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Melbourne Nurses' Conference

  • : Mackay QLD 4740

 

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

 

Overview

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?

Attend this local Nurses’ Conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills and practice.

Schedule

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Day One

8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

TBA

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 demands new ways of thinking about practice which includes:

  • 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 introductory session sets the scene for this conference.

9:45

Kerrie Davies

The Future of Cardiovascular Nursing: Where Are We Heading?

Cardiovascular nursing is in the midst of revolutionary changes. How are these changes affecting nursing care today and will nursing manage these changes? This session will bring you up-to-date on:

  • Latest clinical care guidelines
  • Trends and traditions in cardiovascular care
  • Impact of chronic cardiac disease on quality of life

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Renee Di Giuseppe

Arterial Blood Gases - Interpretation Made Easy

Arterial Blood Gases (ABG) are frequently used in acute care settings. However, their value during clinical deterioration in patients means that all nurses benefit from having a basic ability to analyse and interpret results. Using clinical case studies, this interactive session will provide an overview of:

  • Indications for ABG's
  • Basic interpretation - what do all those numbers mean?
  • Practical examples of how to apply knowledge to practice

11:45

Lois Rowan

Pre-Diabetes - A Window of Opportunity?

The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing full-blown diabetes. Find out the latest information about pre-diabetes including:

  • What is it and how is it diagnosed?
  • Who gets it?
  • What education can a nurse provide to patients prevent it from developing into full blown diabetes
  • Dietary friends and foes

12:30PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Associate Professor Louis Roller

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 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

2:30

Marcella Dean

Hit that Vein: A Guide to Drawing Blood Correctly

Venepuncture is the collection of blood from a vein. This practical session will arm you with tricks of the trade to improve your technique of this tough skill to master. Includes:

  • Review of the anatomy of veins
  • Best sites for venepuncture
  • Veins to avoid and potential complications
  • Step-by-step: best practice technique

3:15 AFTERNOON TEA


3:30

Craig Maloney

Creating Healthy Cultures in Nursing

Some workplaces thrive as healthy and wonderful places to work but why is this so? This final session on day one examines how workplace culture can be created. Discover how you can break down barriers to achieving success at your workplace. Includes:

  • Anatomy of a healthy workplace culture
  • Your role in creating a positive culture
  • What does this mean for patient care?

4:15

Craig Maloney

More than Just Cravings... Understanding Alcohol Use in Australia

How healthy is Australia's drinking habits? Do we really understand what constitutes 'normal, safe' amounts of alcohol? This session looks at people's relationships with alcohol, including reasons why people drink. Includes:

  • How much alcohol are Australians currently consuming?
  • Are Australian attitudes towards alcohol unhealthy?
  • How do people perceive their own levels of alcohol use?
  • Do we have a problem?

5:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Associate Professor Bernice Redley

Patient Care in Acute and Hospital Settings - Are We Getting it Right?

Most nursing care provided in acute hospitals is for people older than 65 years. There are many subtle and not-so-subtle differences in nursing younger adults versus these older adults which can significantly influence outcomes. This session looks at some of these differences and explains how nursing can make a difference.

9:45

Jo Reading

ST What? Recognising Important ECG Changes

There are certain ECG changes that must be correctly identified and reported urgently if patient outcomes are to be achieved. This session will take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. Includes:

  • Quick recap - why do we do ECG's?
  • What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain, myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction?
  • What nursing actions must follow recognition of these changes?

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Jo Callen

Aphasia and Dysarthria Following Stroke

Stroke causes many long term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependant 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 and evaluating care for recovery and long term benefit including referral to inter professional colleagues
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard

11:45

Stuart Fenton

Recovering from Addiction - A Personal Story

While alcohol still remains a grave cause of concern and widely abused drug, other drugs such as ice and methamphetamine may commonly result in an addiction. The journey off the substance is complex but possible. This session looks at rehabilitation from the viewpoint of a person who has successfully withdrawn from ice and who has remained free from the drug for many years. Come away with a new perspective on what it's like to personally recover from a serious addiction.

  • How damaging can addiction to ice be on one's physical and mental health?
  • What happens when a person withdraws from a drug such as ice?
  • What support does a person require?
  • What needs to happen after the withdrawal process if a person is to sustain their abstinence?

12:30PM LUNCH BREAK


1:30

Dr Jason Tye-Din

Facts About Coeliac Disease

Has coeliac disease always existed? Is its prevalence increasing or has modern screening and diagnostic approaches improved our identification of this condition? This session will answer some of these questions and provide a brief overview of this, once 'rare' disease, now estimated to affect one in 100 Australians. Includes:

  • Definition of coeliac disease - what is it and what is it not?
  • History of coeliac disease - how did we get here?
  • Incidence and prevalence - how common is coeliac disease and has this changed over time?
  • Who gets coeliac disease?

2:15

Amanda Wynne

Legal Responsibilities of Nurses in Cases of Domestic Violence

This session will inform you about the nursing and legal responsibilities in cases of domestic violence.

3:00 AFTERNOON TEA


3:15

Jill Beattie

A Mindfulness Approach to Reducing Stress in Nursing

The practice of mindfulness has been found to reduce stress, anxiety and even burnout. Reducing stress and anxiety enhances nurses’ ability to meet the demands of shift work and rapidly changing healthcare environments, thus bringing more balance to our daily lives. This final 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 reduce stress in our daily lives?
  • How to use a mindfulness-based practice to decrease distress

4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


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 are 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 inter professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards

Presenters

Kerrie Davies

Kerrie Davies

Kerrie Davies has been nursing for 33 years, with 24 years’ experience in education, especially within the critical care arena. ... Read More

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She currently works in the Intensive Care Unit at a large ... Read More

Lois Rowan

Lois Rowan

Lois Rowan is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Nurse Practitioner. Lois is currently working at the ... Read More

Louis Roller

Louis Roller

Louis joined the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1963. He was variously the Associate Dean Teaching ... Read More

Marcella Dean

Marcella Dean

Marcella Dean has been employed in the health sector for more than 30 years, initially as a Division 2 nurse ... Read More

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Occupational Health ... Read More

Joanne Reading

Joanne Reading

Joanne Reading is a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She has extensive experience clinically managing critically ill patients, with a special ...Read More

Stuart Fenton

Stuart Fenton

Stuart Fenton is a clinical psychotherapist and counsellor and also a recovered drug addict and alcoholic. Prior to his additions ... Read More

Jason Tye-Din

Jason Tye-Din

Dr Jason Tye-Din, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, is a gastroenterologist who heads the Coeliac Research Group at the Walter and Eliza ...Read More

Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne

Amanda is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, health ...Read More

Jill Beattie

Jill Beattie

Dr Beattie is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness ...Read More

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

 

Bernice Redley

Bernice Redley

Associate Professor Bernice Redley is a researcher in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health at Deakin University, ... Read More

Jo Callen

Jo Callen

Jo is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in education. She has worked in clinical leadership positions and in neuroscience ... Read More

Title
Melbourne Nurses' Conference
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Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 hours 30 mins
Start Date
28-Apr-2016
End Date
29-Apr-2016
CPD
11 hours 30 mins
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Mackay QLD 4740
Venue
Hotel IBIS - Therry Street, 15-21 Therry Street
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