Tamworth Nurses' Conference
- : Tamworth NSW 2340
Healthcare is undergoing constant change, therefore 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.Schedule
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Kylie TastulaRed Flag Alerts!
In nursing there are many red flag moments where nurses need to be alert and conscious of impending danger. This introductory session will consider:
- Triaging patients - who takes priority?
- Identifying the deteriorating patient - signs and symptoms you need to know!
TBAEmerging Infectious Diseases: What’s Hot?
The world has never seemed so small. Today there is a rise in new infectious diseases which appear smarter than humans in the way they spread and react to antibiotic therapy. In this session:
- What are the latest infectious diseases?
- The nursing role in managing these diseases
- The role of antimicrobial therapy
10:30 MORNING TEA
Lia MahoneyUsing Medicines to Manage Pain
Analgesics represent a cornerstone of pain management. These medications are frequently administered by nurses. Analgesia may be administered in many forms and different types have varied modes and durations of action. The complex and wide variety of analgesia agents means nurses must feel confident that they understand this commonly administered class of medication. This session provides an update on an important area of practice. Includes:
- What are the most common types of analgesics and other medications that may be prescribed for reducing pain?
- What are the benefits and risk of each type of analgesia?
- Ointment, patch, tablet or pump? Common issues to assess for, e.g. common side effects or complications
- What to do when the analgesia is not working
Merridie ReesNursing People Aged 85+
People aged 85+ are considerably more frail than younger people. This has significant implications for aged care service provision reforms now and in the future. This session discusses a range of important considerations for planning and delivering care to a very old person. It includes:
- In what way does the provision of care for a very old person differ to that of a middle aged or recently retired adult
- What are the main risks associated with the care of people aged 85+
- What constitutes quality care for this group of people?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Chris JarrettWeight Loss and Food
The global weight loss industry generates billions of dollars. But this is not translated into billions of kilograms lost nor kept off by individuals. This session provides an overview of the evidence underpinning various approaches to weight loss. Includes:
- Dietary therapy: macronutrient content, carbohydrate and fat quality, nutrient density and amount of energy deficits
- Other dietary weight loss strategies (e.g., meal timing, portion controlled meal replacements)
- Should an obese woman diet during pregnancy?
- Review of current clinical practice guidelines
Chris JarrettGeneral Nutritional Education for Diabetes
It is fundamental for good diabetes management that each member of a diabetes team provides consistent and valid general nutrition education (GNE) as foundation advice to support the medical nutritional therapy (MNT) provided by dietitians. This session provides an overview of language and tools for GNE and finishes with considerations and indications for bariatric surgery for diabetes management. Includes:
- What is a diabetes diet?
- Glycaemic index (GI) v glycaemic load (GL)
- Bariatric surgery for diabetes management
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Anne CrokerInter-Professional Practice - Rapport is at the Core
In hospitals and community settings, people from different professions work together to achieve patient-centred outcomes. But what does collaborating actually involve and can we do it better? This session embraces the complexity of interprofessional practice and highlights the importance of rapport.
- Establishing shared purpose across disciplines
- Recognising the influence of previous experiences
- Understanding own role in relation to others
- Valuing the contributions of others and understanding their constraints
- Working together for patient-centred care
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Kylie TastulaFAST: Recognising Stroke
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 - how can rapid nursing assessment make a difference to long-term outcomes?
- What is the hyperacute phase?
- Best-practice management strategies
Annette KadyWound Management - What’s New?
Wound management research continually provides nurses with new evidence on how to manage all types of wounds. But how do we find out what best practice is? This session will ensure you’re updated on the following:
- What’s hot in wound management?
- How to apply the evidence
- The nursing role in wound management - from assessment to healing
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr Nick RyanFluid and Electrolyte Balance
Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of normal physiological processes is essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up to speed. As well, update your knowledge of the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:
- What are the normal physiological processes of fluid balance?
- What is hypovolaemic shock? How would you recognise it and what might the causes be?
- What intravenous fluids should be used and when?
- Which electrolyte imbalances are most serious?
- How to recognise electrolyte disturbances early
Dr Nick RyanST What? Identifying Important ECG Changes
There are certain ECG changes that must be correctly identified and reported urgently if patient outcomes are to be achieved. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. Includes:
- Quick recap - why do we do ECGs?
- What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain, myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction?
- What actions must follow recognition of these changes?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Kylie TastulaAphasia and Dysarthria Following Stroke
Stroke causes many long term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and will be dependant 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 for communication deficits and swallowing disorders
- Planning care for recovery and long term benefit including referral to inter professional colleagues
- Evaluating your care
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare’s Acute Stroke Clinical Care Standard
Robin SkillmanManaging Peristomal Skin Conditions
Skin breakdown and peristomal skin complications can occur for many reasons under a stomal base plate or to the surrounding skin. This session will explore:
- New terminology in stoma care
- Why do peristomal skin complications occur?
- Would better skin care improve the incidence of this happening?
- What is the best practice management?
3:30 AFTERNOON TEA
Amanda JeffreysBeating Burnout in its Tracks
Stress reduction is front and central in today's fast paced health environments. Stress affects all levels of staff and is well-known to be detrimental to health and productivity. Nursing is one of the most stressful jobs including long hours, critical decision-making and burn-out. This final session of the conference considers:
- What impact does stress have on our body and mind?
- What strategies can reduce stress on a day to day basis?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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:
- Health care 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 guidelinesPresenters
Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Australia and internationally. She ... Read More
Lia Mahony is a pharmacist based in Tamworth, New South Wales. ... Read More
Merridie Rees has worked extensively in rural and regional NSW within the community, aged care, management, in clinical nurse specialist ... Read More
A former RAAF Avionics Technician, Chris Jarrett pursued dietetics following an Advanced Certificate in Health Fitness and Sports Training. As ... Read More
Anne is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Rural Health in Tamworth. In 2011 she completed her PhD ... Read More
Annette Kady is an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner in Tamworth. ... Read More
Nick Ryan has been employed as an Emergency Physician since 1995 and has been the Director of ED at Tamworth ... Read More
Robin Skillman has been the Stomal Therapy/Wound Care nurse at Tamworth Hospital since moving from Coffs Harbour in 2003. She ... Read More
Amanda is a highly qualified psychologist working in private practice. She is a registered member of Australia Psychological Society, Australian ... Read More
To Be Determined