Mount Isa Nurses' Conference
- : Mount Isa QLD 4825
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
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Health Needs of Mount Isa
The community health needs of Mount Isa and surrounding towns are unique. This introductory session sets the scene for the conference by considering:
- What are the health needs of people living in and around Mount Isa?
- Are they aligned with Australia as a whole?
- Challenges and changes in recent times
The Chronic Wound: A Nursing Challenge
This session looks at the difficulties faced by older people once their skin has broken down and a chronic wound is established. It will discuss ways to manage the care of a person’s wound in difficult healing circumstances. Topics include:
- What causes a wound to be detained in one of the phases of healing?
- What is the correct nursing care of such a wound?
- A review of how correct wound care products are selected to achieve identified goals of care
10:30 MORNING TEA
Managing Wound Infections
Wound infections are a common and costly healthcare issue. Patient morbidity, mortality and length of stay are all affected by wound infections. This session looks at infection prevention and includes:
- Assessment and preparation of the skin prior to surgery
- What are the side effects for anti-septic agents?
- How to select the most appropriate antiseptic agent and its application
- Guidelines for the management of wound infections
Asthma and COPD: Medicines, Devices and 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 and 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 medicine delivery devices
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
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?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
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
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Insights into the Psychological Effects of Ice and Methamphetamine
Ice and methamphetamine are psychoactive drugs and as such have an impact on brain function. Although this differs between individuals they can cause effects such as depression and even profound psychosis. This session looks at the types of mental health dysfunctions that result from this drug’s use. Includes:
- Why are people who use methamphetamine more likely to experience symptoms of psychosis?
- Who are most at risk for developing psychosis?
- What interventions are required during a psychotic episode?
- Does the psychosis automatically resolve when the drugs are withdrawn?
- Can the use of ice/meth trigger schizophrenia?
- When are people most at risk for developing feelings of depression?
FAST: Recognising Stroke
Recognition of a stroke is important for ensuring that best-practice management is implemented. In this session we will look at:
- Recognising symptoms of stroke - how can rapid nursing assessment make a difference to long-term outcomes?
- What is the hyperacute phase?
- Best-practice management strategies
10:30 MORNING TEA
Emergency Room Assessment: A Structured Process
The complexity, uncertainty and sometimes urgency surrounding emergency nursing practice requires a structured approach based on initial assessment and decision-making. In this session:
- What are the essentials?
- Taking a structured assessment
- The nursing role in emergency room assessment
The Suicide Snowball: Can it be Slowed?
Suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in non-remote areas. Nursing those who have intentionally tried to take their own life can be complex and challenging. This session has been designed to provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. Includes:
- Assessment and risk factors - critical to understanding prevention strategies
- Overcoming the taboo - talking about suicide
- Suicide ideation - What to say? What to do?
- Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
- Making the best use of your resources
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr. Robyn Brogan
Symptom Management at End-of-Life
Increased demand for palliative care to be provided in non-specialist palliative care areas means that all nurses must feel confident that they can provide good palliative care, not just nurses who work in specialist palliative care settings. As such, this session will aim to focus on how you can assess and manage the following symptoms at end of life. Includes:
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline personality disorder is undoubtedly one of the most common mental health conditions that healthcare professionals encounter across all healthcare settings. Managing unstable moods, unpredictable behaviour and the consequences of impulsivity associated with BPD can be challenging for nurses. This session will shine a light on BPD and look at the following:
- How do you recognise BPD?
- What causes emotional dysregulation and what are the consequences of this?
- What treatment options can prove to most effective in relieving symptoms?
- How should nurses communicate with someone with BPD?
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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:
- Healthcare 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
Belinda Anderson is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in wound care for the North West Hospital and Health Service with a ... Read More
Dr. Robyn Brogan is the Director of Palliative Care at Mount Isa Hospital. ... Read More
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute ... Read More
Ellen Jones is a Community Pharmacist based in Mount Isa with past experience in the hospital setting. Ellen currently works ... Read More
Belinda Scammell is a Registered Nurse with 15 years' emergency nursing experience. She holds post-graduate qualifications in clinical teaching and ... Read More
Christine Thompson is a health professional based in Victoria. ... Read More
Rhonda Fleming is the Executive Manager Commissioning of Western Queensland PHN. ... Read More
To Be Determined