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Yarra Valley Nurses' Conference

  • : Yarra Valley & High Country VIC

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 gaps in your knowledge, skills, and practice.

Schedule Day One



Geoff Ahern

Motivating Small Teams: Uncovering the Untold Story

Motivation is a constant issue in most workplaces. What motivates people can be very personal. This introductory session looks at models of motivation and unpacks why some will work on one person but not another. It looks at models of motivation, including which one to use and when and explores:

  • Why is motivating a team so important?
  • What motivates people?
  • Behaviours of the leader – how important are they?


Geoff Ahern

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 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?



Renee Di Giuseppe

Essential Physical Assessment Skills

Nurses are essential for the early detection of clinical triggers that suggest a patient is deteriorating or has become acutely unwell. Appropriate and timely assessment is known to reduce morbidity and mortality, thus improving patient outcomes. This session includes an overview of Australian Commission on Safety and Quality Health Care Standard 9 and looks at important assessment considerations, such as:

  • Why do we assess our patients?
  • Vitally important “vital signs” – why are some clinical cues neglected?
  • What are the top tips for quick recognition of acute deterioration?
    • Assessing consciousness
    • Assessing perfusion


Renee Di Giuseppe

Sepsis and the Significance of Early Recognition

Did you know that sepsis is one of the leading causes of death globally? Preventing mortality related to sepsis begins with early detection and timely interventions. This session uses case scenarios to explain the pathophysiological mechanisms by which sepsis develops. It will look at how you can detect the early warning signs of sepsis. Finally, it will assist you to understand the evidence-based management of this potentially fatal condition across a range of clinical settings. It includes:

  • What is the definition of sepsis?
  • What is the relationship between infection and sepsis?
  • Early recognition – what are the clinical signs?
  • Why is timely intervention so important?
  • In a suspected or a known case of sepsis, what are the main nursing management priorities across a range of clinical settings?



Melinda Brooks

Venous Leg Ulcers – Sorting Fact from Fiction

Every nurse, regardless of their practice setting, is likely to have cared for a person with a venous leg ulcer. While clear evidence explains how venous leg ulcers should be assessed and managed, this knowledge does not always get translated into practice. As such, this session will clarify and assist you to understand the following:

  • What is the difference between venous, arterial, and mixed leg ulcers?
  • What causes them?
  • How do you manage them?



Melinda Brooks

Wound Healing – Evidence-Based Practice

With the plethora of wound care products available, what is the evidence to support the use of various products in wound healing? This session will explore:

  • The importance of wound assessment
  • The use of common wound dressings and topical antimicrobial agents
  • The evidence available to support common wound care practices


Day Two



Kathryn Salamone

The Complexity of Dementia: One Size Does Not Fit All

Dementia is an incurable condition that affects around 30% of people over the age of 85. It is the second leading cause of death for Australian adults and, even when medically diagnosed, this condition attracts stigmatisation and is considered hopeless. A superior understanding of the underlying pathophysiology contributes to quality care for people with this condition, as well as their family or carers. This session will provide an update on the pathophysiology of dementia and include:

  • How many types of dementia have been classified and described?
  • What are the differentiating factors between the various types of dementia?
  • What are some of the screening processes required for dementia?
  • Dementia, delirium, or depression – how can you tell the difference?


Kathryn Salamone

Preventing Falls – Easy Done?

A simple thing can change an older person's life. This may be as easy as slipping or tripping over an object. In an older person, the impact of a fall is likely to be devastating and is a major cause of hospitalisation, particularly for acute care settings. This session looks at how we can prevent the cascade of serious consequences resulting from a fall from occurring in our most vulnerable group. It includes:

  • The latest evidence on falls – what causes them, what prevents them?
  • Taking the right steps to prevent a fall – the nursing role



Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

50 Shades of Fat…

Modern thinking suggests that it’s not just diet that causes disease. It’s not just food that lays down fat. Many factors create an “obesogenic” environment. Put simply, these environments encourage unhealthy foods and discourage activity. Along with psychological and biological input, our genetics, gut, and fat cells all send messages to the appetite and satiety centres in the hypothalamus. Could it be here that some of the damage is done? It’s time to dismantle the pathology of obesity. This session explains:

