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Bundaberg Nurses' Conference

  • : Bundaberg QLD 4670

Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to rapidly get 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



Amanda Fryer

Living with Ease, Not Disease: Self-Care for Nurses

Nursing is a hard profession, especially given the shiftwork nature of our jobs. Engaging and encouraging patients to make better health choices is difficult, especially if we are not making positive health choices ourselves. As role models, advocates, and educators of health, our clients and patients look to us for guidance and help. It is imperative that we care for ourselves first and foremost, in order to care for others. This session will serve as a timely reminder about why self-care matters.


Pat A’Bell

Newly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Nurses Can Help

A person who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes is often confused and worried. They may seek information from many sources, which may help. However, professional face-to-face communication is essential in these early days. This session looks at the common issues that face a person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes. It includes:

  • Should you recommend self-monitoring of blood glucose?
  • What dietary advice should you give if they like to eat potatoes in the evening?
  • Should you advise a person to increase exercise if they are slim?
  • Which websites are credible and can help?



Pat A’Bell

Reversing Pre-Diabetes

Because diabetes is well-known to be linked to a raft of chronic diseases reversing or delaying its onset is now imperative. In this session, we will look at the definition of pre-diabetes and what is known about it. As well, evidence regarding whether pre-diabetes inevitably leads to diabetes will be addressed. It includes:

  • What is pre-diabetes and how is it diagnosed?
  • If a person has a high blood sugar reading, what is the next step that should be taken?
  • Can pre-diabetes be reversed and, if so, how?
  • What ongoing surveillance is necessary?
  • What is the importance of nurses in preventing diabetes?


Fiona Stack

Talking about Sex and Health

Candid conversations about sex and health rarely happen! The prevalence and importance of a patient’s sexual concerns are consistently underestimated. So what are the key cues and how do you raise the topic of sex and health when assessing patients? This session looks at:

  • How to take a sexual history
  • Correct specimen collections
  • Contact tracing
  • PEP and PrEP



Dane Lang

Advance Care Directives

As patients near the final phase of a terminal illness, it can be difficult to make rational and reasonable choices that meet the patient’s wishes. There are many legal and ethical pitfalls when considering end-of-life choices for patients, their families, and health professionals. This insightful session will discuss:

  • What are Advance Care Directives and why should everyone have them?
  • How do you have a practical discussion about a patient’s wishes as outlined in an Advance Care Directive?
  • What are some of the ethical decisions that patients and families face at the end of life?



Dane Lang

Legal Conundrums with Chronic Disease

Sometimes, chronic illness can affect a person to such an extent they have to make serious changes to their lifestyle. However, the person may not have insight into their risks. This session includes case studies and looks at the implications for health challenges that require consideration as they may affect not only the person with the condition but also others around them. Consider:

  • When does disability prevent driving?
  • What other common chronic conditions may pose risks?
  • What is your responsibility as a nurse?


Amanda Fryer

Low Fat Versus Low Carb Diets

There are many different types of diets that people use. However, some appear to work better than others. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of some diets outweigh those of others. This session specifically looks at the relative merits of low fat versus low carbohydrate diets. It includes:

  • When is a low-fat diet indicated?
  • Which type of diet affects blood glucose levels?
  • Does time of day when food is ingested matter?
  • Which diet works best for cardiovascular disease?


Day Two



Simon Troth

How Genetics Influence Health

The relationship between our genes, the environment and disease is complex yet fascinating. More and more research reveals that our genes play a huge role in the development of many conditions. From cardiovascular disease, to autoimmune conditions, the genes we inherit from our parents are shaping our health. This session reveals:

  • Genes, behaviour, and environment - what are the links?
  • Nature vs nurture - do these influence health more than genes?
  • Do genes cause disease?


Margie Mears

Breast Cancer Demystified

Our knowledge of breast cancer has increased significantly in the past decades. However, many misconceptions about this disease remain in the community. In this session we look at:

  • What is the best practice information regarding breast cancer?
  • What is the role of the breast cancer nurse in educating patients?



Kelly Dooley

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Heart disease is a prevalent condition affecting many Australians. In the past decade, its management has significantly improved people’s longevity. Successful health outcomes for a person who has experienced a cardiac event or intervention relies in large part on their compliance with rehabilitation regimes. This session looks at:

  • What types of rehabilitation are required after a cardiac event or intervention?
  • How successful is rehabilitation?
  • What can nurses do to assist rehabilitation for patients who are fearful or anxious?


Mirandah Crossett

Statins: Who Needs Them?

Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on decreasing morbidity that relates to cardiovascular disease. Their lipid-lowering effects are now well-established. However, in recent times, there has been controversy surrounding their use. This session will explain how they work, including their contra-indications and clarify any confusion to ensure nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. It includes:

  • What role do statins have in diminishing absolute CVD risk?
  • Can common side effects be managed?
  • What happens when statins are ceased?



Mandy McDonald

Chronic Kidney Disease

Renal disease is a killer that affects many Australians and particularly Indigenous communities. End-stage renal disease can present a number of treatment option challenges and psychosocial considerations. In this session, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Options for treatment
  • Dialysis considerations
  • Issues with transplantation
  • Access and barriers to treatment and care
  • Psychological effects of end-stage disease on patients and their relatives



Amanda Fryer

50 Shades of Fat...

Modern thinking suggests that it’s not just diet that causes disease. It’s not just food that lays down fat. Many of the above-mentioned factors create an “obesogenic” environment. Put simply, these environments encourage unhealthy foods and discourage activity. Along with psychological and biological input, our genetics, gut, and fat cells all send messages to the appetite and satiety centres in the hypothalamus. Could it be here that some of the damage is done? It’s time to dismantle the pathology of obesity. This session explains:

  • What does an “obesogenic” environment look like?
  • How are our genetics implicated and have environmental factors altered our genes?
  • What is happening in our gut and how does it respond to certain nutrients?
  • Neuropeptides – suppresses and stimulators of appetite?
  • What is the brain’s response to these factors?
  • Finally, how can this cascade explain:
    • Insulin resistance?
    • Metabolic syndrome?
    • Development of type II Diabetes Mellitus?


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
  • 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 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, recognised standards, and guidelines


Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More

Pat A'Bell

Pat A'Bell

Patricia A’Bell is a Registered Nurse and Credentialed Diabetes Educator who commenced her private practice Diabetes Education Outreach Service in ... Read More

Fiona Stack

Fiona Stack

Fiona Stack is the nurse unit manager of Q Clinic, Wide Bay Sexual Health and HIV Service and has been ... Read More

Dane Lang

Dane Lang

Dane Lang is managing partner at Lewis & McNamara Solicitors. Since taking the reins, Dane has carried on Lewis & ... Read More

Margie Mears

Margie Mears

Margie Mears has been a registered nurse for 40 years. She has held a variety of positions in both the ... Read More

Kelly Dooley

Kelly Dooley

Kelly Dooley is a Registered Nurse and acting program manager of HeartStart cardiac rehabilitation service in Bundaberg. She is a ...Read More

Mirandah Crossett

Mirandah Crossett

Mirandah Crossett is a local Bundaberg pharmacist with experience in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and aged care. She has a ... Read More

Mandy McDonald

Mandy McDonald

Mandy McDonald has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She was initially trained at the Broken Hill ... Read More

Simon Troth

Simon Troth

Simon Troth is an Associate Genetic Counselor with Genetic Health Queensland, RBWH. Since completion of his Graduate Diploma in Genetic ... Read More

Bundaberg Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
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$590.00 (two days)
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Brothers Sports Club, 130 Takalvan St
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