?
  • 10:30 MORNING TEA


    Margaret Reid

    Peristomal Skin Complications

    Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This session will explore:

  • New terminology in stomal care
  • Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
  • Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
  • What is the best practice management?
  • 12:00

    Margaret Reid

    Aids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy

    There are 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 and gives you information on their use and application and how this relates to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients. Includes:

  • How correct aids and appliances are selected
  • How to prevent leakage
  • Protecting peristomal skin integrity


    Rebecca Healey

    Whose Foot? Managing Charcot Neuroarthropathy

    Charcot Neuroarthropathy is also known as Charcot Foot and Ankle and is a syndrome in patients who have neuropathy or loss of sensation. It includes fractures and dislocations of bones and joints that occur with minimal or no known trauma. In this session:

  • What are the causes of this condition?
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • Best treatment and management options


    Betsy Stewart and Sandy Shilling

    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

    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:

  • Health care 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


    Norah Bostock

    Norah Bostock

    Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse working as a Consultant in private practice in South Australia. She has an ... Read More

    Matt Kowald

    Matt Kowald

    Matt Kowald is a Registered nurse with 20 years’ experience and a passion for aged care which he has demonstrated ... Read More

    Helen  Millar

    Helen Millar

    Helen Millar is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with over 25 years experience in diabetes care and education. She started her ... Read More

    Julia Trescowthick

    Julia Trescowthick

    Julia Trescowthick has many years of experience in a variety of pharmacy settings; including community, hospital and home medication reviews. ... Read More

    Margaret Reid

    Margaret Reid

    Margaret is an experienced Stoma and Wound Nurse. She works within a dedicated team of Stomal Therapy Nurses and has ... Read More

    Rebecca  Healey

    Rebecca Healey

    Rebecca Healey is the Principal Podiatrist at The Foot Doctor, based in the Barossa Valley South Australia. Rebecca began in ... Read More

    Betsy Stewart

    Betsy Stewart

    Betsy Stewart works as a Mental Health Nurse, and is employed under a relatively new programme, the Mental Health Nurse ... Read More

    Sandy  Shilling

    Sandy Shilling

    Sandy Shilling works as a Mental Health Nurse at the Kapunda Medical practice under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program. She ... Read More


Barossa Valley Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
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$572.00 (two days)
Nuriootpa SA 5355
Vine Inn Barossa, 14-22 Murray Street
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