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Diseases Caused by Alcohol Conference

  • : Melbourne VIC 3001

The use of alcohol in Australia is often considered to be part of this country’s traditional identity. However, its use, even occasionally, is now associated with more diseases than ever before. No matter where a nurse works, it is likely he or she will be required to care for people who have diseases linked to alcohol. Attend this conference on how drinking damages the body and the positive impact that nurses can have in educating people about the facts. Topics include:

  • Dangerous interactions between alcohol and medications
  • Is zero tolerance with alcohol during pregnancy the only option?
  • How is diabetes affected by alcohol?
  • Staying safe around aggressive and intoxicated people
  • Tips for patient education about alcoholic liver disease
  • Why alcohol is linked to high blood pressure, breast cancer and osteoporosis
  • How to best communicate with someone about their unhealthy drinking habits

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Day One



Craig Maloney

More than Just Cravings...Understanding Alcohol Use in Australia

How healthy is Australia's drinking habit? Do we really understand what constitutes 'normal, safe' amounts of alcohol? This introductory session looks at people's relationship with alcohol, including reasons why people drink. Also covers:

  • How much alcohol are Australians currently consuming?
  • Are Australian attitudes towards alcohol unhealthy?
  • How do people perceive their own levels of alcohol use?
  • Do we have a problem?


Craig Maloney

Heavy Drinking Versus Addiction - Does it Matter?

Some people refer to others as heavy drinkers or binge drinkers rather than being addicted to alcohol. In this session we will consider the implications of different types of alcohol use and review the nature of addiction. Includes:

  • What do we mean when we say we are addicted?
  • Can a heavy drinker stop drinking?
  • Why is it important to know the difference?



Professor Helena Parkington

Where does it all Begin? Maternal Alcohol Consumption during Pregnancy and Health Consequences to the Baby

This session of will look at the damaging effects of maternal alcohol consumption. In particular, it will focus on how maternal alcohol consumption, malnutrition and vitamin D deficiency may influence long-term renal and cardiovascular function and what this means for the foetus.


Dr Jenny Gowan

Mixing Medicines with Alcohol - What Are the Risks?

Many medicines contain warnings about the dangers of consuming alcohol whilst taking certain prescribed medicines. Why are these needed and what happens if people ignore this advice? This session looks at some of the very real dangers of these harmful interactions. Includes:

  • Why does alcohol interact with certain medicines?
  • Why do some medications contain alcohol and does this affect their safety?
  • Are women affected differently to men?
  • What dangerous interactions do nurses need to be aware of?
  • The effect of alcohol on disease states and related disorders



Susan Bowles

Breast Cancer and its Relationship to Alcohol

Why is it that alcohol is now closely linked to the development of breast cancer? This session considers the relationship between this commonly consumed substance and the development of breast malignancy. Includes:

  • Which type of breast cancer is associated with alcohol intake?
  • What is the connection between oestrogen, alcohol and breast cancer?
  • Once the person is diagnosed with breast cancer, should they abstain?
  • How does excessive previous alcohol use impact the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents?



Kathryn Nicholson

Why is Alcohol Linked to Dementia?

It has long been known that alcohol can profoundly affect a person's cognitive function. More research is revealing the extent of this, particularly key parts of the brain that are affected. This session considers the concurring link between alcohol and dementia and includes:

  • Is alcohol toxic to the brain?
  • What is alcohol-related dementia?
  • How common are symptoms of alcohol-related dementia?
  • Are traditional medicines used to treat dementia effective?
  • Can alcohol-related dementia be reversed?



The Damage is Done - Effects of Alcohol on the Unborn Child

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) is unfortunately prevalent in Australian society. There is no cure; therefore the emphasis must be on prevention. This session looks at this harmful consequence of inappropriate alcohol consumption. Includes:

  • Why is alcohol a teratogen of such concern?
  • At what level of consumption during pregnancy does alcohol become dangerous?
  • Does a reduction of consumption at any point during pregnancy offer any benefit?
  • Is there a genetic susceptibility?
  • What are the presenting symptoms in a newborn baby?


Day Two



Feng-Yuan Liu

Malnutrition Disorders and Alcohol: 'A Bad Taste in the Mouth'

Why is it that, despite alcohol being high in kilojoules, it is poor in nutrition? Why does malnutrition exist alongside heavy drinking and what damage does this do to the body? This session considers a raft of consequences and includes:

  • How does drinking affect the absorption of nutrients?
  • What nutritional deficiencies are most common and how dangerous can these be?
  • When do certain nutrients need to be replaced e.g. thiamine replacement therapy?
  • Can digestive health be improved in people with chronic alcohol-related disease?


Professor Michael McCullough

Alcohol as an Oral Carcinogen: The Facts

Alcohol is now strongly associated with the development of certain oral cancers. Even low to moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with an elevated risk of oral cancer. In this session:

  • What causes alcohol to be an oral carcinogen?
  • Are there any particular alcoholic drinks that are implicated?
  • Is the risk higher in people who seldom drink but occasionally binge drink?
  • Does cessation offer any protection after a lifelong habit of alcohol consumption?



Evelyn Boyce

Diabetes and Alcohol Use: Can They Coexist?

Diabetes is now endemic in most Western societies. The risks associated with alcohol consumption pose particular threats to people with diabetes. There is a complex underlying pathophysiology which may have a high morbidity. Includes:

  • How does alcohol change the regulation of insulin?
  • Is there a safe level of alcohol consumption when taking a hypoglycaemic agent?
  • Does alcohol exacerbate other complications of diabetes, i.e. wound healing, PVD and foot care?


