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Clinical Management in Residential Aged Care Conference

  • : West Lakes SA 5021


Are you a nurse who is responsible for the clinical care of older adults in residential aged care settings? If so, you hold a great responsibility. Attend this conference to:

  • Motivate staff to ensure the resident is always at the centre of care
  • Understand principles of Aged Care Standards and Accreditation (ACFI) and Aged Care legislation
  • Keep up-to-date with best practice knowledge and skills that reflects the latest evidence
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership

A conference that addresses these topics is timely and will assist nurses who work in this complex and demanding role.


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Day One



Anne Brown

The Role of Clinical Management in RACF

As the role of the clinical manager is multifaceted it requires extensive knowledge and skills. This includes high level decision-making for people with complex clinical and social situations. This introductory session looks at the many faces of this role and examines:

  • What does the role entail?
  • What knowledge and skills are increasingly required to perform this role adequately?
  • How is the workload divided up?
  • What are the priorities of this role?


Marlene Anderson

Clinical Leadership - The Problem of Ignorance and The Power of Knowing

Do you have a spirit of enquiry that ensures you can find out what is the best way to care for people or are you following worn out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? In this session you will learn quick and easy ways to discover new knowledge. Includes:

  • What to look for
  • Where to look for the answers - including collecting your own data
  • Using time to save time
  • Why you need to do this



Norah Bostock

Faecal Incontinence in Residential Aged Care

Because the main cause of faecal incontinence in RACF is constipation this session will explain why this occurs and how it can manifest. It then proceeds to explain how to prevent this condition from occurring. Includes:

  • Review of causes of constipation and tips to prevent this condition in RACF
  • Treating constipation and the management of faecal impaction
  • Other considerations


Matt Kowald

Money Matters - Finances in RACF

Residential aged care faces financial challenges on an ever increasing scale. This session looks at the big picture of financing and explains where you fit into this. It also gives you information about how you can ensure limited funds are wisely spent.



Norah Bostock

Motivating Small Teams: Uncovering the Untold Story

Motivation is a constant issue in most workplaces. What motivates people can be very personal. If you are the clinical manager, what does it take to motivate the staff who you lead? This session looks at models of motivation and unpacks why some will work on this person but not on that one. Includes:

  • Models of motivation
  • Which one to use and when?


Judy Zollo

Advance Care Planning

Confusion still exists regarding advance care planning. Even if the plan is written, will it be acted upon? This session reviews advance care plans and discusses the best way to communicate them to everyone in the team. Includes:

  • General information about advance care planning
  • How to apply the wishes of a person when the time comes



Judy Zollo

Management at End-of-Life

Getting the dose of analgesia correct can be difficult. It is even more complicated if a person has a dementing illness or is unconscious. This session looks at the management of analgesia in the final days of a person’s life. Includes:

  • Clinical decision making and the appropriate use of morphine for pain relief
  • Relief of other symptoms at end of a person’s life


Day Two



Norah Bostock

Battling the Resisters to Change: Don’t ‘DO’ Stupid!

In the workplace the best outcome always centres on doing the right thing by those in your care. So what do you do if staff refuse to change even if you know the current practice must be updated? This session looks at the battles you must fight and how to do this. Includes:

  • Back to the question - ‘Whose needs are being met here?’
  • What to do if a staff member refuses to adapt to decisions to perform better practice


Professor Anne Wilson

Managing Others for Best Outcomes

Sometimes decisions have to made that may cause staff conflict. The best outcomes can always be found when reflection on the core purpose of the organisation is made. Asking questions such as: “Why are we here?” and “Who do we serve?” are powerful tools that assist in re-regulating a work environment back to its mission. This session looks at:

  • Why focus on purpose makes sense and aligns everyone to the same goals of care
  • How do you make the cultural change?
  • What to do when staff resist change



Professor Anne Wilson

Giving Critical Feedback Correctly

This session reviews ways that it is best to give feedback to staff who are not performing well. It looks at various models that can be used and explains when to use which one for best effect. It reveals the power of positive support but also equips you with knowledge of how to deal with the saboteurs.


Norah Bostock

The Quality Conundrum: Here To Stay!

The notion of ‘Quality’ has many connotations. In general, it is a concept developed through interactions with relevant stakeholders about the interpretation of standards. The National Health Performance Framework includes the following terms which will be discussed in the context of the work of the Clinical Manager:

  • Appropriate and Effective
  • Responsive
  • Continuous and Sustainable
  • Accessible
  • Capable



Dr Anita De Bellis

Risk Factors for Delirium

Delirium occurs in older acutely ill residents and is a known cause of morbidity and mortality. Yet this condition is often poorly understood, resulting in inadequate assessment and management. This session provides an evidenced-based guide to the assessment and management of delirium including common risk factors. Includes:

  • Review of delirium
  • Pathophysiology of delirium
  • Which is the most common type of delirium and what are the most common causes?
  • How is this differentiated from other conditions?
  • What nursing actions will create best patient outcomes?


Dr Rosemary Allin

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. Includes:

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



Linda Starr

Legal Stories From the Frontline

This final session reveals several scenarios that actually occurred and explains how nurses were swept up in the melee of events. If offers you a wonderful opportunity to ask your own questions about areas of the law that affect you in your practice.

  • Gain clarity as you join in the debate
  • A ‘not to be missed’ session


The Goal Need for Program

Nurses who perform clinical management roles in residential aged settings take much responsibility for the provision of quality care. The knowledge and skills required to adequately perform this role are numerous and rely on a range of evolving attributes. As this is a complex position demanding many skill sets, nurses who hold this position will benefit from educational support focused on their professional needs.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to offer nurses who work in clinical management positions in residential aged care an opportunity to learn new knowledge and skills so as to improve the overall quality of care provided to residents.

Your learning outcomes:

Clinical Leaders in residential aged care facilities will be supported in their role through the provision of new knowledge relating to best evidence

A person-centred approach to care will be provided to residents through the enhancement of current practices

Data collection will be used as a tool for changing ineffective clinical practices

Clinical leadership towards other staff will be strengthened


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse working as a Consultant in private practice in South Australia. She has an ... Read More

Anne Brown

Anne Brown

Anne Brown is the Chief Executive of Pennwood Aged Care, which has a 60 bed Residential Care Facility and 35 ... Read More

Marlene Anderson

Marlene Anderson

Marlene Anderson has a long history in nursing having worked in a wide range of health care settings, including nursing ... Read More

Matt Kowald

Matt Kowald

Matt Kowald is a Registered nurse with 20 years’ experience and a passion for aged care which he has demonstrated ... Read More

Judy Zollo

Judy Zollo

After 12 years as a high school teacher Judy began nursing in 1983. Following her training, Judy spent 4 ... Read More

Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson

Professor Anne Wilson PhD is a registered nurse and midwife with post graduate qualifications in Health Counselling, Infant Welfare, and ... Read More

Anita De Bellis

Anita De Bellis

Anita has had many years of experience in aged care nursing across a number of contexts in practice, research and ... Read More

Rosemary Allin

Rosemary Allin

Dr Rosemary Allin is a clinical pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS) based at the Repatriation General ... Read More

Linda Starr

Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and psychiatric qualified Nurse, Lawyer and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and ... Read More

Clinical Management in Residential Aged Care Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
Price Details
$572.00 (two days)
West Lakes SA 5021
The Lakes Resort Hotel Adelaide, 141 Brebner Drive
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