Bendigo Nurses' Conference
- : Bendigo VIC 3550
Healthcare is undergoing constant change, therefore 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 preventative 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
Kathy ToriThe Case For Change: Health in Regional Australia
The national health agenda includes concepts and knowledge to ensure that regional health is accommodated. It includes a planned approach to healthcare reform that demonstrates Statewide benefits. This session covers:
- What are the health needs of the regional population
- Whether they are aligned with Australia as a whole
- How to achieve consistency in healthcare delivery
Louise HollandHealth Promotion For Older Women
Women who enter midlife in a state of good health are less likely to experience or develop chronic diseases. This session focuses on promoting specific aspects of life-long behaviours that extend wellbeing. Topics include:
- What is the difference between health promotion and health education and why does this matter in this context?
- Mass media influence and health promotion
- Manufactured goods: product vs health promotion
10:45 MORNING TEA
Kate EmondAcute Mental Health Assessment - For All Regional Nurses
Nurses working in acute care settings as well as smaller hospitals in regional Victoria 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. Includes:
- What are basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell?
- What is distress and what clinical situations may this be seen in?
- Best practice management and models of care for people with acute mental health crisis
Justin HargreavesSafe Handling Of Cytotoxic Medications and Waste
More and more conditions such as autoimmune conditions like arthritis are now indicated for treatment using cytotoxic medications. While common cytotoxic medications such as chemotherapy medications are administered by trained oncology nurses, many oral forms of chemotherapy are being administered on general wards. What is not so well known is that many other agents require special precautions to ensure safety. This practical session looks at:
- What is a cytotoxic medication?
- Why do these medications require particular caution and for how long?
- Handling medications and patient waste correctly and safely - a practical approach?
- How do I educate my patients to ensure they stay safe in the hospital and at home when taking these medications?
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Jenny GowanShould I Give This Tablet? A Look At Medicines and Nutritional Deficiencies
The relationship between medicines and malnutrition is complex. Some medicines may have a negative effect on nutritional status, whilst others may reverse this effect. This session looks at a range of medicines and disease-related factors that affect nutrition and includes:
- Can some medicines be a cause of nutritional deficiencies and when is supplementation required?
- Does unplanned weight loss affect the safety and efficacy of some medicines?
- How do disease-related factors affect a person’s ability to take oral medications?
- What guidance is available for giving oral tablets and capsules in people with a swallowing disorder?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Kate EmondMaking A Difference - Creating Positive Mental Health Experiences
The impact of the environment on our mental health is well established, yet are we as nurses promoting positive environments? Do we actually understand how much difference a physical environment can affect our psychological wellbeing? This interactive session will challenge you to look at how settings and systems can reinforce stigma. Includes:
- Does the design and layout of wards and units, such as emergency departments, affect a person who has an acute mental illness?
- How may certain systems, such as security policies, reinforce social stigmas?
- ‘Diagnostic overshadowing’ - why must we understand this term?
- How do we actually practice using a person-centred approach?
Michelle GrayPreventing 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
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Andrea SloaneObesity and Health Promotion
In Australia, the rates of obesity are rising across the lifespan. Within the literature, it is known that this increase is a causative factor for other co-morbid conditions. This session looks at:
- The role of health promotion in decreasing rates of obesity
- How to develop targeted programs
- How to best engage people in health promotion programs
Jane HellstenTo 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:
- Multi-resistant organisms – the reason we need good anti-microbial stewardship
- What evidence now exists regarding antimicrobial resistance?
- Therapeutic guidelines - putting evidence into practice
- How can nurses speak up if inappropriate use is suspected?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Janice MooreRespiratory Health: Best Practice in Early Interventions
From early intervention to self-management the role of best practice in respiratory health is imperative to achieve optimal quality of life. This session looks at:
- The different types of respiratory diseases
- How respiratory diseases are best managed
- The nursing role in health promotion and prevention
David HeathMetastatic Prostate Cancer
Metastatic prostate cancer occurs when malignant cells within the prostate break away into the body and cause malignancies in other parts of the body. This session looks at:
- Castrate sensitive metastases - what does this mean?
- Management and treatment options
- Advice and support during treatment to promote patient outcomes
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Robyn Trainor and Cheryl MunzelFamily Violence - What The Evidence Tells Us
Interpersonal and domestic violence is now recognised as being common. The health effects are devastating and physical and emotional costs are substantial. This session will discuss:
- Engaging nurses through reflection and participation
- Developing strategies to reduce family violence
- Recognising and acting on family violence incidents
Kate EmondManaging Challenging Behaviours
There are a raft of unhelpful and disruptive behaviours that must be ‘managed’ by nurses on a daily basis. This session aims to improve your understanding as to why these behaviours occur and demonstrate practical tips can help defuse these challenging behaviours and ensure patient outcomes are not affected. Includes:
- The difficult person - myth or reality
- Being mindful of oneself
- The helping model
- Case examples
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Kate EmondWellbeing In Nurses - Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?
The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. Topics for discussion in this final session include:
- Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
- Should this be considered part of professional development?
- Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
>The Goal Need for Program
Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps are 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 healthcare 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 inter-professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes
Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standardsPresenters
Kate Emond is the postgraduate stream coordinator for mental health and a lecturer at La Trobe University. She has a ... Read More
Louise has been working in the field of Women’s Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health for Bendigo Community Health Services ... Read More
Justin Hargreaves is a Nurse Practitioner in medical oncology working out of Bendigo health in regional Victoria. Justin's main role ...Read More
Dr Jenny Gowan, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the ... Read More
Jane Hellsten has worked in Infection Prevention and Control and Infectious Diseases for many years and currently manages the Infection ... Read More
Christine Elliott is the Respiratory Nurse - Early Intervention in Chronic Disease Management at Bendigo Community Health Services. Her interest ... Read More
Robyn Trainor is a qualified social worker (Hons) and Men’s Behaviour Change facilitator, who has worked for over 20 years ...Read More
Kathleen Tori is currently employed as the Post Graduate Courses Coordinator for La Trobe University Rural Health School (Bendigo). She ... Read More
Michelle Gray has been a nurse for 21 years and has worked in both hospital and community settings. She has held a ... Read More
Andrea Sloane is the Director of Healthy Communities with Bendigo Health and works with community partners to reduce obesity and ... Read More
David Heath is currently the Urology Oncology Nurse Practitioner Candidate at both Bendigo Health and Gold Fields Urology. His background ... Read More
Jan Moore has been part of the Chronic Disease Management Team at BCHS since 2001, specialising in diabetes and respiratory ... Read More
Cheryl Munzel is the Senior Manager of the Integrated Client Services program at the Centre for Non Violence (CNV). She ... Read More