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Cairns Nurses' Conference

  • : Cairns QLD 4870

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Cairns 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 Cairns every December. 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



Jane Stanfield

Trust – Difficult to Establish, but Essential to Maintain

Trust between professionals reflects a recognition and respect for each other's roles. It is a necessary aspect of effective interprofessional collaboration. Trust means you have faith in another person’s beliefs or actions and, although this is a complex subject, we will now take time to look at what trust is and include several ways to build trust. In this session, we will consider:

  • What is trust and how does it operate in your work environment?
  • How can communication build trust?
  • How can you lead by example? – not behaving divisively or blaming others
  • How can you demonstrate transparency and integrity?


Pippa Travers-Mason

Restoring Gut Health? The Role of Probiotics

The gut microbiome, a collection of trillions of mostly bacterial microorganisms, is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of the body. More is being revealed about this once forgotten organ, particularly in relation to the interplay between the gut and health. This session will look at the evidence behind probiotics as a means for restoring and maintaining a healthy microbiome. It includes:

  • What is the gut microbiome?
  • What role does it play in health?
  • What is the evidence behind prebiotics and probiotics?
  • A look at the key therapeutic indications and considerations for the use of probiotics



Pippa Travers-Mason

Medicines Used for the Very Old – What You Must Know to be Safe

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines becomes challenged. In this session, you will look at why this is the case and refresh your knowledge on the importance of a medicine review for those who are very old. It includes a refresher on:

  • How the ageing kidney and liver effect medicine metabolism
  • The best medication delivery mechanisms – tablets, immediate release, or sustained release, patches, MDIs, turbuhalers, or nebulisers
  • The dangers of crushing medicines and other options
  • Over-the-counter medicines (such as Ibuprofen) concerns for the person living in their own home
  • The top 20 drug interactions


Jane Stanfield

Now What? Clinical Leadership at the Bedside

Clinical nurse leaders integrate nursing expertise, new knowledge, and patient preferences to address gaps in care as well as system problems. Applying new knowledge that you have gained or existing knowledge that you have had reinforced over these two days is unfortunately not as straightforward as we might think. Despite high personal motivation, there may be environmental barriers that prevent this knowledge from being put into practice. This final session will arm you with practical tips you can take away. It includes:

  • How can nurses translate new knowledge into practice?
  • What barriers can undermine positive learning outcomes?
  • What if cultural change is required?
  • Which practical strategies will help you to demonstrate your clinical leadership?



Anne Russell

My Experience of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

FASD is unfortunately prevalent in Australian society. There is no cure for FASD. Therefore, the emphasis must be on prevention. This session reflects on a personal experience of FASD, including its lifelong consequences in healthcare and other aspects of society. It will help you to understand:

  • What can be said to a woman who is drinking during pregnancy?
  • What is the impact of a lack of understand around FASD?
  • What are the day to day impacts of FASD ... on children and parents?



Christina Steffen

Venous Leg Ulcers: Sorting Fact from Fiction

Every nurse, regardless of their practice setting, is likely to have cared for a person with a venous leg ulcer. While clear evidence explains how venous leg ulcers should be assessed and managed, this knowledge does not always get translated into practice. As such, this session will clarify and assist you to understand:

  • What is the difference between venous, arterial, and mixed leg ulcers?
  • What causes them?
  • How do you manage them?


Day Two



Steve Lynch

Preventing 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?


Hilary Pearce

Surviving Sepsis: The Importance of Early Recognition

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition. It includes:

  • What are the new definitions of sepsis?
  • Early recognition – what are the clinical signs of sepsis in adults?
  • How do you calculate a SOFA score?



Hilary Pearce

Anaphylaxis – Time to Act Quickly!

Anaphylactic reactions affect the entire body and have potentially life-threatening consequences. They may be caused by exposure to a food allergy or even a medication. Due to its often unpredictable and rapid onset, a timely approach to responding is vital. Could you confidently and rapidly recognise anaphylaxis? This session will bring you up to speed on:

  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • How can you recognise its signs and symptoms?
  • Why are auto-injectors used?
  • What about follow-up care?
  • How to provide education on auto-injectors


Donna-Maree Bates

Mental Status Examination and the Acutely Unwell Adult

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in 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…



Sara Hurren

Women with Breast Cancer – Satisfaction Levels Associated with Lymphoedema Prevention Strategies in North Queensland

This session looks at evidence conducted, which revealed that there is little known information about the satisfaction levels of women with breast cancer on the lymphoedema prevention strategies provided to them.


Jane Jordan

Check Your Understanding – Is It Really Dementia?

The increased incidence of people living with dementia can make it easier to assume a person has dementia when, in fact, they may have other reasons for their confusion. Building on your fundamental assessment skills, this session looks further at other causes of confusion in an older person. Come away making sure that you are not confusing dementia with the following:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Medications



Jane Stanfield

The Art of Relaxation

If stress is a science, then relaxation is definitely an art form. We need to learn and actively practice this skill. Many would argue that for nurses and midwives, this is not something we’re very good at! This session will end day two by demonstrating how you can easily counteract the harmful short- and long-term impacts of stress. It includes:

  • Can you switch off the stress response?
  • Why do we need to become more aware of our body sensations?
  • What are some simple techniques that can promote relaxation and improve personal wellbeing and professional performance?


The Goal Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. 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

Now, more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome-focused, high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

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 related 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


Jane Stanfield

Jane Stanfield

Jane Stanfield is a health service improvement coach. She comes with 30 years’ experience in healthcare, half as a clinician ... Read More

Pippa Travers-Mason

Pippa Travers-Mason

Pippa Travers-Mason began her career as a clinical pharmacist in Sydney before completing her first masters in public health, and ... Read More

Anne Russell

Anne Russell

Anne Russell is the mother of two adult children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder [FASD]. In 2000, she first identified ... Read More

Sherab Bhutia

Sherab Bhutia

Sherab Bhutia is an experienced vascular surgeon with 14 years of work experience. He is a full-time Staff Specialist at ... Read More

Sara Hurren

Sara Hurren

Sara Hurren is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the speciality field of cancer nursing for over 20 years. ... Read More

Jane Jordan

Jane Jordan

Jane Jordan is the Nurse Unit Manager of the Older Persons Evaluation Rehabilitation and Assessment Ward in Cairns hospital. Before ...Read More

Steve Lynch

Steve Lynch

Steven R. Lynch graduated in 1991 in Toronto, Canada. Has worked with Diabetics in private and public practice since 1991 ... Read More

Hilary Pearce

Hilary Pearce

Hilary Pearce qualified as a nurse in New Zealand in 1993 and dabbled in many areas of hospital nursing before ... Read More

Donna-Maree Bates

Donna-Maree Bates

Donna-Maree is a Registered Nurse with a post-graduate certificate in Mental Health Nursing. With over thirty years’ experience, Donna-Maree has worked ... Read More

Christina Steffen

Christina Steffen

Cairns Nurses' Conference
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11 Hours | 45 Mins
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Cairns QLD 4870
Cairns DoubleTree by Hilton, 121-123 The Esplanade and Florence Street
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