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Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference

  • : Mount Gambier SA 5290

Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:

  • What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
  • What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
  • Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
  • What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?

Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.

Schedule Day One



Norah Bostock

Getting “Buy-In” from Your Patients

Many nurses feel a shared sense of frustration that, despite the health education they can provide, patients resist taking advice and making changes to their health. Are we going about health promotion in the wrong way? Are our needs being met rather than our patients? Sometimes we may be too eager to provide useful, practical tips to our patients. Despite our best intentions, are we failing to see what matters most to our patients? Is it time to use our reputation as one of the most trusted professions to go back to basics and build a meaningful relationship with our patients? From here, anything is possible, right? Let’s discuss:

  • The power of unconditional positive regard
  • How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
  • Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
  • Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour


Tony Potts

Chronic Disease: Does It Have to Define You?

For many Australians living with a chronic disease is an everyday reality. There are often medical and healthcare restrictions on the person as they cope with their disease progression. In this session, you will hear about:

  • Why people struggle with chronic disease

  • Strategies for nurses to support and empower patients
  • Managing health conditions better: hints and tips



Norah Bostock

Effective Constipation Management

The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be troublesome and distressing. The availability of laxatives in supermarkets and chemists contributes to this problem. This session includes:

  • What are the causes of constipation?
  • How does bowel dysfunction contribute to constipation?
  • What is the wise use of aperients?


Lyn Rabbetts

Better Communication When a Person is Dying from a Chronic Disease

Death and dying are a fact of life. The dying experience affects everyone in different ways, including the professional provider of care. This, in turn, affects the manner in which communication is given and received. Words that are said at these highly emotional times cannot be unsaid. Timely communication, therefore, is critical but may be very difficult and uncomfortable to hear and engage in. In this session, we will discuss the difficulties that can be experienced when you are in a situation where communication is required but how and what to communicate is unclear.



Barbara Sawyer

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 looks at:

  • What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
  • Who is most at risk for 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?



Sarah Boyd

The Role of Simulation in Nursing Education: Past, Present, and Future

Simulation is seen as an innovative and engaging technique in nursing that is also a useful adjunct to clinical skills. Today, simulation encompasses a range of delivery models that include translating theory into practice.


Day Two



Heather Teakle

Medication Update - Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants

Medications remain one of the cornerstones to preventing and treating blood clots. The medicines that affect the blood and prevent clotting are frequently administered by nurses, yet there are many potential complications of these. Understanding the mechanism of these regularly used medicines is paramount to providing safe patient care. This session will review some important clinical considerations, including the use of reversal agents, associated with these medicines, as well as:

  • Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
  • Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
  • Evidence for novel classes of anticoagulants


Alison Aston

Diabetes Medication Update: Oral and Injectable Medicines

Oral and injectable (insulin) medicines for diabetes are frequently administered by nurses but can often be misunderstood. The risks to safety that medications such as insulin can pose if incorrectly administered are huge. As such, this session we will provide an overview of current medication treatments for optimal diabetes management. It includes tips for safe medication administration and explores:

  • What are the differences between oral and insulin medications?
  • When might each type be required?
  • How is the type of insulin therapy selected?
  • What are the side effects and interactions to be aware of?



Dr Diana Cross

Pain Management at End-of-Life

Getting a dose of analgesia correct can be difficult. It is even more complicated if a person has a dementing illness or is unconscious. This session looks at the management of analgesia in the final days of a person’s life. It includes:

  • Clinical decision-making and the appropriate use of morphine for pain relief
  • Relief of other symptoms at end of a person’s life


Dana Hirst

Managing Acute Burns: Latest Information

An acute wound can be both painful and distressing. Though, generally, if the burn is well managed in the early stages there is likely to be effective healing. In this session, we explore:

  • How to assess an acute burn
  • Some important early steps
  • How to best manage bigger burns
  • Remedies for at home



Norah Bostock

Urinary Incontinence in Teenagers: Causes and Solutions

Surprisingly, teenagers experience incontinence more frequently than may be generally known. This debilitating condition can have profound social effects on a young person. They may be suffering unnecessarily. Discussing this taboo topic with a teenager takes skill and sensitivity. This session includes:

  • What would make you suspect a teenager is experiencing incontinence?
  • How to broach a discussion with a teenager on this topic
  • Engaging a teenager in the assessment process
  • What are the management options?



Vanessa Baylis

Beating Burnout in its Tracks

Stress reduction is front and centre in today's fast-paced health environment. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is one of the most stressful jobs including long hours, critical decision-making, and burn-out. This session includes:

  • Strategies to reduce stress on a day to day basis
  • What resources are available
  • Practice of some deep breathing and relaxation strategies that could benefit you


The Goal Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. 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

Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

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 related 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


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse who works as a consultant in private practice in South Australia. Norah's qualifications ... Read More

Tony Potts

Tony Potts

Tony Potts is the care coordination facilitator at South East Community Health Services. He has held this role as the ... Read More

Lyn Rabbetts

Lyn Rabbetts

Lyn Rabbetts commenced working with University of South Australia, Mount Gambier campus, lecturing with the nursing team in 2011. Her ... Read More

Barbara Sawyer

Barbara Sawyer

Barbara completed her diabetes education certificate with Mayfield Education Centre in 2002 and was inspired to become a nurse practitioner ... Read More

Sarah Boyd

Sarah Boyd

Sarah Boyd is a lecturer for clinical and interprofessional practice at the College of Medicine and Public Health at Mount ... Read More

Heather Teakle

Heather Teakle

Heather Teakle studied pharmacy at SAIT (now University of SA) achieving a Bachelor of Pharmacy and became registered in January ... Read More

Alison Aston

Alison Aston

Alison Aston works for South East Regional Community Health Service (SERCHS) as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE). She has been ... Read More

Diana  Cross

Diana Cross

Dr Diana Cross is an experienced general practitioner working at Hawkins Medical Clinic in Mt Gambier. As well as standard ... Read More

Dana Hirst

Dana Hirst

Dana Hirst is the ANUM of Community Nursing Mount Gambier. She has many years of experience in the community health ... Read More

Vanessa Baylis

Vanessa Baylis

Vanessa Baylis originally studied as a high school teacher, in the areas of English and Drama. In her first year ... Read More


Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference
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10 hours 30 mins
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10 hours 30 mins
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$590.00 (two days)
Mount Gambier SA 5290
Mount Gambier Lakes Resort Mount Gambier, 17 Lake Terrace West
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