Bunbury Nurses' Conference
- : Bunbury SA 5266
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?
Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Karen MasonManaging Musculoskeletal Injuries and Trauma
Musculoskeletal sprains, strains, and other injuries are often caused by falls, unintentional injury, and transport accidents. Nurses practicing in hospitals, emergency departments, primary health care and rural or remote areas are often the frontline responders or carers of people who suffer such injuries. This session provides an exploration of the nurse's role regarding musculoskeletal trauma. It will provide an overview of:
- The assessment of musculoskeletal trauma
- The considerations in the management of musculoskeletal injuries
- When imaging and further diagnostics are required and when they are not
Craig ClarkOsteoarthritis – Are we Managing it Correctly?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative rheumatological disease that most commonly affects the hands, spine, and major joints of the body, such as the hips and knees. As the most common form of arthritis, and with hospitalisations for this condition rising in Australia, all nurses will need to understand this condition if patient outcomes are to be achieved. This session will look at how debilitating symptoms such as stiffness, pain, and limited joint movement develop and what the evidence tells us works best for managing this condition. It includes:
- What is osteoarthritis and does it affect certain joints differently?
- What are the main triggers and risk factors for development?
- How can we halt disease progression to prevent the need for joint replacements?
- A look at the non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of osteoarthritis – what does the evidence suggest is best?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Craig ClarkAntidepressants in Older Adults
Antidepressant medicines are one of our most commonly prescribed medicines. In older adults, we must be aware of the possibility of profound side effects that are particularly potent to this vulnerable group. This session will highlight the issues surrounding the prescription of antidepressants. You will learn about:
- How an older adult is deemed suitable to start on an antidepressant medication
- Monitoring for wanted and unwanted effects
- Interactions with over-the-counter medicines
- Deprescribing antidepressants or changing treatment
- Evidence on psychotherapy, nutrition, and other adjunctive therapies
Nicole FrayneSafe Management of Diabetes
Increasingly, people with type II diabetes may require insulin to manage their diabetes. Yet, their physiological changes mean that this medication must be very well understood for it to be given safely. This session will provide a comprehensive update on how diabetes is managed, with a focus on safety if insulin is required. It includes:
- Changes in the management of diabetes
- When to monitor BGLs
- When to eat meals
- How to administer insulin correctly
- Recognition and management of preventable harm: hypoglycaemia
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Denise TurnerMotivating Small Teams: Uncovering the Untold Story
Motivation is a constant issue in most workplaces. What motivates people can be very personal. If you are the clinical manager, what does it take to motivate the staff who you lead? This session looks at models of motivation and unpacks why some methods will work on one person but not on another. It includes:
- Why is motivating a team so important?
- What motivates people?
- Which model do you use use and when?
- Behaviours of the leader – how important are they?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Noosha Behshad and Chathuri WelgamaPreventing Infections in People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers
The complications and ramifications of a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer acquiring an infection are disastrous. The risk of amputation significantly increases and can greatly affect a person's life. This session reviews the important considerations for the prevention of infections for those with a diabetic foot ulcer. It includes:
- What are the different types and causes of diabetic foot ulcers?
- How common are infections in people with a diabetic foot ulcer?
- What are the risk factors for developing an infection?
- Who are the patients we need to be most vigilant with to prevent infections and how?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Karen MasonChest Pain – What do I Need to Do?
Acute illness can originate from or eventually compromise cardiovascular function. Chest pain may be an early indicator of this. So, if your patient reports that they have chest pain, what would you do next? How would you assess this individual? Would you be confident in knowing the cause? Would you be able to act on this potential cause of acute illness to prevent a downward spiral of events? This session will leave you feeling much more confident that you can answer these questions. It includes:
- The different types of chest pain and their life-threatening potential
- How to assess and differentiate dangerous cardiac pain from other chest pains
- What to do when your patient reports they have chest pain
- Useful update on the pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of chest pain
Barbara HasenoehrlThe Genetics of Breast Cancer
The estimated risk of breast cancer that is associated with a harmful genetic mutation is even higher for women who have a family history of breast cancer: Of these women, many will develop breast cancer by age 70 years. This session discusses:
- What is meant by a family history of breast cancer?
- How does the family history affect the risk of developing the disease?
- Which genes predict a potential for developing breast cancer?
- How does the role of breast screening support women with a high risk?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Barbara HasenoehrlWhat is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?
Triple negative breast cancer is often found to be more aggressive and associated with a poor prognosis. In this session, using case studies, discover why this type of breast cancer is particularly worrisome. Find out:
- What is triple negative breast cancer and why is it so serious?
- Why is the prognosis poor?
- What makes this type of cancer so aggressive?
- Are treatment options the same as other breast cancers?
TBANutrition and Dehydration at the End of Life
Hydration is so closely associated with good health that it is very difficult to resist rehydrating patients, even if this is not in their best interest. This session discusses how we can assess the needs of a patient at the terminal phase and whether nutrition and hydration is appropriate. It includes:
- What is the role of artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life?
- What mouth care is appropriate for an unconscious person who is dying?
- What are practical ways of explaining dehydration at the end of life to families?
- How can you support of families through this difficult time?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
TBAPain Management at the End of Life
Getting the dose of analgesia correct can be difficult. It is even more complicated if a person has a dementing illness or is unconscious. This session looks at the management of analgesia in the final days of a person’s life. It includes:
- Clinical decision making and the appropriate use of morphine for pain relief
- Relief of other symptoms at the end of a person’s life
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen MasonChest X-Rays: Interpretation Made Easy
In this interactive session, there will be a use of case studies to highlight how to perform a basic interpretation of a chest x-ray to identify the following respiratory conditions – atelectasis, rib fracture, pneumothorax, tension pneumothorax, acute pulmonary oedema, and tumours.
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high-value care 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 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 and recognised standards and guidelinesPresenters
Karen Mason qualified as a Nurse Practitioner: emergency, gaining her masters in Nurse Practitioner studies in 2008. She currently works ... Read More
Craig Clark is a Western Australian community pharmacist of 30 years. He has owned South City Chemmart Pharmacy for over ... Read More
Nicole completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 1996 at Curtin University, WA. Her pharmacy experience includes hospital and community pharmacy, ... Read More
Denise Turner, RN, MNed began her nursing career in South Africa in the year 2000 as a passionate orthopaedic, Registered ... Read More
Noosha Behshad completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences at La Trobe University. She furthered her graduate studies in a Doctor ... Read More
Chathuri Welgama completed her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the University of Western Australia, after finishing her undergraduate degree ... Read More
Barbara Hasenoehrl is currently working as a specialist breast care nurse for Breast Cancer Care WA in Perth. She has ... Read More
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