Sunshine Coast 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?

Sunshine Coast Nurses' Conference 2018
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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One

Denise Simmons

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

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

  • Why we really need to see the person, not the disease
  • What a person-centred approach to chronic disease management looks like
  • How you can understand what matters to people and where we fit in helping people achieve their health goals
Amanda Smith

Acute Mental Health Examination: For All Nurses

It is essential that all nurses, not just nurses working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform an acute mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess an acutely unwell person with a mental health disorder. It includes:

  • What are basic principles of a mental health examination when someone is acutely unwell?
  • What is distress and what clinical situations can this be seen in?
  • Caring during a crisis - what do we need to say, do, and know to support a person?
10:45 Morning Tea

Louise Webber

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?
Louise Webber

Wound Healing – What Works?

Zinc, honey, sea salt spray – what’s next? The available number of therapies and products designed to promote wound healing grows by the day. But what actually works according to the evidence, and how can we practically translate this growing body of evidence into practice? This session discusses:

  • A review of key theory – what are the key ingredients for wound healing?
  • How do we assess if a particular therapy is effective?
  • What options currently exist, work well, and can be applied to your practice?
1:00PM Lunch and Networking

Karren Simpson

Hyperbaric Therapy for Non-Healing Wounds and Radiation-Induced Soft Tissue and Bone Injuries

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a well-researched and medically proven treatment for non-healing wounds and radiation-induced injuries. These conditions can dramatically impact on a person’s quality of life. Without HBOT, some conditions may lead to a lengthy recovery, a worsening of their condition, or no resolution of the ongoing symptoms. HBOT is used in conjunction with conventional approaches to provide greatly enhanced outcomes. This session will review the evidence and research behind HBOT and explain the rationales behind the following:

  • What principles underpin HBOT?
  • What are the indications for the use of HBOT?
  • How does HBOT support healing?
  • Why use HBOT with conventional approaches?
  • How are treatments and prescription lengths determined?
  • Who would benefit and how can you refer?
  • What are potential complications and untreatable conditions?
  • What are the costs, allowances, location, and facilities?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Denise Simmons

Osteoarthritis in the Older Adult

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative rheumatological disease that most commonly affects the hands, spine, and major joints of the body, such as the hips and knees. It is the most common chronic disease affecting the joints, with its incidence increasing as we age. This session will look at how debilitating symptoms such as stiffness, pain, and limited joint movement develop to affect the older adult, as well as what the evidence tells us works best for managing this condition. It includes:

  • What is osteoarthritis and does it affect certain joints differently?
  • What are the main triggers and risk factors for development?
  • How can osteoarthritis be managed in the older adult?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke

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?
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke

Schizophrenia – A Serious Mental Illness

Of all the mental illnesses, schizophrenia is often described as the most debilitating. The often bizarre and abnormal behaviour that accompanies schizophrenia is the result of disturbances in cognition and perception. This session will provide a comprehensive update on the pathophysiology of this disorder. It will begin with an interactive activity to assist you to understand what it truly means to live with schizophrenia. This session includes:

  • An assault on all senses – the lived experience of schizophrenia
  • Definition, subtypes, and an overview of how each subtype manifests – including signs and symptoms
  • Prevalence in Australia
  • Genetic risk factors for schizophrenia
  • Pathophysiology of this complex condition – what happens in the brain
  • Diagnosis – including differential diagnoses
10:45 Morning Tea

Denise Simmons

The Complexity of Dementia: One Size Does Not Fit All

Dementia is an incurable condition that affects around 30% of people over the age of 85. It is the second leading cause of death for Australian adults and, even when medically diagnosed, this condition attracts stigmatisation. A superior understanding of the underlying pathophysiology contributes to quality care for people with this condition, as well as their family or carers. This session will provide an update on the pathophysiology of dementia and include:

  • How many types of dementia have been classified and described?
  • What are the differentiating factors between the various types of dementia?
  • What are some of the screening processes required for dementia?
  • Dementia, delirium, or depression – how can you tell the difference?
Debbie Rigby

Restoring Gut Health? The Role of Probiotics

The gut microbiome, a collection of trillions of mostly bacterial microorganisms, is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of the body. More is being revealed about this once forgotten organ, particularly in relation to the interplay between the gut and health. This session will look at the evidence behind probiotics as a means for restoring and maintaining a healthy microbiome. It includes:

  • What is the gut microbiome?
  • What role does it play in health?
  • What is the evidence behind prebiotics and probiotics?
  • A look at the key therapeutic indications and considerations for the use of probiotics
1:15PM Lunch and Networking

Bronwyn Jest

Embarrassment Down Under? Urinary Incontinence in Women

Far too many Australian women suffer from preventable episodes of urinary incontinence. This session will look at this pervasive condition and reveal the secrets to stopping this symptom-based disorder in its tracks. It includes how to perform simple but effective techniques to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and looks at:

  • What are the differences between the various types of incontinence?
  • Can they co-exist and why is this important in terms of treatment?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Bronwyn Jest

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Pelvic organs like the uterus, cervix, bladder or bowel, may protrude into the vagina due to weakness in the tissues that normally support them. The resulting symptoms vary, depending on the type of prolapse. Conservative management, such as pelvic floor muscle training or lifestyle changes, is recommended for prolapse. This presentation will discuss the following:

  • Normal anatomy and function, including the pelvic floor
  • What is pelvic organ prolapse (POP)?
  • Terminology
  • Causes
  • Risk factors
  • Clinical manifestations and staging
  • Conservative management of POP - what does the evidence suggest?
4:30 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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