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Warrnambool Nurses' Conference

  • : Warrnambool VIC 3280

Every year Ausmed Education holds a nurses’ conference specifically designed for your location and aimed at assisting you to get rapidly up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local nurses’ conference to gain a broad range of clinical and professional updates relevant to your practice. Take time out and network with like-minded colleagues. Find out:

  • What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
  • What nursing interventions make a difference, especially to those with chronic conditions?
  • Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
  • What is the latest information about a range of current treatments?

Attend this local nurses’ conference and close the gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.

Schedule Day One



Geoff Ahern

The Power of Empathy…

At the core of the nursing identity is compassionate intention. Nurses intend to communicate and practice with genuine care, respect, and empathy for others. However, the delivery of fragmented, task-oriented, protocol-driven care can often leave us losing sight of these core intentions. Are we nursing with our heads or our hearts? Go back to basics and re-examine the power of empathy. Consider:

  • What is empathy?
  • Are you born with it or are there ways to develop empathy?
  • How can patients benefit from empathetic care?
  • Can empathy improve clinical satisfaction and nurse wellbeing?


Stewart Malcolm

Rehabilitation – Latest Information

It is well known that the earlier rehabilitation is initiated after an acute event, the better the outcome. This means nurses who work in a range of healthcare settings need to have a mindset and skills that promote rehabilitation in the long-term. This session looks at the type of early rehabilitation that has the most impact on long-term care and includes:

  • Redefining rehabilitation as an imperative in most acute settings
  • When rehabilitation for a stroke person should start
  • Knowing when a person is fit to be discharged
  • Resources to prevent revolving door syndrome



Robert Beavan

Preventing Infections in People with Diabetic Foot Ulcers

The complications and associated ramifications of acquiring an infection for a person with a diabetic foot ulcer are disastrous. When infection occurs, the risk of amputation significantly increases, which can greatly affect a person’s life. This session reviews the important considerations for the prevention of infections for people 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 people we need to be most vigilant with to prevent infections and how?


Geoff Ahern

The Protective Effect of Resilience

Our capacity to respond positively in the face of challenges and setbacks is known as resilience. Resilience is recognised as a way to help us adapt positively to stress, recover from trauma, and grow and develop through adversity. The lengthy, energy intense, and difficult nature of chronic illness calls for the development of resilience, in our patients and ourselves. This session considers:

  • Resilience – are we born with it or does it develop?
  • Are there certain behaviours that boost resilience?
  • How can resilience assist with the emotional consequences of chronic disease?



Pene Wood

The 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 medicines are fully understood so that they are appropriately used and so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in-depth review of opioid medications, including:

  • The different types of opioids used today
  • How opioids work to alleviate pain
  • Management of opioid-induced side effects e.g. constipation, falls, etc.
  • Dosing considerations in the elderly
  • Identifying tolerance, preventing dependency, and assessing for toxicity
  • Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours



John Parkinson

De-Escalating Aggressive Behaviour

It is known that during an aggressive or violent episode, besides body language, what we say and, importantly, how we say things is what makes a difference between a violent situation escalating or being defused. This may ultimately be the difference between a nurse being injured or staying safe. This helpful session will demonstrate verbal communication strategies to defuse violence during an aggressive situation. It includes:

  • What physical and behavioural cues that suggest violence may be about to occur
  • A review of the stages of aggression cycle and how to respond to each stage
  • Practical, useful language to de-escalate and diffuse aggressive situations
  • Demonstration of how body language and other verbal communication strategies can aid in de-escalation


Day Two



Stuart Willder

Men’s Health Checks

In addition to general health checks, specific assessments are recommended for men across the lifespan. So, what are you checking for and why? This session looks at men’s health checks that assist in detecting, preventing, or reducing the effect of prostate and testicular-specific concerns. It will cover:

  • How to encourage men to be proactive about health checks
  • Why self-testicular exams are essential
  • Pros and cons of prostate cancer screening…
  • When is the prostate-specific antigen blood test required and when is it not?
  • What physical factors cause erectile dysfunction in men?
  • How is this assessed?


Michelle Evans

COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation: Latest Information

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a debilitating progressive respiratory condition that requires specialist management. This session looks at:

  • Defining COPD and severity
  • The COPD/asthma overlap
  • Long-term management of COPD
  • Beware the CO2 retainer
  • Medication and lifestyle changes
  • Breaking the downward spiral with pulmonary rehabilitation




Disinfectants, Antiseptics, and Infection Control

What is the difference between a disinfectant and an antiseptic? Should you use sprays to clean surfaces? This session looks at the use and abuse of cleaning agents in healthcare. It includes:

  • What works best for cleaning a bedside table?
  • What is the responsibility of nurses in ensuring local hygiene in the area in which they work?



Superbugs: What Everyone Needs To Know

There is now a range of so-called "superbugs" that are extremely concerning to humans. Antibiotic treatments seldom work and morbidity and mortality from contamination is a grave problem. This session reviews what is known about "superbugs" and informs you of the latest evidence on transmission pathways, prevention, and treatment. It includes:

  • An update on latest known superbugs
  • How to prevent cross infection
  • An explanation of ESBL



Ana Marasa

Preventing Malnutrition in the Elderly

Malnutrition is a major health problem known to exacerbate chronic illness and increase morbidity and mortality, particularly in older people. This session looks at:

  • Why malnutrition is so detrimental to the health of an older person
  • The multi-system impact of malnutrition on the older person, including skin integrity, mobility, and wound healing
  • How malnutrition can be prevented in the obese individual
  • Practical strategies to improve nutritional status



Geoff Ahern

How to Embrace 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’s sake
  • When change is good – how to change your perspective on change
  • Leading others through big changes


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 related to specific nursing interventions

Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines


Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician who works with the Victorian Police on a specialised mental health emergency ...Read More

Stewart Malcolm

Stewart Malcolm

Dr Stewart Malcolm is a rehabilitation specialist based in Warrnambool. ... Read More

Pene Wood

Pene Wood

Pene Wood has worked in community pharmacy for over 15 years and has a special interest in opioid and pain ... Read More

John Parkinson

John Parkinson

John Parkinson is the community relations/mental health manager and a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse at St John of God Warrnambool ... Read More

Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans is a Registered Nurse. Since completing her graduate certificate in asthma education, she has worked as an asthma ...Read More

Ana Marasa

Ana Marasa

Ana is an accredited practising dietitian (APD) from Warrnambool. She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Dietetic Practice from ... Read More

Robert Beavan

Robert Beavan

Robert Beavan is the manager of Podiatry at South West Healthcare. Since graduating in 2008 from the Podiatry school at ... Read More

Stuart Willder

Stuart Willder

Stuart (Stu) Willder is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner: men’s health and urological care. Stu has over 20 years’ experience in ... Read More

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Mid City Warrnambool, 525 Raglan Parade
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