This post has expired! It was posted more than 90 days ago.
<- Back

Rockhampton Nurses' Conference

  • : Rockhampton QLD 4700

 

Includes: New Evidence; Local Health Priorities; Improving Patient Outcomes; Preventative Health

Overview

Healthcare 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

Schedule

 Print Schedule

Day One

9:00 COMMENCEMENT OF DAY ONE


9:00

Sherrie Lee

Health Care Settings and Unavoidable Changes

Change in the healthcare workplaces should be regarded as ineviable. A 'big picture' consideration of the Australian healthcare system is desirable before local considerations shape decisions about which changes are essential, which can be delayed and which are not necessary. This thoughtful 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 / innovations

9:45

Gaylene Weir

The Importance of Breast Cancer Nursing - How Nurses Can Make A Difference

Following the diagnosis of breast cancer many women seek support, education and advice on many issues. In this session:

  • What specialist support is available for women with breast cancer?
  • Why is this role so important?
  • What does the evidence say about the support and education provided to women with breast cancer and how it improves wellbeing?

10:30 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE


11:00

TBA

Polypharmacy 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

12:00

Dale Long

Pain Assessment - Essential Beginnings

Effective pain management is crucial to quality patient outcomes as well as ensuring the patient experience of healthcare is optimised. Nursing assessment of pain is a crucial starting point. This session will provide an evidence-based, practical guide to pain assessment. Includes:

  • Getting started - the therapeutic relationship
  • Physical and psychosocial assessment - what does this entail?
  • Pain assessment tools - which one should I use and when?
  • Documenting your findings

1:00 LUNCH BREAK


2:00

Veronica Mills

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
  • Retinopathy
  • Nephropathy

2:45

Veronica Mills

Insulin Resistance - Current Evidence

Insulin resistance is associated with metabolic syndrome and is a risk factor for the development of diabetes and heart disease. It is also associated with fatty liver disease which is increasing in prevalence. Understanding this complicated condition is essential if chronic disease is to be averted. This session looks at:

  • What is the pathophysiology of insulin resistance?
  • Who is most at risk for developing the condition and can it be averted?
  • How does insulin resistance lead to diabetes?
  • What are the current Guidelines for treatment of insulin resistance and what is the prognosis?

3:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE


3:45

Dale Long

Managing Neuropathic Pain in people with Diabetes

Poor control of diabetes can cause a raft of complications. Neuropathy, damage to one’s nerves may be particularly troublesome, particularly the pain associated with it. Why is managing neuropathic pain in people with diabetes so difficult, and why can it result in other complications? This session explores an often debilitating complication for a person with diabetes. Includes:

  • What are the neural pathways involved in neuropathic pain?
  • How can you assess symptoms of neuropathic pain?
  • What is the best management?
  • Is there a window of opportunity for analgesia, and if so what is the best type?

4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE


Day Two

9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO


9:00

TBA

Chronic Disease: Not Just In Your Backyard

Worldwide, chronic disease is on the rise, placing an increasing burden on those affected, their carers and the health system. In Australia many chronic diseases are predominantly managed in primary health care (PHC) and there is a need to understand how to do this more effectively. This session includes:

  • Global issues at a local level
  • Best management plans for health promotion
  • What do nurses need to know?

9:45

Professor Lynne Parkinson

Cognition and Consent - Best Practice for Older People

The clinician-patient relationship is the key-point for any optimal management in healthcare delivery. Before providing any care it is essential that informed consent is obtained. During this conversation the benefits and risks of any procedure must be explained and consent to proceed obtained. This session includes:

  • What happens when informed consent cannot be obtained?
  • Current evidence on consent and cognition
  • Best practice strategies

10:30 MORNING TEA AND COFFEE


11:00

Loretta George

One For The Road? Drug and Alcohol Awareness In Rural Queensland

Drug and Alcohol consumption is a major issue for Australian society. The effects of misuse can be both physical and psychological with both the person and others being affected. This session includes:

  • When is one for the road one too many?
  • Current best management plans
  • When to refer for assistance

12:00

Deborah Friel

The Importance of Maintaining Professional Competency

The concept of professional development and competency is not new to the nursing profession. Patients rely on nurses to be professional and maintain competency that will improve health outcomes. In this session:

  • What is professional development?
  • How does this translate to competency?
  • When a nurse does a re-entry program how is competency assessed?

1PM LUNCH BREAK


2:00

Paul Slater

Pathology of Blood: What Actually Happens In The Laboratory

‘Sending off bloods’ is a common task of the nurse. A blood tube is filled up, sent off, then appears as a set of results on a piece of paper shortly afterwards. This session aims to bring nurses up to date on what actually happens when bloods are taken. Includes:

  • Indications for taking bloods
  • Review of commonly ordered blood tests (APTT, INR, FBE)
  • Drawing order: why does this matter?
  • Inside a pathology laboratory: a scientist’s guide

2:45

Dr Susan Williams

Obesity - Where Does It All Begin?

Obesity is an increasing global concern with real local implications. Evidence within the literature tells us that often the problem begins in childhood . However there are now many programs to halt the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. This sessions includes:

  • How does childhood obesity start?
  • Best evidence management
  • How to get everyone on board

3:30 AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE


3:45

Dale Long

Management of Pain in Advanced Breast Cancer

Cancer is prevalent in our community and its association to pain is well known. This final session will review advanced pain in breast cancer and address the following topics, with the focus on management highlighted through case studies:

  • What causes advanced cancer pain and is suffering an aggravating factor?
  • Why does certain cancer pain burn and others ache
  • Evidence-based management principles for nursing care

4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS


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

Presenters

Dale Long

Dale Long

Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care and pain management roles in ... Read More

Sherrie Lee

Sherrie Lee

Sherrie Lee is a Registered Nurse practising at Hillcrest Private Hospital, Rockhampton. Sherrie is an inaugural Emerging Nurse Leader of ... Read More

Gaylene Weir

Gaylene Weir

Gaylene Weir is a McGrath Breast Care Nurse based in Gladstone. Gaylene has been a McGrath Breast Care Nurse since ... 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

Lynne Parkinson

Lynne Parkinson

Professor Lynne Parkinson is a Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Human Health and Social Sciences at Central Queensland ... Read More

Loretta George

Loretta George

Loretta is a local psychologist, counsellor and mentor working for Queensland Health and running her own private practice. She describes ... Read More

Deborah Friel

Deborah Friel

Deborah Friel is Director, Centre for Professional Development at CQ University. Deborah completed her Registered Nurse certificate at the Mater ... 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

Susan  Williams

Susan Williams

Dr Susan Williams is a Lecturer/Discipline Leader in Medical Science (Nutrition) at Central Queensland University. Dr Williams is a Registered ... Read More

To Be Determined

To Be Determined

Title
Rockhampton Nurses' Conference
Speciality Classification
Location
Type
Delivery
Provider Type
RTO
Duration
11 hours
Start Date
20-Jun-2016
End Date
21-Jun-2016
CPD
11 hours
Fees
$561.00 (two days)
Location
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Venue
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cnr George and Cambridge Streets
Posted By
Contact Phone
Log in into view this field.
Location Map
Google Map
HealthcareLink