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
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Craig MaloneyCommunicating Within an Inter-professional Team
It is well known that the best work gets done by teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork - really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:
- Learn about your own communication style — Did you really say what you thought you said?
- Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
- Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
- Learn the dynamics of team communication?
- The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills
Elizabeth AllenPre-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 type II 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 to prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
- Dietary friends and foes
10:45 MORNING TEA
Caitlin CassonDeficit Following Stroke
Stroke causes many long-term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependent 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 different types of impairment post-stroke including aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
- Nursing assessment - what you need to know
- Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
- Evaluating your care
Diana ClaytonPerspective is Everything: The Case of the Older Adult
If 90-year-old woman from a RACF was admitted to your area in considerable pain with a fractured NoF, and was unable to articulate clearly, how would you approach her as an older woman? Would your approach change if she lived at home, was articulate and self caring? One of the key factors that can impact on the treatment people receive in acute care is assumptions about age. In this session, the persistence of negative societal attitudes towards older people will be explored.
- Why is 60 still considered “old” if 80 is the new 60?
- Does the health system contribute to ageism?
- Why are some older patients more acceptable in acute hospital settings than others?
- Are we really practicing patient centred care with older patients?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Jenny GowanAsthma & COPD - Medicines, Devices & Management Update
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are chronic lung disorders that occur frequently in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current Guidelines. This session will provide an update on the following:
- Current Guidelines on the evidence-based management of asthma & COPD
- Overlap of asthma and COPD
- New medications and their place in therapy
- New devices - specific advantages and precautions to consider
- Correct use of inhalational drug delivery devices
Dr Jenny GowanPolypharmacy 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
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Jill ChenowythEmbarrassment Down Under - Stress Incontinence in Women
Far too many Australian women suffer from preventable episodes of stress incontinence. This session will look at this pervasive condition and reveal the secrets to stop this symptom in its tracks. Includes:
- What is the difference between stress and urge incontinence?
- Can they co-exist and why is this important in terms of treatment?
- How to perform simple but effective techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Robyn AttoeIs it Delirium, Dementia or Both?
Delirium has a high related morbidity and is a cause of patient deterioration. It is often unrecognised until it is well advanced, and is easily confused with dementia. It can be triggered by acute illness, surgical interventions and a range of inflammatory responses. This session looks at:
- How does onset differ between delirium and dementia?
- Questions to ask relating to history
- How to perform a quick assessment to determine the likelihood that a person has delirium
- What happens to consciousness in delirium compared to dementia?
- In which condition do symptoms fluctuate?
Frances PontonioBalanced Analgesia: The Key to Effective Pain Management
Management of pain, both acute and chronic, is critical to maintaining quality of life and a feeling of optimal health. In this session:
- Assessment of pain….why is this important?
- Acute vs chronic pain
- What is balanced analgesia and how is this achieved?
- Considerations for analgesia in the older person
- Pharmacological agents used in multi-modal analgesia
- Side effects of analgesia and treatment of such
11:00 MORNING TEA
Cassie LeeEarly Detection of Lymphoedema
Although lymphoedema cannot be cured, the impact of the condition can be lessened with appropriate professional and self-management. The signs and symptoms of lymphoedema including the importance of patient education cannot be overemphasised. This session looks at the significant outcomes that a holistic multidisciplinary approach to care can achieve and includes:
- How to manage skin in people with lymphoedema
- What is the correct way to apply compression therapy?
- How to prevent infection
- What type of patient education works best?
Craig MaloneyMotivational Interviewing Techniques
Education is generally limited for nurses in how to deal with people who experience addiction and substance abuse. However, the prevalence of a dependancy is far reaching, not just within Drug and Alcohol or Mental Health settings. Interviewing those who have dependent behaviours needs to be performed very carefully and within a professional framework. This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about motivational interviewing techniques. Includes:
- What is a motivational interview and why are they an important tool in any nurses’ ‘tool kit’?
- What can be done in a motivational interview situation to assist a person to be motivated about rehabilitation prospects?
- How can a family therapy approach be used when there is a family member who is dependent on drugs or alcohol?
- Measuring outcomes of therapeutic interventions
- Reshaping your view of ‘failure’
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Matt BrailsfordRehabilitation Following a Fall
Despite a huge focus on the prevention of falls, particularly in older adults, sadly, it is inevitable that accidental falls will continue to occur. The serious health problems relating to falls can be very traumatic for an older adult. This session will focus on a range of evidence-based physiotherapy considerations that are imperative for promoting patient outcomes following a fall.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Craig MaloneyManaging Emotions at Work: Getting the Balance Right
In recent years, the healthcare system has been characterised by its unpredictability. Many nurses worry about their future and the uncertainty of their jobs. With the added pressures of life, relationships, finances and families, many nurses are at risk of emotional outbursts - either their own or from colleagues. Such high emotions can be very destructive. This final session examines the impacts of uncertainty and insecurity in the workplace and considers:
- What is the difference between worry and anxiety?
- How does our state of being impact on our decision-making ability?
- How can you stop worrying?
- What can you do to become less anxious?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 guidelinesPresenters
Craig Maloney has an impressive background which includes a Master of Mental Health Nursing and graduate qualifications in Child Adolescent ... Read More
Liz is a Registered Nurse/Midwife and has been employed as Clinical Nurse Consultant in Diabetes for the past 16 years. ... Read More
Caitlin Casson is an Occupational Therapist in stroke rehabilitation at Peninsula Health, Victoria. Caitlin has completed her Masters in Health ... Read More
Diana Clayton is a Clinical Nurse Consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the Falls Prevention Service. She initially set ... Read More
Jill Chenowyth is a Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist with over 30 years experience. She has worked in both the ... Read More
Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch ... Read More
Robyn Attoe is a highly qualified Registered Nurse with a Graduate Diploma in Gerontology and Cert IV in Training and ... Read More
Nicola Robertson is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the Acute Pain Service at Frankston Hospital, Peninsula Health. With a background ... Read More
Cassie Lee graduated from Latrobe University in 2000. She has been working with Mornington Peninsula Family Physiotherapy for the last ... Read More
Matthew Brailsford is a physiotherapist specialising in clinical rehabilitation. Matthew has experience in the fitness industry and physiotherapy (private practice ... Read More
Frances Pontonio is a Clinical Nurse Consultant, Pain management at the Austin Hospital Melbourne. ... Read More