Launceston Nurses' Conference

2 Day Conference for All Nurses - Learn locally with Ausmed


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?

Launceston Nurses' Conference 2018
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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

The Key to Chronic Disease Management? Seeing the Person NOT the “Problem”

Many conditions that affect our patients are chronic in nature. This situation can cause a significant impact on a person, especially as long-term prevention and perseverance are the key to wellness and preventing disease progression. But, at the heart of this is how we view our patients as the sense in which we care for a person with a chronic disease shapes our interactions with them. This session looks at how we can change our perspective – from trying to get your patient to take action and improve their own health, to, instead, refocus the priority towards understanding what they actually may want and how we can meet their needs. It’s time to consider:

  • Why we need to see the person, not the disease
  • What does a person-centred approach to chronic disease management look like?
  • How you can understand what matters to people and where nurses fit in with helping people achieve their health goals
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 are environments that 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 an “obesogenic” environment looks like
  • How our genetics are implicated and the environmental factors that alter our genes
  • What is happening in our gut and how it responds to certain nutrients
  • Neuropeptides – the suppressors and stimulators of appetite
  • The brain’s response to obesogenic factors
  • Finally, how this cascade can explain:
    • Insulin resistance
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Development of type II diabetes
11:00 Morning Tea

Juliet Scott

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?
Clarissa Young

Pressure Injury Prevention

Pressure injuries are one of the most prevalent causes of preventable harm to patients. The development of such harm, often due to prolonged immobility and impaired nutrition, is considered a failure of care. Avoiding this major cause of iatrogenesis is a key indicator of quality nursing care. This important session will discuss:

  • What is the real cost of pressure injuries?
  • Who is most at risk and why?
  • How can pressure injuries be prevented?
  • An overview of pressure injury assessment, including stages and nursing management
1:30PM Lunch and Networking

Linda Nichols

FAST: Recognising and Responding to Acute Stroke

Stroke causes many long-term neurological problems. Some are worse than others and are dependent on the degree and type of brain damage. Early recognition and the subsequent management of a stroke is crucial for ensuring that patient outcomes, including quality of life, are maximised following a stroke. This session reviews:

  • Recognising the symptoms of stroke – how can rapid nursing assessment make a difference to long-term outcomes?
  • What is the hyperacute phase?
  • What is the current best-practice management of a person experiencing an acute stroke?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Linda Nichols

Deficit Following Stroke

A particularly disturbing long-term complication following a stroke relates to difficulties with communication. Quality nursing care is crucial for these patients and their families for a range of reasons. This session includes a review of key local resources for specialist support and services and explains:

  • What are the types of aphasia and their anatomic correlations?
  • What makes a difference to the nursing care of a person with aphasia?
  • Management of deficits – how can you plan for the best outcomes for a person?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Newly Diagnosed Diabetes? How 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 with 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?
Renee Matthews

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 will review the basics of abdominal assessment, but more specifically focuses on how you can recognise warning signs that may indicate something is wrong. It includes:

  • 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
10:45 Morning Tea

Jodi Donoghue

To Screen or Not to Screen?

Infections can be admitted into healthcare facilities in many ways. So, what are your signals for further testing? This session will highlight the importance of screening for infections to improve patients outcomes. It includes:

  • How does screening differ from surveillance?
  • How are people screened across the lifespan and are certain populations more vulnerable?
  • What is the correct procedure and methods for screening e.g taking swabs – when, where, and how?
  • What are current trends in infectious diseases – what needs to be on your radar?
Michael Sherring

Palliative Care in Children and Adolescents

Children and adolescents face some unique challenges when living with life-limiting illness. The special physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of this group will require nurses to have proactive and appropriate knowledge and skills. This session will shine a bright light on a sometimes difficult topic and includes:

  • What skills do nurses need to provide high quality care to children and adolescents?
  • How is palliative care different for these groups of people?
  • What is the most effective skill I can have to help a child or adolescent who has a life-limiting illness?
1:00PM Lunch and Networking

Dr Sarah Breier

Mentoring and Leadership in Clinical Practice: What Works?

Across clinical practice and health care 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 these factors into your nursing practice.

3:00 Afternoon Tea

Roxy Hussain

The Role of Social Work in Supporting Patients with Renal Failure

Chronic kidney disease is common in Australia. There is no cure for this illness and it is not reversible. The management of kidney failure can be very taxing physically and emotionally for patients and their families. This session explores how allied health, in particular social work, can help to ensure patients maintain their quality of life and emotional wellbeing. It includes:

  • Why do we need to view the impacts of renal failure holistically?
  • How does renal failure impact a person and their network?
  • What can we improve a person’s quality of life?
  • How does social work integrate with the allied health team to make a difference?
4:15 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

As a nurse, 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: Health care 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 in your care 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
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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