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Canberra Nurses' Conference

  • : Canberra ACT 2600

 

Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health

Overview

Healthcare is undergoing constant change; therefore the need to keep up to date with current evidence is imperative. Attend this conference and discover:

  • What are the emerging health priorities that affect you now and in the future?
  • How can you implement preventive health strategies and improve patient outcomes?
  • What can you do to minimise the impact of certain conditions?
  • What is the latest evidence on a range of current treatments?
  • How can you deliver the best patient-centred care?

Attend this local Nurses’ Conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills and practice.

Schedule

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Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Professor Colin Butler

The Case for Change: Health in the ACT

Australians are living longer, and so are people overseas. Yet some of the underlying foundations of health, both here and globally, are eroding. This has not yet translated to a fall in Australian health indicators, but could such a decline be around the corner? In this introductory session, we will consider:

  • Rising patient expectations, new and costly technologies, falling government funding: can these challenges be managed with equity?
  • Adverse global environmental change, including to the climate: health issues of which nurses in the national capital should be aware
  • Practical steps: 'think as well as treat'; help reduce personal and healthcare-related environmental footprints

9:45

Shannon Woodward

Sexual Health: Is Old New Again?

Our sexual health is an important part of our sense of self and managing our sexual health is important. With the 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

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Rachel Longhurst

Hot Bodies: The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:

  • Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
  • How does sepsis cause hypotension?
  • The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that attention is warranted
  • Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?

11:45

Norah Bostock

Cognition and Consent

Patient understanding of the consent process is often sub-optimal. It is often surmised by nurses that consent has been given when care is being provided. In this session we will discuss:

  • What are the different forms of consent?
  • The importance of understanding consent where patients have a cognitive deficit
  • Are health outcomes likely to be impaired if patients fail to give consent?
  • The nursing role in the consent process

12:45PM LUNCH BREAK


1:45

Isabel Reeves

Pre-Diabetes - A Window of Opportunity?

The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but it leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing full-blown diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes including:

  • What is it and how is it diagnosed?
  • Who gets it?
  • What education can a nurse provide to patients to prevent it from developing into full blown diabetes?
  • Dietary friends and foes

2:30

Wendy Beckingham

Blood-borne Pathogens: Understanding the Risks

Despite a greater knowledge of hazards and risk management, healthcare workers continue to be exposed to blood and bodily fluids through needlestick injuries and other exposure incidents. This session includes:

  • What blood-borne pathogens are of most concern?
  • Modes of transmission: when am I actually at risk?
  • Appropriate use of precautions
  • What to do if you experience a needlestick or sharps injury ?
  • How can nurses avoid discrimination when a patient has a known blood-borne infection?

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Norah Bostock

A Quartet in Nocturia

Nocturia is now considered a syndrome in its own right. It can occur anywhere across the lifespan and be difficult to assess and manage. This session includes four perspectives of nocturia:

  • A flush in the night - anatomy and physiology
  • Root causes - what's it all about?
  • Opting in - management and treatment options
  • At the end of the road - outcomes for nocturia

4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Norah Bostock

Effective Nursing Care - Translating Evidence into Practice

This session shows how high quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using practical examples, this session invites you to consider:

  • Why evidence and accountability go ‘hand in hand’
  • How can you quickly and easily assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice; how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs

9:45

Jane Kellett

Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:

  • Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
  • The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
  • Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Professor Reena Ghildyal

Evidence-Based Update: Respiratory Viruses and Asthma

Viral respiratory conditions, particularly upper-respiratory tract conditions (URTIs) remain a common cause of illness and even hospitalisation in certain populations such as older people. Asthma is also a serious respiratory condition that can result in serious exacerbations needing evidence-based nursing management. This session will provide latest information, evidence and updates on respiratory viruses and asthma.

11:45

Lauren Lambert

Beta-blockers - Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Beta-adrenergic blocking agents have been available for many years, with some people having been continuously prescribed these medicines for decades. This poses a range of challenges for nurses who must stay up-to-date on these commonly prescribed medicines. This session will address the following issues:

  • Recent changes to the guidelines for the management of hypertension
  • Evidence regarding the efficacy of beta blockers
  • The role of beta blockers in heart failure
  • Contra-indications and toxicity e.g. asthma, COPD and diabetes
  • Adverse effects of beta blockers – side effects, or the disease being treated?
  • How can a person be withdrawn from beta-blockers and what are the risks?