Professor Neville Yeomans

Patient Education in Liver Disease

Evidence suggests that providing patients with information relating to alcoholic liver disease is more likely to result in better outcomes. This session will equip you with a comprehensive knowledge base for patient education by looking at how alcohol progressively destroys the liver and creates a cascade of systemic medical problems. Includes:

  • How does liver disease develop as a result of chronic alcohol intake?
  • What is fatty liver and is it a serious concern?
  • How does alcoholic hepatitis develop into liver cirrhosis?
  • Why does ascites occur?
  • What is the connection between cirrhosis and liver cancer?
  • What are the multi-system effects of liver damage?
  • Why is bleeding such a concern?
  • The role of Brief Interventions - where a clinician tries to motivate a patient with diagnosed alcoholic liver disease to become abstinent or virtually so



Fran Pearce

Breaking Down - Bone Health and Alcohol

The physical effect of alcohol extends right across the body. Its impact on the development and progression of diseases relating to the musculoskeletal system can have lifelong effects. How can knowing more now prevent complications in the future? This session looks at:

  • How does alcohol affect calcium and Vitamin D levels?
  • Is osteoporosis associated with excessive alcohol consumption?
  • Does this contribute to greater falls risks?
  • Can patient education and health promotion prevent these adverse effects?


Kerry Hampton

Drunk in Love: Effects of Alcohol on Fertility

Despite the fact that alcohol is often used to facilitate social interaction and relaxation, it can have profound physiological impacts on sexual function. This session explores how alcohol affects male and female sexual function. Includes:

  • Does alcohol affect fertility?
  • Is the quality of sperm impacted by alcohol use?
  • Can heavy alcohol use disrupt menstruation?
  • Does alcohol affect a man's ability to have an erection?



Stuart Fenton

Alcohol Withdrawal - Communication and Challenges

Understanding the effect that alcohol has on the body is enhanced by knowing exactly what happens to the whole person when removing alcohol takes place. The consequences of heavy alcohol consumption may have an effect on the central nervous system (CNS) as it is withdrawn. This session will look at:

  • The reality of alcohol withdrawal
  • What is the difference between detoxing from alcohol and drugs?
  • The nursing role in empathy and understanding in the withdrawal process
  • Communication during the detox phase


Craig Maloney

Now that I Know More...Challenging Conversations about Drinking

Nurses who are informed about the damaging effects drinking has on the body are in a prime position to prevent chronic illness and improve health outcomes. However, knowledge must be translated into effective patient education. This final session will help you to understand how best to communicate with someone about their unhealthy drinking habits. Includes:

  • How do I tell someone that they are drinking too much?
  • Tips for patient education - when, how and what do I say?
  • What language is useful when talking about alcohol?
  • Can actual or potential physical health damage help motivate people to change their behaviour?


The Goal Need for Program

Excessive alcohol consumption is a worrying global trend of particular concern in Australia, where alcohol use is largely normalised and even glamorised. It is linked to a raft of serious, preventable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes - all of which are National Health Priority Areas. However, the dark side of disease caused by alcohol is seldom broadcast. Nurses are in a prime position to prevent alcohol-related diseases through education at various stages of the health continuum in order to divert chronic illness.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to provide evidence-based information about alcohol-related diseases so as to enhance nurses’ ability to prevent and better manage chronic illness.

Your learning outcomes:

Provide clear patient education relating to the systemic effects of alcohol on the human body through in-depth understanding of pathophysiology

Correctly assess a person with alcohol-related disease for complications, including identification of early signs and symptoms

Translate evidence relating to the management of diseases exacerbated by alcohol into nursing practice to reduce costs and improve health outcomes

Apply preventive strategies, including lifestyle education, to divert potential chronic illness caused by alcohol


Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Occupational Health ... Read More

Adelle Rist

Adelle Rist

Adelle Rist, National Educator with NOFASD Australia, has worked on the prevention of foetal alcohol exposure and FASD, delivered national ... Read More

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan was the Director of Training and Development at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) for over 20 ... Read More

Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson is a physiotherapist and adult educator. In 2010 Kathryn completed her PhD - a study of the psychosocial ... Read More

Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce

Fran Pearce is currently employed as an Education Coordinator at Austin Health. She has extensive experience in orthopaedic nursing, including ... Read More

Kerry  Hampton

Kerry Hampton

Dr Kerry Hampton is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and a fertility nurse consultant. She also holds a Graduate Diploma ... Read More

Stuart Fenton

Stuart Fenton

Stuart Fenton is a clinical psychotherapist and counsellor and also a recovered drug addict and alcoholic. Prior to his additions ... Read More

Helena Parkington

Helena Parkington

Professor Helena Parkington works in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences at Monash University. Helena started her career ... Read More

Feng-Yuan Liu

Feng-Yuan Liu

Feng-Yuan Liu is a Clinical and Sports Dietitian and Founder of Metro Dietetics. Feng-Yuan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), ...Read More

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough

Michael McCullough is the Professor in Oral Medicine at the Melbourne Dental School, the University of Melbourne. He is the ... Read More

Susan Bowles

Susan Bowles

Susan Bowles completed her Nursing training at St Vincent's Melbourne followed by Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University. She worked ...Read More

Neville Yeomans

Neville Yeomans

Neville Yeomans is a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne. ... Read More

To Be Determined

To Be Determined


Evelyn Boyce

Evelyn Boyce

Evelyn Boyce is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator, RN Div 1. She has been working in Diabetes Education for the last ... Read More

Diseases Caused by Alcohol Conference
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11 hours 45 mins
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11 hours 45 mins
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$671.00 (two days)
Melbourne VIC 3001
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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