Shepparton Nurses' Conference
- : Shepparton VIC 3630
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 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
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
‘Worried Well’ People and Those That Don’t Worry: Health Promotion Opportunities for Nurses
Some people are incredibly particular about and, in tune with, their health. Others conversely, take a laissez faire approach or none at all. Nurses care for all kinds of patients and opportunities always exist to engage people in health promotional activities. This session looks at:
- Do nurses have a responsibility to create healthful opportunities in their communities?
- What health activities have the most benefit to the greatest number of people?
- Envisaging the role of the ‘Nurse Coach’
- Resources available
Diabetes: The What and The Why?
The statistics on diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition affects the lives of many people. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of complications and poor health outcomes. Find out the latest information about diabetes including:
- Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes: What are they and how are they diagnosed?
- Who gets this condition?
- What education can a nurse provide to patients prevent pre-diabetes?
- Dietary friends and foes
10:45 MORNING TEA
Insulin and New Technologies: Current Information
The world of insulin management has grown considerably in the last decade. There are now multiple types available for people to use that effectively manage their diabetes. In this practical session, you will explore the new type of insulin technology and engage in a practical session.
Dealing with “The Black Dog” of Depression
One in five Australians at some time will have a major episode of depression. How does depression differ from “the blues” to which everyone is prone? This session includes:
- Summary of the emotional and physical manifestations of this serious mood disorder
- What is the difference between endogenous (biochemical) depression and reactive (neurotic) depression?
- Is it possible to experience an episode of depression without it reoccurring?
- Practical nursing care and management approaches when someone who is physically ill has a concurrent clinical depression
- When does depression cause suicidal ideas?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Complex Cases: Joining the Dots
Complex care can be very challenging towards any type of health professional even with years of experience. This challenging notion forces us to continually learn and understand how chronic, complex diseases affect a person with a holistic approach. How can we as nurses put the pieces together to provide high-quality care? This session we look at the complex nature of certain chronic diseases and look at how nurses can make a difference.
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Acute Mental Health Assessment: For All Regional Nurses
Nurses working in acute care settings, as well as smaller hospitals in regional parts of Australia, will be required to care for people with serious mental illnesses. Therefore, it is essential that all nurses, not just nurses working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform an acute mental health assessment. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. It includes:
- What are basic principles of a mental health assessment when someone is acutely unwell?
- What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in?
- Best practice management and models of care for people with acute mental health crisis
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Effective Aids and Appliances for Achieving Social Continence
This session gives you an opportunity to assess, review and evaluate the usefulness of current market products. Includes:
- Do continence aids ever promote incontinence?
- How do you know what product to use?
- How to choose the most cost-effective product?
- Should a continence product replace toileting?
Urinary Tract Infections - What’s New - What Works?
Recent research has demonstrated the importance of the body’s normal flora and natural defences to protect against pathogens. This session reviews some of the common myths around urinary tract infections and some of the effective methods of preventing chronic UTIs. Includes:
- Is urine sterile?
- How normal flora protects the body from UTIs
- The impact of antibiotics
10:45 MORNING TEA
Preventing Suicide and Managing Suicide Attempts
Sorting out the myths from the facts. Are all suicidal people depressed? What are the overt and covert signs that a patient had suicidal intentions? What do you need to know about the nursing interventions needed for patients who are suicidal and those who have actually tried to kill themselves? How to sustain unconditional positive regard in the face of unresponsiveness and negativity. When is staff hyper-vigilance most needed? Where to get information and guidelines on the link between depression and suicide.
Michelle Parish, Melissa Gilmore and Kerry Patford
Breast Cancer and the Role of Screening
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?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Medication Update: Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants
Medications remain one of the cornerstones of preventing and treating blood clots. The medicines that affect the blood and prevent clotting are frequently administered by nurses, yet there are many potential complications of these. Understanding the mechanism of these regularly used medicines is paramount to providing safe patient care. This session will review some important clinical considerations, including the use of reversal agents, associated with these medicines. Includes:
- Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
- Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
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 phenomenon. 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?
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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:
- Healthcare 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 clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic 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 guidelines
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Debra Muir is the Continence Clinic Coordinator at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton. She commenced her nurse training at Geelong ... Read More
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Kerry Patford is a health professional based in Shepparton. ... Read More
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Rebecca Monk is a health professional based in Shepparton. ... Read More
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