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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 envisages the role of the “Nurse Coach” and 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?
  • What resources are available?


Elise Deighton

The “Virtual Ward”: Implications for Community Settings

A “virtual ward” is just that – virtual – patients remain in their own homes. This session explains the concept of the hospital in the home, and how it is being implemented at Peninsula Health. It 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 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

Dependence is a chronic disease.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 dependence?
  • How are medications used to manage withdrawal?
  • How can you challenge the alcohol and drug culture framework to 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. It is common and treatable. Pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause may contribute to urinary incontinence in women. Weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder muscles, and nerve damage may also cause this urinary incontinence. In this session we will:

  • Exploring the causes of urinary incontinence
  • Look at the different types and their management options



Jane Spence

Statins: Who Needs Them?

Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on decreasing morbidity that relates 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, including their contra-indications and clarify any confusion to ensure nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. It 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. It can also be very demoralising for a person experiencing this condition. You, as a nurse, may see other types of instability, which can be really challenging. This session looks at:

  • When is diabetes considered unstable?
  • How serious is unstable diabetes?
  • What type of psychosocial and 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, and shows you how to educate the person to use aids and appliances effectively. It 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 can you choose the most cost-effective product?



Craig Maloney

The Suicide Snowball: Can it be Slowed?

Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and considerably more common in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are at 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. This session includes:

  • How do you assess? What are the risk factors? This is critical to understanding prevention strategies
  • Overcoming the taboo – How do we talk about suicide?
  • Suicide ideation – What to say? What to do?
  • Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
  • How can you make 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 outweigh those of others. This session specifically looks at the relative merits of low fat versus low carbohydrate diets. It 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. Managing our sexual health is important. With the re-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. We will consider:

  • 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
  • Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care

It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high-value care 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 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 relating 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


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 Fergus McGee is the medical lead advance care planning for community care at Peninsula Health. ... Read More

Jane Spence

Jane Spence

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

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen is a Registered Nurse and Midwife and has been employed as a clinical nurse consultant in diabetes for ... 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 a Continence Clinical Nurse Consultant and the Continence Service Manager. Camille has worked in the Peninsula Health Continence ... Read More

Marion Hartley

Marion Hartley

Marion is a Continence Clinical Nurse Consultant and has worked in the Peninsula Health Continence Service for 15 years. Marion ... 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
Mercure Portsea Resort, 46 London Bridge Rd
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