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Mornington Peninsula Nurses' Conference

  • : Portsea VIC 3944



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 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

Schedule Day One



Elise Deighton

"Worried Well" People and Those That Don’t Worry: Health Promotion Opportunities for Nurses

Some people are incredibly particular about and, in tune with, their health. Others conversely, take a laissez faire approach or none at all. Nurses care for all kinds of patients and opportunities always exist to engage people in health promotional activities. This session looks at:

  • Do nurses have a responsibility to create healthful opportunities in their communities?
  • What health activities have the most benefit to the greatest number of people?
  • Envisaging the role of the ‘Nurse Coach’
  • Resources available


Elise Deighton

The "Virtual Ward": Implications for Community Settings

A "Virtual Ward" is just that – virtual – patients remain in their own home. This session explains the concept of Hospital in the Home "virtual ward" and how it is being implemented at Peninsula Health. Includes:

  • What is a "virtual ward"?
  • Which patients are suitable to receive this service?
  • How is a "virtual ward" managed?
  • How are patients discharged?



Dr Fergus McGee

Advance Care Directives

As patients near the final phase of a terminal illness it can be difficult to make rational and reasonable choices that meet the patient’s wishes. There are many legal and ethical pitfalls when considering end-of-life choices both for patients, their families and health professionals. This insightful session will discuss:

  • What are Advance Care Directives and why should everyone have them?
  • How do you have a practical discussion about a patient’s wishes as outlined in an Advance Care Directive?
  • What are some of the ethical decisions that patients and families face at the end of life?


Craig Maloney

Treatment Options for Dependence

As dependence is a chronic disease, and 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 demand 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 dependence?
  • How are medications used to manage withdrawal?
  • How to challenge the alcohol and drug culture framework and support clients in their recovery program



Camille Edgar and Marion Hartley

Urinary Incontinence in Women

Urinary incontinence occurs more often in women than in men. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may contribute to urinary incontinence in women. Weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause urinary incontinence in women. Urinary incontinence in women is common and treatable.In this session:

  • Exploring the causes of urinary incontinence
  • What are the different types?
  • Management options



Jane Spence

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?


Day Two



Elizabeth Allen

Unstable Diabetes: Management Options

Sometimes a person may feel ‘hypo’ but have a high blood sugar. You, as a nurse, may see other types of instability, which can be really challenging. This can also be very demoralising for a person experiencing this condition. This session looks at:

  • When is diabetes considered unstable?
  • How serious is unstable diabetes?
  • What type of psychosocial as well as clinical support should be provided?


Elizabeth Allen

Diabetes: Aids and Appliances to Promote Independence and Reduce Complications

This session gives you an opportunity to assess, review and evaluate the usefulness of current market products. Includes:

  • What type of product can assist a person with diabetes to maintain independence and prevent complications?
  • How do you know what product to use?
  • How to choose the most cost-effective product
  • Educating the person to use aids and appliances effectively



Craig Maloney

The Suicide Snowball: Can it be Slowed?

Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and was considerably higher in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are increasingly a 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 and provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. Includes:

  • Assessment and risk factors - critical to understanding prevention strategies
  • Overcoming the taboo - talking about suicide
  • Suicide ideation - What to say? What to do?
  • Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
  • Making the best use of your resources


Kate Save

Low Fat Versus Low Carb Diets

There are many different types of diets that people use. However, some appear to work better than others. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of some diets outweighs those of others. This session specifically looks at the relative merits of low fat versus low carbohydrate diets. Includes:

  • When is a low-fat diet indicated?
  • Which type of diet affects blood glucose levels?
  • Does time of day when the food is ingested matter?
  • Which diet works best for cardiovascular disease



Cathy Halmarick

Sexual Health: Is Old New Again?

Our sexual health is an important part of our sense of self and managing our sexual health is important. With the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases has old become new again? In this session, we consider:

  • Taking a sexual health history
  • Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses in Australia
  • Bacterial and viral sexually transmitted infections
  • Prevention and current best practice management



Craig Maloney

Workplace Civility and How Not to Take ‘it’ Personally

Too often people in the workplace experience negative emotions and incivility. This can be destructive and lead to disengaged workplaces where no one benefits. In this session we will explore what causes workplace incivilities and the drivers behind these behaviours. Includes:

  • Common causes of incivility in the workplace
  • Recognising uncivil behaviour - management responsibility
  • What to do if someone is uncivil to you


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:

  • Healthcare 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 clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic 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


Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney has a master of mental health nursing and graduate qualifications in child and adolescent mental health, group work, ... Read More

Elise Deighton

Elise Deighton

Elise Deighton is currently the nurse unit manager of Community Care at Peninsula Health. As a registered nurse, and with ... Read More

Fergus McGee

Fergus McGee

Dr McGee is the medical lead advance care planning for Community Care Peninsula Health. ... Read More

Jane Spence

Jane Spence

Jane is a Mornington Peninsula based consultant pharmacist who has worked in the local area since graduating from Monash University. ... Read More

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

Liz is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and has been employed as a clinical nurse consultant in diabetes for the ... Read More

Kate Save

Kate Save

Kate Save is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She holds a double degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and Exercise ... Read More

Cathy Halmarick

Cathy Halmarick

Cathy Halmarick is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked at Peninsula Health, at Frankston Hospital, and in the ... Read More

Camille Edgar

Camille Edgar

Camille is the continence service manager for Peninsula Health. ...Read More

Marion Hartley

Marion Hartley

Marion is the clinical nurse consultant for Continence at Peninsula Health. ... Read More

Mornington Peninsula Nurses' Conference
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10 hours 45mins
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10 hours 45mins
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$590.00 (two days)
Portsea VIC 3944
Portsea Mercure Portsea Resort, 46 London Bridge Rd
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