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The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference

  • : Melbourne VIC 3000

Bowel disorders are increasing in Australia today and their treatment is 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 huge effects of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Abdominal assessment to identify potential complications
  • Faecal pathology and what this reveals
  • Screening and staging of colorectal cancer
  • How to select appropriate products and manage challenging stomas
  • Review of modern antiemetic medicines
  • Allaying anxieties and fears associated with bowel disease and much, much more...

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Day One




My Experience of Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This introductory session commences with a story told by a person who lives with a chronic bowel disorder. It includes the challenges of the condition and their experience of the care they have received. As well, it will discuss the type of care that has made a difference to their treatment.


Angela Xiriha

Abdominal Assessment - Recognising the Warning Signs

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 reviews the basics of an abdominal assessment but, more specifically, focuses on how you can recognise warning signs that may indicate something is wrong. Includes:

  • What is the correct framework for performing an abdominal assessment?
  • What to ask, what to look for, what to feel for and what to listen for
  • Subtle signs that may indicate:
    • Ileus / obstruction
    • High or low output changes and associated fluid balance challenges, e.g. electrolyte management
    • Intra-abdominal collections
    • Peritonitis / perforation



Professor Mark Jenkins

Screening for Colorectal Cancer

The incidence of bowel cancer is increasing in Australia. When this condition is detected early, the prognosis is optimistic. This session will give a general overview of how this condition is screened and the evidence-based pathways following screening. Includes:

  • What is the role of bowel screening?
  • Who should be tested and when?
  • Overview of different screening tools and why the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is recommended
  • When are other methods of screening required, i.e. sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and DNA testing?



Faeces Under the Microscope

Faeces and other tissue samples reveal much about the state of a person’s health and disease. For example, although the look and smell of a stool is revealing, a pathological analysis can reveal a raft of information. This session follows on from the previous session on screening for colorectal cancer and looks at:

  • The pathologist's role in bowel cancer screening
  • Why does the pathological stage of a tumour matter?
  • Profile and features of advanced cancer cells
  • What are the implications of different types of stools and tissue samples?
  • How do the different types of specimens relate to outcomes?



Associate Professor Louis Roller

The Use and Misuse of Antimicrobials

Antimicrobial agents are routinely prescribed in acute settings following surgery. How are different agents selected and what side effects should be considered? This session will review available evidence of a range of medicines and consider when it is appropriate for them to be prescribed and when misuse may be at play. Includes:

  • Why exactly are antimicrobial agents used?
  • Review of modern antimicrobial agents
  • Side effects, adverse reactions and precautions including adverse effects on the gut
  • Case scenarios to support best practice use of antimicrobials



Aids 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. With more and more products constantly being released, understanding the correct use of each product is essential. 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.




Managing Challenging Stomas

Preoperative planning is seen as a cornerstone of optimal stoma management. However, a 'perfect stoma' may not always result. The effects of stoma complications on a person are significant. This session looks at the causes, consequences and tips for managing the following:

  • What factors may make a stoma more difficult to construct and manage?
  • Stoma complications and practical management options:
    • Skin issues
    • Prolapse
    • Stenosis
    • Parastomal hernia
    • Retracted stoma


Day Two



Megan Yeomans

Managing Pain in Patients Post Bowel Surgery

Evidence suggests that good pain management is intrinsically tied to improved patient outcomes such as reduced de-conditioning, rates of infection and other preventable complications. However, the complex nature of managing pain, particularly in the immediate post-operatively period requires nurses to be well informed. This session will detail evidence-based nursing management of pain, with a focus on patients following bowel surgery. Includes:

  • The meaning of pain
  • Quick revision of pain pathways
  • Working through acute and chronic pain issues
  • Surgical pain and treatment considerations
  • ERAS- Evidence based practice
  • Clinical application of evidence


Dr Guru Iyngkaran

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease, of which Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are most common, is chronic and lifelong. The rate of prevalence in Australia of this mostly hidden disease is one of the highest in the world and increasing. This session looks at:

  • How is IBD defined and what are its causes?
  • When is onset of the disease experienced?
  • 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? (I.e. What’s normal? What should a person expect to be optimal quality of life?)



