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Rockhampton Nurses' Conference

  • : Rockhampton QLD 4700


Because healthcare is undergoing constant change, 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.


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Day One



Karen-Ann Clarke

Communicating Within an Inter-professional Team

It is well known that the best work gets done in teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork - really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:

  • Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
  • Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
  • Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
  • Learn the dynamics of team communication
  • The power within your mind — how to improve your listening skills


Andrea McLucas

Sepsis and the Significance of Early Recognition

Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death around the world? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis and assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition across a range of clinical settings. Includes:

  • What is the definition of sepsis?
  • What is the relationship between infection and sepsis?
  • Early recognition - what are the clinical signs? E.g. an increasing SOFA score
  • Why is timely intervention so important?
  • In a suspected or a known case of sepsis, what are the main nursing management priorities across a range of clinical settings?



Mikael Francis

Paracetamol Overdose and Toxicity

Paracetamol remains one of the most common agents used in overdose. It’s ease of access yet potential for significant harm in the setting of abuse or unintentional overdose demands that all nurses must be familiar with the following:

  • What constitutes a toxic dose of paracetamol in adults and children?
  • Stages of paracetamol intoxication including respective symptoms and associated severity
  • Current guidelines for treatment including the use of n-acetylcysteine and concurrent investigations
  • Prognostic factors - what are risk factors for toxicity that affect health outcomes?


Mikael Francis

Asthma and COPD - Medicines, Devices and Management Update

Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are chronic lung disorders that occur frequently in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an update on the following:

  • Current guidelines on the evidence-based management of asthma and COPD
  • Overlap of asthma and COPD
  • Best approaches to fracture prevention
  • New medications and their place in therapy
  • New devices - specific advantages and precautions to consider
  • Correct use of inhalational drug delivery devices



Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer

Partnering with Consumers - Understanding ‘Ryan’s Rule’ Activations

Recognising and responding to deterioration in a patient’s condition is considered to be a national quality and safety priority. Patients and families are often the first to identify when their condition is deteriorating. This session reports:

  • Early indicators of clinical deterioration
  • Barriers to recognition and response systems
  • Patient and family role in recognition and activation
  • Learning from review of ‘Ryan’s Rule’ activations


Chris Hughes

Is Sugar the New Fat?

In the ongoing debate over the impact of food on health, particularly in the development of chronic illnesses, evidence continues to build over the harmful effects of sugar. Do we have reason to continue to demonise fat or is sugar the new culprit? In this session we explore:

  • What is the latest evidence on the role of sugar in chronic disease development?
  • Is fat being unfairly maligned and is it more healthy than we believe?
  • What are the harmful effects of sugar?
  • Educating patients who appear addicted to sugar



Chris Hughes

Maintenance of Weight Loss: Why is it So Difficult?

One of the most difficult challenges after successful weight loss is maintaining the weight loss. Following weight reduction, fat is laid down at a faster rate than before the weight was originally lost. As well, evidence shows that to maintain weight loss, a person must eat even less than a person who weighs the same but who does not have a weight problem. Why is this the case? This session explains this phenomena and includes:

  • How does metabolism change after losing weight? Why is this important?
  • Why is it that the more weight you lose makes it more difficult to burn fat post weight-reduction?
  • Why are fewer calories expended in reduced-obese adults?


Day Two



Veronica Mills

Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies: Essential Update

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session you will ensure you are up to date with current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. Includes:

  • What are diabetes emergencies, what to watch for and how to respond?
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
  • An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions


Veronica Mills

Correctly Injecting Insulin: The Facts

It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding, has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependant as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:

  • What is the correct method to use when injecting insulin?
  • If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
  • What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
  • How is lipohypertrophy formed and what are the impacts on patient health?
  • How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?



Judy-Gay Oxenham

Management of Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal in the Community

This session will look at the detoxification and withdrawal management of alcohol and other drugs within a community setting.


Riccardo Yasso

Bridging Health: Nurses Creating a Healthier Tomorrow

The provision of primary healthcare in Australia is considered a standard component of the healthcare system. However, in developing countries this is not always the case. Nurses who provide healthcare in developing countries are called upon to deliver a range of healthcare services. In this session:

  • Primary healthcare in other countries - how is this different to the Australian system?
  • Disease patterns – managing new and emerging diseases
  • The role of the volunteer nurse



Karen-Ann Clarke

Insights into the Psychological Effects of Ice and Methamphetamine

Ice and methamphetamine are psychoactive drugs and as such have an impact on brain function. Although this differs between individuals they can cause effects such as depression and even profound psychosis. This will looks at the types of mental health dysfunctions that result from this drug’s use. Includes:

  • Why are people who use methamphetamine more likely to experience symptoms of psychosis?
  • Who are most at risk for developing psychosis?
  • What interventions are required during a psychotic episode?
  • Does the psychosis automatically resolve when the drugs are withdrawn?
  • Can the use of ice/meth trigger schizophrenia?
  • When are people most at risk for developing feelings of depression?


Barbara O’Neill

Managing the Deteriorating Nursing Home Resident - The Nursing Role

Nurses play a vital role in the management of older people living in residential care. Assessment and management of clinical deterioration in this population can be compounded by many factors and outside the skill of many RNs working in residential care. In this session:

  • How do RNs in residential care manage the deteriorating patient?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Maintaining quality of care



Karen-Ann Clarke

Beating Burnout in its Tracks!

These days burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as ‘compassion fatigue’ illustrate the emotions involved. The complex combination of stressors result in impaired wellbeing: costly sick leave, decreased quality care and increased risk. This final session takes a look at strategies that can develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.


The Goal Need for Program

Healthcare is undergoing major changes which are affecting the way nurses provide care. Regular appraisal of knowledge, skill and practice gaps are 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 inter professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

Deliver patient outcomes that are underpinned by evidence and evaluate their effectiveness against recognised standards


Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and ... Read More

Andrea McLucas

Andrea McLucas

Andrea McLucas is an Intensive Care Nurse Educator at Rockhampton Hospital with more than 25 years critical care nursing experience. ... Read More

Mikael Francis

Mikael Francis

Mikael Francis is a pharmacist based in Rockhampton. ... Read More

Trudy Dwyer

Trudy Dwyer

Associate Professor Trudy Dwyer is a nursing research academic at CQUniversity Australia. She has extensive experience in teaching and learning ... 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

Veronica Mills

Veronica Mills

Veronica Mills is a Diabetes Educator with a practice in Rockhampton City. Veronica is part of the team that runs ... Read More

Judy-Gay Oxenham

Judy-Gay Oxenham

Judy Oxenham is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with over 10 years’ experience in the alcohol and other drug field. Judy’s ... Read More

Riccardo Yasso

Riccardo Yasso

Riccardo Yasso is a born and bred Queenslander, and has lived in Rockhampton for the past 30 years. He is ... Read More

Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O’Neill is an Associate Lecturer in nursing at CQ University. She was a hospital-based oncology nurse in the USA ... Read More


Rockhampton Nurses' Conference
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11 hours 30 mins
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End Date
11 hours 30 mins
$572.00 (two days)
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cnr George and Cambridge Streets
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