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 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
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Karen MasonRed Flags: Recognising When Your Patient Becomes Unwell
It is not unusual for patients to deteriorate quickly. All nurses, regardless of the setting you practice in, require education to help develop the knowledge and skills to detect and act upon these often subtle signs. Using case scenarios, this session will highlight ‘red flags’ of deterioration that you must be able to recognise, and the actions that should take place. 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 (e.g. MET call or Code Blue) or ambulance in RACF?
Carmel BoylanIncontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) and Peristomal Skin Care in Paediatric Patients
Incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) is a common - possibly under-reported, and certainly understudied skin disorder. Inflammation of the perigenital skin occurs as a result of contact with urine or faeces. What happens when our skin needs to withstand these substances, for instance, at a stoma site? This session will explore:
- Why does IAD occur?
- Which patients are at risk of IAD and how can IAD be prevented?
- What is the current best practice management of IAD and how is this related to the management of stomas requiring skin care?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Gordana PetkovskaSkin Tear Management and the Older Adult
Despite their name, skin tears are traumatic wounds that require specific treatment. They are a significant risk for compromised patients, including the older adult. In this session, preventing and effectively managing skin tears will be presented. Includes:
- What do we mean by ‘skin integrity’, and how is this compromised?
- Which elements in a patient’s history would alert you that the person was at risk of suffering a skin tear injury?
- Are there any factors that increase the risk of skin tears in older adults?
- What types of situations may lead to increased friction and risk skin tears developing in the older adult?
- Best practise assessment, management, and documentation – what are the STAR/Payne- Martin systems?
- Dressing the wound - what type of dressing must be applied?
Gordana PetkovskaThe 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
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Karen MasonPhysical Assessment Skills That Could Save A Life: Neurological System
The general consensus from nurses is that anything to do with the brain is seen as difficult to understand. Yet, a neurological assessment need not be as hard as it seems. The purpose of this session is to take you through the basics of a neurological assessment, including the Glascow Coma Scale (GCS). Topics covered include:
- What does a GCS include, and what does this tell you?
- What else, other than a person’s GCS, should be assessed, e.g. limb strength?
- Reporting changes - when must this occur?
Mary KingConstipation: Whose Problem is It?
Would you rather be sitting on the toilet or left lying in bed to defecate? Constipation is not a side effect of the ageing process, but it is experienced by older people. Often underdiagnosed, it causes severe discomfort. It can also become a serious problem when attention is not paid to the pillars of prevention and correct management. This session looks at:
- Changes to bowel function and motility in older people
- Assessing for risk or presence of constipation in an older person
- What are the complications of constipation which increase morbidity and poor quality of life?
- The pillars of preventing and managing constipation
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Alex KnowlesRecognising Triggers of Violence
Nurses across Australia are currently exposed to unacceptably high levels of occupational aggression and violence. Violent people are highly unpredictable. It can be very difficult to know when they may change from calm and collected to full blown aggressive. However, there are physical changes and subtle behavioural cues that may serve as warning signs. Your ability to closely recognise and interpret these signals are vital if violence is to be prevented. Stopping smaller incidents from 'blowing up' is much more favourable than dealing with a critical incident. This session will look at the anatomy of human behaviour to help understand the following:
- Subtle changes in behaviour that could be warning signs
- Physical indications that a person may be becoming violent
- Screening for a history of violence and common risk factors
- Other warning signs to be aware of:
- Threatening behaviour
- Intimidating behaviour
- Affect or mood changes
- Environmental changes
- Recognising these behaviours as indicators of ‘stress’ and not necessarily violence
- The importance of interpreting and acting on these behaviours ‘in context’
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Carole ParkerObesity and Women's Health
Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in promoting women's health across the lifespan. Various studies have found obesity has a detrimental effect in several ways, such as menstrual disturbance and infertility, as well as complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This important session will discuss:
- What are the key problems of obesity that impact women's health across the lifespan?
- Is there an optimal weight gain during stages such as pregnancy and menopause?
