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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.


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Day One



Welcome and Introduction


Dr John Rolley

Making the Planets Align - Nurses Shaping the Patient Experience

The 21st Century sees the emergence of a new approach to ensuring health outcomes are achieved. The patient is the centre of care. This demands new ways of thinking about practice which include:

  • Increasing professional accountability
  • An emphasis on measurable, high quality, safe care
  • Greater transparency for healthcare actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

This introductory session sets the scene for the conference.


Dr Trisha Dunning

Preventing 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
  • Retinopathy
  • Nephropathy



Dr Trisha Dunning

Improving Care of Older People with Diabetes in Aged Care Facilities

The presentation will discuss facility, age and diabetes-related factors that affect the care of older people with diabetes in Aged Care Facilities and some strategies for managing key risks such as hypoglycaemia.


Alicia Neels

‘To Use or Not to Use?’ - Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is crucial to counteracting the emergence of restraint bacteria. In the acute setting, this is of particular importance as many traditional practices that routinely use oral and intravenous antibiotics (IVABs), especially postoperatively, are now not always indicated. Knowledge of best practice and a willingness to speak up on inappropriate use of antibiotics represents an opportunity for nurses to improve patient outcomes and reduce harm and cost associated with antimicrobial resistance. This session looks at:

  • What evidence now exists regarding antimicrobial resistance?
  • Therapeutic Guidelines - putting evidence into practice
  • How can nurses speak up if inappropriate use is suspected?



Susan Berry

Pain Management In Palliative Care

Pain in the palliative phase can be difficult to control. This can be for multi-factorial reasons. Much can be done medically to make the last few weeks or months relatively pain-free. Patients frequently express the desire to have open and honest dialogue about pain and the patient should be the prime assessor of their pain. In this session:

  • What is the latest information on managing pain in the palliative phase?
  • What happens when medication doesn't work?
  • Recognising ice and methamphetamine use
  • Medications and complementary therapy
  • The nursing role in working with clients in the palliative phase



Susan Bowles

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare, invasive form of breast cancer that is frequently missed and therefore results in delayed diagnoses with a high morbidity. It can develop very quickly and its symptomatology can be confusing. This session will alert you to this lethal disease and give you

  • Information about early detection. Includes:
  • How does this condition differ to other forms of breast cancer?
  • Why are young people most likely to be affected?
  • Is surgery a treatment option?


Renee DiGuiseppe

Hot Bodies - The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:

  • Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
  • How does sepsis cause hypotension?
  • The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that warrant attention
  • Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?


Day Two



Renee DiGuiseppe

‘To Give or Not to Give’ - Oxygen Therapy Latest Evidence

Oxygen therapy represents an area of clinical nursing where evidence has changed therefore clinical practices must reflect this. No longer is oxygen always considered necessary and always considered safe. This session will bring you up to date on modern evidence about oxygen in acute care, including how oxygen therapy and various devices can be safely and correctly chosen. Includes:

  • Overview of recent evidence relating to safe oxygen therapy
  • What do oxygen saturations really measure and what targets should we be aiming for?
  • Exploring the concepts of hypoxaemia, hypoxia and respiratory failure
  • Oxygen delivery systems – choosing the correct therapy for the correct patient


Emily Tomlinson

The Delirium Problem - Can it be Prevented?

Delirium is a common syndrome in hospitalised older adults and is associated with increased mortality, hospital costs, and long-term cognitive and functional impairment. With Symptoms of delirium are shared by dementia and can easily go unrecognised. In this session, using case scenarios, your ability to identify delirium vulnerability within an acute care setting will be tested. Includes:

  • What are the greatest risks for the onset of delirium for older people admitted to hospital?
  • Can you differentiate between the signs and symptoms of delirium and dementia?
  • Recognition of risk factors and routine screening for delirium: the 6th vital sign
  • How can delirium be prevented? The multi-component evidence for nursing management
  • The undesired outcomes of delirium



Renee DiGuiseppe

ST What? Recgonising Important ECG Changes

There are certain ECG changes that must be correctly identified and reported urgently if patient outcomes are to be achieved. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. Includes:

  • Quick recap - why do we do ECGs?
  • What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain, myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction?
  • What nursing actions must follow recognition of these changes?


Celia Bolton

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse - a type of pelvic floor disorder can affect many women across the lifespan. Occasionally, the muscles and tissues of the pelvic floor weaken due to childbirth; the ageing process and hormone dysregulation resulting in POP. This session focuses on:

  • Prevention of POP
  • What are the signs, symptoms and consequences of a stressed pelvic floor?
  • What are is the long term prognosis of POP?
  • How does the symptom of stress incontinence differ from urge incontinence - not just a cough!
  • What treatments work?



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


Darren Riggon

Assessment for Traumatic Stress Conditions

Traumatic stress conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD) are becoming more prevalent in the community. Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session demonstrates:

  • Are there early warning signs that these conditions may exist?
  • What does a comprehensive assessment for ASD or PTSD consist of?
  • What would make you suspect a person may have ASD or PTSD?
  • How are people screened for ASD or PTSD?
  • How can you elicit information from a person who is deeply traumatised?
  • An evaluation of assessment tools



Darren Riggon

Beating Burnout in its Tracks

Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast paced health environments. Stress affects all levels of 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 therfore potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This final session of the conference considers:

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


The Goal Need for Program

Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps are vital if nurses are to deliver safe and quality care consistent with their scope of practice. Changes include:

  • A shift away from health practitioner locus of control to the patient
  • Increasing professional accountability
  • Emphasis on measurable, high quality and safe care
  • Greater transparency for health care actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice

Addressing these gaps is crucial. Nurses need to be confident the practice they provide is current and reflects appropriate evidence. Access to up-to-date education is essential.

Purpose of Program

Attending this conference will improve your knowledge, skills and practice relating to a range of current professional and clinical practice issues. In so doing, you will be better positioned to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction relating to care.

Your learning outcomes:

Recognise people who have health risks and implement preventative action to avoid illness

Improve knowledge of specific nursing interventions that result in better patient outcomes

Embrace clinical practices that encompass inter professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards


Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at a large ... Read More

John Rolley

John Rolley

Dr John Rolley is a Senior Lecturer of Nursing at Deakin University, School of Nursing and Midwifery. John has an ... 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

Alicia Neels

Alicia Neels

Alicia Neels is a clinical pharmacist who has worked in Antimicrobial Stewardship for four years. Her role involves implementation of ...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

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

Emily Tomlinson

Emily Tomlinson

Emily Tomlinson is a Registered Nurse and has worked in emergency, medical and surgical acute care wards. Emily finished her ... Read More

Celia Bolton

Celia Bolton

Celia graduated as a physiotherapist in 1991 and since then she has been working with pregnant women, people with pelvic/back ...Read More

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan

Dr Jenny Gowan, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the ... 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


Geelong Nurses' Conference
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$561.00 (two days) Book Online now
Geelong VIC 3220
Mercure Hotel Geelong, Cnr Gheringhap and Myers Streets
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