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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 aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps that 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



 Print Schedule

Day One



Norah Bostock

Communicating Within an Inter-Professional Team

It is well known that the best work gets done in 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. This session 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


Tara McCracken

Your Patient is Unwell: What Next?

Would you be able to recognise signs that your patient is becoming unwell? Would you feel comfortable assessing and acting on red flags? Using case scenarios, this session will highlight ‘red flags’ of deterioration that you must be able to recognise and look at what actions should take place. This session includes:

  • What clues or changes in clinical observations may indicate a patient is becoming unwell?
  • What immediate assessment should be undertaken when you suspect a patient is deteriorating?
  • How should these changes in observations be documented?
  • When should I contact a medical officer in a hospital or ambulance in RACF?



Alison Aston

Correctly Injecting Insulin: The Facts

It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin-dependant as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin and includes:

  • What is the correct method for injecting insulin?
  • If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
  • What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
  • How lipohypertrophy is formed and what the impact is to a patient’s health
  • How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?


Adrian Walker

Using Medicines to Manage Pain

Analgesics represent a cornerstone of pain management. These medications are frequently administered by nurses. Analgesia may be administered in many forms and different types have varied modes and durations of action. The complex and wide variety of analgesia agents means nurses must feel confident that they understand this commonly administered class of medication. This session provides an update on an important area of practice and includes:

  • What are the most common types of analgesics and other medications that may be prescribed for reducing pain?
  • What are the benefits and risk of each type of analgesia?
  • Ointment, patch, tablet or pump? Common issues to assess for, e.g. side effects and complications
  • What to do when the analgesia is not working



Sally Clarke

Emerging Infectious Diseases - What’s Hot?

The world has never seemed so small. Today there is a rise in new infectious diseases that appear smarter than humans in the way they spread and react to antibiotic therapy. In this session:

  • What are the latest infectious diseases?
  • The nurse's role in managing these diseases
  • The role of antimicrobial therapy


Sally Clarke

Prevention of Infection with Central Venous Access Devices

Central venous access devices (CVADS) are essential in many acute care settings however their use in the community is also becoming more frequent. The type of catheter involved, its placement and management are essential to reduce the risk of complications such as thrombosis as well as promote longevity of lines. This session reviews key considerations relating to the management of CVADs and includes:

  • Review of devices - what goes where?
  • Catheter selection - choosing appropriate devices
  • Complications - during and following insertion
  • Management principles - blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration, dressing and line changes
  • Common troubleshooting tips



Dr Diana Cross

Managing Pain in the Older Person: Latest Information

Many older adults do not seek management of everyday pain – believing that it is a common factor in ageing and nothing can be done, even though there are many ways to effectively treat pain in the older person. In this session:

  • How the older person understands pain
  • The nursing role in assisting with pain management
  • Pain management - not all about medicines


Day Two



Theresa Connor

Dementia or Delirium: Do You Know The Difference?

Individuals living with dementia are highly susceptible to delirium. Unfortunately delirium can easily go unrecognised even by healthcare professionals because many symptoms are shared by delirium and dementia. In this session you will learn about the differences in onset and progression and how to distinguish between dementia and delirium.


Tony Potts

Chronic Disease and Self-Management: Staying Well At Home

Effective chronic disease management in the community uses a model of shared care that engages people with a chronic disease as well as service providers to use strategies that assist people to stay home and live well with their chronic disease.



Norah Bostock

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Inappropriate use of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). CAUTIs are a major source of hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting or removing catheters. This session considers:

  • Cost, prevention and management of CAUTIs
  • How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in acute settings
  • Indications for and correct management of long-term urinary catheters to prevent CAUTIs


Dr Julie Reis

Nursing and Ethical Decision Making

AIn healthcare today there is a focus on not just health and wellbeing but also on those of a moral compass and ethical decision making that frames our thinking. In this session:

  • What is ethical decision making?
  • How does our moral compass affect the care that we provide?



Suzanne Szopory

Stoma Care - Tips for Best Practice

While most people with a stoma are able to manage them effectively, understanding the background to the stoma, its role and its placement, underpins correct management. This very practical session will include:

  • When is a stoma a treatment of choice and commonly formed stomas?
  • Day to day management and common problems
  • Psychological considerations when assisting someone with their stoma


Suzanne Szopory

Stoma Care - Aids and Appliances

In this practical session the latest in aids and appliances for stoma care will be demonstrated.



Norah Bostock

Time Management and Interruptions: Creating That Cone of Silence!

The pressure is on - get more done and then some - and then - there are those pesky emails that just keep on coming … and the incessant Interruptions. This final session looks at principles of time management and how neglecting to manage your time is not an option. Includes:

  • Tips on managing a diary - prioritising and documentation
  • What to do when people are always interrupting you
  • Saying no!


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 guidelines


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified nurse working as a Consultant in private practice in South Australia. She has an ... Read More

Tara McCracken

Tara McCracken

Tara McCracken is a Registered Nurse with 26 years of experience. Tara holds post graduate qualifications in Critical Care, Retrieval ... 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

Adrian Walker

Adrian Walker

Adrian Walker is a clinical pharmacist at the Mount Gambier Hospital. Throughout his career, he has worked in several fields, ... 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

Theresa Connor

Theresa Connor

Theresa Connor is employed as a Dementia Specialist for Boandik and is also the Coordinator of the Home Care Packages ... Read More

Tony Potts

Tony Potts

Tony Potts is the Care Coordination Facilitator at South East Community Health Services. For nine years he has held this ... Read More

Suzanne Szopory

Suzanne Szopory

Suzanne Szopory has been a nurse since 1976. She completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University and also completed ... Read More

Julie Reis

Julie Reis

Dr. Julie Reis is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia’s Mount ... Read More

Sally Clarke

Sally Clarke

Sally Clarke is a health professional based in Mount Gambier. ... Read More

Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
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11 hours 30 mins
Start Date
End Date
11 hours 30 mins
Price Details
$572.00 (two days)
Mount Gambier SA 5290
Mount Gambier Lakes Resort Mount Gambier, 17 Lake Terrace West
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