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The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference

  • : Brisbane City QLD 4000

Bowel diseases are increasing in Australia today and their treatments are increasingly sophisticated. Bowel diseases have a significant impact on a person’s entire health. Nurses are, therefore, crucial in ensuring patients with bowel disease have the best health outcomes possible. Attend this conference and update your knowledge about:

  • The role of the gut microbiome in health and disease
  • The huge effects of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nutritional interventions for irritable bowel disease
  • How to troubleshoot challenging stomas
  • Key medicines used in the management of bowel diseases
  • The psychosocial impacts associated with living with a bowel disease and much, much more…
Schedule Day One



Denise Simmons

Back to Basics – Abdominal Assessment

Assessing a person’s abdomen, especially if they are experiencing pain, can be challenging. However, an accurate assessment can identify potential problems and enable them to be averted early. This session will review the basics of abdominal assessment. It includes:

  • The correct framework for performing an abdominal assessment
  • What to ask, what to look for, what to feel for, and what to listen for…


Emma Luck

Orientation to the Operating Room – A Look at Abdominal Surgery

Abdominal surgery is common for patients who are suffering from a disease affecting the abdominal cavity. The following session will introduce you to the perioperative environment. It will enhance your understanding of the type of procedures that occur when a patient undergoes abdominal surgery and key nursing considerations. It includes:

  • What are the intraoperative nursing roles and responsibilities?
  • What are the physiological implications of abdominal surgery, including anaesthesia?
  • How do you prep and position a patient for abdominal surgery?
  • What is the key to patient safety during abdominal surgery?
  • What’s the difference between open minimally invasive surgery and robotic abdominal surgery?



Emma Luck

Colorectal Surgery – Considerations for Nurses

There are multiple reasons why colorectal surgery may be a necessary procedure for a patient. This session will look at the common bowel conditions that warrant surgery. It includes:

  • What are the common bowel conditions warranting surgery?
  • What are the different types of bowel surgery?
  • How and when would a stoma be required?
  • How does the patient present to PACU and what issues are important as a patient emergences from anaesthesia?


Dr Brett MacFarlane

Pharmacological Treatment of IBD

Anti-inflammatory agents and immunosuppressants are common medicines used in the treatment of IBD, and they may be prescribed using a step-wise approach. Also, antimicrobial agents may be required, as well as other medications for pain relief and other symptoms. This session provides a review of these medicines in the context of their treatment of IBD as well as precautionary considerations. It includes:

  • What are the main types of medicines used in the treatment of IBD and why?
    • anti-inflammatory agents
    • immunosuppressants and biological agents
    • other adjunct therapies
  • What are some of the long-term adverse effects of these medicines on the person and potentially nurses?
  • How can you provide safe advice to patients?
  • What are the considerations when allergies are present?



Dr Tatjana Ewais

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Adolescence, and Depression

Providing psychological support for people living with a lifelong disease dramatically improves their health outcomes. How well equipped are you at being able to recognise when this may be needed? This session explains psycho-gastroenterology. In so doing, it will help you to understand the far-reaching effects of lifelong bowel disease on a person. It includes:

  • What is the link between the brain and the gut?
  • How does stress affect the gut?
  • How can psychological interventions modify disease activity?
  • What is the relationship between anxiety, depression, and gastrointestinal conditions, such as IBS and IBD?
  • How does mindfulness-based cognitive therapy improve depressive symptoms?


Dr Tatjana Ewais and Heidi Jensen Harris

An Integrated Approach to Managing Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases, of which Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the most common, are both chronic and lifelong and require an integrated approach to management. This session discusses:

  • What is the course of the disease and its associated complications?
  • What factors are associated with impaired health-related quality of life?
  • What are the goals and evidenced principles of IBD treatment?
  • How does an integrated approach support improved outcomes?



Johanna Dalton

Disordered Eating and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is known to impact every dimension of one’s life. While the relationship between IBD and anxiety and other mood disorders is relatively well known, less consideration is given to eating disorders associated with IBD. The presence of an eating disorder may exacerbate malnutrition and significantly affect a person’s management of IBD, such as medication compliance. This session will increase your awareness of the following:

  • Are certain bowel disorders more closely linked to certain eating disorders?
  • Are adolescent females most at risk?
  • What might trigger a deliberate attempt to lose weight?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of an eating disorder in the context of IBD?
  • Which therapeutic interventions are most beneficial?


