Canberra Nurses' Conference
- : Canberra ACT 2600
Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to get rapidly 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?
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Zoe RouthThe Team Experience: From Dysfunctional to Fabulous
In this opening session, we will discuss:
- How to navigate politics and turf wars
- What's really going behind the pouts, gossip, and mutineering?
- The secret formula for a winning team
Elizabeth OberstellerNewly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Nurses Can Help
A person who has recently been 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, which websites are credible and can help, and 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?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Elizabeth OberstellerCase Study: Newly Diagnosed Diabetes
In this follow-on session, you will hear about a real-life case study. The case study will draw together elements of the last session where the person has been diagnosed with Type I Diabetes and is now self-managing with health professional support. It will discuss some of the challenges in self-managing and how the management was developed in concert with the client.
Phoebe BarrOlder 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 a note on distractions at the drug trolley and explores:
- 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?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Gary BainWound Healing: Understanding How Skin Works and Heals
Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about the factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. Topics include:
- An update on the skin
- An update on wounds, how they heal, and what delays or prevents healing?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Shannon WoodwardSexual Health: Is Old New Again?
Our sexual health is an important part of our sense of self. Managing our sexual health is important. With the re-emergence of sexually transmitted diseases, has old become new again? In this session, we consider:
- Taking a sexual health history
- Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses in Australia
- Bacterial and viral sexually transmitted infections
- Prevention and current best practice management
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Associate Professor Jennifer LohEmpowering Women in the Workplace
In Australia, women make up nearly half of the workforce, yet many of them are involved mainly in part-time employment and experience a range of behaviours that are detrimental to their ability to perform at their best. In this session, you will hear about:
- How can women empower themselves in the workplace?
- What prevents women from realising their goals?
- How can workplace bullying affect empowerment?
TBACognition and Consent: Best Practice for Older People
The clinician-patient relationship is the key-point for any optimal management in healthcare delivery. Before providing any care, it is essential that informed consent is obtained. During this conversation, the benefits and risks of any procedure must be explained and consent to proceed obtained. This session includes:
- What happens when informed consent cannot be obtained?
- What is the current evidence on consent and cognition?
- What are the best-practice strategies?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Gary BainOedema and Compression Therapy: Practical Update
Compression therapy is the cornerstone of wound management. This session will explore some key aspects of compression therapy, including:
- How do you assess for oedema?
- When should compression therapy be worn?
- What level of compression is required?
- What types of compression are available?
- What are the risks?
- How do you apply compression?
Wendy BeckinghamThe Ins and Outs of Communicable Disease
Though healthcare has come a long way in preventative medicine, disease outbreaks still exist in today’s world. The growing population of people who travel to exotic destinations and return to densely populated areas screams for an outbreak! In this session, we look at the common and most recent outbreaks, an update on disease surveillance, nurses action, and responsibilities. We then look at a real-life case scenario. This session includes:
- What are the most common and most recent communicable disease outbreaks?
- Disease surveillance in 2018 – what are we looking for?
- What are the steps to take once an outbreak has been confirmed?
- What is the nurse’s responsibility in managing an outbreak?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Anne BlunnAs Easy as ABC: Hepatitis – The Forgotten Disease
Hepatitis affects approximately 1085 million people worldwide (WHO 2014). Nearly a quarter of a million Australians live with hepatitis C, of whom 25% have chronic liver disease. Hepatitis is a serious concern for all nurses as they are likely to encounter patients with this condition. This session discusses:
- Morbidity and mortality: what's the reality?
- Who is vulnerable, an update on transmission, and how is it prevented?
- What is new about our knowledge of these diseases?
- What are the aims of modern treatment?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Gary BainImpact of Trauma on an Older Person’s Life
Because of the ageing process, trauma usually has a profound impact on the remainder of a person’s quality of life (and that of their family or carers), creating a cascade of unexpected consequences. As well, other considerations relating to simply being older can further complicate wellbeing. This final session looks at:
- The health consequences that may result from trauma
- The common mechanisms of injury in the older adult
- The physiological changes that contribute to trauma
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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 guidelinesPresenters
Zoë Routh is a leadership expert who has worked with individuals and teams, internationally and in Australia, since 1987. She ... Read More
Elizabeth Obersteller is a Nurse Practitioner and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with over 20 years' experience working with people with diabetes ... Read More
Phoebe Barr is the acting lead pharmacist for the Division of Surgery and Oral Health at the Canberra Hospital and ... Read More
Gary is the clinical nurse consultant (Wound Management) at the Mt Wilga Private Rehabilitation Hospital, Sydney. Concurrent with his clinical ... Read More
Shannon Woodward has been nursing for 26 years and has worked as a nurse and midwife in both acute and ... Read More
Associate Professor Jennifer Loh graduated from the University of Toronto in Canada with an Honours BSc and from the University ...Read More
Wendy Beckingham is an assistant director of nursing at the Canberra Hospital and a credentialed infection control professional in infection ... Read More
Anne Blunn graduated from the Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney 1985 as a Registered Nurse. She has 30 years' nursing ... Read More
To Be Determined