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Geelong Nurses' Conference

  • : Geelong VIC 3220

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 Day One



Darren Riggon

Clinical Supervision

Clinical Supervision is the process of two or more professionals formally meeting to reflect and review clinical situations with the aim of supporting the clinician in their professional environment. In the 21st century, clinical supervision has become an essential practice for helping the nursing profession progress.


Suzanne Finch

Bloodborne 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 needle stick injuries and other exposure incidents. This session includes:

  • What bloodborne 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 needle stick or sharps injury
  • How can nurses avoid discrimination when a patient has a known blood-borne infection?



Susan Bowles

Breast Cancer and the Role of Screening

Following the diagnosis of breast cancer many women seek support, education and advice on many issues. In this session:

  • What specialist support is available for women with breast cancer?
  • Why is this role so important?
  • What does the evidence say about the support and education provided to women with breast cancer and how it improves wellbeing?


Susan Berry

Palliative Care: When to Refer

Conversations about end of life care remain challenging for nurses, and it is essential to know how to approach the topic sensitively, and when to initiate palliative care. This allows the patient, their families and caregivers to make priorities during this emotional and delicate time. During this session learn about how nurses' go about advocating for their patient, facilitating the ability of the terminally ill to participate in the decision making, and the logistics on how to refer the patient and their families.



Susan Berry

Better Communication When a Person is Dying

Effective communication is a crucial and key aspect in the provision of holistic care at the end of life. Nurses need to communicate sensitively and capably during this highly emotional time. Good communication skills can reassure and alleviate stress for the patient and their families. Timely communication is critical but may be very difficult and uncomfortable to hear and engage in. In this session we will discuss the difficulties that can be experienced when communication is unclear.


Trisha Dunning

Newly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Nurses Can Help

A person who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is often very confused and worried. They may seek information and help from many sources. However, professional face-to-face communication is essential in these early days. This session looks at the common issues that face a person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes. Includes:

  • Should you recommend self monitoring of blood glucose?
  • What dietary advice should you give if they like to eat potatoes in the evening?
  • Should you advise a person to increase exercise if they are slim?
  • Which websites are credible and can offer help



Geoff Ahern

Safety 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 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?
    • Yourself?
  • How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
  • Body language to stay safe and reduce the need for chemical and physical restraints


Day Two



Geoff Ahern

Acute Mental Health Assessment: For All Regional Nurses

Nurses working in acute care settings, as well as smaller hospitals in regional parts of Australia, will be required to care for people with serious mental illnesses. Therefore it is essential that all nurses, not just nurses working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform an acute mental health assessment. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. It includes:

  • What are the basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell?
  • What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in?
  • Best practice management and models of care for people with acute mental health crisis


Anissa Yttrup

Patient Blood Management (PBM)

Patient blood management is a patient focused approach that aims to improve clinical outcomes by avoiding unnecessary exposure to blood components. In this session you will hear about the three pillars of PBM:

  • Optimisation of blood volume and red cell mass
  • Minimisation of blood loss
  • Optimisation of the patient’s tolerance of anaemia
  • 10:45 MORNING TEA


    Geoff Ahern

    Beating Burnout in its Tracks

    Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast paced health environments. Stress affects all staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs as a result of long hours, the need for critical decision-making and therefore potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This session considers:

    • What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
    • What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
    • Practise some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you and your patient


    Stefan Demur

    Stoma Care: Tips for Best Practice

    While most stomates, or people who have a stoma, will be able to manage their stomas effectively, understanding the background to the stoma, its role, and its placement, underpins its management. This session will include:

    • When is a stoma a treatment of choice?
    • Practical care considerations for ileostomies
    • Psychological considerations when assisting someone with their stoma



    Lisha Kuravilla

    Polypharmacy 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



    Fiona Jettner

    Wellbeing in Nurses: Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?

    The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. Topics in this session include:

    • Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
    • Should this be considered part of professional development?
    • Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy


    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 guidelines


    Geoffrey Ahern

    Geoffrey Ahern

    Geoffrey Ahern is a Senior Mental Health Clinician from Melbourne, who works with Victorian Police on a specialised mental health ... Read More

    Darren Riggon

    Darren Riggon

    Darren Riggon is a casual academic in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. His clinical supervision interests ...Read More

    Suzanne Finch

    Suzanne Finch

    Suzanne Finch is a Division 1 Nurse with an operating room background spanning several decades. She has had clinical and ... 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

    Susan Berry

    Susan Berry

    Sue Berry is a Nurse Practitioner in Oncology/Palliative Care. Sue completed her general nursing training at Royal Children’s Hospital and ... Read More

    Trisha Dunning

    Trisha Dunning

    Professor Trisha Dunning, OAM, PhD, is the inaugural Chair in Nursing (Barwon Health) and Director of the Centre for Nursing ... Read More

    Lisha Kuravilla

    Lisha Kuravilla

    Lisha Kuravilla is a Palliative Care Pharmacist for Barwon Health. ... Read More

    Fiona Jettner

    Fiona Jettner

    Fiona is a RN and has been a practicing Midwife for the last 25 years. She has worked in Saudi ... Read More

    Anissa  Yttrup

    Anissa Yttrup

    Anissa Yttrup is the Transfusion Clinical Nurse Consultant at Barwon Health. ... Read More

    Stefan Demur

    Stefan Demur

    Stefan is a Stomal Therapy Nurse with Barwon Health in Geeliong. ... Read More


    Geelong Nurses' Conference
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    11 hours 30 mins
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    End Date
    11 hours 30 mins
    Price Details
    $572.00 (two days)
    Geelong VIC 3220
    Geelong Mercure Hotel Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap and Myers Streets
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