Brisbane Nurses' Conference
- : Brisbane City QLD 4000
Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location 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?
- The latest information about a range of current treatments
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Jane StanfieldHow to Regain Your Passion for Nursing
Connecting with people is both at the heart of being alive and at the core of nursing care. Meaningful connections can help nurses to regain the special sense of satisfaction that may have once been so motivating but has been lost over time for a range of reasons. This introductory session will consider the importance of engagement and how it can assist you to find meaning in what you do. Professionalism and addressing stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue can help you rekindle your passion for nursing. It includes:
- What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
- Why should you bother?
Amanda FryerHealth Literacy and Its Impact on Chronic Disease Management Outcomes
Thanks to the internet, information can now be found everywhere. However, it remains our challenge to convert this information into knowledge. A person’s ability to integrate information into change, engage in self-care, and manage their chronic disease(s) is directly tied to their health literacy. This session will examine the relationship between health literacy and chronic disease management. It is practical and interactive, with tools to take back to your workplace. It includes:
- What is chronic disease?
- What are the risk factors associated with chronic disease – both modifiable and non-modifiable?
- Which chronic diseases are preventable?
- What is health literacy and how can it improve chronic disease management?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Emily HenryThe Big Issue – Our Weight
Over 60% of the population of Australia are overweight or obese, and nurses are not immune. Today's session will provide you with the tips and tricks to adopt to stay in shape. This session includes:
- What is the real cost of being overweight?
- Why is what we're doing so very wrong?
- Activity, movement, steps – exercise: what we need to be doing!
- How to get our diet right, once and for all
Dr Kathy AhernDiagnostic Labels and Mental Illness – The Story of the DSM
The American Psychiatric Association officially adopted a new classification system of mental disorders in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 3rd edition (DSM III). This classification offered no new treatments, no new explanations for mental illness, and was not evidence-based. However, it is now in its fifth edition and used worldwide. This session discusses the history of power, money, and politics behind current day mental health classification systems. The advantages and limitations of mental health diagnostic systems are covered, including an explanation as to why President Donald Trump CAN’T be diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, regardless of how many psychiatric boxes he ticks! It includes:
- What are the benefits of the DSM and a diagnosis?
- How do these contrast with some of the disadvantages associated with a diagnosis?
- When does a diagnosis become a label?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Treasure McGuireThe Rebound Effect – Medication Overuse Headache
Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain management in a range of settings. The potential for harm caused by these medications must be well understood given their addictive nature and the current prescription medicine crisis. While constipation is a well-known side effect of opioid analgesics, the regular use of opioids can also result in a lesser known side effect: medication overuse headache. This session will explain:
- What is a medication overuse headache (MOH) and how do they develop?
- Are they different to migraines?
- Are their particular medicines that are more likely to cause this?
- How can a multidisciplinary approach prevent it?
- Does treatment of MOH mean someone is tolerant, dependent, or even addicted to opioids?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Sean SmithIt’s Nursing … But Not As We Know It!
Nursing in Australia and around the world has thrived and flourished since Florence Nightingale lit our way. However, for many at the bedside, it is often difficult for us to appreciate, enjoy, and plan for our futures. This presentation will:
- Review and relate how far we have come as the most trusted profession
- Explore and understand how far we still have to go in health and technology
- Build your own seven steps to create longevity in your nursing career
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dale LongDiabetes and Neuropathy – Preventing Painful Feet
Poor control of diabetes can cause a raft of complications. Neuropathy, damage to one’s nerves may be particularly troublesome, particularly the pain associated with it. Why is managing neuropathic pain in people with diabetes so difficult, and why can it result in other complications? This session explores an often debilitating complication for a person with diabetes. It includes:
- What are the neural pathways involved in neuropathic pain?
- How can you assess symptoms of neuropathic pain?
- What is the best management?
- Is there a window of opportunity for analgesia and, if so, what is the best type?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Louise WebberChallenges in Managing Chronic Wounds
The impact of a chronic wound on a person can be devastating. While we know what helps and what hinders the improvement of a chronic wound, this does not always translate into best practice care for the person with a chronic wound. Why is this the case? This session provides an important update and looks at the following:
- What is a chronic wound and how does it differ from an acute wound?
- What are the barriers to best practice in the management of chronic wounds?
- How can we prevent re-ulceration and promote skin care management?
Bronwyn JestThe Bits Down There: Why Should I Care?
Incontinence is common in Australia: 4.8 million people. Conservative management is evidence based. This session includes:
- Anatomy / Physiology of bladder and bowel
- Healthy bladder / bowels
- Signs and symptoms
- Pelvic Floor Safe Exercise
12:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Sue De MuelenaerePhysical Assessment – A Head to Toe Approach
Nurses are essential for the detection of changes in a patient's condition, as well as setting up a baseline assessment of the patient. The ability to assess the patient's status is a vital and essential nursing skill and one that all nurses should be proficient in. This session will discuss a quick and efficient way to assess the patient from head to toe, and apply these findings to nursing management. It includes:
- Quick neurological assessment and GCS
- Assessing cardiovascular status and haemodynamic parameters
- Auscultating lung sound assessments
- Assessing perfusion, skin, and mucous membranes
Denise SimmonsThe Evolution of Nursing over the Past 50 Years
Nursing training and expectations have definitively changed over the past 50 years. Have all these changes been positive changes? Nursing is one of the most popular careers for women, with many remaining in the work stream for over 50 years. Yet, is the profession being recognised for the contributions, sacrifices, and dedication of its workers? Let’s take a look at:
- How does present-day nursing compare with nursing standards in the 1960s?
- University training versus bedside clinical? Let’s compare wages and conditions!
- Are we producing more efficient nurses and obtaining better patient outcomes as a result of university trained nurses?
- Do postgraduate studies allow nurses to improve status and promote worldwide-career structures for both women and men?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Jane StanfieldSelf-Care and Avoiding Burnout
These days burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as “compassion fatigue” illustrate the emotions involved. A complex combination of stressors results in impaired wellbeing, costly sick leave, decreased quality care, and increased risk. This final session takes a look at strategies that nurses can use to develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.
4:30 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 relating 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 guidelinesPresenters
Jane Stanfield is a health service improvement coach. She comes with 30 years’ experience in health care, half as a ...Read More
Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More
Emily Henry is an Accredited Nutritionist, Dietitian, and Sports Dietitian. She has studied sports nutrition through the International Olympic Committee ... Read More
Kathy spent 30 years teaching and supervising research. Her areas of expertise include ethics, education, and mental health. ... Read More
Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator, and researcher. As assistant director of Pharmacy, Mater Health Services, ... Read More
Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in healthcare for the past 31 years in more than a dozen ... Read More
Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care, and pain management roles in ... Read More
Louise Webber is a Nurse Practitioner, specialising in skin integrity and wound management. She is the owner of Wound Therapies ... Read More
Bronwyn Jest is a physiotherapist with a special interest in women's, men's, and pelvic health. She is passionate about getting ...Read More
Sue de Muelenaere
Sue de Muelenaere is a Registered Nurse with 15 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor ... Read More
Denise Simmons is currently working on the Sunshine Coast as a Nurse Practitioner: chronic disease. The object of her service ...Read More