Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference
- : Mount Gambier SA 5291
Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health
Health care is undergoing constant change; therefore 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
Health Care Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in health care workplaces should be regarded as inevitable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. The session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to specific types of proposed changes / innovations
Preventing Microvascular Complications of Diabetes
The microvascular complications of diabetes are profound and have long-term debilitating effects. Diabetes education and patient self-management are essential to avoid and divert chronic complications and improve patient outcomes. This session looks in detail at these complications and focuses on nursing strategies, including education, that may contribute to improved outcomes for patients with the following conditions:
- Diabetic neuropathy
10:30 MORNING TEA
The Importance of Breast Cancer Nursing - How Nurses Can Make A Difference
Following the diagnosis of breast cancer it is common for women to seek support, education and advice on many issues. In this session we will look at:
- What specialist support is available for women with breast cancer?
- Why is this role so important?
- What does the evidence say about the support and education provided to women with breast cancer and how it improves wellbeing?
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Early Prevention Strategies
Many women across the lifespan experience a prolapse of a pelvic organ. This may be a minor matter that is resolved with rapid intervention; however some prolapses are extensive and require major treatment. Includes:
- What is pelvic organ prolapse?
- How does this occur?
- Best-practice strategies
Interpersonal and Domestic Violence - What the Evidence Tells Us
Interpersonal and domestic violence is now recognised as being common. The health effects are devastating, and physical and emotional costs are substantial. This session will discuss:
- Engaging nurses through reflection and participation
- Developing strategies to reduce interpersonal violence
- Recognising and acting on incidents
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Out of Sight Out of Mind? Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis
Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is inflammation of the perigenital skin as a result of contact with urine or faeces. IAD is a common yet under-reported and understudied skin disorder. This session will explore:
- Is IAD a form of iatrogenesis?
- Why does IAD occur?
- Would better toileting programs improve the incidence of IAD?
- What is the best-practice management of IAD?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly
Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:
- Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
- The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
- Strategies to improve nutritional status
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Alternatives To Hospital Care: Enhancing Patient Outcomes
Research indicates that, where possible, patients treated in their own home or in alternative settings to hospital recover more quickly, have fewer complications and report a better overall experience. It also frees up valuable hospital resources. While not all conditions can be treated in this way healthcare today is striving to provide this option to those patients who fall into the appropriate clinical categories.
Cognition and Consent: Best Practice for Elderly People
The clinician-patient relationship is the key point of optimal management in healthcare delivery. Before providing any care it is essential that informed consent is obtained. During this conversation the benefits and risks of any procedure must be explained and consent to proceed obtained. This session includes:
- What happens when informed consent cannot be obtained?
- Current evidence on consent and cognition
- Best-practice strategies
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Julie Reis
At the Centre of Care: What's Best for Elderly People?
Today many elderly people are choosing to receive care and attention that is personalised to their needs. Often, though, we forget to ask the person what they want and end up providing a service that may not meet the needs of the client. In this session we look at:
- Reintroducing principles of Primary Health Care
- Communication and care - meeting whose needs?
- How to improve health outcomes through client-directed care
One for the Road? Drug and Alcohol Awareness in Regional Australia
Drug and alcohol consumption is a major issue for Australian society. The effects of misuse can be both physical and psychological, with both the person and others being affected. This session includes:
- Statistics on Regional vs Metropolitan levels of drug and alcohol misuse
- Why do the statistics differ? E.g. employment, money, ease of availability, etc.
- Treatment programs and how they improve health outcomes
- Help-seeking behaviours across age groups
- Availability of services in Regional centres
- How to refer to treatment services
Polypharmacy and the Importance of Home Medication Reviews
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 will focus on the importance of home medication reviews to minimise these risks associated with polypharmacy.
1:15PM LUNCH BREAK
Constipation Management: Best-Practice Strategies
Constipation can be a constant problem that nurses are confronted with in every healthcare setting. The management has changed drastically over recent years, from short bursts of treatment to avoid the 'gut getting lazy' to prolonged treatment for 3 - 6 months or even longer. In this session, we will consider the aetiology of constipation and current evidence for its management. Includes:
- What is the definition of constipation?
- Why do people get constipated?
- Is constipation ever 'normal'?
- What are preventive strategies?
- What treatments are recommended?
- What about slow transit constipation (STC)?
Early Childhood Developmental Delay and Disability
Development is the process whereby a young baby and child explores and learns and grows into adulthood. Individual skills are built up and combined to produce ever more sophisticated achievements such as walking, talking, playing, thinking and communicating. Development is a difficult concept and many theories exist to explain how development occurs. This session includes:
- What is developmental delay?
- Recognising when milestones are not being reached
- Latest evidence on management and support for best outcomes
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Stress and Mindfulness in Palliative Care
The general purpose of this final session is to synthesise the best available evidence on the experience of the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that influence coping and resilience in nurses caring for adult patients with malignancy. We also want to review how to synthesise the best available evidence on the effectiveness of strategies to promote coping and resilience in palliative care nurses caring for adult patients with malignancy. Includes:
- What is the experience of the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that influence coping and resilience in palliative care nurses caring for adult patients with malignancy?
- What personal and organisational approaches are most effective in promoting coping and resilience of nurses caring for adult patients with malignancy?
4:30 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 is 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
Norah is a highly qualified Advanced Continence Nurse Specialist and Clinical Governance expert in private practice in SA. She has ... Read More
Alison Aston is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator based at the Mount Gambier Community Health Service. ... Read More
Margaret Atwell is a Regional Breast Care Nurse based in Mount Gambier. ... Read More
Eloise Zanoni is a Physiotherapist based in Mount Gambier. Eloise graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2005 and ...Read More
Jane Smith is a police officer and secretary of the Limestone Coast Family Violence Action Group, based in Mount Gambier. ... Read More
Cheryl-Ann Bennett is a dietitian based in Mount Gambier. ... Read More
Tony Potts is the Care Coordination Facilitator at Mount Gambier Community Health Services. ... Read More
Dr. Julie Reis is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia’s Mount ... Read More
Jean Kerslake is a Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) clinician based in Mount Gambier. ... Read More
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Lyn Rabbetts is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia's Mount Gambier ... Read More