- What nutritional and other lifestyle advice should be given to women as they enter menopause?
Stefanie JohnstonPolypharmacy and The Prescribing Cascade
The use of medicines in older people is fraught with potential dangers. Prescribing of medicines increases as people age, and the chances of interactions and unwanted side effects are greater. This session informs you of current trends in prescribing and alerts you to the special considerations of pharmacotherapeutics in older people. Includes:
- Patient expectations and prescriptions
- Significant risks and adverse medicine events
- Ageing effects on pharmacokinetics
- Common culprit medicines to watch out for
- Periodic reviews of medicines and its role in the prescribing cascade
10:45 MORNING TEA
Ed GaudoinPain Management in Palliative Care - Best Practice Management
For patients receiving palliative care, maintaining relationships and continuing normal daily activities are just as important, if not more so, than symptom control. In this session:
- Adopting a systematic whole of person approach
- Administering regular analgesia
- Use of appropriate adjunctive therapies
- Connecting with the client and their family
Dr Jennifer LohDo Harassed Women Work Harder?
Women who face rude and disrespectful behaviour in the workplace can react by working harder. The literature shows us that women may often have to deal with more negative behaviour than men. However, men may react by withdrawing. This session will consider:
- Dealing with incivility
- The fallout from overworking and harassment
12:45PM LUNCH BREAK
Peter CarrPrevention 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?
- Peripheral IV devices
- Central venous access cevices (CVCs and PICCs)
- Catheter selection - choosing appropriate devices
- Complications - during and following insertion
- Management principles - blood sampling, flushing, medication/fluid administration and dressing and line changes
- Common troubleshooting tips
TBATherapeutic Communication and People with a Mental Illness
People with mental health conditions may also experience difficulty communicating, particularly when they are unwell. Nurses who work in general settings may not have had formal education in how to communicate with someone who is depressed, experiencing hallucinations or highly anxious. However, all nurses need to feel comfortable speaking with people in these situations and with relatives and carers of those with a mental illness. This session looks at the very important considerations surrounding therapeutic communication in these challenging circumstances. Includes:
- Golden rules of therapeutic communication
- Cultural considerations to consider
- Body language - practical examples of what makes a difference
- Communicating when health literacy is limited or non-existent
- How much should I say? Disclosure and confidentiality with family members
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
TBASupporting Families: The Impact of Ice & Methamphetamines on the Community
The impact of ice and methamphetamine use is now well known to extend beyond the person using this drug. Families and communities across Australia are touched by the devastating effects of ice and methamphetamine. Nurses and other health professionals must be able to consider the family and community impacts of this drug when working with people affected by ice. As such, this session looks at:
- What is known about the psychosocial impact of ice and methamphetamine on families and the community?
- What are practical ways in which you can help families break down communication barriers and discuss drug use openly?
- How can you assist families to access useful resources to help deal with the consequences that may arise as a result of the drug use?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 guidelinesPresenters
Karen Mason currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department. She has extensive experience as a ... Read More
Carmel Boylan is currently employed as the Stomal/Wound Management Nurse Practitioner at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Her role encompasses ... Read More
Gordana Petkovska is a Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Wound Assessment Service in Silver Chain specialising in the treatment of ... Read More
Stefanie Johnston graduated from Curtin University School of Pharmacy in 2004 and has been a registered pharmacist in WA since ... Read More
Mary King has been involved with continence management in nursing since 1987. In 1988 she was awarded a nursing fellowship ... Read More
Alex has been a Registered Mental Health nurse for the past 20 years. She is currently working at Royal Perth ... Read More
Carole Parker, APD. AN., is a Perth-based accredited dietitian who works at Women's Health and Family Services, Northbridge, Nourish Health ... Read More
Peter Carr is a vascular access clinician and researcher. He is a Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at The University of ... Read More
Dr. Jennifer Loh graduated from the University of Toronto in Canada with an Honours BSc and from the University of ... Read More
Ed Gaudoin is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care at Bethesda Hospital Perth. ... Read More
To Be Determined