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Rockhampton Nurses' Conference

  • : Rockhampton QLD 4700


Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly 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?
  • 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?

Attend this local nurses’ conference and close gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.

Schedule Day One



Deborah Friel

CPD: What’s New?

While nurses have always engaged in ongoing education, the shift towards having mandatory requirements for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) has forced the profession to examine the type of formal ongoing education they undertake. Now that there is a degree of acceptance and familiarity with mandatory CPD, it’s time to consider if ethics plays a role in the CPD you choose to do. This session includes:

  • What CPD is deemed acceptable and how does this compare to international standards?
  • Conflict of Interest – should education be considered CPD if it is provided by companies who profit from the products to be used on patients?
  • What impact could unregulated CPD have on your patients?
  • How can you ensure the education you undertake is properly evidence-based and free from commercial bias?


Amanda Fryer

50 Shades of Fat…

Modern thinking suggests that it’s not just diet that causes disease. It’s not just food that lays down fat. Many factors create an “obesogenic” environment. Put simply, these environments encourage unhealthy foods and discourage activity. Along with psychological and biological input, our genetics, gut, and fat cells all send messages to the appetite and satiety centres in the hypothalamus. Could it be here that some of the damage is done? It’s time to dismantle the pathology of obesity. This session explains:

  • What does an “obesogenic” environment look like?
  • How are our genetics implicated and have environmental factors altered our genes?
  • What is happening in our gut and how does it respond to certain nutrients?
  • Neuropeptides – suppressors and stimulators of appetite?
  • The brain’s response to these factors
  • Finally, how this cascade can explain:
  • Insulin resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Development of type II diabetes mellitus



Judy Oxenham

Treatment Options for Dependence

As dependence is a chronic disease, it is not feasible that people can be cured by stopping the substance for a few days. Recovery is slow, may often need to be repeated, should be holistic, and in many cases demands lifelong vigilance. This session will examine:

  • What are the key evidence-based principles for an effective treatment program?
  • Is there one single treatment that supports anyone with a dependence?
  • How are medications used to manage withdrawal?
  • How can you challenge the alcohol and drug culture framework and support clients in their recovery program?


Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer

Recognising “Red Flags” of Clinical Deterioration

There is a huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to become rapidly unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. However, your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:

  • 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 you escalate incidents?



Dr Susan Williams

Obesity and Chronic Disease

More than 2.1 billion, or 30% of the global population, are overweight or obese and this is expected to increase to 50% by 2030. The economic impact of obesity is $2 trillion via diseases related to diabetes and coronary heart disease. This session will discuss:

  • Issues surrounding obesity in Australia
  • The Mediterranean Diet as an approach to “Cardiodiabesity” – new studies are showing that is the optimal diet approach to prevent and manage diabetes and CHD, plus other chronic diseases



Paul Slater

A Basic Guide to Diagnostic Testing

Have you ever wondered why a particular test is ordered for your patient? Are you able to identify contraindications for certain diagnostic tests such as a CT with contrast or an MRI? While the majority of nurses do not work within a framework that includes the scope for ordering diagnostic tests, all nurses must have a basic understanding of the appropriate diagnostic processes. This important session will clarify the rationales for certain tests and assist the understanding of all nurses who may be required to look after a patient before or after a diagnostic test. It includes:

  • How can you identify if a diagnostic test is appropriate?
  • Which diagnostic tests are most valuable in certain disease states?
  • Overview of the indications for common tests such as CXR, Abdominal Xray, CT brain, and MRI
  • When should contrast be avoided?
  • What do I need to assess if a patient is fasting for a procedure?


Day Two



Chris Hughes

Low Fat Versus Low Carb Diets

There are many different types of diets that people use. However, some appear to work better than others. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of some diets outweigh those of others. This session looks at the relative merits of low fat versus low carbohydrate diets. It includes:

  • When is a low fat diet indicated?
  • Which type of diet affects blood glucose levels?
  • Does the time of day when the food is ingested matter?
  • Which diet works best for cardiovascular disease?


Dr Leone Hinton

Communicating about Change

Taking into consideration that most people resist change, this session provides an opportunity to learn how to reduce resistance through the use of high-level communication skills. It includes inspirational ideas for dealing with conflict, promoting team harmony, and troubleshooting to ensure the change(s) can be sustained. Explore:

  • How to coach staff for improvement through the exploration of workable changes
  • What is the role of feedback in encouraging staff commitment?



Leanne Whiley

FAST: Recognising Stroke and the Hyperacute Phase in the Emergency Setting

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


Amanda Fryer

Pre-Diabetes – A Window of Opportunity?

The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic, but it leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. In this session, find out the latest information about pre-diabetes, including:

  • What is it and how is it diagnosed?
  • Who gets it?
  • What education can a nurse provide to patients prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
  • What are the dietary friends and foes?



Lynne Parkinson

Coming to Grips with Elder Abuse

As the ageing population increases, elder abuse also has the potential to increase. It is already a common problem that is under recognised around the world with examples in the press in Australia of nurses involved in elder abuse. This topical session will examine:

  • What exactly is elder abuse?
  • What are the warning signs and risk factors?
  • How can I safely disclose and expose situations of elder abuse?
  • What is my role in mandatory reporting?



Amanda Fryer

The Nurse Health Coach

Are you someone who gets a real kick out of seeing a patient have an “ah-ha!” moment? Do you have an amazing ability to connect well with patients? Have you ever thought about putting your talents to good use and becoming a health coach? We as nurses wear many different hats in our role, and health coaching is now seen as an increasing part of nursing and a potential new horizon for nurses to explore professionally. This final session will open your mind to the possibility of being a “nurse health coach”, and how you can apply your passion for your patients to help guide them towards better health.


The Goal Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. This is a time when:

  • Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
  • The community purse is shrinking
  • Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care

Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

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 with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness

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

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

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


Deborah Friel

Deborah Friel

Deborah Friel is an academic at CQUniversity and has held the position of director of the Centre for Professional Development ... Read More

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialled since 2000. From establishing the ... Read More

Judy Oxenham

Judy Oxenham

Judy Oxenham is a clinical nurse consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the alcohol and other drug field. Judy’s ... Read More

Trudy Dwyer

Trudy Dwyer

Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer is a nursing research academic at CQ University Australia. She has extensive experience in teaching and ... Read More

Susan  Williams

Susan Williams

Dr Susan Williams is a public health nutritionist and senior lecturer in nutrition for the School of Medical and Applied ... Read More

Paul Slater

Paul Slater

Paul Slater is currently the supervising scientist for Chem Path, Point of Care and Specimen Reception for the Rockhampton Group ... Read More

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with the Dieticians Association of Australia. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology ... Read More

Leone Hinton

Leone Hinton

Dr Leone Hinton has worked at CQUniversity for 29 years. As such, she has varied positions within the organisation from ... Read More

Lynne Parkinson

Lynne Parkinson

Professor Lynne Parkinson is a senior academic with over 25 years’ experience in academic, health services, and not-for-profit settings. She ... Read More

Leanne Whiley

Leanne Whiley

Leanne Whiley is the Acting Stroke Co-Ordinator at the Rockhampton Hospital. ...Read More

Rockhampton Nurses' Conference
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10 Hours | 30 Mins
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10 Hours | 30 Mins
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$590.00 (two days)
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cnr George and Cambridge Streets
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