Melbourne Chronic Disease Conference

2-Day Conference for Nurses

Why Attend

Chronic illness is now rampant. Good outcomes are directly related to whether professional interventions are put in place. Attend this conference and discover some of the best practices that help people manage their life with a long-term condition. Topics include:

  • Rethinking chronic disease
  • Understanding chronic mental health conditions
  • Asthma, COPD, and the practical use of inhaler devices
  • The key to cardiovascular health
  • Modern diabetes management and much, much more…
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Melbourne Chronic Disease Conference 2019
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

An Introduction to Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases are recognised as a long-lasting condition commonly resulting in persistent symptoms. While they are physically distressing, an individual is impacted economically and socially as a result. This introductory session will look further into chronic diseases, topics include:

  • What is chronic disease?
  • What are the common chronic conditions prevalent?
  • What are the current statistics?
  • What are the physical, social, emotional, and economic impacts?
Dr Jenny Gowan

All About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) are chronic lung disorders that occur frequently in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an evidenced update on how to manage concurrent asthma and COPD. It includes:

  • The current guidelines and evidence relating to the management of COPD
  • COPD diagnosis
  • Management strategies of COPD
  • What new medications are available and the transition to COPD medicines
  • A practical guide for the use of inhalers
10:30 Morning Tea

Lisa Dick

Motivation, Self Care, and Low Mood – Caring for Older People with Persistent Depression

It is well known that the symptoms of depression can cause low moods, lack of motivation, and, in extreme cases, poor self-care. This session will look at ways to promote motivation in an older person with depression to assist with self-care. It includes:

  • What does persistent depression in older adults look like?
  • How do you manage symptoms?
  • How can you empower someone with persistent depression?
  • What does a self-care plan look like?
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

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?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Diabetes – It's All About Balance

Eating well, being active, and reducing weight is a balancing act – find out about the latest evidence and strategies for your patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This session includes practical examples and case studies that will highlight more difficult and challenging situations and will discuss:

  • What are the latest nutritional guidelines for patients diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are there any practical, workable strategies for educating patients with diabetes and promoting their need to lose weight? Does knowledge lead to behavioural change?
  • Weight control – pills, shakes, diets, medications, and surgery – does anything work?
Geoff Sussman

Polypharmacy Detective

For patients living with chronic diseases, polypharmacy is not a foreign concept. All nurses and health professionals must be familiar with the many considerations, including interactions, and must feel confident that they can teach their patient. This session discusses:

  • What are the considerations for patients who have been prescribed multiple medications at once?
  • What adverse reactions can occur due to polypharmacy?
  • How does toxicity present?
  • Can toxicity be reversed?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Sussman

Best Practice – Wound Management

This session looks at modern wound management – the challenges of wounds, trends in care, and best-practice resources. Topics include:

  • What is the burden of chronic wounds in today’s society?
  • What influences wound management in everyday practice?
  • Why do best-practice resources significantly help in planning management?
  • How will these two days be structured to enhance your knowledge of wound management?
5:00 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Phoebe Barr

The Debilitating Effects of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a crippling condition that can affect people in many different ways. Chronic pain not only impacts peoples’ physical capabilities, but also their psychological, emotional, and social aspects of life too. This session will include:

  • What is chronic pain?
  • What challenges are there for people living with chronic pain?
  • What are the common challenges faced by those caring for and treating someone with chronic pain?
  • What are the non-pharmacological interventions for chronic pain?
  • What are the pharmacological interventions available for chronic pain, and how do they differ from interventions for acute pain?
Fran Pearce

The Development of Rapport

As health professionals, we often see it as our role to offer advice to others for the betterment of their health. However, training around how to offer such advice is often limited in our professional education programs. This session explores ways of providing education and advice in a manner that enrols the other person in the health process. In this interactive session, we will explore:

  • Creating immediate impressions for long-lasting relationships
  • Motivational interviewing and health coaching techniques
  • Goal setting and goal achievement
10:45 Morning Tea

Fran Pearce

What’s New? Dementia Treatment Update

Dementia is a complex condition that is vastly common in the ageing population. So, how close are we to finding a cure? This session will look at treatment updates for this debilitating condition that turns a person’s life upside down. It includes:

  • Evidence-based updates on treatment
  • Emerging therapies
  • Current trials and studies
Jenny Beavis

A Major Chronic Problem: Kidney Health

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has become the most prevalent chronic illness in Australia. The impact of CKD is widespread, and it contributes to at least 10% of deaths per year directly or indirectly.

  • Why is this so and can this drastic statistic be turned around?
  • What can nurses do to make a difference?
  • How is the quality of life for the person with CKD?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Jayde Cesarec

A Comprehensive Understanding of Asthma

In order to manage asthma and provide comprehensive and relevant education for patients and families, it is essential to understand the underlying pathophysiology. This session will review:

  • What happens to the airways during an asthma event?
  • How do common treatments affect the airways?
  • What are the long-term effects of asthma?
Dr Muthanna Al-Kaabi

Let’s Have a Heart To Heart about Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for a variety of conditions related to the cardiovascular system. Recent media coverage has made it abundantly clear that our risk of cardiovascular disease is rapidly increasing in the community. This session will look at:

  • What is cardiovascular disease and who is at risk?
  • Why are trends increasing?
  • What exacerbates these conditions?
  • How can it be prevented or managed?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Eugene Lugg

A Road to Recovery – The Role of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a key extension of the care and support a person requires following hospitalisation for a cardiac event. Understanding how cardiac rehabilitation assists people, what is involved, and how patients can benefit from it, can ensure nurses are able to provide education and prepare patients for this. This session focuses on:

  • What is “secondary prevention”?
  • How does cardiac rehabilitation promote recovery from a cardiovascular event?
  • What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
  • How can nurses answer key questions and prepare patients for rehabilitation?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Chronic disease is an umbrella term for a raft of different conditions that have a serious impact on living everyday life. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), half of all Australians have a chronic illness. As well, most people with chronic conditions invariably develop complex healthcare needs and have a diminished quality of life as a result. They are also more likely to die prematurely. Prevention of health deterioration and the impact of chronic disease on individuals within any community is becoming a major focus of professional health practitioner concern. Assessment and the implementation of proactive strategies will assist people to better manage their conditions. This includes interprofessional systems that can encompass the complex needs of individuals who face confronting holistic life challenges.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to improve the health outcomes of people living with chronic conditions and to maintain optimal health and wellbeing despite their condition.

Your learning outcomes:

Assist a person to minimise the escalation of illness from an acute stage into a chronic condition through the use of interprofessional collaboration
Focus self-management strategies on improving quality of life and everyday activities for people with chronic conditions
Provide culturally appropriate holistic care to patients affected by chronic diseases
Provide care to patients that is aligned with best-available evidence to reduce the burden of disease and prevent fatal burden


Melbourne Chronic Disease Conference



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