Perth Nurses' Conference
- : Perth WA 6000
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 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?
- 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?
- What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Karen MasonHealthcare Settings and Unavoidable Changes
Change in healthcare workplaces should be regarded as inevitable. Taking into account “big picture” considerations of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions into which changes are essential, which can be delayed, and which are not necessary. This clarity leads to an improved capacity for change-makers to be proactive instead of reactive. This session aims to build confidence when implementing change and seeks to:
- Look at several types of change that may occur in healthcare settings
- Consider why there may be specific staff reactions to specific types of proposed changes and innovations
Megan ReillyOccupational Contact Dermatitis (OCD) in Healthcare Workers
To identify ways of preventing and managing occupational contact dermatitis, in this session we will:
- Define occupational contact dermatitis
- Identify common allergens
- Describe risk factors that contribute to the development of OCD
- Discuss prevention and management strategies
10:45 MORNING TEA
Mary KingCatheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)
Inappropriate use and management of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), which are a major source to hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting removing catheters. This session considers:
- Cost, prevention, and management of CAUTI’s
- Incontinence Associated Dermatitis – preventable trauma?
- How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDC's in acute settings
- Management of long-term urinary catheters to prevent trauma – when are they necessary?
Gordana PetkovskaOptimising Chronic Wound Healing – What Works?
Most nurses encounter wounds in their practice. However, the nature of wound management continues to confound many nurses especially due to the ever-increasing range of treatments available including dressings. This session looks at optimising wound management and includes:
- A short summary of types of chronic wounds and factors that will affect healing
- Management plans to reduce the impact of the identified factors
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Karen MasonDocumentation: Not Documented, Not Done?
Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. The principles of documentation support the accurate reflection of the nursing assessment. In this session we consider:
- What are the current guidelines on documentation?
- How does documentation fit into clinical handover?
- Do I document by exception or not?
Barbara HasenoehrlThe Genetics of Breast Cancer
The estimated risk of breast cancer associated with a harmful genetic mutation is even higher for women who have a family history of breast cancer: Of these women many will develop breast cancer by age 70 years. In this session:
- What is meant by a family history of breast cancer?
- How does the family history affect the risks for developing the disease?
- Which genes predict a potential for developing breast cancer?
- The role and importance of breast screening
3:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Karen MasonSexual Health: Is Old New Again?
Our sexual health is an important part of our sense of self and managing our sexual health is important. With the emergence of sexually transmitted diseases has old become new again? In this session, we consider:
- Taking a sexual health history
- Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses in Australia
- Bacterial and viral sexually transmitted infections
- Prevention and current best practice management
5:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Professor Steve AllsopPathological Behaviours, Staff, and Drug Dependence
Pathological behaviours can result from mind-altering substances, such as drugs and alcohol. This session considers:
- The process of diagnosis
- What are the dangers of allowing a drug-dependent person to continue working in a healthcare setting?
- How do drugs impact on the workplace?
- What is your professional responsibility in such a circumstance?
Liz HowseWhat Product Is That? Wound Dressing Selections
In this session, you will hear about the latest wound products and in what situations they are best used for.
11:00 MORNING TEA
James HoffmanSafety When Dealing With People On Ice
Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:
- What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ice)?
- How do you protect:
- The person
- The public
- How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
Stefanie JohnstonMedication Update: Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants
Medications remain one of the cornerstones of 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. This session looks at:
- Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
- Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
- Evidence for novel classes of anticoagulants
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Kane GuthrieAssessing The Poisoned Patient
Poisoning can occur more easily than is thought however the consequences can be very harmful if the correct assessment and treatment is not carried out in a timely manner. In this session you will hear about:
- What are the common poisonings?
- How a systematic approach to the poisoned patient can assist
- The role of the 12 lead ECG in Poisoning
- Following basic management concepts in the poisoned patient
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Professor Maryam Omari & Professor Stephen TeoWorkplace Bullying in the Service Sector
Workplace bullying is now a seemingly common occurrence in Australia. It poses a risk to health and safety - not just for the victim but also ultimately for patient care. This session looks at:
- How is workplace bullying defined?
- What happens in a workplace when incidents of bullying are not addressed?
4:30 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:
- 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 clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic 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 guidelinesPresenters
Karen Mason qualified as an Nurse Practitioner: Emergency, gaining her masters in Nurse Practitioner studies in 2008. She currently works ... Read More
Megan Reilly has 28 years' experience working in the area of infection prevention and management, such as acute, ambulatory, community, ... Read More
Mary King has been involved with continence management in nursing since 1987. In 1988, she was awarded a nursing fellowship ... Read More
Gordana Petkovska is a nurse practitioner in the Advanced Wound Assessment Service in Silver Chain specialising in the treatment of ...Read More
Barbara Hasenoehrl is currently working as a specialist breast care nurse for Breast Cancer Care WA in Perth. She has ... Read More
Professor Steve Allsop has been involved in policy, prevention and treatment, research and practice, professional development and service management for ... Read More
Stefanie Johnston graduated from Curtin University School of Pharmacy in 2004 and has been a registered pharmacist in WA since ... Read More
Kane Guthrie is currently the acting clinical nurse specialist in the Emergency Department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, ...Read More
Professor Maryam Omari has 17 years of human resources experience, with the last seven at an executive level as a ... Read More
Liz has extensive clinical practice in wound and ostomy management within primary and community care nursing. Liz has the position ... Read More
James Hoffman is the Operations Manager for Shalom House, Australia’s strictest and one of its largest drug and alcohol rehabilitation ...Read More
Dr Stephen Teo is a Professor of Work and Performance. He is currently the Associate Dean for the Management Discipline ... Read More