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Bundaberg Nurses' Conference

  • : Bundaberg QLD 4670



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 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

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Day One



Dean King

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


Pat A'Bell

Insulin Resistance - Current Evidence

Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:

  • What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
  • Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
  • How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
  • What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?



Pat A’Bell

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


Cameron Duffy

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. It 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?



Mirandah Crossett

Polypharmacy and The Prescribing Cascade

The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:

  • Patient expectations and prescriptions
  • Significant risks and adverse medicine events
  • Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
  • Common culprit medicines to watch out for
  • Periodic reviews of medicines and its role in the prescribing cascade


Fiona Graham

Weight Loss and Food

The global weight loss industry generates billions of dollars. But this is not translated into billions of kilograms lost nor kept off by individuals. This session provides an overview of the evidence underpinning various approaches to weight loss. Includes:

  • Dietary therapy: macronutrient content, carbohydrate and fat quality, nutrient density and amount of energy deficiency
  • Other dietary weight loss strategies (e.g. meal timing, portion controlled meal replacements)
  • Should an obese woman diet during pregnancy?
  • Review of current clinical practice guidelines



Dean King

As Cool As A Cucumber - Dealing With Conflict Comfortably

Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing and patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and a calm head can help YOU manage conflict better. This final interactive session of day one looks at:

  • Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
  • Attack or defend? Working out your stance in a conflictual situation
  • Communication is key - when to defuse and when to engage
  • What about body language?
  • Knowing what makes my emotions get out of control in a conflictual situation


Day Two



Julie McGuiness

Deficit Following Stroke

Stroke causes many long term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependent on the degree and type of brain damage. A particularly disturbing complication relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session explores:

  • What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
  • Nursing assessment - what you need to know
  • Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
  • Evaluating your care


Kirstie Ryan

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Inappropriate use of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and are a major source to hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting or removing catheters. This session considers:

  • Cost, prevention and management of CAUTIs
  • How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in acute settings
  • Management of long-term urinary catheters to prevent trauma - when are they necessary?



Kirstie Ryan

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD)

When urine or faeces is in contact with the skin for protracted periods, inflammation can occur that can result in skin breakdown. In very old people who may also have poor nutrition and mobility issues this can be a grave cause for concern. This session looks at:

  • Who is most at risk for developing IAD?
  • How to rapidly assess the skin for IAD and how frequently should this occur?
  • Preventing skin breakdown
  • Nursing care of a person with IAD



Prescription For Exercise: Countering The Couch Potato Phenomenon

The rise in cardiac events is linked to a lifestyle and lack of exercise regime. This session will explore:

  • A case study which supports outcomes for clients post cardiac event
  • Functional capacity testing: Interactive workshop



David Lawson

Ambiguous Loss: The grief that does not have closure

In this presentation we explore grief & loss from the perspective of having no closure and how as care givers we can support people through it.


Nancy Scott

Breast Cancer - 2017 Update

Breast cancer is not just one disease but a complex collection of many different sub-types that can often be referred to in a confusing way. Breast cancer occurs predominantly in females, although in rare instances men can also develop the disease. In this session:

  • Breast cancer - latest information
  • How does breast cancer develop?
  • Modern evidence-based treatments
  • Breast Care Nurses at the forefront - patient education and the role of health promotion



Dean King

May The Force Be With YOU: Build Your Personal Resilience

Personal resilience is an incredible foundation to fall back on. Increasing personal resilience is a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity. This final session of the conference will explore:

  • How can neuroplasticity help us understand resilience?
  • What impact do our belief and value systems play in staying resilient?
  • 7 techniques to building resilience


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 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


Dean King

Dean King

Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More

Pat A'Bell

Pat A'Bell

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

Cameron  Duffy

Cameron Duffy

Cameron is Nursing Director, Divisions of Medicine at the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. Cameron has been working in ... 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

Fiona Graham

Fiona Graham

Fiona Graham is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has worked in metropolitan, rural and remote positions in the Northern Territory, ... Read More

Julie McGuiness

Julie McGuiness

Julie graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (First Class Honours) in 1993. She worked at ... Read More

Kirstie Ryan

Kirstie Ryan

Kirstie Ryan is the clinical nurse consultant of stomal therapy and continence for the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service ... Read More

David  Lawson

David Lawson

David Lawson is a Clinical Counsellor and Certified Life Coach in Private Practice. His Practice Finding The Light Counselling & ... Read More

Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott

Nancy Scott is one of the first credentialed Cancer Nurses in Australia and she works for the McGrath Breast Care ... Read More

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Bundaberg Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
$572.00 (two days)
Bundaberg QLD 4670
Bundaberg Brothers Sports Club, 130 Takalvan St
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