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Gold Coast Nurses' Conference

  • : Coolangatta QLD 4225

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Gold Coast region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Gold Coast every April. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…

We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.


Schedule Day One



Welcome and Introduction


Amanda Fryer

Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Diabetes – It's All About Balance

Eating well, being active, and reducing weight is a balancing act – find out about the latest evidence and strategies for your patients with diabetes and prediabetes.

  • What are the latest nutritional guidelines for patients diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are there any practical, workable strategies for educating patients with diabetes and promoting their need to lose weight?
  • Does knowledge lead to behavioural change?
  • Weight control – pills, shakes, diets, medication, and surgery – does anything work?


Dr Deborah Mooney

Loss, but Not as You Know It

Grief is a common emotion in health care. It’s typically thought of as something tied to death. However, in reality, it’s tied to loss: not just the loss of life, but the loss of control, independence, and connection. Physical loss is just as significant as an emotional loss. Be it the loss of sight, hearing, or mobility. This session unpacks loss and grief from a much broader perspective. It includes:

  • What conditions can lead to some type of loss?
  • What is loss after a physical or mental health diagnosis?
  • How do you recognise when someone is grieving a physical loss?
  • What tips can help nurses communicate better with someone expressing obvious grief associated with loss?



Amanda Fryer

Complications of Diabetes – What is Going On?

In this session, the current theories regarding the causative factors that lead to diabetes complications will be examined and discussed. Topics include:

  • What are the fundamental changes that occur at the cellular level with diabetes that lead to chronic damage?
  • Why should the thyroid gland be part of the normal diabetes healthcare check?
  • Is there a difference in microvascular and macrovascular disease development?
  • What is the concern if someone is on beta-adrenergic blocking agents (β-blockers)?


Amanda Fryer

Diabetes Care Emergencies: Hypoglycaemic and Hyperglycaemic Episodes

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons. They can cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. Experiencing an emergency in relation to diabetes can be very traumatic for a person and prevention is paramount. In this session, you will learn about current best practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. It includes:

  • How to manage diabetes emergencies effectively
  • Early identification and prevention of diabetes emergencies
  • When to be concerned about hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia – what nursing actions are required for each?
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings – key differences



Sue de Muelenaere

Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration

How confident are you in your ability to recognise and respond to the early signs that a patient may be deteriorating? How can you ensure that you have the knowledge and ability to take the necessary actions to prevent harm? This session will identify the common types of clinical deterioration with a focus on cardiac, respiratory, and renal dysfunction. Topics include the clinical manifestations, investigations, and appropriate nursing actions of the following:

  • Atelectasis
  • Acute pulmonary oedema
  • DVT/PE
  • Hypovolaemic shock and haemorrhage
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Acute ECG changes
  • Acute kidney injury


Day Two




Mental illness - Journeying from Acute to Chronic Mental Illness

Mental illness is a general term that refers to a group of illnesses, these illnesses are health problems that can affect the way people think, act and feel. Mental Illness affects up to one in every 5 Australians and the impact, severity and duration can all vary quite considerably. There is no known causative factor for the development of a mental illness, however we do know that certain health determinants do greatly influence the occurrence, severity and treatment outcomes. This session will look into acute and chronic mental illness and how they differ. Topics include:

  • What is the difference between acute and chronic mental illness?
  • How prevalent is acute mental illness and chronic mental illness?
  • What constitutes ‘treatment’ for a person with long-standing mental illness?
  • How should we view recovery for the person with a chronic mental illness?



A Practical Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person who has a mental illness and may be experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What are the basic principles of a mental health examination?
  • When would you need to conduct one?
  • When should you escalate or refer to specialist mental health services?



Dr Jamie Ranse

How do You Actually Care During a Catastrophe?

This practical session will update you on the current literature about nursing during disasters. It will also draw on the presenter’s own experiences of assisting during the 2003 Canberra bushfires to answer the following questions:

  • Expectations vs reality – what do nurses actually do during a disaster?
  • What level of psychological support do people expect nurses to provide?
  • How can you be of most assistance?
  • What health advice do people require?
  • What medical support and information is of the most use to a community?


Dr Richard Matthews

Ethical Issues at the End-of-Life

How people die matters. At the heart of nursing care is an expectation that compassion underpins end-of-life care. Ensuring that the dying person’s wishes are respected and that comprehensive care is provided is now, more than ever, a priority of health care. As such, this session considers:

  • What ethical issues arise during end-of-life care?
  • Final decision-making and withholding treatment – who decides?



Damian Williams

Bringing Wounds to Light

Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management to help reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at managing the wound by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:

  • Latest wound management standards
  • Latest research influencing wound dressings and treatments
  • Selecting and using wound dressings and treatments
  • Specialised options for difficult situations


Damian Williams

“War On Wounds” – Wounds That Won’t Heal

Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating particularly to the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include:

  • Which wounds are known to be chronic in nature?
  • What causes prolonged healing in a chronic wound?
  • How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?
  • Are there alternative ways to improve wound healing?



Anne-Marie Parisi

The Unsavoury Effects of Psychotropic Medications

There is a range of commonly prescribed medicines for mental health conditions that can have significant impacts on a person’s physical health. Metabolic syndrome associated with the use of antipsychotic medications can create a cascade of poor health outcomes. However, with careful monitoring, identification of risk, and correct treatment, the progression to type 2 diabetes can be prevented. This session looks at:

  • What is metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is it linked to antipsychotic agents?
  • What factors lead to a patient having vulnerability to metabolic syndrome?
  • Why is appetite affected with such medications?
  • Can we reduce the progression of metabolic syndrome to type 2 diabetes?
  • How can monitoring make a difference?


The Goal Need for Program

Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness

Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ...Read More

Deborah  Mooney

Deborah Mooney

A triple-certificate nurse by profession, a counsellor by vocation, and a graduate from universities in three Australian States, for almost ... Read More

Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a ... Read More

Jamie Ranse

Jamie Ranse

Jamie is currently employed as a research fellow in emergency care. This is a joint appointment between Griffith University and ...Read More

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Dr Richard Matthews graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Queen’s University, Canada in 1999. He has taught philosophy, social ...Read More

Damian Williams

Damian Williams

Damian Williams is a Registered Nurse and endorsed Nurse Practitioner and has been directly involved in delivering advanced wound management ...Read More

Anne-Marie Parisi

Anne-Marie Parisi

Anne-Marie Parisi is a credentialled diabetes educator and accredited pharmacist, combining medication review services with diabetes education. Anne-Marie specialises in ... Read More

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Oaks Calypso Plaza, 99 Griffith Street
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