Mornington Peninsula Nurses' Conference
- : Portsea VIC 3944
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
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.
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Rehabilitation in Parkinson's Disease: The Journey Yesterday and Today
Parkinson's disease is a progressive chronic condition that affects both physical and physiological processes. Modern rehabilitation focuses on getting the best outcomes possible for the individual. This session looks at:
- What is the latest evidence on rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease?
- What techniques are used?
- How does the person benefit more now than they used to?
Renee Di Giuseppe
Hot Bodies: The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:
- Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
- How does sepsis cause hypotension?
- The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that attention is warranted
- Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?
This session aims to bring you up to speed on the changing nature of healthcare.
10:30 MORNING TEA
Hypoglycaemia as an Occupational Hazard?
People living with diabetes are increasingly pursuing employment in fields previously restricted as a result of the development of chronic complications. Improved glycaemic control resulting from use of sophisticated insulin delivery and monitoring systems has also led to the recognition of recurrent hypoglycaemia as a potential major clinical and occupational hazard. This session includes:
- What are the risks of hypoglycaemia in the workplace?
- How can these risks be managed?
Insulin Resistance: Current Evidence
Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session asks:
- What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
- Who is most at risk of developing the condition and can it be averted?
- How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
- What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?
12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Jenny Gowan
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?
- Other options for lipid-lowering medication
Dr Di McGreal
Chronic Disease: Emotional Resilience
This session looks at the importance of creating positive mindsets for people with chronic disease and how this can be incorporated into modern nursing practice. Includes:
- The impact of chronic illness on the psyche
- Latest research on the effect of a positive mindset on wellness
- Can emotional resilience be developed?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Adrian Carter
Addiction and Neuroscience: What are the Implications?
Pathological behaviours can result from mind-altering substances such as drugs. This session considers the social and clinical implications of neuroscience research on addiction.
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
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?
- Budget implications of failure to care: what is the worldwide trend? e.g. NHS ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign
- How can we prevent pressure injuries in vulnerable people?
- What does the latest evidence tell us about nurses’ role in preventing pressure injuries?
Identification and Management of Infected Wounds
The development of a wound infection depends on the complex interplay of many factors. If the integrity and protective function of the skin is breached organisms may enter the wound and initiate an inflammatory response. This session includes:
- Signs and symptoms of an infected wound
- What is the best way to diagnose the infecting organism?
- Modern treatments and management
10:30 MORNING TEA
Early Identification and Management 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?
Renee Di Giuseppe
Non-Invasive Ventilation - Clinical Application Made Easy
Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) isn’t just confined to acute care settings. A wider scope of practice and a desire to manage more acutely ill patients away from acute care settings demands that a basic understanding of NIV is part of every nurse's tool kit. This session will provide a comprehensive introduction to NIV and includes:
- Quick recap of relevant anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
- Key concept - what is the difference between oxygenation and ventilation?
- Types of NIV and indications for use e.g. continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and biphasic positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
- Practical strategies to assist with the introduction and management of NIV in clinical practice
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
The Risk of Falls in Older Life
Accidental falls are a common feature in hospitalised patients and people of advancing age. In the community, falls contribute significantly to hospital admissions. This can result in serious health problems or even death. Nurses are well positioned to drive change in risk minimisation and fall prevention. This sessions includes:
- The problem with falls – the extent, risk factors, and impacts
- The keys to prevention – screening, assessment, planning and education
- Reporting and incident management
Early Mobilisation: What’s Best for Elderly People?
Implementation of early mobilisation can help reduce poor health outcomes such as falls risk, muscle atrophy, joint contracture, chronic pain, pneumonia and many others associated with deconditioning. This session includes:
- Effects of immobilisation
- Benefits of early mobilisation
- Implementing strategies
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Motivate and Move Up: Getting The Best From Yourself
This final session of the conference will inspire and finish on a high note!
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes
Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards
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
Ann-Marie Daddy has worked as a Diabetes Nurse Educator for 10 years. Prior to this she worked as a Registered ... Read More
For over 30 years Di has gained extensive training and experience in a range of therapeutic approaches. She researches, designs ... Read More
Dr Adrian Carter is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University. His research examines the ... Read More
Lisa Newitt is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Wound Management and has been instrumental in Wound Care on the Peninsula ... Read More
Cassie Lee graduated from Latrobe University in 2000. She has been working with Mornington Peninsula Family Physiotherapy for the last ...Read More
Diana Clayton is a clinical nurse consultant who works for Peninsula Health in the Falls Prevention Service. She initially set ... Read More
Matthew Brailsford is a physiotherapist specialising in clinical rehabilitation. Matthew has experience in the fitness industry and physiotherapy (private practice ... Read More
Jo Schutt's entrepreneurial journey began at The Creator, which was a place to ‘download’ her knowledge and experience in the ... Read More
Jenny Gowan was the Director of Training and Development at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) for over 20 ... Read More
Sally Faulkner is the Chief Executive Officer/Director of Nursing at St John of God Rehabilitation Hospital in Frankston. ... Read More