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Mildura Nurses' Conference

  • : Mildura VIC 3500

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Mildura region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Mildura every December. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…

We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.


Schedule Day One



Norah Bostock

Obtaining Consent – Avoiding Shades of Grey

Before providing any care, it is essential that informed consent is obtained. In an older adult who may be experiencing changes and challenges in their cognition, obtaining informed consent may become difficult. During this conversation, the benefits and risks of any procedure must be explained and consent to proceed obtained. This session includes:

  • What is informed consent?
  • Is it still possible to obtain consent from a person experiencing cognitive changes?
  • What happens when informed consent cannot be obtained?


Benjamin Marchant

The Judicious Use of Opioids: Implications for Nursing Practice

Opioids are commonly prescribed as 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 medicines are fully understood so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them and so that they are appropriately used. 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?
  • How do you manage opioid-induced side effects? e.g. constipation, falls, etc.
  • What are the dosing considerations in the elderly?
  • How do you identify tolerance, prevent dependency, and assess for toxicity?
  • How do you identify drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours?



Tania Hobbs

Pressure Injury Prevention

Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to patients. The development of such harm, often due to prolonged immobility and impaired nutrition, is considered a failure of care. Avoiding this major cause of iatrogenesis is a key indicator of quality nursing care. This important session will discuss:

  • What is the real cost of pressure injuries?
  • Who is most at risk and why?
  • How can pressure injuries be prevented?
  • Overview of the pressure injury assessment, including the stages and nursing management


Nicole Shaw

Diabetes and Neuropathy – Preventing Painful Feet

Poor control of diabetes can cause a raft of complications. Neuropathy – damage to one’s nerves – may be troublesome, particularly the pain associated with it. Why is managing neuropathic pain in people with diabetes so difficult, and why can it result in other complications? This session explores this often debilitating complication for a person with diabetes. It includes the development and management of ulcerations and injury in the neuropathic foot and discusses:

  • The different types of peripheral neuropathy
  • How can you assess and manage patients with neuropathic pain?



Michelle Gray

Safe Management of Diabetes in Older Adults

Increasingly, older people with type II diabetes may require insulin to manage their diabetes. Yet, their physiological changes mean that this medication must be very well understood for it to be given safely. This session will provide a comprehensive update on how diabetes is managed, with a focus on safety if insulin is required. It includes:

  • Changes in the management of diabetes
  • When to monitor BGLs
  • When to eat meals
  • How to administer insulin correctly
  • Recognition and management of preventable harm: hypoglycaemia



Norah Bostock

Preventable Trauma – Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Seemingly routine use of an indwelling urinary catheter (IDC) can result in serious harm in an older adult. Inappropriate use and management of an IDC may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). CAUTIs are a major source of community and hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting of removing catheters. This session considers:

  • Cost, prevention, and management of CAUTIs
  • How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDC's in healthcare settings
  • Management of long-term urinary catheters – when are they necessary?


Day Two



Andrina Mitcham

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organs like the uterus, cervix, bladder, or bowel, may protrude into the vagina due to weakness in the tissues that normally support them. The resulting symptoms vary, depending on the type of prolapse. Conservative management, such as pelvic floor muscle training or lifestyle changes, is recommended for treatment. This presentation will discuss:

  • Normal anatomy and function, including the pelvic floor
  • What is pelvic organ prolapse (POP)?
  • Terminology
  • Causes
  • Risk factors
  • Clinical manifestations and staging
  • Conservative management of POP – what does the evidence suggest?


Stephen Butler

Anaphylaxis – Time to Act Quickly!

Anaphylactic reactions affect the entire body and have potentially life-threatening consequences. They may be caused by exposure to a food allergy or even a medication. Due to its often unpredictable and rapid onset, a timely approach to responding is vital. Could you confidently and rapidly recognise anaphylaxis? This session will bring you up to speed on:

  • What is anaphylaxis?
  • How can you recognise its signs and symptoms?
  • Why are auto-injectors used?
  • What about follow-up care?
  • How to provide education on auto-injectors




Palliative Care: When To Refer?

At the end of life, it is essential to identify the dying patient in order to allow them and their caregivers to reorient their priorities and achieve their goals so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. However, palliative care is often indicated long before the terminal phase. This session includes:

  • When may palliative care be initiated and how can this be introduced sensitively?
  • Is palliative care different for people who have a chronic illness rather than cancer?
  • How can you anticipate physical problems and effectively manage symptom control?


Hannah Price

Say What? Hearing Assessment is Essential!

Many Australians live with some degree of hearing loss. It can dramatically affect one’s quality of life and make communication very difficult. Despite hearing loss being frequently preventable, it is commonly dismissed as a normal part of ageing. This session reviews the important aspects of hearing assessment and includes:

  • What are the different types of hearing loss, and which are permanent?
  • How can hearing loss be prevented?
  • How are causes of hearing loss investigated?
  • Who should be assessed and how do you refer?
  • What is the role of the audiologist?



Raquel Ban

Restoring Gut Health? The Role of Probiotics

The gut microbiome, a collection of trillions of mostly bacterial microorganisms, is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of the body. More is being revealed about this once forgotten organ, particularly in relation to the interplay between the gut and health. This session will look at the evidence behind probiotics as a means for restoring and maintaining a healthy microbiome. It includes:

  • What is the gut microbiome?
  • What role does it play in health?
  • What is the evidence behind prebiotics and probiotics?
  • A look at the key therapeutic indications and considerations for the use of probiotics



Norah Bostock

Client Engagement

Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that, despite the health education they can provide, patients resist taking advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build a meaningful relationship with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:

  • The power of unconditional positive regard
  • How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
  • Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
  • Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour


The Goal Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:

  • Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
  • The community purse is shrinking
  • Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care

Now, more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome-focused, high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

Purpose of Program

This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness

Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific nursing interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified clinician and educator working in private practice in South Australia. Norah draws her considerable ... Read More

Benjamin Marchant

Benjamin Marchant

Benjamin Marchant is currently the director of pharmacy at Mildura Base Hospital. He is a pharmacist with experience in many ... Read More

Tania Hobbs

Tania Hobbs

Tania Hobbs is Registered Nurse who has been solely practising as a wound care consultant for the last eight years ... Read More

Nicole Shaw

Nicole Shaw

Nicole Shaw has been working as a podiatrist since 1999. She has experience in both the public and private sector ... Read More

Michelle Gray

Michelle Gray

Michelle Gray has been a nurse for 23 years and has worked in both hospital and community settings. She has ... Read More

Hannah Price

Hannah Price

Hannah Price is an audiologist working in Mildura, currently as an adult aural rehabilitation clinician. She completed a Bachelor of ... Read More

Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler

Stephen Butler is a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Educator at Mildura Base Hospital. Stephen completed his Bachelor of Nursing (Mental ... Read More

Raquel Ban

Raquel Ban

Raquel Ban is a new graduate dietitian from Deakin University and is currently working within a private practice as a ... Read More

Andrina  Mitcham

Andrina Mitcham

Since completing her Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physiotherapy from the Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Andrina Mitcham has had ... Read More

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