12:45PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Norah Bostock

Pelvic Floor Muscle Dysfunction

The pelvic floor is the support mechanism for the pelvic organs. What happens when this structure dysfunctions? This session discusses:

  • Pelvic floor anatomy and physiology
  • Pathophysiology and dysfunction
  • Management of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction: what’s hot and what’s not?

2:15

Emma Awizen

Power to the Patient - Advanced Care Planning

As the shift in healthcare continues to move towards a model where patient preferences are central to all care decisions, Advanced Care Planning is a concept nurses must be familiar with. This informative session discusses:

  • What is the role of Advanced Care Plans and will this change in the future?
  • How can an individual develop an Advanced Care Plan?
  • How are Advanced Care Plans encouraged in people with chronic illness?

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Megan Layton

Stress Relief and Mindfulness in Nursing

The practice of mindfulness is considered a useful strategy that may reduce stress, anxiety and even burnout. In this session you will be introduced to mindfulness and its benefits, including:

  • The role mindfulness can play in stress reduction, self-care and in helping us to navigate life's challenges
  • An overview of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Applications of mindfulness at work

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM


The Goal Need for Program

Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps is vital if nurses are to deliver safe and quality care consistent with their scope of practice. Changes include:

  • A shift away from health practitioner locus of control to the patient
  • Increasing professional accountability
  • Emphasis on measurable, high quality and safe care
  • Greater transparency for health care actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

Addressing these gaps is crucial. Nurses need to be confident the practice they provide is current and reflects appropriate evidence. Access to up-to-date education is essential.

Purpose of Program

Attending this conference will improve your knowledge, skills and practice relating to a range of current professional and clinical practice issues. In so doing, you will be better positioned to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction relating to care.

Your learning outcomes:

Recognise people who have health risks and implement preventative action to avoid illness

Improve knowledge of specific nursing interventions that result in better patient outcomes

Embrace clinical practices that encompass interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards

Presenters

Rachel Longhurst

Rachel Longhurst

Rachel Longhurst is the Clinical Nurse Educator for Critical Care (Intensive Care and Coronary Care) at Calvary Hospital, Canberra. She ... Read More

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah is a highly qualified Advanced Continence Nurse Specialist and Clinical Governance expert in private practice in SA. She has ... Read More

Wendy Beckingham

Wendy Beckingham

Wendy Beckingham is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at the Canberra Hospital and a credentialled Infection Control Professional in Infection Prevention ... Read More

Jane Kellett

Jane Kellett

Jane Kellett joined the University of Canberra in 2005. Prior to that she gained experience working as a Clinical and ... Read More

Lauren Lambert

Lauren Lambert

Lauren Lambert is a clinical pharmacist at the Canberra Hospital. Born in Canberra, she has continued her tertiary education through ...Read More

Emma  Awizen

Emma Awizen

Emma Awizen has a background in education, law and health. She began her career with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, ... Read More

Megan Layton

Megan Layton

Megan Layton is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Yoga and Meditation teacher and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher. She ... Read More

Colin Butler

Colin Butler

Colin Butler is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Canberra. His primary interest has long been health ... Read More

Reena Ghildyal

Reena Ghildyal

Reena Ghildyal obtained her PhD in Life Science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. This was followed by postdoctoral ... Read More

Shannon Woodward

Shannon Woodward

Shannon Woodward has worked in the area of sexual and reproductive health nursing for 15 years. She spent three years ... Read More

Isabel Reeves

Isabel Reeves

Isabel Reeves is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Registered Nurse, based in Canberra. ... Read More

Title
Canberra Nurses' Conference
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 hours
Start Date
30-May-2016
End Date
31-May-2016
CPD
11 hours
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Canberra ACT 2600
Venue
Canberra Ibis Styles Eagle Hawk, 999 Federal Highway
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