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Shepparton Nurses' Conference

  • : Shepparton VIC 3630


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



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



Kaye Ervin

Nursing Care: Becoming More Effective

This session shows how high-quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using an actual example, this session includes:

  • Why evidence and accountability go hand in hand
  • How can you assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
  • Shared decision-making: How the evidence works in practice


Kate Emond

Not Documented -Not Done?

Accurate record-keeping is an essential part of good nursing practice. Good nursing records safeguard patient outcomes and are a component of clinical handover. In this session we will look at:

  • What are the key ingredients of good record-keeping?
  • Whose role – yours or mine?
  • Retrospective record-keeping - is this acceptable?



Kate Emond

Mental Health in Crisis

The need for a sustainable mental health service is essential for the continued management and health outcomes of people living with a mental health disorder. This session will discuss:

  • National strategies - latest measures, changes and impacts
  • Assessment and management services - are they at risk?
  • What changes would meet the need?


Andrea Fisher

The Suicide Snowball: Can It Be Slowed?

Recent data suggests that suicide is more common in males than females and considerably higher in men 80 and over. Furthermore, men in the 45-49 year age group are increasingly at a high risk of suicide. Additionally, suicide amongst men in rural and remote areas is significantly higher than in urban areas.

Nursing those who have intentionally tried to take their own life can be complex and challenging. However, these statistics confirm the need to explore suicide and provide you with practical strategies for your nursing practice. Includes:

  • Assessment and risk factors - critical to understanding prevention strategies
  • Overcoming the taboo - talking about suicide
  • Suicide ideation - What to say? What to do?
  • Is self-harm the same as attempted suicide?
  • Making the best use of your resources



Andrea Fisher

Managing Emotions at Work: Getting the Balance Right

In recent years, the healthcare system has been characterised by its unpredictability. Many nurses worry about their future and the uncertainty of their jobs. With the added pressures of life, relationships, finances and families, many nurses are at risk of emotional outbursts - either their own or from colleagues. Such high emotions can be very destructive. This session examines the impacts of uncertainty and insecurity in the workplace.


Sue Crowther

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?



Kate Emond

Mentoring and Leadership in Clinical Practice - What Works?

Across clinical practice and healthcare there is a need to mentor, coach and lead both novice and expert nurses. These techniques improve engagement and understanding of the day to day clinical role and how nurses can make improved decisions based on research and evidence. These high-order decisions can improve patient outcomes, identify clinical anomalies and add to the body of nursing knowledge.

In this final session of day one, we will look at how you can incorporate this into your nursing practice.


Day Two



Caroline French

Outta Place: Outta Here! Inside The Adolescent Mind

Teenagers are a fact of life. The development of significant relationships with friends and partners during this phase is critical as adolescents often struggle with a sense of who they are and their role in the world. This session explores:

  • How can we make sense of adolescent thinking?
  • What are developmental norms?
  • Do adolescents experience the same moral dilemmas as adults?


Associate Professor Lisa Bourke

Rural Health: Should We Be Concerned?

About one-third of Australia’s population live in regional, rural and remote areas but, on average, these residents do not enjoy the same level of health that their metropolitan counterparts do. Topics for discussion include:

  • Who is not receiving quality healthcare in rural Australia?
  • What are the issues in rural and remote health?
  • Who is best placed to manage these issues?
  • How do we improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural and remote Australia?



Debra Muir

Tidal Flow - Managing Urinary Incontinence

In Australia many people live with the devastating consequences of bladder dysfunction and urinary incontinence. In this session we will look at:

  • What are the causes of urinary incontinence?
  • Symptom or disease?
  • Best-practice management strategies


Debra Muir

Effective Constipation Management

The management of bowel disorders and constipation can be a troublesome and distressing condition. The availability of laxatives in supermarkets and chemists contributes to this problem. This session includes:

  • What are the causes of constipation?
  • How does bowel dysfunction contribute to constipation?
  • Wise use of aperients



Kate Emond

Wellbeing in Nurses - Are We Taking Care of Ourselves?

The profession of nursing has traditionally promoted holistic healthcare practice in patients. Nurses spend their shifts caring for others in often highly charged and emotional situations and can forget to look after themselves. Topics in this session include:

  • Enhancing emotional wellbeing through self-care
  • Should this be considered part of professional development?
  • Sustaining wellbeing across the day and going home healthy



Jim Reid

My Story: Prostate Cancer Support

Leave the conference on a high note. Listen to this story on how the nursing experience impacted positively on someone’s life. Sit back and prepare to be inspired when you hear this story.


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 is 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 healthcare 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 interprofessional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

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


Jim Reid

Jim Reid

Jim Reid is a a retired warehouse manager who was first diagnosed with prostate cancer aged 54 in 1995 and ... Read More

Sue Crowther

Sue Crowther

Sue Crowther is a Credentialled Diabetes Educator and Community Health Nurse at Primary Care Connect Shepparton, and Nathalia Hospital. Sue ... Read More

Andrea Fisher

Andrea Fisher

Andrea Fisher is a Transformational Life Coach and Counsellor, who loves to help women reach their potential by discovering how ...Read More

Debra Muir

Debra Muir

Debra Muir is the Continence Clinic Coordinator at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton. She commenced her nurse training at Geelong ...Read More

Caroline French

Caroline French

Caroline French is the General Manager of Headspace Shepparton. She came on board at Headspace Shepparton late 2012 to set ...Read More

Kaye Ervin

Kaye Ervin

Kaye Ervin has been a registered nurse for 28 years, predominantly working in aged care. She has held various roles ... Read More

Lisa Bourke

Lisa Bourke

Associate Professor Lisa Bourke is Professor of Rural Health and Director of the University Department of Rural Health at The ... Read More

Kate Emond

Kate Emond

Kate Emond is the postgraduate stream coordinator for mental health and a lecturer at La Trobe University. She has a ... Read More

Shepparton Nurses' Conference
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11 hours
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$561.00 (two days)
Shepparton VIC 3630
Shepparton Parklake, 481 WYNDHAM STREET
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