Hervey Bay Nurses' Conference
- : Urangan QLD 4655
Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps in your knowledge and skills. Find out:
- What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
- Why is the focus away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
- What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
- Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
- The latest information about a range of current treatments
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Coralie WheelerHealth Needs of Wide Bay
The community health needs of Wide Bay and surrounding towns are unique. This introductory session sets the scene for the conference by considering:
- What are the health needs of people living in and around Wide Bay?
- Are they aligned with Australia as a whole?
- Challenges and changes in recent times
Tanya BarichWomen’s Health and Domestic Violence: Latest Information
Domestic violence is pervasive in today’s society. The effects of domestic violence are felt by not only the family but by people close to both the perpetrator and recipient. In this session:
- Latest statistics: How big is this problem?
- What are the causes of domestic violence?
- Support and assistance at all levels
- The effects of domestic violence
Marj SpeedyIndigenous Health
Indigenous health is an imperative in the current health arena. It is known that health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are poorer than their counterparts in Australia. In this session:
- What services are available for these populations?
- Why are health outcomes poorer than other cohorts of the population?
- The nursing role in assessing and managing Indigenous health needs
- The Women’s Health Centre at Wide Bay: Who are we and what we do
10:45 MORNING TEA
Lara JonesParacetamol Overdose and Toxicity
Paracetamol remains one of the most common agents used in overdose. Its ease of access, yet potential for significant harm, in the setting of abuse or unintentional overdose demands that all nurses must be familiar with the following:
- What constitutes a toxic dose of paracetamol in adults and children?
- Stages of paracetamol intoxication including respective symptoms and associated severity
- Current guidelines for treatment including the use of n-acetylcysteine and concurrent investigations
- Prognostic factors - what are risk factors for toxicity that affect health outcomes?
Lara JonesAsthma and COPD - Medicines, Devices and Management Update
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are chronic lung disorders that occur frequently in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an update on the following:
- Current guidelines on the evidence-based management of asthma and COPD
- Overlap of asthma and COPD
- New medications and their place in therapy
- New devices - specific advantages and precautions to consider
- Correct use of inhalational medicine delivery devices
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Lisa DoyleDiabetes and Diabetes Emergencies - Essential Update
Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session you will ensure you are up to date with current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. Includes:
- What are diabetes emergencies, what to watch for and how to respond?
- Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
- An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dane LangAdvance Care Planning
Confusion still exists regarding advance care planning. Even if the plan is written, will it be acted upon? This session reviews advance care plans and discusses the best way to communicate them to everyone in the team. Includes:
- General information about advance care planning
- How to apply the wishes of a person when the time comes
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Karen-Ann ClarkeWhat is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is undoubtedly one of the most common mental health conditions that healthcare professionals encounter across all healthcare settings. Managing unstable moods, unpredictable behaviour and the consequences of impulsivity associated with BPD can be challenging for nurses. This session will shine a light on BPD and look at the following:
- How do you recognise BPD?
- What causes emotional dysregulation and what are the consequences of this?
- What treatment options can prove to most effective in relieving symptoms?
- How should nurses communicate with someone with BPD?
Theresa WinstonSkin Tear Management and the Older Adult
Despite their name, skin tears are traumatic wounds that require specific treatment. They are a significant risk for compromised patients, including the older adult. In this session, preventing and effectively managing skin tears will be presented. Includes:
- What do we mean by “skin integrity” and how is this compromised?
- Which elements in a patient’s history would alert you that the person was at risk of suffering a skin tear injury?
- Are there any factors that increase the risk of skin tears in older adults?
- What types of situations may lead to increased friction and risk skin tears developing in the older adult?
- Best practise assessment, management, and documentation – what are the STAR/Payne- Martin systems?
- Dressing the wound: What type of dressing must be applied?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Sue McDonaldChronic Disease and Self-Management: Staying Well At Home
Effective chronic disease management in the community uses a model of shared care that engages people with a chronic disease as well as service providers to use strategies that assist people to stay home and live well with their chronic disease.
Karen-Ann ClarkeInsights into the Psychological Effects of Ice and Methamphetamine
Ice and methamphetamine are psychoactive drugs and as such have an impact on brain function. Although this differs between individuals they can cause effects such as depression and even profound psychosis. This session will looks at the types of mental health dysfunctions that result from this drug’s use. Includes:
- Why are people who use methamphetamine more likely to experience symptoms of psychosis?
- Who are most at risk of developing psychosis?
- What interventions are required during a psychotic episode?
- Does the psychosis automatically resolve when the drugs are withdrawn?
- Can the use of ice/meth trigger schizophrenia?
- When are people most at risk for developing feelings of depression?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Phillip WellsCardiac Disease: Focusing on Secondary Prevention
Improving wellbeing and preventing further cardiovascular events (‘secondary prevention’) are essential goals of healthcare for people with cardiovascular disease. Contemporary secondary prevention strategies such as cardiac rehabilitation may accelerate recovery. This session reviews how improved symptom management and quality of life, while reducing recurrent cardiovascular events and hospitalisations, may be achieved through various holistic approaches.
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen-Ann ClarkeBeating Burnout in its Tracks!
These days, burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as ‘compassion fatigue’ illustrate the emotions involved. The complex combination of stressors result in impaired wellbeing, costly sick leave, decreased quality care and increased risk. This final session takes a look at strategies that can develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
Safety and quality are essential and are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information in regard to the nursing care you provide is a given, no matter where you work. This is a time when:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- Community purse is shrinking
- Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes.
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.Purpose of Program
This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and practice topics that will improve how you deliver nursing care.Your learning outcomes:
People in your care with health risks will receive preventative nursing action to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice and recognised standards and guidelinesPresenters
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute ... Read More
Lara is a Senior Clinical Pharmacist, having completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy at James Cook University. She is an experienced ... Read More
Theresa Winston completed her Master's of Nursing Science (Nurse Practitioner) in 2009 and worked for eight years as a nurse ... Read More
Lisa Doyle has been called a lot of things over the years, notably Mum, Yank, a book nerd and an ... Read More
Dane Lang is Managing Partner at Lewis & McNamara Solicitors. Since taking the reins, Dane has carried on Lewis & ... Read More
Sue McDonald is a highly qualified Nurse Practitioner employed by Torbay Lifestyles and Care as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in ...Read More
Coralie Wheeler is a Primary Health Network Program Manager at Wide Bay. ... Read More
Tanya Barich is Senior Counsellor at Wide Bay Women’s Health Centre Inc., where she has worked for over 7 years ... Read More
Marj Speedy is an Aboriginal woman, 'Kooma' Tribe, south east Queensland. Her current position is Indigenous Family Support Worker at ... Read More
Philip Wells is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years' experience in medical, surgical and critical care nursing. In the ... Read More