Toowoomba Nurses' Conference
- : Toowoomba QLD 4350
Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Toowoomba region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Toowoomba every November. Book your place at this year’s event and:
- Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
- Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
- Help meet your CPD requirements
- Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
- Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more…
We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
The Key to Chronic Disease Management? Seeing the Person NOT the “Problem”
Many conditions that affect our patients are chronic in nature. This can cause significant impact on a person. Long-term prevention and perseverance is the key to wellness and preventing disease progression. This session looks at how we, as nurses, can change our perspective of trying to get people to take action to improve their own health and instead refocus the priority towards the understanding of what the patient may actually want and how to meet their needs. It’s time to consider:
- Why we really need to see the person not the disease
- Moving from tradition biomedical models and pharmaceutical dependencies to a person-centred approach to chronic disease management
- Understanding what matters to people and where we fit into helping people achieve their health goals
Eating Disorders and Diabetes
Adolescents and young adults with a diagnosis of diabetes are at a significantly greater risk of developing an eating disorder than the general population. Indeed, it can be argued that anyone with a diagnosis of diabetes, regardless of age, is at risk of developing an eating disorder. The combination is dangerous, complicates treatment, and can be lethal. This session will explore the comorbid presentation of diabetes and eating disorders and answers:
- Why does a diagnosis of diabetes increase the risks of someone developing an eating disorder?
- How can we reduce this risk?
- What are some of the warning signs that the client diagnosed with diabetes may be engaging in disordered eating behaviours?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Preventing Infections in People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers
The complications and ramifications of a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer acquiring an infection are disastrous. The risk of amputation significantly increases and can greatly affect a person's life. This session reviews the important considerations for the prevention of infections for those with a diabetic foot ulcer. It includes:
- What are the different types and causes of diabetic foot ulcers?
- How common are infections in people with a diabetic foot ulcer?
- What are the risk factors for developing an infection?
- Who are the patients we need to be most vigilant with to prevent infections and how?
Osteoarthritis in the Older Adult
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative rheumatological disease that most commonly affects the hands, spine, and major joints of the body, such as the hips and knees. It is the most common chronic disease affecting the joints, with its incidence increasing as we age. This session will look at how debilitating symptoms such as stiffness, pain, and limited joint movement develop to affect the older adult, as well as what the evidence tells us works best for managing this condition. It includes:
- What is osteoarthritis and does it affect certain joints differently?
- What are the main triggers and risk factors for development?
- How can osteoarthritis be managed in the older adult?
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Nutrition and Dehydration at the End of Life
Hydration is so closely associated with good health that it is very difficult to resist rehydrating patients, even if this is not in their best interest. This session discusses how we can assess the needs of a patient at the terminal phase and whether nutrition and hydration is appropriate. It includes:
- What is the role of artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life?
- What mouth care is appropriate for an unconscious person who is dying?
- What are practical ways of explaining dehydration at the end of life to families?
- How can you support families through this difficult time?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
The News on Anticoagulants
For many years there was a limited range of anticoagulants available. This is no longer the case and, with a broader choice of medicines, it is imperative that those responsible for prescribing and administering these medicines are absolutely clear about the efficacy, safety, and the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of new anticoagulants. This session looks at:
- New anticoagulants available in Australia
- Whether the old anticoagulants are still useful, e.g. Warfarin
- Evidence for prescribing, monitoring considerations, and precautions
Resilience In Nursing: Issues for Today and Tomorrow
Resilience is the capacity to accurately perceive and respond well to stressful situations. It is demonstrated not only in times of crisis, but every day by showing up and doing our jobs. With the uncertainty, transition, and reorganisation associated with health care, resilience is more important than ever if today’s nurse is going to thrive.
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Check Your Understanding – Is it Really Dementia?
The increased occurrence of dementia can make it easier to assume that a person has this condition when they, in fact, have other reasons for their confusion. This session looks at other causes of confusion in an old person and offers tips on what to look for to ensure you are not confusing dementia with other diagnoses. It includes:
- Thyroid problems
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)
The inappropriate use of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), a major source of hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of changing practices so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting the removal of catheters. This session considers:
- Cost, prevention, and management of CAUTIs
- How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in healthcare settings
- Management of long-term urinary catheters – when are they necessary?
10:45 MORNING TEA
FAST: Recognising Stroke and the Hyperacute Phase
Recognising a stroke is important for ensuring that best-practice management is implemented. In this session, we will look at:
- How can rapid nursing assessment make a difference to long-term outcomes?
- What is the hyperacute phase?
- What are the best-practice management strategies?
When Wounds Won’t Heal – What Else Works?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a well-researched and medically proven treatment that may be beneficial for non-healing wounds and radiation-induced injuries. This session explains why HBOT may be used in conjunction with conventional approaches to enhance outcomes for a person with a non-healing wound. This session will review the evidence and research behind HBOT and explain the the underpinning principles and rationales, including:
- Indications for the use of HBOT and who may benefit
- An explanation of how HBOT can support healing
- Why to use HBOT with conventional approaches
- Potential complications and untreatable conditions
- Costs, allowances, location, and facilities explained
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
As Cool as a Cucumber – Dealing with Conflict Comfortably
Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing, and patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and keeping a calm head can help you manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:
- Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
- Working out your stance in a conflictual situation – Attack or defend?
- Communication is key – when do you defuse and when do you engage?
- What about body language?
- What makes your emotions get out of control in a conflictual situation?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Facing the Unknown … Embracing Change
Today’s workplace is changing at a hectic rate and those who cannot adapt run the risk of becoming casualties to the system. Change, and the constant rate at which we are expected to deal with it, often leaves us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Change has been exceptionally well-studied and the reasons why people resist change is to some extent understood. This session assists nurses to understand theories of change and to consider ways to control it so that everyone wins. This session looks at:
- Fearing the unknown and losing control
- Tactics to stop change for change sake
- When change is good – how to change your perspective on change
- Leading others through big changes
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
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:
- Healthcare budgets are under increased stress
- The community purse is shrinking
- Quality outcomes are now the goal of all care
It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high-value, outcome-focused care to people. 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 clinical practice topics that will improve how you provide holistic nursing care.
Your learning outcomes:
People with health risks will receive preventative nursing action in your care to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge relating to specific nursing interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice and recognised standards and guidelines
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