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Lismore Nurses' Conference

  • : Lismore NSW 2480


Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, 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?
Schedule Day One



Dr Vahid Saberi

Rural Health: Should we be Concerned?

About one third of Australia’s population live in regional, rural and remote areas but on average, these residents do not enjoy the same level of health that their metropolitan counterparts do. Topics for discussion include:

  • Who is not receiving quality healthcare in rural Australia?
  • What are the issues in rural and remote health?
  • Who is best placed to manage these issues?
  • How do we improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural and remote Australia?


Jane O'Brien

Minimal Trauma Fractures and Osteoporosis

A minimal trauma fracture is a fracture that is usually linked to osteoporosis. There may be no obvious cause of the fracture but they can severely impact on mobility, pain and activities of daily living. This session looks at this under-rated area of concern that has a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life if it is not addressed. Includes:

  • Why are minimal trauma fractures often ‘invisible’?
  • What are the ‘hot spots’?
  • Do men experience minimal trauma fractures?
  • Is body sway an indication of risk?
  • How do you know if someone has a minimal trauma fracture?
  • Can osteoporosis be managed?



Alexandra Dey

The Judicious use of Opioids: Implications for Nursing Practice

Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present. It is essential that these medicine are fully understood so that it is appropriately used and nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in depth review of opioid medications including:

  • What are the different types of opioids used today?
  • How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
  • Management of opioid induced side effects, e.g. constipation, falls etc.
  • Dosing considerations in the elderly
  • Identifying tolerance, preventing dependency and assessing for toxicity
  • Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours


Jane O’Brien

What is the Fracture Cascade?

It is known that once a person has a minimal trauma fracture they are at increased risk for further breaks. This is known as the fracture cascade. The fracture cascade risk can occur over a long period of time and men appear to be at greater risk of repeat fractures than women. This session looks at:

  • How common is the fracture cascade?
  • How do the original fracture locations influence the future risk?
  • What are the implications for nursing care?
  • When are surgical interventions indicated?



Judith Rankin

Beating 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 session takes a look at strategies that can develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.



Sharene Pascoe

The Role of Simulation in Nursing Education: Past Present and Future

Simulation in nursing is seen as an innovative and engaging technique that is a useful adjunct to clinical skills. Today simulation encompasses a range of delivery models that includes translating theory into practice. This session explores its role in nursing education.


Day Two




Primary Healthcare: a Modern Approach

Encompassing the WHO's Declaration of Alma Ata (WHO 1978) and recent Primary Health Care: A Framework for Future Strategic Directions (WHO 2003) primary healthcare can be defined as a socially appropriate and universally acceptable concept that gives priority to those most in need. In this session the current application of primary healthcare in modern society is explored.


Crystal Austin

Maintenance of Weight Loss: Why is it So Difficult?

One of the most difficult challenges after successful weightloss is maintaining the new weight. Following weight reduction, fat is laid down at a faster rate than before the weight was originally lost. As well, evidence shows that to maintain weightloss, a person must eat even less than a person who weighs the same but who does not have a weight problem. Why is this the case? This session explains this phenomena. Includes:

  • How does metabolism change after losing weight? Why is this important?
  • Why is it that the more weight you lose makes it more difficult to burn fat post weight-reduction?
  • Why are fewer calories expended in reduced-obese adults?



Elizabeth Dolan

Pain Management in Palliative Care

The challenge in palliative care is to adopt a systematic whole person approach to total pain assessment and management. In this session:

  • Administering pain relief in conjunction with individual needs in accordance with the WHO analgesic ladder
  • Use of appropriate adjunctive therapies
  • Working with patients and families


Elizabeth Dolan

Palliative Care Spiritual Care in the Last Days

The final days of a person’s life are in some ways the most special. Each person and family member experience this time in a unique way both physiologically and spiritually. It can be a time of big emotions and raw feelings. The approach to care provided at this time is critical. This session explores the spiritual aspect of palliative care.



Amanda Fryer

50 Shades of Fat...

Modern thinking suggests that it’s not just diet that causes disease. It’s not just food that lays down fat. Many of the above-mentioned factors create an ‘obesogenic’ environment. Put simply, these environments encourage unhealthy foods and discourage activity. Along with psychological and biological input, our genetics, gut and fat cells all send messages to the appetite and satiety centres in the hypothalamus. Could it be here that some of the damage is done? It’s time to dismantle the pathology of obesity. This session explains:

  • What does an ‘obesogenic’ environment look like?
  • How are our genetics implicated and have environmental factors altered our genes?
  • What is happening in our gut and how does it respond to certain nutrients?
  • Neuropeptides - suppressors and stimulators of appetite?
  • The brain’s response to these factors
  • Finally, how this cascade can explain:
    • Insulin resistance
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Development of T2DM


Amanda Fryer

Correctly Injecting Insulin: the Facts

It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependent as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:

  • What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
  • If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
  • What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
  • How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
  • How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?



Amanda Fryer

Living with Ease, Not Disease: Self-Care for Nurses

Nursing is a hard profession as is, especially given the shift-work nature of our jobs. Engaging and encouraging patients to make better health choices is difficult, especially if we are not making positive health choices ourselves. As role models, advocates and educators of health, our clients and patients look to us for guidance and help. It is imperative that we care for ourselves first and foremost, in order to care for others. This session will serve a timely reminder about why self-care matters.


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


Jane O'Brien

Jane O'Brien

Jane O'Brien is a Clinical Nurse Specialist 2 Orthopaedics at Lismore Base Hospital. Previously, Jane held the role as a ... Read More

Vahid Saberi

Vahid Saberi

Dr. Vahid Saberi is the Chief Executive of North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN). ... Read More

Alexandra Dey

Alexandra Dey

Alexandra Dey completed her science degree and master of pharmacy at the University of Sydney and has been practicing as ... Read More

Judith Rankin

Judith Rankin

Judith Rankin is a health professional based in New South Wales. ... Read More

Sharene Pascoe

Sharene Pascoe

Sharene Pascoe is the Clinical Simulation Manager at the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH). ... Read More

Elizabeth Dolan

Elizabeth Dolan

Elizabeth Dolan RN, Grad Cert in Health (Palliative Care). Elizabeth undertook her registered nurse education in Dublin over 30 years ... Read More

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer has been working in Diabetes Education for 20 years, and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More

Crystal Austin

Crystal Austin

Crystal Austin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian working for private practice Body Balance Nutrition in Lismore, Evans Head and Nimbin. ... Read More

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Lismore Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 15 mins
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11 hours 15 mins
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$572.00 (two days)
Lismore NSW 2480
Lismore Turf Club, Woodlawn Rd
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