Toowoomba Nurses' Conference
- : Toowoomba QLD 4350
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.Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Kathy AhernMentoring and Leadership in Clinical Practice: What Works?
Across clinical practice and healthcare there is a need to mentor, coach and lead both novice and expert nurses. These techniques improve engagement and understanding of the day to day clinical role and how nurses can make improved decisions based on research and evidence. These high-order decisions can improve patient outcomes, identify clinical anomalies and add to the body of nursing knowledge. This session will look at how you can incorporate this into your nursing practice.
Louise MoranReversing Pre-Diabetes
Because diabetes is well-known to be linked to a raft of chronic diseases reversing or delaying its onset is now imperative. In this session we will look at the definition of pre-diabetes and what is known about it. As well, evidence regarding whether pre diabetes inevitably leads to diabetes will be addressed. Includes:
- What is pre-diabetes and how is it diagnosed?
- If a person has a high blood sugar reading what is the next step that should be taken?
- Can pre-diabetes be reversed and if so, how?
- What ongoing surveillance is necessary?
- The importance of nurses in preventing diabetes
10:45 MORNING TEA
Louise MoranGestational Diabetes: 2017 Update
According to Diabetes Australia, between 3-8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this figure is as high as 15% for women from specific ethnicities. This session will bring you up to speed on a range of issues relating to gestational diabetes. Includes:
- Update on current guidelines on the management of GD
- What are appropriate, evidence-based dietary changes that may improve blood glucose levels?
- What long-term advice should be given to these women?
- How may this affect the overall health of the baby in their later life?
Jan DenyerManaging Chronic Denuded Peristomal Skin: Best Practice Guide
Most nurses encounter chronic denuded peristomal skin in their practice. However, the nature of denuded peristomal skin management continues to confound many nurses especially due to the ever increasing range of treatments. This session looks at denuded peristomal skin management and includes:
- Aetiology of denuded peristomal skin differs from acute denuded peristomal skin?
- How to manage a denuded peristomal skin that becomes infected?
- Is it possible to reignite healing in chronic denuded peristomal skin?
12:45PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Jan DenyerAids 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. 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. Includes:
- How correct aids and appliances are selected
- How to prevent leakage
- Protecting peristomal skin integrity
Andrew BlytheThe Art of Advocating for Your Patients
One of the principles that lies at the beating heart of the nursing profession is the act of advocacy. For over a century, nurses have distinguished themselves from other professions by consistently advocating to obtain better outcomes for those in care, and in doing so have earned the public’s trust as a profession. In the context of recent changes to Acts governing healthcare, particularly, Mental Health in Queensland, advocacy is an ability all nurses must feel familiar and confident with. This session considers:
- What does it mean to advocate?
- Why is advocacy more important than ever?
- What are common barriers to advocating?
- A look at practical ways to overcome these challenges
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Andrew BlytheClosing the Communication Gap Between Yourself and Colleagues
Oh my! Do you ever feel as if no one is listening? Do you think you said something that was completely misinterpreted? Do you even remember what you said? Well, you are not alone. Clarity in speaking and attention when listening are non-trivial attributes. This session will look at the many faces of communication and will reveal what we know about this important topic. Includes:
- How good are you REALLY at getting your point across?
- Do you listen well?
- Tips to improve communication within your team
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Kathy AhernBoundaries: Where Should I Draw the Line?
In your workplace, boundaries are invisible lines that somehow you need to be aware of. If you step over them, you do so at your peril. Yet, a lack of clear, established boundaries can leave many feeling overwhelmed and lead to role confusion. This session will look at boundaries and why they are important. Questions to be answered include:
- Why is maintaining boundaries with patients, other staff and members of the public so important?
- What are the consequences of breaching them?
- How do I know a boundary has been crossed?
- Examples of healthy boundaries v unhealthy boundaries
- How to establish and maintain strong boundaries
Josh MarshallThe Gut Brain Axis: What’s New?
The gut-brain axis consist of bidirectional communication between the central and enteric nervous system. In essence this links the emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. In this session:
- What is the role of the brain in gut health?
- Use of probiotics: What’s good and what’s not?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Josh MarshallGut Microbiota: Latest Evidence
The gut microbiota is the name given to the ensemble of micro-organisms that live in the gut. It is known that the gut microbiota number millions and yet there is little known about these naturally occurring flora. In this session:
- What is the gut microbiota?
- What role does it play in gut health?
- What happens if these microbiota die?
Emma MuirdenMaintenance of Weight Loss: Why is it So Difficult?
One of the most difficult challenges after successful weight loss is maintaining the new weight. Following weight reduction, fat is laid down at a faster rate than before the weight was originally lost. As well, evidence shows that to maintain weight loss, a person must eat even less than a person who weighs the same but who does not have a weight problem. Why is this the case? This session explains this phenomena. Includes:
- How does metabolism change after losing weight? Why is this important?
- Why is it that the more weight you lose makes it more difficult to burn fat post weight-reduction?
- Why are fewer calories expended in reduced-obese adults?
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Stephanie MatthewsThe Judicious Use of Opioids: Implications for Nursing Practice
Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present. It is essential that these medicine are fully understood so that it is appropriately used and nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in depth review of opioid medications including:
- What are the different types of opioids used in today?
- How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
- Management of opioid induced side effects, e.g. constipation, falls etc.
- Dosing considerations in the elderly
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Kathy AhernHow to Regain Your Passion for Nursing
Connecting with people is surely at the heart of being alive and coincidentally at the core of nursing care. Meaningful connections can help nurses to regain the special sense of satisfaction that may have once been so motivating but has been lost over time for a range of reasons. This final session will consider the importance of engagement and how it can assist you to find meaning in what you do. Professionalism and addressing stress, burnout and compassion fatigue can help you rekindle your passion for nursing. Includes:
- What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
- Why should you bother?
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY 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
- 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
Kathy spent 30 years teaching and supervising research. Her areas of expertise include ethics, education and mental health. ... Read More
Louise Moran is a Renal Diabetes Educator at Toowoomba Hospital Renal Unit. She is also the Nurse Manager/CNC for the ... Read More
Jan Denyer is the Clinical Nurse Consultant Wound Management / Stomal Therapy for Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. Jan ... Read More
Andrew Blythe is a writer and editor who has a Masters in Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of ... Read More
Josh Marshall has worked as a Registered Nurse for 14 years and within this time has practiced in ICU and ... Read More
Emma Muirden is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and member of the Dietitians' Association of Australia. Emma has been based at ... Read More
Stephanie Matthews is a local accredited pharmacist with community and hospital pharmacy experience. Stephanie has a special interest in optimising ... Read More