Bundaberg Nurses' Conference
- : Bundaberg QLD 4670
Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, 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 preventive 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
Karen-Ann ClarkeHealth Care Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in healthcare workplaces should be regarded as inevitable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions regarding which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. This introductory session aims to contextualise the current healthcare environment and assist you to build confidence when implementing change.
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to certain types of proposed changes and innovations
Beth KnightPre-diabetes: A Window of Opportunity
The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but it 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?
- Dietary friends and foes
10:30 MORNING TEA
Karen-Ann ClarkeAssessment for Traumatic Stress Conditions
Traumatic stress conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) are becoming more prevalent in the community. Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history-taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session asks:
- Are there early warning signs that these conditions may exist?
- What does a comprehensive assessment for ASD or PTSD consist of?
- What would make you suspect a person may have ASD or PTSD?
- How are people screened for ASD or PTSD?
- How can you elicit information from a person who is deeply traumatised?
- An evaluation of assessment tools
Nancy ScottInflammatory Breast Cancer
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is a rare invasive form of breast cancer that is frequently missed and therefore results in delayed diagnoses with a high morbidity. It can develop very quickly and its symptomatology can be confusing. This session will alert you to this lethal disease and give you information about early detection. Includes:
- How does this condition differ to other forms of breast cancer?
- Why are young people most likely to be affected?
- Is surgery a treatment option?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Elyssa Hamad MkaliPodiatry: Managing High Risk Feet
Assessing, managing and preventing high risk foot complications is a complex skill, relevant to many chronic illnesses. This session aims to improve your knowledge and help you build this skill into your everyday patient assessment and education. Includes:
- What is a high risk foot?
- What are the best prevention strategies for people at risk?
- How to manage a high risk foot that has impaired function
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Kirstie RyanStomal Therapy - The Importance of it All
While most people with a stoma are able to manage them effectively, understanding the background to the stoma, its role and its placement underpins its management. This very practical session will include:
- When is a stoma a treatment of choice?
- Commonly formed stomas
- Types of appliances and accessories - why and when they are used, how to obtain them
- Day to day management and common problems
- Psychological considerations when assisting someone with their stoma
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Karen-Ann ClarkeAssertive or Aggressive? Nursing Communication
We are always communicating even when we are not speaking. It is vital that in healthcare that our communication meets the need of everyone. In this session we will look at:
- When does assertive become aggressive?
- Tailoring your communication style
- How to manage aggressive communication
- Team communication - helpful or toxic?
Phillip WellsCardiac Disease: Focusing on Secondary Prevention
Improving wellbeing and preventing further cardiovascular events (‘secondary prevention’) are essential goals of healthcare for people with cardiovascular disease.
Contemporary secondary prevention strategies such as cardiac rehabilitation may accelerate recovery. This session reviews how improved symptom management and quality of life, while reducing recurrent cardiovascular events and hospitalisations, may be achieved through various holistic approaches.
10:45 MORNING TEA
Catherine O’MullanFemale Sexuality: The Hunt for a Pink Viagra
Lack of libido (sexual desire) is the most common sexual problem in females. With increasing numbers of women being diagnosed as ‘sexually dysfunctional’, a plethora of medications targeting the female libido have been steadily researched and tested. The recent approval of a medication to treat low sexual desire in women has generated a lot of interest, but can it help women reclaim sexual desire? This presentation includes:
- ‘Female sexual dysfunction’ - how do we define abnormal?
- What are the potential risks associated with the diagnosis and treatment of female sexual dysfunction?
- How can we realistically help women who have sexual difficulties?
Catherine O'MullanWomen, Sexual Difficulties and Antidepressants: Latest Research
Managing and treating the sexual side effects of antidepressants have presented a challenge to women, healthcare professionals and researchers. Although sexual difficulties may not be a pressing issue for women on antidepressants during the early phase of treatment, this can emerge as a substantial problem once women are stabilised on medication. In recent years, the research has focused specifically on the management and treatment of antidepressant-related sexual difficulties in women in an attempt to improve quality of life and to increase adherence to medication. This presentation includes:
- What are the most common sexual side effects of antidepressants?
- What are the latest treatment and management approaches?
- How can we help women to cope with the sexual side effects?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Deborah KerrPalliative Care Nursing Update
It has long been acknowledged that assessment is the cornerstone of nursing practice. Patient assessment within palliative care requires a special combination of skills required to recognise the complex needs of dying people, and to respond holistically to concurrent problems in the person’s physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions. This session provides an update on a range of issues relating to palliative care.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen-Ann ClarkeStress Relief and Mindfulness in Nursing
The practice of mindfulness is considered a useful strategy that may reduce stress, anxiety and even burnout. As every nurse knows, this is key to meeting the demands of shift work and ensuring a balanced life. This final session will assist with your understanding of mindfulness and demonstrate how you can apply practical strategies to your work and everyday life. Includes:
- What is mindfulness?
- How can mindfulness assist with relaxation in our daily lives?
- What clinical scenarios may benefit from the practice of mindfulness?
- The use of hand massage as a tool for relaxation
4:15 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 is 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 your 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
Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and ... Read More
Beth Knight is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, a Certificate IV Fitness Trainer and a Certificate IV ... Read More
Nancy Scott is a highly qualified Registered Nurse who is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, McGrath Breast Care Nurse. Nancy provides ... Read More
Kirstie Ryan is the clinical nurse consultant of stomal therapy and continence for the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service ... Read More
Phillip Wells is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years' experience in medical, surgical and critical care nursing. In the ... Read More
Cathy O'Mullan has worked as a health promotion practitioner for over 20 years, both here in Australia and in the ... Read More
Deborah Kerr is a Clinical Nurse Consultant Palliative Care for the Wide Bay Hospitals and Health Service, Fraser Coast. Deborah ... Read More
Elyssa Hamad Mkali
Elyssa Hamad Mkali has a Bachelor of Health Science with Honours in Podiatry and a Graduate Certificate in Wound Care. ... Read More