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Sydney Nurses’ Conference

  • : Surry Hills NSW 2010


Includes: Obesity and Women’s Health; Stroke Recognition and Management; Sexual Health; Documentation, Palliative Care, Mindfulness and Stress Relief and much much more ...


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



Norah Bostock

Making the Planets Align - Nurses Shaping the Patient Experience

This introductory session sets the scene for this conference. The 21st century demands a new approach to ensuring health outcomes are achieved. The patient is the centre of care and this requires new ways of thinking about practice, which includes:

  • Increasing professional accountability
  • An emphasis on measurable, high quality, safe care
  • Greater transparency for healthcare actions
  • Personal responsibility for ongoing education to guide practice


Giulietta Pontivivo

Humour is Infectious but Infection is Serious

We all know that humour is infectious, but the risk of infection is deadly serious. In this session, the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard for Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infection will be used to identify current best-evidence and -practice in infection prevention and control for nurses. Includes:

  • Update on the occurrence of healthcare-related acquired infections
  • The impact of infections on patients and resources
  • Early identification of infection and colonisation of patients and staff
  • Infection prevention and control strategies that work - nursing practice to reduce the incidence of infection spread



Margaret Jordan

Statins - Who Needs Them?

Statins, otherwise known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, have had a huge impact on the decreasing morbidity relating to cardiovascular disease. Their lipid-lowering effects are now well-established. However, in recent times, there has been controversy surrounding their use. This session will explain how they work and include their contra-indications, clarifying any confusion and ensuring nurses are in a position to correctly provide patient education. Includes:

  • What role do statins have in diminishing absolute CVD risk?
  • Can common side effects be managed?
  • What happens when statins are ceased?


Norah Bostock

Out of Sight Out of Mind? Incontinence Associated Dermatitis

Incontinence Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is inflammation of the perigenital skin as a result of contact with urine or faeces. IAD is a common yet under-reported and understudied skin disorder. This session will explore:

  • Is IAD a form of iatrogenesis?
  • Why does IAD occur?
  • Would better toileting programs improve the incidence of IAD?
  • What is the best-practice management of IAD?



Nadia Burkolter

FAST: Recognising Stroke and the Hyperacute Phase in the Emergency Setting

Recognition of a stroke is important for ensuring that best-practice management is implemented. In this session we will look at:

  • Recognising symptoms of stroke
  • What is the hyperacute phase?
  • Best-practice management strategies


Kylie Tastula

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?
  • Nursing assessment - what you need to know
  • Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
  • Evaluating your care



Norah Bostock

Healthcare Settings and Unavoidable Changes

Change in the healthcare workplaces should be regarded as inevitable. 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. The 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 certain staff reactions to specific types of proposed changes or innovations


Day Two



Joanne Perks

Obesity and Women's Health

Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in promoting women's health across the lifespan. Various studies have found obesity has a detrimental effect in several ways such as menstrual disturbance and infertility, as well as complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This important session will discuss:

  • What are the key problems of obesity that impact women's health across the lifespan?
  • Is there an optimal weight gain during stages such as pregnancy and menopause?
  • What nutritional and other lifestyle advice should be given to women as they enter menopause?


Norah Bostock

How to Make Evidence Work in Your Nursing Practice

This session shows how high-quality research can be realistically applied to practice so as to benefit the patient. Using practical examples, this session invites you to consider:

  • Why evidence and accountability go hand in hand
  • How can you quickly and easily assess the quality and usefulness of available evidence?
  • What blocks the use of evidence and how can you overcome it?
  • An example of translating evidence into nursing practice, and how it improved patient outcomes and reduced costs



Donna Tilley

Talking About Sex and Health

Candid conversations about sex and health rarely happen! The prevalence and importance of a patient's sexual concerns are consistently underestimated. So what are the key cues and how do you raise the topic of sex and health when assessing patients?

  • How to take a sexual history
  • Assessment of an older person's sexual health


Dr Vivien Lane

Improving Quality of Life in Palliative Care: Effective Communication

Some healthcare professionals may consider palliative care only for those nearing end of life. This is because, in the past, palliative care was focused on hospice care and meeting the needs of those close to death. Now it includes care for people at all stages of life-shortening illnesses. This session asks:

  • What is the role of communication in ensuring patients receive the best palliative care?
  • How does palliative care improve quality of life?



Dr Vivien Lane

Care and Decision-Making at the End of Life

As patients near the final phase of a terminal illness it can be difficult to make rational and reasonable choices that meet the patient's wishes. There are many legal and ethical pitfalls when considering end-of-life choices both for patients, their families and health professionals. This insightful session will discuss:

  • What are Advanced Care Directives and why should everyone have them?
  • How do you have a practical discussion about a patient's wishes as outlined in an Advanced Care Directive?
  • What are some of the ethical decisions that patients and families face at the end of life?


Dr Vivien Lane

Documentation: Not Documented, Not Done?

Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. The principles of documentation support the accurate reflection of the nursing assessment. In this session we consider:

  • What are the current guidelines on documentation?
  • How does documentation fit into clinical handover?
  • Do I document by exception or not?



Dr Judy Lovas

Relaxation and Health in Nursing

This final session is for you! Includes:

  • What is relaxation therapy?
  • What evidence supports the efficacy of different relaxation therapies for stress-related conditions such as anxiety, pain, fatigue and inflammation?
  • How can relaxation therapy be implemented into clinical practice?
  • The benefits of deep diaphragmatic breathing for nurses, personally and professionally


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 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 inter-professional knowledge to enhance patient outcomes

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


Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock

Norah is a highly qualified Advanced Continence Nurse Specialist and Clinical Governance expert in private practice in SA. She has ... Read More

Giulietta  Pontivivo

Giulietta Pontivivo

Giulietta Pontivivo is currently Clinical Nurse Coordinator/Nurse Manager in Infection Prevention Management and Staff Health Services at St Vincent's Hospital, ... Read More

Margaret Jordan

Margaret Jordan

Margaret Jordan is a pharmacist with a background in clinical hospital pharmacy, medicines information, research and education. She has held ... Read More

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ... Read More

Joanne Perks

Joanne Perks

Joanne Perks is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at the Liverpool Women's Health Centre. Joanne has extensive experience working in ... Read More

Donna Tilley

Donna Tilley

Donna Tilley is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Sexual and Women’s Health in the Sydney Local Health District. Donna has ... Read More

Vivien Lane

Vivien Lane

Dr Vivien Lane is a nurse clinician specialising in oncology and palliative care, with over three decades’ experience in education, ... Read More

Judy Lovas

Judy Lovas

Dr Judy Lovas’ dynamic presentations explain the art and science of evidence-based relaxation therapy. In our increasingly fast-paced world everyone ... Read More

Nadia Burkolter

Nadia Burkolter

Nadia Burkolter is the Clinical Nurse Consultant for Stroke at RPA Hospital. She developed her passion for Stroke during her ... Read More


Sydney Nurses’ Conference
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11 hours
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11 hours
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$561.00 (two days)
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Rydges Sydney Central (formerly Sebel Surry Hills), 28 Albion Street
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