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Gosford Nurses' Conference

  • : Gosford NSW 2250

Health care 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.



Day One



Dr Vivien Lane

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 demands new ways of thinking about practice, which include:

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

This introductory session sets the scene for this conference.


Penny O’Beid

Safe Patient Blood Management

How would you rate your knowledge about blood and safe transfusion management? What is the evidence in relation to the safe administration of blood transfusions? Using case scenarios, this comprehensive and practical session will improve your current knowledge with the latest information which you can immediately translate into your practice and use to influence others. Includes:

  • Are blood transfusions safe and are they overused?
  • Patient advocacy and risk communication - what do these and other tools mean to you as a surgical nurse and how can you use them?
  • What are the current National guidelines for perioperative patient blood management?



Julie Droguett

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


Bradley Moodie

Peripheral Vascular Disease: Latest Evidence on Foot Care

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a common circulatory condition associated with a range of health disorders. This session aims to bring you up to speed on the latest evidence on foot management so you are in a strong position to improve patient outcomes Topics include:

  • Presentation in feet with PVD
  • What are the risk factors and lifestyle causes?
  • How are foot problems detected or diagnosed?
  • Guidelines for management
  • What impact does PVD have on a person’s mobility?



Debra Day

Out of Sight, out of Mind? Peristomal Skin Complications

Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This session will explore:

  • New terminology in stomal care
  • Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
  • Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
  • What is best-practice management?


Lesley Shanks

Emotional Resilience: A Sea Change of Emotion

This session looks at the importance of creating positive mindsets for people with chronic disease and how this can be incorporated into modern nursing practice. Includes:

  • The impact of chronic illness on the psyche
  • Latest research on the effect of a positive mindset on wellness
  • Can emotional resilience be developed?



Dr Vivien Lane

My Career Plan - 2017 and Beyond

What does your next year, 5 years or even 10 years look like? Will you be working? If so, where, how often and what will your professional development look like then? This thought-provoking and interactive final session of Day One will provide you with an opportunity to explore what your future in nursing may look like.


Day Two



Dr Vivien Lane

Nursing Care - Becoming More Effective - How to Make Evidence Work in Practice

This session shows how high quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using practical examples, this session invites you to consider:

  • Why evidence and accountability go hand-in-hand
  • How can you quickly and easily assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice, and how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs


Frank Payne

The News on Anticoagulants

For many years there was a limited range of anticoagulants available. This is no longer the case and with a broader choice of medicines it is imperative that those responsible for prescribing and administering these medicines are absolutely clear about their efficacy, safety and their pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties. This session looks at:

  • New anticoagulants available in Australia
  • Warfarin – still a useful medicine?
  • Evidence for prescribing, monitoring considerations and precautions




Improving Men’s Sexual Health

There is much information today regarding women’s sexual health; however, there is also a need to also improve men’s sexual health. This session will consider how you as nurses can bring awareness of sexual identity, sexual safety and wellbeing in men.


Therese Hallett

Prevention of Infection with Central Venous Access Devices

Central Venous Access Devices (CVADS) are essential in many acute care settings. However, their use in the community is also becoming more frequent. The type of catheter involved, its placement and management are essential to reduce the risk of complications such as thrombosis, as well as promote longevity of lines. This session reviews key considerations relating to the management of CVADs and includes:

  • Review of devices - what goes where?
    • peripheral IV devices
    • central venous access devices (CVCs and PICCs)
  • Catheter selection - choosing appropriate devices
  • Complications - during and following insertion
  • Management principles - blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration and dressing and line changes
  • Common troubleshooting tips



Ken Langbridge

Respiratory Disease - Tradition versus Knowledge

This session will take a common health concern - respiratory disease - to show you the power of evidence-based practice as it translates to people living with this condition. It will consider how the combination of transferring knowledge into practice, patient preferences and clinical judgement can change the way we nurse patients. Includes:

  • What has evidence shown us to be true about respiratory disease?
  • What are the benefits for patients as well as staff in translating best evidence into respiratory care?
  • How can patient preferences be balanced with new knowledge?
  • Why is your expertise still so important?


Nicole Saliba

Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:

  • Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
  • The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
  • Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status



Kerry Lane

Stress Relief and Mindfulness in Nursing

The practice of mindfulness is considered a useful strategy that may reduce stress, anxiety and even burnout. As every nurse knows, this is key to meeting the demands of shift work and ensuring a balanced life. This final session will assist with your understanding of mindfulness and demonstrate how you can apply practical strategies to your work and everyday life. Includes:

  • What is mindfulness?
  • How can mindfulness assist with relaxation in our daily lives?
  • What clinical scenarios may benefit from the practice of mindfulness?
  • The use of hand massage as a tool for relaxation


The Goal Need for Program

Health care is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps is 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 healthcare 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


Vivien Lane

Vivien Lane

Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, ... Read More

Penny O'Beid

Penny O'Beid

Penny O'Beid is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Transfusion Medicine with Central Coast Local Health District in NSW. She has ... Read More

Julie Drougett

Julie Drougett

Julie Droguett has been employed by Central Coast Local Health District for 15 years. Her current role is the Clinical ... Read More

Debra  Day

Debra Day

Debra Day has been a stomal therapy nurse for almost 15 years. She has been working in the capacity of ... Read More

Lesley Shanks

Lesley Shanks

Lesley Shanks is Clinical Facilitator (part-time) for The University of Newcastle, School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her clinical and teaching ... Read More

Frank  Payne

Frank Payne

Frank Payne (OAM FPS FACPP) has had many years as a Community Pharmacy owner. He is now working as a ... Read More

Ken Langbridge

Ken Langbridge

Ken Langbridge has worked as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant in acute, sub-acute and primary care areas for more than ... Read More

Nicole Saliba

Nicole Saliba

Nicole Saliba is a Central Coast based Accredited Nutritionist and Accredited Practising Dietitian recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia. ... Read More

Kerry  Lane

Kerry Lane

Kerry Lane is a registered psychologist currently working in private practice. Kerry specialises in trauma, providing counselling to Victims of ... Read More

Therese Hallett

Therese Hallett

Therese Hallett is the Nurse Unit Manager Vascular Access Team/Ambulatory Care Unit at Gosford Hospital. ... Read More

Bradley Moodie

Bradley Moodie

Bradley Moodie is a Podiatrist based in Gosford. Having graduated in 2013 from a bachelor of Podiatry with distinction, Bradley ...Read More

Gosford Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
$561.00 (two days)
Gosford NSW 2250
Gosford RSL Club, 26 Central Coast Highway
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