Coffs Harbour Nurses' Conference
- : Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
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
CHAIRPERSON: DR VIVIEN LANE
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dr Vivien LaneMy Career Plan - 2017 and Beyond
What does your next year, 5 years or even 10 years look like? Will you be working? If so, where, how often and what will your professional development look like then? This thought-provoking and interactive introductory session of the conference will provide you with an opportunity to explore what your future in nursing may look like.
Sheryl HarperInsulin 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?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Sheryl HarperPreventing 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
Sam LedgerPolypharmacy 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
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Vivien LaneCancer as a Chronic Disease in Women
The concept of cancer as a chronic illness has become more of a reality with the long trajectory of treatment, especially when it is not a one-time event. In addition, more women are surviving a cancer diagnosis as early detection, investigations and treatments continue to develop. This session will consider:
- Are certain cancers more likely to be recurrent?
- Like diabetes or heart disease, can certain cancers be controlled by treatment?
- What is the role of the multidisciplinary team when cancer becomes a chronic illness?
- How can we achieve best outcomes for women across their lifespan?
Dr Kathy KramerContraception: Options and Choices
Contraception is necessary during the reproductive years to prevent unwanted conception. There are a diverse range of contraceptive devices and medication available. This session discusses these options and how they suit different needs for different people.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Kathy KramerUnprotected Sex: STI Screening Latest Update
Having unprotected sex can leave people at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Once contracted, the infection can cause a range of other health issues that may be both difficult to manage and have long term health effects. In this session:
- What are STIs?
- What is the latest information on managing these infections?
- The nursing role in health promotion
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: DR VIVIEN LANE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Wendy SmithIs it Delirium or is it Dementia or is it 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?
Lorraine LovittA Spotlight on Falls: Integrating Care
Falls area major cause of injury for older people which often result in avoidable hospitalisation and adverse events in hospital.
- What contributes to a fall?
- What are the drivers: Keeping people safe and integrating care?
- Responding to a fall and driving improvements in care.
10:30 MORNING TEA
Samantha CoxSkin Tear Management and the Older Adult
Despite their name, skin tears are traumatic wounds that require specific treatment. They are a significant risk for compromised patients, including the older adult. In this session, preventing and effectively managing skin tears will be presented. Includes:
- What do we mean by “skin integrity” and how is this compromised?
- Which elements in a patient’s history would alert you that the person was at risk of suffering a skin tear injury?
- Are there any factors that increase the risk of skin tears in older adults?
- What types of situations may lead to increased friction and risk skin tears developing in the older adult?
- Best practise assessment, management, and documentation – what are the STAR/Payne- Martin systems?
- Dressing the wound - what type of dressing must be applied?
Samantha CoxPreventing Wound Infections: Latest Information
Wound infections are common and costly. Patient morbidity, mortality, length of hospital stay and quality of life are all affected by wound infections This session looks at wound infection prevention.
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Kiah PeteriePreventing 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
TBASafety When Dealing With People On ICE
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ICE)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
- Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Vivien LaneNot Documented, Not Done…?
Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. The principles of documentation support the accurate reflection of the nursing assessment. In this final session we consider:
- What are the current guidelines on documentation?
- How does documentation fit into clinical handover?
- Do I document by exception or not?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 guidelinesPresenters
Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, ... Read More
Sheryl Harper is a registered nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator working in private practice in Coffs Harbour. ... Read More
Sam is a director and co-founder of CHC Pharmacy & CHC Medical General Practice, a local community pharmacist, and an ... Read More
Dr Kathy Kramer is a specialist in forensic medicine and performs forensic and medical examinations on people who have recently ...Read More
Wendy Smith is a passionate advocate for people living with dementia. Wendy has a BA in Dementia Care, is a ... Read More
Lorraine Lovitt is Leader, NSW Falls Prevention Program at the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC). The CEC has a key role ... Read More
Samantha Cox is the Director and Nurse Educator of North Coast Nurses; a locally based company specialising within the aged ...Read More
To Be Determined
Kiah Peterie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN). She works at Coffs Coast Nutrition which is ... Read More