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Hobart Nurses' Conference

  • : Hobart TAS 7000

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 that 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

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Day One



Norah Bostock

Communicating Within an Inter-professional Team

It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork, really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration: communication in teams. Includes:

  • Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
  • Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
  • Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
  • Learn the dynamics of team communication
  • The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills


Dr Michelle Woods

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



Dr Michelle Woods

The Relationship Between the Gut and Health

Emerging evidence about the role of gut microbiota (or gut flora) is leading to this ‘forgotten organ’ now considered an important player in either maintaining health or disease establishing. This session will provide a brief overview of some of the new knowledge about the human microbiome. Includes:

  • What is the human microbiome?
  • What physiological role does it play in maintaining health?
  • How is it thought to impact on the development of and progression of diseases?


Nicola Isles

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



Terri-Lee Cooper

Breast Cancer - An Overview

Breast cancer is not just one disease but a complex collection of many different sub-types that can often be referred to in a confusing way. Breast cancer occurs predominantly in females, although in rare instances men can also develop the disease. In this session:

  • Breast cancer - latest information
  • How does breast cancer develop?
  • Modern treatments
  • Breast care nurses at the forefront: patient education and the role of health promotion


Karen Thompson

Recognising Triggers of Violence

Nurses across Australia are currently exposed to unacceptably high levels of occupational aggression and violence. Violent people are highly unpredictable. It can be very difficult to know when they may change from calm and collected to full blown aggressive. However, there are physical changes and subtle behavioural cues that may serve as warning signs. Your ability to closely recognise and interpret these signals are vital if violence is to be prevented. Stopping smaller incidents from ‘blowing up’ is much more favourable than dealing with a critical incident. This session will look at the anatomy of human behaviour to help understand the following:

  • Subtle changes in behaviour could be warning signs
  • Physical indications that a person may be becoming violent
  • Screening for a history of violence and common risk factors
  • Other warning signs to be aware of:
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Intimidating behaviour
  • Affect or mood changes
  • Environmental changes
  • Recognising these behaviours as indicators of ‘stress’ and not necessarily violence
  • The importance of interpreting and acting on these behaviours ‘in context’



Karen Thompson

De-escalating and Defusing Violence and Aggression

It is known that during a violent episode or aggressive incident, asides from body language, what we say but more importantly how we say things is what makes a difference between a violent situation escalating or being defused. This may ultimately be the difference between a nurse being injured or staying safe. This practical session will provide you with an opportunity to role play useful strategies to defuse violence during a crisis.


Day Two



Julie Porter

Beating Burnout in its Tracks

Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast-paced health environment. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is considered to be one of the most stressful jobs as a result of long hours and the need for critical decision-making, therefore potential for burn-out amongst nurses is high. This session considers:

  • What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
  • What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
  • Practice some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you and your patients


Matthew Rundle

Polypharmacy and The Prescribing Cascade

The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of the current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:

  • Patient expectations and prescriptions
  • Significant risks and adverse medicine events
  • Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
  • Common culprit medicines to watch out for
  • Periodic reviews of medicines and its role in the prescribing cascade



Lea Young

Skin 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?


Norah Bostock

Tidal Flow - Assessing and Managing Urinary Incontinence

In Australia, many people live with the devastating consequences of bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence. A complete approach to assessment is fundamental if management is to be achieved. This session looks at:

  • Assessing the individual - looking for more than just the causes
  • What’s wrong? How to interpret if urinary incontinence is a symptom or disease
  • Practical evidence based management strategies



Kerry Mollenhagen

Treatment Options for Dependence

As dependance to an illicit drug or alcohol is likely to be a chronic condition, it is not feasible that people can be cured by stopping the substance for a few days. Recovery is slow, may often need to be repeated, should be holistic, and in many cases demands lifelong vigilance. This session will examine:

  • What are the key evidence based principles for an effective treatment program?
  • Is there one single treatment that supports anyone with a dependance?
  • What about concurrent mental health conditions in the withdrawal period?
  • How are medications used to manage withdrawal?
  • How to challenge the alcohol and drug culture framework and support clients in their recovery program



Norah Bostock

The Cascade to Unintended Disablement

The treatment that older adults are subjected to when admitted to hospital can contribute to reasonably independent people becoming disabled. Not only is there a danger of being exposed to a range of complications, but they are at risk of losing their level of functioning as a result of non-specific geriatric care. Using a case study, this session will look at:

  • The cascade of events in care which can lead to unwanted outcomes and adverse events
  • What has mobility go to do with it?
  • Is routine insertion of a urinary catheter really necessary?
  • Is recovery or disablement influenced by length of stay?
  • Dehydration and malnutrition


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:

  • Health care budgets are under increased stress
  • The 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 guidelines


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse working as a Consultant in private practice in South Australia. She has an ... Read More

Michelle Woods

Michelle Woods

Dr Michelle Woods completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado ... Read More

Nicola Isles

Nicola Isles

Nicola Isles is the current Infection Control Coordinator at Hobart Private Hospital and St Helens Private Hospital. Nicola has been ... Read More

Terri-Lee Cooper

Terri-Lee Cooper

In 2012 Terri began working with Cancer Screening and Control Services, and in 2014 she was appointed to the position ... Read More

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson comes from a mixed background, with post graduate degrees in remote area and ICU nursing, and now has ... 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

Matthew  Rundle

Matthew Rundle

Matthew Rundle graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2009. He completed his pharmacy internship ... Read More

Lea Young

Lea Young

Lea Young is the Nurse Practitioner Wound Management for the Tasmanian Health Service, Southern Region. ... Read More

Kerry Mollenhagen

Kerry Mollenhagen

Kerry Mollenhagen has been a registered nurse for 24 years working in the field of psychiatry and addictions. Her experience ... Read More

Hobart Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 45 mins
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11 hours 45 mins
$572.00 (two days)
Hobart TAS 7000
Hobart Best Western Hobart, 156 Bathurst Street
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