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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

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Day One



Sue Crowther

Community Health Needs of the the Goulburn Valley

The community health needs for the Goulburn Valley are fast growing and ever complex. This introductory session sets the scene for the conference by considering:

  • What are the health needs of the people living in the Goulburn Valley?
  • Are they similar to the needs of Australia as a whole or are they different?
  • How is nursing practice aligned with achieving health outcomes?


Sue Crowther

Pre-Diabetes - A Window of Opportunity?

The statistics on pre-diabetes in this country are astonishing. This condition may be asymptomatic but leads to type II diabetes if untreated. Early diagnosis is key to reducing the risk of developing type II diabetes. 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 to prevent it from developing into type II diabetes?
  • Dietary friends and foes



Steven Goodwin

Diabetes and Neuropathy: The Importance of Maintaining Happy Feet!

Diabetic neuropathy is the most common form of neuropathy. It can affect both function and mobility. This session considers:

  • What is diabetic neuropathy and how does it affect the function of feet?
  • What happens when a wound is sustained on a neuropathic foot?
  • How to maintain happy feet!


Arup Bhattacharya

Deficit Following Stroke

Stroke causes many long-term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependent on the degree and type of brain damage. A particularly disturbing complication relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session explores:

  • What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
  • Assessment - what you need to know
  • Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
  • Evaluating your care



Vicki Dyson

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
  • Encouraging elderly, frail and those with life limiting illnesses to have a discussion with their health practitioners as to the intensity of treatment desired


Karen Thompson

Hot Bodies: The Importance of Recognising Early Sepsis

Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? 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. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition across a range of clinical settings. Includes:

  • In a suspected or a known case of sepsis, what are the main nursing management priorities across a range of clinical settings?
  • 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?



Karen Thompson

Safety When Dealing With People On ICE

Any person affected by illicit drugs may behave irrationally and could be a danger to themselves and others. All health professionals must be alert to the risks associated with these potential harms. This session discusses and demonstrates practical de-escalation techniques to defuse violent behaviour. Includes:

  • What are the physical cues that suggest someone may be affected by crystal methamphetamine (ICE)?
  • How do you protect:
    • The person
    • The public
    • Yourself?
  • How to de-escalate and defuse the situation
  • Body language and personal safety to stay safe and reduce need for chemical and physical restraints


Day Two



Danielle Kennedy

Complex Care for Older People: A Community Focus

Many health service frameworks recognise that older people are more likely to have complex health needs. The gap between hospital care and community engagement can present challenges for care providers in ensuring that the health needs of this group are improved and promote the concept of hospital avoidance.


Cynthia Opie and Lynette Jeffreson

Evaluation of Supportive Care Screening for Cancer Patients

In this session you will learn about a research program that evaluated an evidence based approach to screening patients with cancer for support and care needs.



Kaye Ervin

Shared Decision Making: Translating Evidence To Practice

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 them
  • Shared decision making: How the evidence works in practice


Annette Cudmore

Palliative Care: Key Messages

At the end of life it is essential to identify the dying patient in order to allow them and their caregivers to reorient their priorities, achieve their goals so that appropriate end-of-life care can be provided. However, palliative care is often indicated long before the terminal phase. This session includes:

  • When may palliative care be initiated and how can this be introduced sensitively?
  • Is palliative care different for people who have a chronic illness rather than cancer?
  • Anticipating physical problems and planning for the future - the role of Advance Care Directives
  • More than just pain - providing symptomatic relief



Deanne Burge

Is it Delirium or is it Dementia or is it Both?

Delirium has a high related morbidity and is a cause of patient deterioration. It is often unrecognised until it is well advanced, and is easily confused with dementia. It can be triggered by acute illness, surgical interventions and a range of inflammatory responses. This session looks at:

  • How does onset differ between delirium and dementia?
  • Questions to ask relating to history
  • How to perform a quick assessment to determine the likelihood that a person has delirium
  • What happens to consciousness in delirium compared to dementia?
  • In which condition do symptoms fluctuate?



Cindy Shea

Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:

  • Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
  • The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility and wound healing
  • Nursing strategies to improve nutritional status


Karen Thompson

How Bullying and Violence in Nursing Affects Patients

Violence in the workplace is sadly recognised as a significant problem for the nursing profession. There are some recognised harmful effects of bullying and horizontal violence which worryingly extend to our patients. This session will use open dialogue to look at the serious consequences of an unhealthy work environment, with a focus on how patient outcomes are impacted.


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 practice topics that will improve how you deliver 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


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

Steven  Goodwin

Steven Goodwin

Steven Goodwin is a podiatrist working in private practice in Shepparton. He is the managing director of Lakeside Podiatry. Steven ... Read More

Arup Bhattacharya

Arup Bhattacharya

Dr Arup Bhattacharya is a Specialist Physician and Geriatrician with a special interest in neurodegenerative disorders and stroke . He ... Read More

Cynthia Opie

Cynthia Opie

Cynthia Opie is a Registered Nurse with a BA (Public Health) and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Health ... Read More

Kaye Ervin

Kaye Ervin

Kaye Ervin is a PhD candidate for LaTrobe University, researching Shared Decision Making (SDM) in residential aged care. Kaye ... Read More

Annette Cudmore

Annette Cudmore

Annette’s passion for supporting people to die well in their place of choice continues to drive her work in palliative ... Read More

Deanne Burge

Deanne Burge

Deanne Burge is a highly qualified Gerontology Nurse Practitioner working for Northeast Health in Wangaratta. She has been published nationally ... Read More

Cindy  Shea

Cindy Shea

Cindy Shea graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics). She ... Read More

Lyn Jeffreson

Lyn Jeffreson

Lyn Jeffreson has over 30 years of nursing experience, largely specialising in renal dialysis and more recently, oncology. With post ... Read More

Danielle Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy

After qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1996, Danielle spent 15 years working in various health care settings in the ... Read More

Vicki Dyson

Vicki Dyson

Vicky Dyson has been a community pharmacist in the Shepparton area for many years. In 2002, she began providing a ... Read More

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson comes from a mixed background, with post graduate degrees in remote area and ICU nursing, and now has ... Read More

Shepparton Nurses' Conference
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12 hours 15 mins
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12 hours 15 mins
Shepparton VIC 3630
Shepparton Parklake, 481 WYNDHAM STREET
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