Broken Hill Nurses' Conference
- : Broken Hill NSW 2880
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?
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dr Funmilola Komolafe
Rural Health: Should We Be Concerned?
About one-third of Australia’s population live in regional, rural, and remote areas but, on average, these residents do not enjoy the same level of health that their metropolitan counterparts do. This introductory session will examine the current strengths and challenges for healthcare providers in the local health district. Topics for discussion include:
- Who is not receiving quality healthcare in rural Australia?
- What are the issues in rural and remote health?
- Who is best placed to manage these issues?
- How do we improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural and remote Australia?
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 full-blown 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 full-blown diabetes?
- What are the dietary friends and foes?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Preventing 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
Effective Constipation Management
The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be troublesome and distressing for the patient. The availability of laxatives in supermarkets and chemists is thought to contribute to this problem. This session includes:
- What are the causes of constipation?
- How does bowel dysfunction contribute to constipation?
- What is the wise use of aperients?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
How Trauma Affects the Ageing Body
Because of the ageing process, trauma usually has a profound impact on the older adult. Frailty and multiple concurrent comorbidities can dramatically impact the person’s quality of life, creating a cascade of unexpected consequences. This session looks at:
- What do we mean by “trauma”?
- Physiological versus chronological age – does it really matter?
- How trauma affects the ageing body
- Psychological impacts of trauma – PTSD in older adults
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Cancer Emergencies: A Practical Guide
Cancer and its treatment may lead to the development of a range of potentially life-threatening conditions. This session will use case studies to provide a practical overview of a range of emergencies and their relevant interventions that any nurse, regardless of their speciality, must be aware of. It includes:
- Metabolic emergencies
- Haematological emergencies
- Febrile neutropaenia
- Mechanical emergencies
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Documentation: Not Documented, Not Done?
Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. The principles of documentation support the accurate reflection of the nursing assessment. In this session, we consider:
- What are the current guidelines for documentation?
- How does documentation fit into clinical handover?
- Do I document by exception or not?
Acute Mental Health Assessment: For All Regional Nurses
Nurses working in acute care settings, as well as at 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?
- What are the best practice management and models of care for people with acute mental health crisis?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Managing at the Roadside: The Early Minutes of Care
The management of emergency care in the first hour after a motor vehicle accident can be critical in achieving good outcomes. In this session, you will learn how to optimise those early minutes and provided paramedical assistance that can make a difference.
Recent data suggest that ambulance-administered prehospital thrombolysis (AAPT), if given within 2 hours of the onset of STEMI, produces superior outcomes to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI); However, if AAPT is given within 4 hours then the outcomes are similar. In this session, we look at:
- What is the latest evidence for pre-hospital thrombolysis?
- What is it trying to achieve?
- Why is it time critical?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Emergency Nursing and the Role of the RFDS
Emergency nursing does not just belong on the ground. It also happens in the air! In this session, we explore how emergency nursing happens in the air and look at the types of cases that are dealt with every day.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Mentoring and Leadership in Clinical Practice: What Works?
Across clinical practice and health care there is a need to mentor, coach, and lead both novice and expert nurses. These techniques improve engagement and understanding of the day to day clinical role and how nurses can make improved decisions based on research and evidence. These high-order decisions can improve patient outcomes, identify clinical anomalies, and add to the body of nursing knowledge.
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:
- Health care budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
- Now more than ever, it is important, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, 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
Dr. Funmilola Komolafe is a general practitioner based in Broken Hill. ... Read More
Peter Prime is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education and Management/ Graduate Certificate of Critical Care Nursing-ICU/CCU) ... Read More
Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse who works as a consultant in private practice in South Australia. Norah's qualifications ... Read More
Sandra Turley commenced her general nursing training at the Broken Hill Base Hospital in 1975 and completed training in 1978. ... Read More
Elizabeth is a Nurse Practitioner (Far West LHD) and Adjunct Lecturer (Sydney University) who has worked in the fields of ...Read More
Jamie Peetz has twenty years experience with the NSW and QLD ambulance services. Ten of those years were as an ... Read More
Nicole O'Neil is a flight nurse at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in Broken Hill. ... Read More