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Bundaberg Nurses' Conference

  • : Bundaberg QLD 4670

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Bundaberg region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Bundaberg every February. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…

We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.


Schedule Day One



Welcome and Introduction


Dr Karen-Anne Clarke

Mental Status Examination and the Acutely Unwell Person

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working within mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform an acute mental status examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person who is experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in?
  • What factors can lead someone to become acutely unwell?
  • How do we conduct a mental status examination?
  • Caring during a crisis – practical tips on what to say and do to support a person…



Dr Karen-Ann Clarke

Superficially Charismatic with Callous Disregard

There is a raft of behaviours that can cause a feeling of unease and frustration in the workplace. There may be a sense that a person is “getting under your skin”. Sometimes these behaviours are particularly damaging. This session will help you to understand personality disorders as a potential cause of workplace disruption and will offer practical strategies to counter the consequences of this condition. It includes:

  • The characteristics of a personality disorder
  • How to work with people who rely on manipulative behaviours such as flattery and insincerities to win favour
  • Tips on “calling out” manipulative behaviour


Dr Karen-Anne Clarke

Recognising and Responding to Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

A need for a risk assessment can be identified in any area of nursing. Recognising a change in mental state can be the difference in reducing the risk of self-harm or suicide. This session will look further into responding and recognising the risk of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It includes:

  • What’s the difference between self-harm and suicidal thoughts?
  • What are the common triggers for these feelings?
  • How is a risk assessment conducted?
  • What are the approaches to managing patients who present with self-harm or suicidal thoughts?



Mirandah Crossett

Ceasing Complacency – Why Medication Safety Matters

Being busy is often the number one thing on a nurses mind. We are known for planning and prioritising our time to get things done. However, recognising when our behaviours may switch from routine to complacency is essential. In fact, it’s most pertinent when we consider our routine for medication administration to ensure errors are avoided. This session will go back to basics on medication safety to ensure you leave feeling confident about your own practice. It includes:

  • Why do medication errors occur?
  • How can you prevent being interrupted?
  • Where can you go to obtain up-to-date information on medicines?
  • How can you improve medication administration safety and documentation?



Mirandah Crossett

Older People and Medicines

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is essential. It includes:

  • Metabolism and medicines – how do we change?
  • Medication delivery mechanisms – does one size fit all?
  • What are the dangers of crushing medicines – are there other options?
  • What are the top ten interactions to watch for?
  • A note on distractions at the drug trolley!


Day Two



Welcome and Review


Beth Knight

Complications of Diabetes – What is Going On?

We all know the facts behind diabetes, in this session the current theories regarding the causative factors that lead to diabetes complications will be examined and discussed. Topics include:

  • What are the fundamental changes that occur at the cellular level with diabetes that lead to chronic damage?
  • What is the role of advanced glycation end-products in creating complications?
  • Why should the thyroid gland be part of the normal diabetes healthcare check?
  • Is there a difference in microvascular and macrovascular disease development?
  • What is the concern if someone is on beta-adrenergic blocking agents (β-blockers)?
  • How does prolonged hyperglycaemia interfere with cellular immunity?


Beth Knight

The Psychosocial Impact of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we improve our support to those living with diabetes?



Theresa Winston

“War On Wounds” – Wounds That Won’t Heal

Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating particularly for the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include:

  • Which wounds are known to be chronic in nature?
  • What causes prolonged healing in a chronic wound?
  • How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?
  • Are there alternative ways to improve wound healing?


Theresa Winston

Bringing Wounds to Light

Staying up-to-date with wound care and prevention to help prevent and reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at chronic wound management by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:

  • Exploring recommended wound care products
  • Advanced wound care functions
  • Latest research influencing wound care selection
  • Latest wound care standards



Dr Karen-Anne Clarke

Anxious Feelings – Helping People Experiencing Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety to some extent during their life. Anxiety is a necessity for recognising and responding to something that poses a threat to our wellbeing. However, these feelings for some people can quickly consume their life. This session will look further into:

  • How anxiety can have both positive and negative impacts on a person's overall health
  • Clinical approaches to treatment
  • How to help people work through their anxiety


Dr Karen-Anne Clarke

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

At the core of many people’s struggle with health is an emotional trigger. This does not prevent good health from being achieved, but these emotional causes need to be understood and worked through if health goals are to be achieved. Understanding some of the common factors that affect a person’s mental health, we will gain an appreciation of how your patients can work through emotional triggers. It’s time to consider the relationship between mental health and physical health. It includes a look at the following:

  • Stress
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sleep disturbances



Dr Karen-Anne Clarke

The Power of Empathy…

At the core of the nursing identity is compassionate intention. Nurses intend to communicate and practice with genuine care, respect, and empathy for others. However, the delivery of fragmented, task-oriented, protocol-driven care can often leave us losing sight of these core intentions. Are we nursing with our heads or our hearts? Go back to basics and re-examine the power of empathy. Consider:

  • What is empathy?
  • Are you born with it or are there ways to develop it?
  • How can patients benefit from empathetic care?
  • Can empathy improve clinical satisfaction and nurse wellbeing?


The Goal Need for Program

Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness

Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with ... 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

Beth Knight

Beth Knight

Beth Knight is an accredited practicing dietitian, a credentialled diabetes educator, a certificate IV fitness trainer, and a certificate IV ... Read More

Theresa Winston

Theresa Winston

Theresa Winston completed her master's of nursing science (Nurse Practitioner) in 2009 and worked for eight years as a Nurse ...Read More

Bundaberg Nurses' Conference
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10 Hours | 55 Mins
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10 Hours | 55 Mins
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Bundaberg Brothers Sports Club, 130 Takalvan St
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