Dr Guru Iyngkaran

Beyond the Belly - Systemic Complications of IBD

The effects of IBD on a person are evidently far reaching. Complications are not just limited to the bowel. IBD or treatment associated with IBD can cause a raft of systemic effects to a person. This session will look at some common systemic complications of IBD. Gain knowledge to help you truly understand the impact of IBD on a person and identify complications early. Includes:

  • Local complications of IBD that affect the intestines, e.g. strictures, fistulas etc.
  • Infection
  • Malignancy
  • Arthritis
  • Skin conditions
  • Urinary complications
  • Other complications to be aware of



Dr Jenny Gowan

Pharmacological Treatment of IBD

Anti-inflammatory agents and immunosuppressants are common medicines used in the treatment of IBD. Antimicrobial agents may also be required, as well as other medications for pain relief and symptoms. These may be prescribed using a step-wise approach. This session provides a review of these medicines in the context of their treatment of IBD as well as precautionary considerations. 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 to provide safe advice to patients
  • Considerations when allergies are present


Jamee Barugh

Nutrition for People Living with Chronic Bowel Disease

It should be no surprise that nutrition plays an integral part in living well with chronic bowel disease. Good nutrition assists with the management of symptoms and prevention of complications such as weight loss, flare ups, nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition. This practical, informative session will update you on relevant nutritional approaches to a range of chronic bowel conditions. It will look at what happens in the hospital and as a person transitions to going home. A strong focus will be on providing correct education. Includes:

  • How do chronic bowel diseases affect appetite, absorption and other aspects of nutrition?
  • When may oral supplements, enteral or parenteral nutrition be required?
  • Correct, practical nutritional approaches to:
    • Colorectal cancer
    • Small bowel obstructions
    • Diverticular disease
    • Inflammatory bowel disease
    • People living with stomas



Dr Simon Knowles

Overcoming Fear and Shame...

Fear and shame associated with bowel conditions can be devastating to a person. It can affect their quality of life and delay seeking help. As with any serious illness the risk of developing co-morbid depression is very real. As well, the psychological implications for nurses when working with people with chronic bowel disease. A nurse's ability to care for and develop professional rapport with a person affected by lifelong bowel disease relies on understanding the impact of this disease. This session will look at ways that people can be assisted to deal with their condition and nurses to understand and offer appropriate support.


Final questions and Wrap Up


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. They are by nature anxiety-producing and may cause very uncomfortable symptoms. Current evidence suggests that 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 with disorders of the bowel and have a key role in their support and desired outcomes.

Purpose of Program

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

Your learning outcomes:

Correlate information obtained from a nursing assessment of a patient’s health and 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

Patients in your care will be supported to deal with the anxieties and emotional strains associated with a bowel disorder

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


Angela Xiriha

Angela Xiriha

Angela Xihria is a Clinical Nurse Specialist on the Hepatobiliary and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery unit at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. ... Read More

Mark Jenkins

Mark Jenkins

Professor Mark Jenkins is the Director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Melbourne. He is ... Read More

Louis Roller

Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller, PhC, BPharm, BSc, MSc, PhD, DipEd, FPS, FACPP has been an academic at the Faculty of ... Read More

Megan Yeomans

Megan Yeomans

Megan Yeomans has been a Clinical Nurse Consultant with over 20 years experience in the field of acute and chronic ... Read More

Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan

Jenny, a practicing pharmacist, is a Teaching Associate at Monash University, Melbourne. She is a member of the PSA Branch ... Read More

Jamee Barugh

Jamee Barugh

Jamee Barugh is a Clinical Dietitian at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. Jamee graduated in 2007 with a Post Graduate Diploma ... Read More

Simon Knowles

Simon Knowles

Dr Simon Knowles is a Senior Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist based at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. His clinical and ... Read More

Guru Iyngkaran

Guru Iyngkaran

Dr Guru Iyngkaran is a Gastroenterologist based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, specialising in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. ... Read More

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The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference
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12 hours
Start Date
End Date
12 hours
Price Details
$572.00 (two days)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne Oaks On Collins , 480 Collins St
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