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Gold Coast Nurses' Conference

  • : Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

 

Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health

Overview

Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, 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

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Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Kay Ross

Making the Planets Align - Nurses Shaping the Patient Experience

The 21st century demands a new approach to ensuring health outcomes are achieved. The patient is the centre of care and this involves 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 this conference.

9:45

Kay Ross

Outta Time! Time Management For Busy Nurses

Nursing is a busy and demanding job. Often it can feel like there are not enough hours in the day to complete all the care and finish the paperwork. So how do busy nurses manage time effectively? In this session we will look at:

  • What is effective time management?
  • Managing when things get tough
  • Tips for busy nurses

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Amanda Fryer

Insulin Resistance - Current Evidence

Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:

  • What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
  • Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
  • How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
  • What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?

11:45

Alison White

A Basic Guide to Cardiac Diagnostic Testing - Echocardiography

Have you ever wondered why an echocardiogram is ordered for your patient? While many nurses do not work within a framework that includes scope for ordering echocardiograms, all nurses must have a basic understanding of appropriate diagnostic processes, such as echocardiography. This important session will clarify rationales for the use of echocardiography. Includes:

  • How can you identify if an echocardiogram is appropriate?
  • Interpreting the results - what do those numbers mean?

12:30PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Dr Bernadette Sebar

Chronic Disease Management: The Role of Health Promotion

Chronic disease is a long-lasting health condition or illness that can be controlled but not cured. These diseases represent a leading threat to human health and development. This session includes:

  • How do we improve the prevention and management of chronic disease?
  • What is the latest research on the role of health promotion in preventing chronic disease?

2:15

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Blood-borne 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 blood-borne 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?

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Kara Torney

Stomal Therapy - Best Practice Tips

In this session you will learn about the latest management techniques, products, hints and tips for best practice in stomal care.

4:00

Freda Fischer

Under Pressure: Hypertension Update

Hypertension is a complex disease prevalent in Australian society. It can lead to select organ damage and even death if not properly managed. To some extent this condition is also preventable. This session looks at current guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of hypertension. Includes:

  • Definition of hypertension
  • Review of the causes of hypertension
  • Importance of accurate assessment of hypertension in rural communities
  • Goals of treatment
  • Lifestyle implications
  • Threshold for medication treatment and drug options

4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Mark Brommeyer

E-Health and Clinical Governance: Two Worlds Collide

The purpose of clinical governance is to promote safety and quality in healthcare, while the purpose of an e-health record is to collect, store and maintain health records electronically. In this session, we will look at:

  • What is the role of clinical governance in managing e-health records?
  • What are the risks and how can they be mitigated?
  • The nursing role in managing risk, safety and quality in the area of e-health

9:45

Mark Brommeyer

Managing and Leading Effective Teams

An effective team is important in maintaining a safe healthcare environment, reducing clinical risk and minimising patient harm. This is applicable across all health settings where nurses work together and especially where the team is at a distance to each other and individuals work autonomously.

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Freda Fischer

The Future of Cardiovascular Nursing: Where Are We Heading?

Cardiovascular nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting nursing care today and will nursing manage these changes? This session will bring you up-to-date on:

  • Latest clinical care guidelines
  • Trends and traditions in cardiovascular care
  • Impact of chronic cardiac disease on quality of life

11:45

Kim Kaim

Pressure Injuries: Latest Evidence on Outcomes

Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to patients. The development of such harm, often due to prolonged immobility and impaired nutrition, is considered a failure of care. Avoiding this major cause of iatrogenesis is a key indicator of quality nursing care. This important session will discuss:

  • What is the real cost of pressure injuries?
  • Budget implications of failure to care: what is the worldwide trend? e.g. NHS ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign
  • How can we prevent pressure injuries in vulnerable people?
  • What does the latest evidence tell us about nurses’ role in preventing pressure injuries?

12:30PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Dr Scott McClintock

Prostatic Hypertrophy: Benign or Not?

For many men, enlargement of the prostate is a fact of life. The symptoms can exist for many years and cause their quality of life to diminish. This session will look at:

  • What are the symptoms of prostate enlargement?
  • How to diagnose whether it is benign or malignant
  • What to do when men get retention of urine
  • Is surgery the only option?

2:15

Elizabeth Dolan

Improving Quality of Life in Palliative Care: Effective Communication

Some healthcare professionals may consider palliative care only for those nearing the end of life. This is because, in the past, the palliative care was focused on hospice care and meeting the needs of those approaching death. Now it includes care for people at all stages of life-shortening illnesses. This session includes:

  • What is the role of communication in ensuring patients receive the best palliative care?
  • How does palliative care improve quality of life?

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Elizabeth Dolan

Self Care and You

How we care for ourselves is important for our health and wellbeing. In fact it's an essential part of our practice as health care professionals. In this fascinating, engaging and interactive final session we will discuss:

  • What is self care?
  • What are the myths about self-care and what gets in the way of us developing self-care for ourselves?
  • How can I develop a way of self-care that is supportive for all that I do at work?

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM


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 interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

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

Presenters

Freda Fischer

Freda Fischer

Freda Fischer has extensive experience as a nurse educator, both in Australia and Singapore. Her qualifications include a Master of ... Read More

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

Alison White

Alison White

Alison White is a senior lecturer and Program Director of the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Physiology at Griffith University. She ... Read More

Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Peta-Anne Zimmerman

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman is an internationally respected clinician, educator and researcher in Infection Prevention and Control. Dr Zimmerman's experience includes ... Read More

Kara Torney

Kara Torney

Kara Torney completed her nursing training at Ballarat University in 2005 and then worked at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. ... Read More

Kim Kaim

Kim Kaim

Kim has a Master’s degree in wound care from Monash and is currently a/CNC Wound Management within the Gold Coast ... Read More

Scott McClintock

Scott McClintock

Dr McClintock works privately at Allamanda and Pindara Private Hospitals and is the Director of Urology at The Gold Coast ... Read More

Elizabeth Dolan

Elizabeth Dolan

Elizabeth Dolan RN, Grad Cert in Health (Palliative Care). Elizabeth undertook her registered nurse education in Dublin over 30 years ... Read More

Kay Ross

Kay Ross

Kay Ross is a Registered Nurse and an accomplished lecturer and educator, with a proven track record in leadership, teaching ...Read More

Mark Brommeyer

Mark Brommeyer

Mark Brommeyer trained as a Registered Nurse and has over 25 years of teaching, lecturing and experience in facilitating adult ...Read More

Bernadette Sebar

Bernadette Sebar

Dr Bernadette Sebar is a researcher in the School of Medicine at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. ... Read More

Title
Gold Coast Nurses' Conference
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Type
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 hours 15 mins
Start Date
29-Feb-2016
End Date
01-Mar-2016
CPD
11 hours 15 mins
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Venue
Watermark Hotel & Spa Gold Coast , 3023 Surfers Paradise Boulevard
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