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Hobart Nurses' Conference

  • : Hobart TAS 7001


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


Healthcare 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.


 Print Schedule

Day One



Professor Denise Fassett

The Case For Change: Health in Tasmania

The 'Case For Change' is well established in the Tasmanian health agenda. It includes a planned approach to healthcare reform that demonstrates Statewide benefits. This session includes:

  • What are the health needs of the Tasmanian population?
  • Are they aligned with Australia as a whole?
  • How to achieve consistency in healthcare delivery


Norah Bostock

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 requires 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 session aims to bring you up to speed on the changing nature of health care.



Professor Greg Peterson

Statins - Who Needs Them?

Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on the decreasing morbidity relating to cardiovascular disease. Their lipid-lowering effects are now well-established. However, in recent times, there has been controversy surrounding their use. This session will explain how they work and include their contra-indications, clarifying any confusion and ensuring nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. Includes:

  • What role do statins have in diminishing absolute CVD risk?
  • Can common side effects be managed?
  • What happens when statins are ceased?


Nicola Isles

Humour is Infectious but Infection is Serious

We all know that humour is infectious, but the risk of infection is deadly serious. In this session, the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection will be used to identify current best evidence and practice in infection prevention and control for nurses. Includes:

  • Update on the occurrence of healthcare-related acquired infections
  • The impact of infections on patients and resources
  • Early identification of infection and colonisation of patients and staff
  • Infection prevention and control strategies that work - nursing practice to reduce the incidence of infection spread



Dr Michelle Woods

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?
  • Latest concepts and implications of insulin resistance and chronic inflammation


Kerrie Duggan

Chronic Disease Management: The Role of Health Promotion

Chronic disease is any 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?



Norah Bostock

Healthcare Settings and Unavoidable Changes

Change in the healthcare workplace should be regarded as inevitable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. The session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:

  • Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
  • Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to certain types of proposed changes / innovations


Day Two



Norah Bostock

Effective Nursing Care - Translating Evidence into 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 them?
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice, and how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs


Brittany Gardner

Preventing Malnutrition in the Older Person

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



Linda Nichols

Aphasia and Dysarthria Following Stroke

Stroke causes many long-term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependent on the degree and type of brain damage. A particularly disturbing complication relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session explores:

  • What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
  • Assessment for communication deficits and swallowing disorders
  • Planning care for recovery and long-term benefit, including referral to interprofessional colleagues
  • Evaluating your care
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard


Bec Schrale

Managing Critical Care Burns

The management of critical care burns is a skilled procedure to ensure optimal outcomes for the patient. This session includes:

  • What are the fundamentals of managing critical care burns?
  • Is surgery the answer?
  • The nursing role - using best-practice principles



Julie Porter

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 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?


Cecily Pollard

The Suicide Snowball - Can it be Slowed?

Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and is considerably higher in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are increasingly at high risk of suicide. Additionally, suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in non-remote areas.

Nursing those who have intentionally tried to take their own life can be complex and challenging. However, these statistics confirm the need to explore suicide. This session will provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. Includes:

  • Why do people make attempts on their life?
  • Who is most at risk?
  • Self-harm versus suicide - what are the psychodynamics?
  • ICU and ED presentations
  • Current management skills
  • Nursing attitudes and the perception of resources required



Norah Bostock

Innovators or Agitators: A New Breed of Healthcare Leader

Clinical leadership has always been important in health care. Now more than ever, nursing needs leaders who are fearless and innovative, and drive high quality standards for all. This session includes:

  • Who is a clinical leader?
  • The role of whistleblowing in nursing - is this a sign of agitation or innovation?
  • Capabilities and expectations - how nurses lead forwards


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 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 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


Denise Fassett

Denise Fassett

Following a number of senior academic positions in nursing, including six years as Head of Nursing and Midwifery at the ... Read More

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah is a highly qualified Advanced Continence Nurse Specialist and Clinical Governance expert in private practice in SA. She has ... Read More

Greg Peterson

Greg Peterson

Professor of Pharmacy and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Health at the University of Tasmania. Greg has held a personal ... Read More

Nicola Isles

Nicola Isles

Nicola Isles is the Infection Control Coordinator at Hobart Private Hospital and St Helens Private Hospitals, which have both achieved ...Read More

Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

Dr Michelle Woods is is a Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer who holds a co-joint position with the Tasmanian ... Read More

Kerrie Duggan

Kerrie Duggan

Kerrie Duggan is a Nurse Practitioner and authorised nurse immuniser who works with local health professionals to care for community ... Read More

Brittany Gardner

Brittany Gardner

Brittany Gardner is an qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian and member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. She owns and runs ...Read More

Linda Nichols

Linda Nichols

Linda Nichols is a Lecturer at the University of Tasmania, and Unit Coordinator of the Neuroscience stream. She teaches ... Read More

Cecily Pollard

Cecily Pollard

Cecily Pollard is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and has been a Consultation Liaison Nurse for 15 years. Currently she ... Read More

Bec Schrale

Bec Schrale

Rebecca Schrale is the Burns Clinical Nurse Consultant for the Tasmanian Burns Unit at the Royal Hobart Hospital and an ... Read More

Julie Porter

Julie Porter

Julie Porter is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania. Julie's PhD project looked at the evidence base ... Read More

Hobart Nurses' Conference
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11 hours
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11 hours
$561.00 (two days)
Hobart TAS 7001
Best Western Hobart, 156 Bathurst Street
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