  • What does an “obesogenic” environment look like?
  • How are our genetics implicated and have environmental factors altered our genes?
  • What is happening in our gut and how does it respond to certain nutrients?
  • Neuropeptides – suppressors and stimulators of appetite?
  • The brain’s response to these factors
  • Finally, how this cascade can explain:
    • Insulin resistance
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Development of type II diabetes mellitus


Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Newly Diagnosed Diabetes? How Enrolled Nurses Can Help

A person who has recently been diagnosed with diabetes is often confused and worried. They may seek information from many sources. However, professional face-to-face communication is essential in these early days. This session looks at the common issues that face a person who is newly diagnosed with diabetes, including:

  • Why is it essential that thorough diabetes education is provided at the time of diagnosis?
  • How do you discuss the causative factors of type II diabetes?
  • What should the person be doing with regards to self-monitoring of blood glucose levels?
  • What are the current trends in dietary advice for those with type II diabetes?
  • What about exercise – is it good for everyone?
  • Which websites are credible and offer the best support?
  • What resources are available for ongoing diabetes education?



Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

The Weight of the World – Managing Expectations

Do you ever feel exasperated because you feel like you’ve said the same thing over and over again and no one’s listening? It can be frustrating if someone fails to take your advice. In addition to clear boundaries, having a clear understanding of what we can achieve as we assist people on their journey to health is essential. If we are to prevent the feelings of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue associated with our jobs, we need to ensure our aspirations are realistic. This session considers:

  • How problematic are unrealistic expectations?
  • What can we learn from common defence mechanisms?
  • How can you distinguish acceptance from resignation?
  • Is it possible to turn frustration into contentment?


Dr Jill Beattie

Stress Responses to Trauma

Situations like disasters, where our safety is compromised, can challenge us emotionally. Although each person’s experience and response to trauma is unique, there is a wide range of reactions that would be considered “normal or common”. In the context of disasters, where trauma and grief are almost inevitable, it is important to understand what to expect, both in our patients and ourselves. In this session, we will look at these “normal and common” responses to trauma and consider:

  • What is a normal response to trauma?
  • How can trauma cause long-term problems?
  • What is the difference between Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and what may suggest these may be present?
  • What are the diagnostic criteria for ASD and PTSD and why should you not diagnose yourself?
  • What is the effect of vicarious trauma or witnessing trauma?
  • A scientific explanation as to why trauma affects us all differently – what's going on inside your brain?
  • Why your circumstances at the time can make all the difference?


Dr Jill Beattie

Debriefing after Critical Incidents

This session will discuss what a debrief after a critical incident entails and when it is effective. As well, these principles of debriefing can be adapted to small everyday stresses to prevent them from building up into big ones. This session includes:

  • How to prevent the critical incident causing undue stress
  • When to know that you may need some debriefing support
  • An opportunity to constructively debrief as a group



Dr Jill Beattie

An Introduction to Mindfulness

Let's face it, within busy healthcare settings, stress and job pressure are common. However, we can learn to develop and apply practical strategies to reduce stress. Mindfulness is one approach that has been shown to decrease stress and increase awareness. It can be an effective way to deal with daily stressors. This final session introduces mindfulness and includes mindfulness meditation practices, exploring:

  • An explanation of mindfulness
  • How to use mindfulness to lower stress in your work life
  • How to become more focused at work


The Goal Need for Program

In regard to the nursing care you provide, the need to continually seek new information is a given no matter where you work. Nursing safety and quality are essential and both are directly linked to knowledge. 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

Now more than ever, if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved, it is important that you take a leadership role in providing outcome focused high-value care. This can be done by addressing emerging gaps in your knowledge through up-to-date information.

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


Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe

Renee Di Giuseppe is a Registered Nurse: critical care. She works in the intensive care unit at a large private ... Read More

Melinda Brooks

Melinda Brooks

Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings from the Victorian ... Read More

Kathryn Salamone

Kathryn Salamone

Kathryn Salamone has worked in nursing for over 30 years. In the years since, Kathryn has completed a Masters of ... Read More

Jill Beattie

Jill Beattie

Dr Jill Beattie is a senior research fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant ... Read More

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

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a Registered Nurse and has been a Credentialled Diabetes Educator since 2000. She has a demonstrated commitment ... Read More


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Yarra Valley & High Country VIC
Mooroolbark Foothills Conference Centre, 48 Edinburgh Road
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