<- Back

Newcastle Nurses' Conference

  • : Newcastle NSW 2300

Overview

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Newcastle region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Newcastle every May. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…

We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.

Schedule Day One

8:30 REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE


9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15

Mike Smith

Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach

Origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study that investigated the correlation between adverse childhood events (ACE) and long-term health problems later in life. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience and enables healing for older adults. This session explores:

  • How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
  • What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma in older adults?
  • What is the role of trauma-informed care?
  • How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults?

10:30 MORNING TEA


11:00

Mike Smith

More than Just “Stressed” – Understanding Anxiety

Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another, most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • What is stress and how is it beneficial?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • Anxiety VS anxiety disorder – what are the key differences?
  • Managing stress and normal anxiety
  • Treatment for anxiety disorders

11:45

Mike Smith

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects one in four people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The difference between normal ups and downs and clinical depression
  • Risk factors for depression: from genetics to circumstances to lifestyle and why all are important
  • Treatment options for depression: there’s more to it than just medication
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression: why patience, compassion, and empathy are so important

12:30 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Amy Lee Walker

When Less is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing, and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Amy Lee Walker

Medicine Used in the Very Old – What You Must Know to be Safe

As people age their ability to metabolise medicines becomes challenged. In this session, you will look at why this is the case. You will refresh your knowledge of the key changes and the clinical implications of this. It includes a refresher on:

  • The ageing kidney and liver and their effect on medicines
  • The safest medication delivery mechanisms – tablets, immediate release or sustained release, patches, MDIs, turbuhalers, or nebulisers
  • The dangers of crushing medicines and the alternatives
  • Concerns about over-the-counter medicines (such as Ibuprofen) – why they are particularly concerning
  • Top 20 drug interactions you must be aware of

4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

Welcome and Review

9:15

Marion Hawker

Diabetes Care Emergencies: Hypoglycaemic and Hyperglycaemic Episodes

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons. They can cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. Experiencing an emergency in relation to diabetes can be very traumatic for a person and prevention is paramount. In this session, you will learn about current best practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. It includes:

  • How to manage diabetes emergencies effectively
  • Early identification and prevention of diabetes emergencies
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings – key differences

10:00

Marion Hawker

The Psychosocial Impact of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and the life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we improve our support for those living with diabetes?

10:45 MORNING TEA


11:00

Margo Asimus

Bringing Wounds to Light

Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management to help reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at managing the wound by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:

  • What strategies can be used to prevent pressure injury?
  • How do you know it's a pressure injury?
  • Managing pressure injuries – what are the appropriate interventions?
  • How can you select appropriate dressings?

11:45

Margo Asimus

“War On Wounds” – Wounds That Won’t Heal

Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating particularly for the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include

  • Which wounds are known to be chronic in nature?
  • What causes prolonged healing in a chronic wound?
  • How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?
  • How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?

12:45 LUNCH AND NETWORKING


1:30

Mike Smith

A Brief History of Mental Health and Trauma – Shell Shock and Catastrophes

ASD and PTSD have relatively recently emerged as psychiatric diagnoses. Many people associate these conditions, particularly PTSD, with war and working in the military. However, it has a long and interesting history and it is not confined to battlegrounds. This session will contextualise these trauma-related mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • Cowardice and personal weakness during battle
  • What’s in a name? From shell shock and battle fatigue, post-Vietnam syndrome, and rape survivor syndrome to PTSD: an all-encompassing trauma diagnosis
  • Australian statistics
  • Risk factors for developing PTSD
  • Making a valid diagnosis and why self-diagnosis is problematic
  • What are the Australian treatment guidelines for PTSD?

2:45 AFTERNOON TEA


3:00

Mike Smith

Overcoming Occupational Worry: How to go Home Happy!

Did I sign that medication chart? Did I miss something? Did I do the right thing? Should I call work and check? You are not alone if these doubts filter through your mind on your way home from a long shift. If they don’t, you’re the lucky one and can come to this session ready to share your tips. Feeling satisfied that your work is done and having clear boundaries between your professional and personal lives are key ingredients to surviving shift work. This session includes:

  • What’s normal and what’s not – identifying unnecessary worry
  • The power of positive psychology and self-talk
  • Boundaries – how to leave work at work

4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


The Goal Need for Program

Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness

Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines

Presenters

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degree in public health and mental ... Read More

Amy Lee Walker

Amy Lee Walker

Amy Lee Walker completed her Bachelor of Biomedical Science in 2006, followed by a Masters of Pharmacy from the University ... Read More

Margo Asimus

Margo Asimus

Margo Asimus was authorised as the first Nurse Practitioner - Wound Management in Australia in 2004. Most of her career ... Read More

Marion Hawker

Marion Hawker

Marion Hawker is a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Consultant and Credentialed Diabetes Educator with Hunter New England Health. Marion works collaboratively across ... Read More

 

Title
Newcastle Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
-- GENERAL --
Location
Type
Delivery
Provider Type
RTO
Duration
10 Hours | 30 Mins
Start Date
16-May-2019
End Date
17-May-2019
CPD
10 Hours | 30 Mins
Price
610.00
Location
Newcastle NSW 2300
Venue
Newcastle Quality Hotel Noahs on the Beach, Corner Shortland Esplanande and Zarra Street
Posted By
Contact Phone
Log in into view this field.
Location Map
Google Map
11 Views
Similar Courses and Events
HealthcareLink