Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference

2 Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed


Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Mount Gambier 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 Mount Gambier every June. 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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Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference 2019
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Norah Bostock

Chronic Disease Management – Managing (Perceived) Inaction

It can be frustrating if someone you are supporting fails to make changes. If we are to prevent feelings of compassion fatigue when working with people who have a chronic condition, it is essential that we reframe our approach to expectation, frustration, and setbacks. This session highlights why you need to dig deeper and go to the root cause of the (perceived) inaction. It includes:

  • How to actually be non-judgmental (we’re all guilty)
  • Keeping goal setting and rewards simple
  • Motivational interviewing and how to know if your patient is ready to change their behaviour
10:30 Morning Tea

Norah Bostock

Applying a Palliative Approach to People with Dementia

This interactive topic will critically analyse a number of key points in relation to dementia and palliative care, including:

  • How do you manage a terminal illness in a person with dementia?
  • What are the clinical nursing issues?
  • How do you assess comorbid symptoms in a person with dementia?
Norah Bostock

Support Beyond the Hospital Environment

Recent aged care reform goals are focusing on improving healthcare quality to ensure sustainability when returning to the community. This session will look further into recent aged care reforms and what their goals mean in terms of quality of care. Topics include:

  • What does sustainability look like in aged care?
  • How can you improve choice and flexibility for consumers?
  • How can you support patients in returning home and ensuring they do not return to hospital?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Heather Teakle

Medicine Used in the Very Old – What You Must Know to be Safe

As people age their ability to metabolise medicines becomes challenged. In this session, you will look at why this is the case. You will refresh your knowledge of the key changes and the clinical implications of this. It includes a refresher on:

  • The ageing kidney and liver and their effect on medicines
  • The safest medication delivery mechanisms – tablets, immediate release or sustained release, patches, MDIs, turbuhalers, or nebulisers
  • The dangers of crushing medicines and the alternatives
  • Top 20 drug interactions you must be aware of
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Heather Teakle

Beware – The Dangers of Benzodiazepines

In the last week, how many times did you administer a benzodiazepine to a patient in your care, such as diazepam, temazepam, oxazepam, or alprazolam? These medicines are commonly prescribed for people with problems relating to anxiety and sleep. Alarmingly, though, they are also the most common drugs associated with multi-drug overdose deaths. Meaning, while they do not often cause deaths, they commonly contribute. This session includes:

  • How do benzodiazepines act on the brain?
  • What makes them addictive?
  • What is the safest use of benzodiazepines?
  • What are the dangers of mixing benzodiazepines with other CNS depressants, such as alcohol?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome and Review

Trudi-Ann Brooks

Mental Health in Aged Care – Collaborative Support

While an older adult may not initially present with the symptoms of depression, it may present as a consequence of their illness. This session will look at the significance of screening for depression and improving access to appropriate services. It includes:

  • Why may an older adult experience depression?
  • How do you screen for depression?
  • What services are available for older adults experiencing depression?
Julie Cranney

Coming to Grips with Elder Abuse

As the ageing population increases, elder abuse also has the potential to increase. It is already a common problem that is under recognised around the world with examples in the press in Australia of nurses involved in elder abuse. This topical session will examine:

  • What is elder abuse?
  • What are the warning signs and risk factors?
  • How can I disclose and expose situations of elder abuse safely?
  • What is my role in mandatory reporting?
10:45 Morning Tea

Sian Earle

War on Wounds – Understanding How Skin Works

Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. This session includes an update on the skin and explores:

  • What is a wound?
  • How do wounds heal?
  • What delays or prevents healing?
Sian Earle

Choosing Dressing Products

Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exist, and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing. Learn:

  • How are wound dressings classified according to function?
  • How do you select the right dressing?
  • When should you modify the dressing regimen?
  • How do you choose a basic range of products for your workplace?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Norah Bostock

When Disaster Strikes – Communicating Under Pressure

All types of disasters can strike during a shift and it becomes increasingly more difficult when you’re under the pump with your patient load and need to get tasks finished. This session will look at a low fidelity, high occurrence situation to get you working together. It includes:

  • How do you delegate tasks during an adverse event?
  • How do you promote teamwork and why is it so useful?
  • Why is communication key?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Norah Bostock

Great Work Gets Done in Teams!

Everyone knows that teamwork is a way to get things done efficiently. A key skill of all health professionals is to regularly and constructively collaborate with others within a team. This session will take a fun look at:

  • What does great teamwork look like?
  • How can you help your colleagues?
  • Why it’s ok to ask for help yourself!
4:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

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


Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference



Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference
11 Hours | 15 Mins



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