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Broken Hill Nurses' Conference

  • : Broken Head NSW 2481


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

 Print Schedule

Day One


Stuart Riley

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 provision in the Far West Local Health District. Topics for discussion include:

  • Who is not receiving quality healthcare in rural Australia?
  • What are the issues facing 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?


Peter Prime

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 best prevent the development of type II diabetes?
  • Dietary friends and foes



Peter Prime

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
  • Retinopathy
  • Nephropathy


Norah Bostock

Genuine Stress Incontinence in Women

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

  • What is the difference between genuine stress incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome?
  • 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



Eureka (Erica) Van Der Merwe

Essentials of Care

The Essentials of Care Program is a framework to support the development and ongoing evaluation of nursing and midwifery practice and patient care. It is underpinned by the principles of transformational practice development. This approach to practice requires that all stakeholders – patients, carers, staff and families – have opportunities to participate and are included in decisions about effective care using approaches that respect individual and collective values. Nurses and midwives have been enthused by this opportunity to refocus on the basic values of caring and the reason why many of us came into the profession. This interactive practical session includes:

  • Appreciative inquiry - what is compassionate relationship centered care?
  • How can we use ‘emotional touchpoints’ to uncover practices that are known but are rarely said?
  • How can we involve our staff, patients and their carers more using this approach?


Sandra Turley

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. Includes:

  • Metabolic emergencies
  • Haematological emergencies
  • Febrile neutropaenia
  • Mechanical emergencies



Norah Bostock

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 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 really be understood?
  • Learn the dynamics of team communication
  • The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills


Day Two


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?


Jane Cain

Is it Delirium, Dementia or 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. Delirium 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?



Jamie Peetz

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.


Bernard Zachulski

Pre-hospital Thrombolysis

Recent data suggest that ambulance-administered prehospital thrombolysis, if given within 2 hours of the onset of STEMI, produces superior outcomes to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI); if given within 4 hours, the outcomes are similar. This session will consider:

  • What is the latest evidence for pre-hospital thrombolysis?
  • What is it trying to achieve?
  • Why is it time critical?



Jackie Hanniver & Gabrielle Schaffer

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 how emergency nursing happens in the air and some of the case studies that are dealt with everyday.



Annette Walker

Emergency Room: Happening Right Now!

In the emergency room care is provided at a very fast pace. Nurse are expected to manage a wide variety of scenarios and make fast assessments. In this session:

  • Making it happen: The process of making rapid assessments
  • Documentation in the emergency setting
  • Caring for people in the emergency room – treating the person and their family


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

Stuart  Riley

Stuart Riley

Stuart Riley has worked in the health system for over 20 years in a range of roles including clinical, research, ... Read More

Peter  Prime

Peter Prime

Peter is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (Grad Cert Diabetes Ed & Management/ Grad Cert Critical Care Nursing-ICU/CCU) at Broken Hill ... Read More

Sandra  Turley

Sandra Turley

Sandra Turley commenced her general nursing training at the Broken Hill Base Hospital in 1975 and completed training in 1978. ... Read More

Jane Cain

Jane Cain

Jane Cain is a passionate nurse who cares about the older person. She has over twenty five years nursing experience, ... Read More

Eureka (Erica) Van Der Merwe

Eureka (Erica) Van Der Merwe

Eureka (Erica) Van Der Merwe has been a nurse for 37 years. In that time she has worked in a ... Read More

Annette Walker

Annette Walker

Annette Walker is the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Emergency Department at the Broken Hill Health Service. She was appointed ... Read More

Jackie Hanniver

Jackie Hanniver

Jackie Hanniver graduated as a registered nurse from Deakin University, Warnambool. Completing a graduate year at western health specialising in operating ... Read More

Jamie Peetz

Jamie Peetz

Jamie Peetz has twenty years experience with the NSW and QLD ambulance services ten of those as an Intensive Care ... Read More

Bernard Zachulski

Bernard Zachulski

Bernard Zachulski has been a paramedic with New South Wales Ambulance for four years. In that time he has been ... Read More

Gabrielle Schaffer

Gabrielle Schaffer

Gabrielle Schaffer graduated in 1992 from Uni of SA Underdale and her career commenced in ICU. In 1996 Gabrielle completed ... Read More

Broken Hill Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
Start Date
End Date
11 hours 30 mins
Price Details
$572.00 (two days)
Broken Head NSW 2481
Broken Hill Broken Hill Musicians Club, 276 Crystal Street
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