Day Two



Dr Tina Skinner

The Race to Recovery? Exercise and Colorectal Cancer

A diagnosis of colorectal cancer is associated with diminished cardiorespiratory fitness. This can dramatically impact morbidity and mortality. The relationship between exercise and cancer survivorship has led to an interesting field of exercise oncology making exciting discoveries. This session will enhance your ability to promote health in people who are recovering from colorectal cancer. Topics include:

  • What are the scientific links between exercise and cancer survivorship?
  • When should a person commence exercising?
  • What is the evidence for different types of exercise, and which is the most effective?
  • Are there any side effects?
  • How to prescribe the best “dose”’ of exercise for my patient


Natalie White

Troubleshooting Stomas – A Guide for All Nurses

All nurses, regardless of their area of practice, benefit from feeling confident when caring for a person with a stoma. Being able to answer a patient’s questions and troubleshoot common complications is essential. As such, this practical session focuses on how to troubleshoot and confidently discuss:

  • Skin integrity and breakdown
  • Bleeding
  • Wind
  • Odour
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation



Anne-Marie Parisi

The Use and Misuse of Aperients

Aperients are routinely administered to patients by nurses and are regularly purchased by vast numbers of people in the community. How well do you understand these medicines? This session will review available evidence of a range of aperients and consider when misuse may be at play. It includes:

  • What is the mechanism of action of common aperients?
  • What are the correct indications for the use of aperients?
  • Why might they be misused?
  • Side effects, adverse reactions, and precautions, including adverse effects on the gut
  • Case scenarios to support best practice use of aperients


Bronwyn Jest

A Practical Approach to Improving Bowel Health

The impact of bowel disorders, including chronic constipation, can be troublesome and distressing for a person. However, there are basic principles that can assist to improve overall bowel (and bladder) health. This practical session will provide a functional approach to managing bowel dysfunction. Topics include:

  • What are the types and causes of bowel dysfunction?
  • How common is chronic constipation?
  • What practical advice can we provide to patients to improve bowel health?



Dr Véronique Chachay

Restoring Gut Health? The Role of Probiotics

The gut microbiome, a collection of trillions of mostly bacterial microorganisms, is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of the body. More is being revealed about this once forgotten organ, particularly in relation to the interplay between the gut and health. This session will look at the evidence behind probiotics as a means for restoring and maintaining a healthy microbiome. It includes:

  • What is the gut microbiome?
  • What role does it play in health?
  • What is the evidence behind prebiotics and probiotics?
  • What are the key pharmacological indications and considerations for the use of probiotics?



Denise Simmons

The Key to Chronic Bowel Disease Management?

Many bowel conditions that affect our patients are chronic in nature. This has a significant impact on a person, especially as long-term prevention and perseverance are the key to wellness and preventing disease progression. This session looks at how we can change our perspective – from trying to get our patient to take action and improve their own health, to, instead, refocus the priority towards understanding what they actually may want and how we can meet their needs. It’s time to consider:

  • Why we need to see the person, not the disease
  • What a person-centred approach to chronic disease management looks like
  • How you can understand what matters to people and where nurses fit in with helping people achieve their health goals


The Goal Need for Program

The incidence of people with bowel disease varies in Australia with some, such as inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, being common disorders. Bowel diseases are, by nature, anxiety-producing and may cause very uncomfortable symptoms. Current evidence suggests that the timely management of these conditions and best-practice care is imperative if wellness and quality of life is to be preserved. Nurses frequently connect with patients who have disorders of the bowel and are key in their support and in achieving desired outcomes.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides evidence-based knowledge to promote best-practice nursing care of people with bowel conditions.

Your learning outcomes:

Collate information obtained from a nursing assessment of a patient’s health and their laboratory findings to develop appropriate care plans

Use current knowledge about bowel-related disorders and their management to promote best outcomes for patients across the continuum of care

Support patients in your care to deal with the anxieties and emotional strains associated with a bowel disorder

Use information relating to bowel health to promote the prevention of disorders and to educate patients


Denise Simmons

Denise Simmons

Denise Simmons works on the Sunshine Coast as a Nurse Practitioner: chronic disease. The object of her service is to ...Read More

Emma Luck

Emma Luck

Emma Luck is a perioperative nurse educator at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the Metro South Health District. She holds ...Read More

Brett MacFarlane

Brett MacFarlane

Brett graduated with honours from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland and was subsequently awarded a PhD ...Read More

Tatjana Ewais

Tatjana Ewais

Dr Tatjana Ewais is a lead psychiatrist at Mater Adolescent and Young Adult Health Centre in Brisbane and a senior ... Read More

Heidi Jensen Harris

Heidi Jensen Harris

Heidi Jensen Harris is a clinical nurse consultant: inflammatory bowel disease at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Heidi has worked in gastroenterology ... Read More

Johanna Dalton

Johanna Dalton

Johanna Dalton has over 15 years nursing experience in mental health, in both inpatient and community settings. Currently the ... Read More

Natalie White

Natalie White

Natalie is a clinical nurse and stomal therapy nurse who has been nursing in the Metro South Health District for ... Read More

Anne-Marie Parisi

Anne-Marie Parisi

Anne-Marie Parisi is a credentialled diabetes educator and accredited pharmacist, combining medication review services with diabetes education. Anne-Marie specialises in ... Read More

Bronwyn Jest

Bronwyn Jest

Bronwyn Jest is a physiotherapist with a special interest in women's, men's, and pelvic health. She is passionate about getting ...Read More

Véronique Chachay

Véronique Chachay

Dr Veronique Chachay is a lecturer and research academic at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, the University ... Read More

Tina  Skinner

Tina Skinner

Dr Tina Skinner is a senior lecturer within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at The University of ... Read More

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