Swan Hill Nurses' Conference

2 Day Conference for Nurses - Learn Locally with Ausmed


Every year Ausmed Education holds a Nurses’ Conference specifically designed for your location aimed at assisting you to rapidly get up-to-date on current nursing topics. Attend this local Nurses’ Conference to close gaps in your knowledge and skills. Find out:

  • What are some of the health priorities that you need to know about?
  • Why is the focus away from the throughput of healthcare and towards the quality of the outcome?
  • What nursing interventions make a difference especially to those with chronic conditions?
  • Why is evidence so important to the way you practice?
  • The latest information about a range of current treatments

Swan Hill Nurses' Conference - 2017
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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One

Norah Bostock

Communicating Within an Inter-Professional Team

It is well known that the best work gets done in teams. In hospitals and community settings, teams of inter-professionals work together to achieve patient outcomes. Although much ‘lip service’ is paid to the success of teamwork, really effective teams are hard to find. This introductory session will focus on a cornerstone of inter-professional collaboration - communication in teams. Includes:

  • Learn about your own communication style — did you really say what you thought you said?
  • Why do people seem to misinterpret some very simple ideas?
  • Why must you use a range of communication styles if you are to be really understood?
  • Learn the dynamics of team communication
  • The power within your mind: how to improve your listening skills
Cassandra Klabbers

Domestic Violence: Latest Information

The vast majority of dangerous, abusive and violent behaviour that occurs in the privacy of people's homes is committed by men against women. Violence against women is now recognised to be a serious and widespread problem in Australia with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs. In this session:

  • What are the latest statistics?
  • Recognising signs of domestic violence
  • Can preventative measures be put in place?
  • The nurse’s role in the management and recovery phases
10:30 Morning Tea

Chris Cummins

Assessment for Traumatic Stress Conditions

Traumatic stress conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress Disorder (ASD) are becoming more prevalent in the community. Assessment needs to be comprehensive and include good history taking skills. The choice of screening tool should reflect the best available evidence. This practical session demonstrates:

  • Are there early warning signs that these conditions may exist?
  • What does a comprehensive assessment for ASD or PTSD consist of?
  • What would make you suspect a person may have ASD or PTSD?
  • How are people screened for ASD or PTSD?
  • How can you elicit information from a person who is deeply traumatised?
  • An evaluation of assessment tools
Tim Lauder

Beating Burnout in its Tracks

These days, burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as ‘compassion fatigue’ illustrate the emotions involved. The complex combination of stressors result in impaired wellbeing, costly sick leave, decreased quality care and increased risk. This session takes a look at strategies that can develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.

1:00PM Lunch and Networking

Marita Allen

Is it Really Dementia?

The increased incidence of people with dementia can make it easier to assume a person has this condition when they in fact may have other reasons for their confusion. This session looks at other causes of confusion in an older person and offers tips on what to look for to ensure you are not confusing dementia with other diagnoses. Includes:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Medications

General Nutritional Education for Diabetes

It is fundamental for good diabetes management that nurses have foundation knowledge of general healthy eating principles for people with diabetes. This session provides an overview of the following so you feel confident in providing accurate health education. Includes:

  • What is a healthy diet in relevance to diabetes management?
  • What do key words such as ‘carbohydrate ratio’ and ‘gylcaemic index’ refer to?
  • How does carbohydrate and physical activity affect insulin dosage?
3:30 Afternoon Tea


Correctly Injecting Insulin: The Facts

It has now been evidenced that many people incorrectly inject their insulin. This finding has huge ramifications for those who are insulin dependant as well as nurses who may instruct patients on the correct use. This session reviews the correct injection technique for insulin. Includes:

  • What is the correct method to use to inject insulin?
  • If insulin is injected into muscles what are the consequences?
  • What happens to glucose levels if it is injected incorrectly?
  • How is lypohypertrohy formed and what is the impact on a patient's health?
  • How frequently should a nurse check the technique of a person with diabetes who injects insulin?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Cathy Darby

Blood Matters! Safe Blood Transfusions

Transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood. Early transfusions used whole blood, but modern medical practice commonly uses only components of the blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, clotting factors, and platelets. In this session:

  • What is involved with a blood transfusion?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Care of the patient during the transfusion

Drug and Alcohol Counselling: Making a Difference

On the road to recovery counselling people with drug and alcohol dependency can assist in building strong supportive networks that can make a significant difference. In this session:

  • Principles of counselling: latest information
  • How counselling builds relationships that strengthen recovery
  • The nurse’s role in supporting people with a dependency
10:30 Morning Tea

Catherine Kemp

Symptom Management at End-of-Life

Increased demand for palliative care to be provided in non-specialist palliative care areas means that all nurses must feel confident that they can provide good palliative care. As such, this session will aim to focus on how you can assess and manage the following symptoms at end of life. Includes:

  • Pain
  • Dyspnoea
  • Dehydration
  • Agitation
Catherine Kemp

Looking Ahead: Advance Care Planning

Confusion still exists regarding advance care planning. Even if the plan is written, will it be acted upon? This session reviews advance care plans and discusses the best way to communicate them to everyone in the team. Includes:

  • General information about advance care planning
  • How to apply the wishes of a person when the time comes
12:30PM Lunch and Networking

Norah Bostock

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Inappropriate use of an indwelling urinary catheter may result in a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and are a major source to hospital-associated infections. Evidence is now strongly in favour of practices changing so that nurses are more proactive in suggesting or removing catheters. This session considers:

  • Cost, prevention and management of CAUTIs
  • How long is too long? Evidence for removal of IDCs in acute settings
  • Management of long-term urinary catheters to prevent CAUTIs
Maria Fox

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease, of which Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are most common, is chronic and lifelong. The rate of prevalence in Australia of this mostly hidden disease is one of the highest in the world and increasing. This session looks at:

  • How is IBD defined and what are its causes?
  • When is onset of the disease experienced?
  • What is the course of the disease and its associated complications?
  • What factors are associated with impaired health-related quality of life?
  • What are the goals and evidenced principles of IBD treatment?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Norah Bostock

As Cool As A Cucumber: How to Deal with Conflict

Working with difficult people often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing and patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and a calm head can help YOU manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:

  • Is it ever possible to avoid conflict with destructive personalities?
  • Attack or defend? Working out your stance in a conflictual situation
  • Communication is key - when to defuse and when to engage
  • What about body language?
  • Knowing what makes my emotions get out of control in a conflictual situation
4:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Safety and quality are essential and are directly linked to knowledge. The need for you to continually seek new information in regard to the nursing care you provide is a given no matter where you work. This is a time when: Healthcare budgets are under increased stress The community purse is shrinking Throughput is no longer the goal of care and is being replaced with quality outcomes. It is more important than ever that you take a leadership role in providing high value care to people that is outcome focused. Addressing emerging gaps in knowledge through up-to-date information is crucial if safe, quality outcomes are to be achieved.

Purpose of Program

This program provides you with current knowledge relating to a range of professional and practice topics that will improve how you deliver nursing care.

Your learning outcomes:

People in your care with health risks 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
Inter-professional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice and recognised standards and guidelines


Swan Hill Nurses' Conference



Swan Hill Nurses' Conference
11 Hours | 30 Mins



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