×
<- Back

Gosford Nurses' Conference

  • : Wyoming NSW 2250

Overview

 

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Gosford 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 Gosford every July. 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

8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15

Mike Smith

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and It’s Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects 1 in 4 people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The difference between normal ups and downs and clinical depression
  • Risk factors for depression – from genetics to circumstances to lifestyle and why all are important
  • Treatment options for depression – there’s more to it than just medication
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression – why patience, compassion and empathy are so important

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Mike Smith

Substance Use, Misuse, and Addiction

For many of us, what we think we know about substance use and addiction is quite possibly wrong. It’s not your fault, however. The “war on drugs” that we’ve been fighting for over 100 years, now combined with media coverage, means we often only hear one side of the story. This session will look at:

  • Problematic media coverage of substance use
  • Unconscious biases in us towards people with substance use problems
  • The truth about addiction
  • Australian substance use statistics
  • Take time to listen – why everyone’s personal story and journey guides the treatment you offer
  • How to help a person with a substance use problem and why compassion, empathy, and kindness are the key to recovery

11:45

Mike Smith

Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach

The origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study that investigated the correlation between adverse childhood events (ACE) and long-term health problems later in life. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience and enables healing for older adults. This session explores:

  • How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
  • What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma in older adults?
  • What is the role of trauma-informed care?
  • How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults?

12:30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Gauri Godbole

The Use and Abuse of Opioids

Opioids such as morphine, codeine, and oxycodone, as well as other drugs, such as benzodiazepines, are increasingly becoming a cause for concern in the Australian community even though they are prescription medicines. Often, these concerns centre on the addictive nature of the medicines. Their potential for harm, including the risk of overdose, calls for nurses to be well-informed about their pharmacotherapeutic actions. This session explores the dangers associated with these medicines and includes:

  • How might a person become dependent on opioids?
  • Why do some people get addicted and others do not?
  • Why are we seeing a surge in overdoses?
  • How is opioid overdose and withdrawal managed?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Gauri Godbole

When Less is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing, and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Welcome and Review

9:15

Julie Droguett

Being Hypervigilant for Hypoglycaemia

Complications associated with diabetes, such as hypoglycaemia, can be severe. Prevention is paramount and can reduce the likelihood of a person experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode. This session will dive deeper into the prevention of diabetes emergencies with a focus on hypoglycaemia. It includes:

  • What is hypo unawareness?
  • How can you identify hypoglycaemia?
  • What is the latest evidence in managing hypoglycaemia?

10:00

Julie Droguett

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?
  • How does prolonged hyperglycaemia interfere with cellular immunity?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:00

Wendy Lennox Bradley

Unstable Arrhythmias

Interpreting abnormal heart rhythms is often considered to be difficult. It is primarily the role of an experienced nurse who works in special care areas, such as CCU or ICU. This session will introduce a simple approach to arrhythmia interpretation that all nurses can use. It includes:

  • An introduction to arrhythmia terminology
  • The common causes of arrhythmia to help identify patients at risk of arrhythmias
  • The physiological effects of arrhythmias and the importance of clinical assessment to determine the urgency of treatment required
  • A simple approach to categorising arrhythmias
  • Nursing care for unstable arrhythmias

11:45

Bernadette Said

Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of normal physiological processes are essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up to speed with the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:

  • What are the normal physiological processes of fluid balance?
  • What is hypovolaemic shock? How would you recognise it and what might the causes be?
  • What intravenous fluids should be used and when?
  • How can you recognise electrolyte disturbances early?

12:45 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Mike Smith

More than Just “Stressed” – Understanding Anxiety

Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another, most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • What is stress and how is it beneficial?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • How can we manage stress and normal anxiety?
  • What treatments exist for anxiety disorders?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Mike Smith

Linking Food and Mood

Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. It is acknowledged that changes in mental health -– such as stress or anxiety – can affect our dietary behaviors (hello comfort eating on night duty!). However, we are now beginning to also understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. With nutrition widely accepted as a key aspect of personal and professional wellbeing, it’s time to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. This session includes:

  • What’s the connection between the brain, addiction studies, and what we eat?
  • Diet and depression – is there a link?
  • How about stress, sugar, and saturated fat?
  • What are some simple approaches to introducing better nutrition and more activity into your routine?

4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


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

Presenters

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ... Read More

Julie Droguett

Julie Droguett

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

Wendy Lennox Bradley

Wendy Lennox Bradley

Wendy Lennox Bradley has been working in the specialty of cardiac nursing since the year 1998 and has been a ... Read More

Bernadette Said

Bernadette Said

Bernadette Said is a Registered Nurse employed at Central Coast Local Health for the past 12 years. Specialising in education, ...Read More

Gauri Godbole

Gauri Godbole

Gauri Godbole is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacist in aged care and mental health at Gosford Hospital. She has ... Read More

Type
Delivery
Title
Gosford Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
-- GENERAL MEDICAL--
Location
Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 Hours | 0 Mins
Start Date
04-Jul-2019
End Date
05-Jul-2019
CPD
11 Hours | 0 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Wyoming NSW 2250
Venue
Wyoming The Willows Gosford, 512 Pacific Hwy Wyoming 2250
Posted By
Contact Phone
Log in into view this field.
Location Map
Google Map
44 Views
Similar Courses and Events
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Posted By The Nursing CPD Institute
  • Posted Date: 2019-06-17
  • Location:Online
  • This session explores the condition of Anaphylaxis and reviews current recommendations for immediate...
HealthcareLink