Swan Hill Nurses' Conference
- : Swan Hill VIC 3585
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 preventative 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.
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Kate EmondRural 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?
Jody CroftImproving Health and Wellbeing In Aboriginal People
There is much evidence within the literature that identifies that Aboriginal people are worse off in terms of health and wellbeing. The rates of chronic disease is higher amongst Aboriginals and deaths occur generally at a younger age. In this session:
- Latest evidence and information on the state of Aboriginal health
- What are some of the factors that account for the health disparity?
- The nursing role in health promotion
10:30 MORNING TEA
Catherine KempPalliative Care: When To Refer?
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
Catherine KempBereavement Care: Latest Information
After palliative care has ended bereaved families often need counselling and support In this session we will look at:
- When does bereavement begin?
- How to manage bereavement?
- The nursing role in bereavement - making a difference
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Kate EmondMental 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?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Renee TaylorDiabetes 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!
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Debra ChaplinCultural Safety Practices for Nurses
Cultural safety is a cornerstone of modern nursing. This session will help you understand how any nurse can be culturally safe in their practice. Includes:
- What is cultural safety and why is it so important?
- How do I make sure my care is culturally appropriate - practical tips
- What should I do if I feel someone is not being culturally respectful?
Kate EmondMore than Just Cravings...Understanding Alcohol Use in Rural Australia
How healthy is Australia's drinking habit? Do we really understand what constitutes 'normal, safe' amounts of alcohol? This session looks at people's relationships with alcohol, including reasons why people drink. Also covers:
- How much alcohol are Australians currently consuming?
- Are Australian attitudes towards alcohol unhealthy?
- How do people perceive their own levels of alcohol use?
- Do we have a problem in rural and regional Australia?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Kate EmondWellbeing 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
Trish PolglaseInterpersonal and Domestic Violence - What The Evidence Tells Us
Interpersonal and domestic violence is now recognised as being common. The health effects are devastating and physical and emotional costs are substantial. This session will discuss:
- Engaging nurses through reflection and participation
- Developing strategies to reduce interpersonal violence
- Recognising and acting on incidents
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Rosemary DuffieldPreventing 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
Maria FoxAids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy
There are a complex range of modern aids and appliances associated with the care of a person with a stoma. This practical session looks at some of these products and gives you information on their use and application and how this relates to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients. Includes:
- How correct aids and appliances are selected
- How to prevent leakage
- Protecting peristomal skin integrity
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Maria FoxPeristomal Skin Complications
Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This final session will explore:
- New terminology in stomal care
- Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
- Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
- What is the best practice management?
4:15 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 standardsPresenters
Kate Emond is the postgraduate stream coordinator for mental health and a lecturer at La Trobe University. She has a ... Read More
Catherine Kemp is the coordinator for Swan Hill Community Palliative Care Services. ...Read More
Trish Polglase works for the Mallee Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit. ... Read More
Rosemary Duffield is a Dietitian based in Swan Hill, practicing in the area of Aged Care. ... Read More
Maria Fox is the Victorian Stomal Therapist Coordinator – Swan Hill. ... Read More
Jody Croft is an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, the first in the Mallee to be registered by the Australian Health Practitioner ... Read More