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Diseases Caused by Alcohol Conference

  • : Canberra ACT 2600


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



Dr Robert Tait

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

How healthy is Australia’s drinking habits? Do we really understand what constitutes ‘normal, safe’ amounts of alcohol? This introductory session looks at people’s relationships with alcohol, including reasons why people drink. Includes:

  • 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?


Clemency Nicholson

The Impact of Alcohol on Humans: A Nutritional Perspective

Alcohol is used for many purposes. It can fuel violence and disinhibition yet paradoxically it can also promote a state of relaxation. This complex substance remains widely used, yet its effects on the body from a nutritional perspective are not fully understood. In this session you will explore how alcohol impacts physical functioning from a nutritional perspective.



Dr Roslyn Giglia

Supportive Environments for a Healthy Start to Life – Alcohol & Pregnancy & FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder occurs in all parts of Australian society where alcohol is consumed. It has lifelong consequences and may not be seen at birth. It is extremely costly to our health, education, disability and justice systems and the personal costs to families living with FASD are enormous. Prevention is critical and early recognition and therapy will minimise the adverse outcomes often seen. This session will look at:

  • Facts about alcohol use in pregnancy
  • Alcohol use in pregnancy – asking the question and brief interventions
  • Alcohol use while breastfeeding
  • What is FASD?
  • Diagnosis and therapy and support


Stefanie Johnston

Mixing Medicines with Alcohol - What Are the Risks?

Many medicines contain warnings about the dangers of consuming alcohol whilst taking certain prescriptions. 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 laxatives contain alcohol and does this affect their safety?
  • Are women affected differently to men?
  • What dangerous interactions do nurses need to be aware of?



Karen Mason

A Sobering Reality? Impact of Alcohol on the Cardiovascular System

It is well established that alcohol is a risk factor for a range of cardiovascular diseases. However, this can be very confusing as red wine is often promoted as being cardioprotective. This session looks at the evidence concerning the link between alcohol and cardiac disease. Includes:

  • Why is hypertension connected with alcoholism?
  • How does alcoholism cause stroke?
  • Can red wine be good for some people?
  • What is alcohol-induced cardiomyopathy?
  • What do the Heart Foundation Guidelines recommend, and why?



Karen Mason

Think Again:The Impact of Alcohol On Young People

Much is known about the impact of alcohol on the young person. Alcohol acts on the nerve cells of the brain and disrupts the communication between nerves cells and other cells of the body. While it is known that the brain does not mature until age 25 young people do much of their drinking under the age of 18. In this session:

  • Impacts on heart, brain and function: Latest information
  • How alcohol affects the young body and mind
  • The nursing role in supporting young people to manage alcohol intake


Day Two



Kay Morton

Drunk In Love: Intoxication and Sex

Intoxication and sex deals with the effects of the consumption of alcohol on sexual behaviour. The effects of alcohol are balanced between its suppressive effects on sexual physiology, which will decrease sexual activity, and its suppression of psychological inhibitions, which may increase the desire for sex. In this session:

  • The physiology of alcohol and disinhibition
  • Why intoxication and sex often lead to pregnancy
  • The nursing role in supporting unexpected pregnancy


Barbara Hasenoehrl

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 beverage 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 previous excessive alcohol use impact the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents?



Michelle Carberry

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 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 fall risks?
  • Can patient education and health promotion prevent these adverse effects?


Karen Mason

Drunk and Dangerous: Alcohol Abuse in Emergency Departments

Alcohol use and abuse is bringing more and more people into Emergency Departments all over Australia. The reason for the presentation is often varied and may be traumatic. Includes:

  • Profile of people affected by alcohol and types of incidents - different to what we think?
  • What effect are these presentations having on Emergency Department resources?
  • Nursing assessment of alcohol-affected people
  • Management of 'clinical intoxication'



Rhoda Tuma

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 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?


Justin Dorigo

Managing Aggression and Violence in Intoxicated People

A common feature of an intoxicated person is aggression and violence. Nurses working in Emergency Departments as well as community settings must be well equipped on how to respond to this behaviour in order to maintain personal safety. This session looks at the following:

  • Behavioural characteristics of intoxicated people
  • Practical and realistic attempts to defuse violence
  • Promoting your own personal safety and safety of those around you
  • Enough is enough - when may chemical or physical restraint be required?



Justin Dorigo

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 to best 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


Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Karen Mason currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department. She has extensive experience as a ... Read More

Robert Tait

Robert Tait

Dr Robert Tait is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Leader at the National Drug Research Institute at Curtin University. ...Read More

Justin Dorigo

Justin Dorigo

Justin Dorigo is a highly qualified Clinical Nurse Specialist employed in a community dual diagnosis service. The service assists ...Read More

Barbara Hasenoehrl

Barbara Hasenoehrl

Barbara Hasenoehrl has a background in cancer nursing, specialising in breast cancer. Barbara has post-graduate qualifications in Breast Cancer Nursing ... Read More

Michelle Carberry

Michelle Carberry

Michelle Carberry has been employed as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital since 2007. She completed her training in ...Read More

Rhoda  Tuma

Rhoda Tuma

Rhoda Tuma is a hepatology nurse based in Perth, Western Australia. ... Read More

Kay Morton

Kay Morton

Kay Morton is a Nurse Educator working for Family Planning WA. She is married, with two young men and a ... Read More

Clemency Nicholson

Clemency Nicholson

Clemency has worked as a Dietitian for over twenty-five years in hospital, community, University and private practice settings since completing ... Read More

Diseases Caused by Alcohol Conference
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11 hours
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11 hours
Price Details
$671.00 (two days)
Canberra ACT 2600
Hotel IBIS Perth, 334 Murray Street
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