Perth Nurses' Conference
- : Perth WA 6838
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
The Case for Change: Health in Western Australia
Better health. Better care. Better value. What is the future of health in Western Australia and how will this affect the role of nurses? This introductory session discusses:
- What does delivery of a safe, high quality service mean to everyday nursing?
- How will this be achieved with the changes that are occurring in the population's health?
- How does the role of Nurse Practitioner impact on the delivery of health care?
Pressure Injury Prevention
Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to patients. The development of such harm, often due to prolonged immobility and impaired nutrition, is considered a failure of care. Avoiding this major cause of iatrogenesis is a key indicator of quality nursing care. This important session will discuss:
- What is the real cost of pressure injuries?
- Budget implications of failure to care: what is the worldwide trend? e.g. NHS ‘Stop the Pressure’ campaign
- How can we prevent pressure injuries in vulnerable people?
- What does the latest evidence tell us about nurses’ role in preventing pressure injuries?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Recognition and Management of Wound Infection
The prevention of wound infection should be a primary management objective for all healthcare practitioners, as the development of such an infection depends on the complex interplay of many factors. This session includes:
- How do I recognise when a wound is infected?
- Wound swabbing - when, where and how?
- Choice of wound products - does it matter?
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
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Palliative Care: When to Refer?
At the end of life it is essential to identify the dying patient in order to allow them and their caregivers to reorient their priorities and achieve their goals, and so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. This session includes:
- What is current best practice for end of life care?
- Anticipating physical problems
- Support for caregivers
Vaccination: What is at Stake for us all?
After many decades of successful vaccination campaigns and disease minimisation, a growing trend in anti-vaccination has been challenging the healthcare world. This session includes:
- What are the shifting trends in vaccination uptake rates?
- What are the concerns of “anti-vaxers” and how can healthcare workers engage them?
- Why is vaccination so important?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
The Importance of Cancer and Nursing: How Can We Make a Difference?
Nursing people with cancer can raise many issues in regards to physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. In this session we will look at:
- Assessing the needs of people with cancer - a holistic approach
- Managing symptoms - latest evidence on best practice
- Emotional and spiritual support - meeting people's needs and your own
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Statins: Who Needs Them?
Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on the decreasing morbidity relating to cardiovascular disease. Their lipid-lowering effects are now well-established. However, in recent times, there has been controversy surrounding their use. This session will explain how they work and include their contra-indications, clarifying any confusion and ensuring nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. Includes:
- What role do statins have in diminishing absolute CVD risk?
- Can common side effects be managed?
- What happens when statins are ceased?
A Splash in the Night: Assessing and Managing Night-time Urinary Incontinence
Nocturia and nocturnal enuresis are both types of incontinence that are syndromes in their own right. They are distressing and embarrassing and can be a cause of social withdrawal, infection and depression. Includes:
- What is nocturia and why does it need assessment and management?
- Nocturnal enuresis – just for children? Find out why not...
- Assessment and management – get the facts!
10:45 MORNING TEA
Use of Incontinence Aids: Myths and Misconceptions
The use of aids and appliances for incontinence are portrayed in the media as a normal part of life. In this session the myths and misconceptions of incontinence aids and appliances are exposed and the facts uncovered.
Hot Bodies: Recognising Sepsis
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. The chances of survival are significantly improved if the onset is identified early. This session demonstrates the importance of early recognition and reinforces what warning signs of sepsis you must be aware of. Includes:
- Overview of the mechanism of sepsis
- How does sepsis cause hypotension?
- The diagnostic criteria for sepsis: clear triggers that attention is warranted
- Early aggressive treatment: what does it involve?
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Osteoporosis: Progress and Pitfalls
Health professionals play a central role in identifying people at high risk of osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. Many women may already be suffering from the ‘silent disease’ without knowing, as osteoporosis can progress without any signs or symptoms. This session discusses:
- Recognising risk factors - including osteopenia (low bone density) a potential precursor to osteoporosis
- Opportunities to improve investigation and combat the progression of this disease
- How do you discuss bone health with women?
Clinical Supervision: A Force for the Future
Clinical supervision is a core component of contemporary professional nursing practice. It is central to practising within all nursing guidelines, yet many nurses have not heard of clinical supervision and the role it plays in developing and supporting nurses. Includes:
- What is clinical supervision?
- How do nurses access this program?
- What are the benefits?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Women's Health - Should We Be Concerned?
Across the lifespan women experience many physiological and mental health changes that are associated with the natural life course. This session looks at:
- What are the key areas of concern?
- What stops women taking up health promotion activities?
- The nursing opportunity in managing women’s health
Working at the Front Line: Managing Patient Behaviours and Staying Safe
Behavioural disturbances and aggression is an increasing problem confronting clinicians every day. This final session of the conference will take a look at:
- What are the warning signs that a patient is likely to exhibit violent behaviours?
- Safe management strategies
- How to diffuse the situation
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
Health care 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
To Be Determined
Karen currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department. She has extensive experience as a nurse ... Read More
Liz Howse is a Nurse Practitioner specialising in wound management. ... Read More
Yvonne Tate is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator. Yvonne qualified in 1997 with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery in the UK. ... Read More
Sally Coppock is a highly qualified and experienced Palliative Care Nurse working at the Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service as ... Read More
Barbara Hasenoehrl has a background in cancer nursing, specialising in breast cancer. Barbara has post-graduate qualifications in Breast Cancer Nursing ... Read More
Andrew Stafford is a pharmacist with experience in academia and aged care, and maintains an active clinical consultancy business providing ... Read More
Mary King has been involved with continence management in nursing since 1987. In 1988 she was awarded a nursing fellowship ... Read More
Michelle Carberry has been employed as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital since 2007. She completed her training in ...Read More
Shanthi Andrew is currently a Sessional Academic Staff at Curtin University, Western Australia and completed her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) ... Read More
Megan Reilly has over 27 years' experience working in the area of infection prevention and management in acute, ambulatory, community, ... Read More
Jo-Ann Hodson is the Service Manager for Women's Health and Family Services in Perth, Western Australia. ... Read More
Alex has been a Registered Mental Health nurse for the past 20 years. She is currently working at Royal Perth ... Read More