Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Launceston 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 Launceston every September.
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…
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Launceston Nurses' Conference!
8:30 Registration for Day One
Welcome and Introduction
The Mental Health Journey: Acute Episode to Diagnosis to, For Some, Long-Term Mental Illness
Mental illness can be complex and, at times, unpredictable. Its prevalence and level of severity depend on an individual’s past experiences, genetic makeup, access to treatment, and support and education. This session will look into acute and long-term mental illness and how they differ. Topics include:
How should we view recovery?
Why is, “hope for recovery“ so important for every person living with a mental illness?
What is the difference between acute and long-term mental illness?
How prevalent is acute versus long-term mental illness?
10:30 Morning Tea
Linking Food and Mood
Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. It is acknowledged that changes in mental health – such as stress or anxiety – can affect our dietary behaviours (hello comfort eating on night duty!). However, we are now beginning to also understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. With nutrition widely accepted as a key aspect of personal and professional wellbeing, it’s time to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. This session includes:
What’s the connection between the brain, addiction studies, and what we eat?
Diet, depression, and anxiety – is there a link?
How about stress, sugar, and saturated fat?
What are some simple approaches to introducing better nutrition into your routine?
More Than Just “Stressed” - Understanding Anxiety
Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:
What is stress and how is it beneficial?
How does anxiety differ from stress?
Anxiety vs anxiety disorder – what are the key differences?
How can we manage stress and normal anxiety?
1:00 Lunch and Networking
Fiona De Sousa
Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections
A serious, preventable complication associated with vascular access is infection. For instance, central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are hospital-acquired infections that can lead to sepsis. This session reviews the key considerations that relate to the safe management of vascular access devices, with a focus on the prevention of CLABSI. It includes:
What causes CLABSI?
How can CLABSI be prevented?
What are the practical approaches and safe management principles to prevent infections?
dressing and line changes
3:00 Afternoon Tea
Fiona De Sousa
Surviving Sepsis – The Importance of Early Recognition
Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition caused by a whole-of-body inflammatory response to severe infection. 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. It includes:
What is the definition of sepsis?
What is the relationship between infection and sepsis?
Early recognition – what are the clinical signs? e.g. an increasing SOFA score
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?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference
9:00 Commencement of Day Two
Welcome and Review
Motivation and Diabetes
The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. The copious amounts of information regarding the disease, the complications, and the medications can make motivation a difficult area of discussion. This session includes:
How to initiate best-practice approaches to lifestyle changes?
How to engage patients in education and motivation?
How to improve self-management of diabetes?
Being Hyper-Vigilant for Hypoglycaemia
Complications associated with diabetes, such as hypoglycaemia, can be severe. Prevention is paramount and can reduce the likelihood of a person experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode. This session will dive deeper into the prevention of diabetes emergencies, with a focus on hypoglycaemia. It includes:
What is hypo unawareness?
How can you identify hypoglycaemia?
Complications associated with reoccurring hypoglycaemia?
10:45 Morning Tea
Bringing Wounds to Light
Staying up-to-date with wound care and wound prevention, to help prevent and reduce the impact of chronic wounds, is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at chronic wound management by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:
Exploring recommended wound care products
Advanced wound care functions
Latest research influencing wound care selection
Latest wound care standards
“War On Chronic Wounds” – Wounds That Won’t Heal
Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating, particularly for the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include:
Which wounds are known to be chronic in nature?
What causes prolonged healing in a chronic wound?
How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?
Are there alternative ways to improve wound healing?
12:45 Lunch and Networking
Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach
The origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study that investigated the correlation between adverse childhood events (ACE) and long-term health problems later in life. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience and enables healing for clients. This session explores:
How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma in adults?
What is the role of trauma-informed care?
How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults?
2:45 Afternoon Tea
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?
4:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations
Need for Program
Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.
Purpose of Program
The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.
Your learning outcomes:
People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines