Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Nowra 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 Nowra every November.
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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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
Why All Wounds Are Not 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?
Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects
Depression is a disorder that affects many people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:
The difference between normal ups and downs and clinical depression
Risk factors for depression: from genetics to circumstances to lifestyle and why all are important
Treatment options for depression: there’s more to it than just medication
Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression: why patience, compassion, and empathy are so important
12:30 Lunch and Networking
When Less is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines
The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing, and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:
What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
2:45 Afternoon Tea
The Clinical Nurse Detective – Methotrexate Toxicity
The potential for harm with any medication is a constant concern regardless of the administered drug. Methotrexate raises particular interest due to its potential to cause adverse outcomes. This session will look at methotrexate toxicity and a relevant case study regarding medication safety. This includes:
What are the pharmacokinetics of methotrexate?
What adverse reactions can occur?
How does toxicity present?
Can toxicity be reversed?
4:00 Close of Day One of Conference
9:00 Commencement of Day Two
Welcome and Review
Bringing Wounds to Light
Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management to help reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at managing the wound by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:
What strategies can be used to prevent pressure injury?
How do you know it's a pressure injury?
Managing pressure injuries – what are the appropriate interventions?
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?
10:45 Morning Tea
Out with the Old, In with the New – Hot Topics in Aged Care
Due to a vast increase in literature, it can often be difficult to keep up-to-date with new research. Yet, being informed by current evidence is essential if we are to comprehensively care for older adults. As such, this session will review recent literature and the hot topics most relevant to the older adult. It includes:
What are the key pieces of new evidence on older adults?
Is their new medication updates we need to be aware of?
Are certain practices now considered out of date?
Back to Basics – Caring for People with Cognitive Impairment
While cognitive decline is not guaranteed to occur during the ageing process, it is presenting more frequently in older adults. This session will look at the care needs of an older adult with cognitive impairment. It includes:
How does cognitive decline present in older adults?
Do some conditions cause cognitive decline to present differently?
How do you care for an older adult with cognitive decline?
12:45 Lunch and Networking
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?
2:45 Afternoon Tea
Going Home Happy – Not Taking “It” Personally
Too often people in the workplace experience negative emotions as a result of incivility. This, clearly, can be destructive and lead to disengaged workplaces where no one benefits. Establishing and maintaining clear personal boundaries has proven to be an effective strategy for dealing with unpredictable and unstable behaviours of others, including other staff. This session highlights:
How can personal boundaries protect you?
How can you build and maintain boundaries you are comfortable with?
What do you do when your boundaries are challenged?
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