The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference

2 Day Nursing Conference


Bowel disorders are increasing in Australia today and their treatment is increasingly sophisticated. Bowel diseases have a significant impact on a person’s entire health. Nurses are therefore crucial in ensuring patients with bowel disease have the best health outcomes possible. Attend this conference and update your knowledge about:

  • The huge effects of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Abdominal assessment to identify potential complications
  • Nutrition for people living with bowel diseases
  • Faecal pathology and what this reveals
  • Management of GIT bleeding
  • How to select appropriate products and manage challenging stomas
  • Review of modern pain management medications and antibiotics
  • Allaying anxieties and fears associated with bowel disease and much, much more...

The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease - Adelaide 2017
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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One

Heather Schubert

My Experience of Living with a Chronic Bowel Disease

This introductory session commences with a story told by a nurse who lives with a chronic bowel disorder. It includes the challenges of the condition and her experience of the support she has received over many years with a variety of medical and alternative health practitioners who have all assisted in her understanding the cause of the problems and in taking change of her own management of the condition.


Abdominal Assessment - Recognising the Warning Signs

Assessing a person’s abdomen, especially if they are experiencing pain, can be challenging. However, an accurate assessment can identify potential problems and enable them to be averted early. This session reviews the basics of an abdominal assessment but more specifically, focuses on how you can recognise warning signs that may indicate something is wrong. Includes:

  • What is the correct framework for performing an abdominal assessment?
  • What to ask, what to look for, what to feel for and what to listen for
  • Subtle signs that may indicate:
    • Ileus / obstruction
    • High or low output changes and associated fluid balance challenges, e.g. electrolyte management
    • Intra-abdominal collections
    • Peritonitis / perforation
10:45 Morning Tea

Dr Erin Symonds

Screening for Colorectal Cancer

The incidence of bowel cancer is increasing in Australia. When this condition is detected early, the prognosis is optimistic. This session will give a general overview of how this condition is screened and the evidence-based pathways following screening. Includes:

  • What is the role of bowel screening?
  • Who should be tested and when?
  • Overview of different screening tools and why the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is recommended
  • When are other methods of screening required, i.e. sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and DNA testing?
Rachel Grafton

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, i.e. what’s normal? What should a person expect to be optimal quality of life?
1:00PM Lunch and Networking

Bronwyn Overall

Aids and Appliances for Stomal Therapy

There are a complex range of modern aids and appliances associated with the care of a person with a stoma. With more and more products constantly being released, understanding the correct use of each product is essential. This practical session looks at some of these products and gives you information on their use and application, and how this relates to optimum patient care. You will also discover some useful tips that you can share with your patients.

Bronwyn Overall

Managing Challenging Stomas

Preoperative planning is seen as a cornerstone of optimal stoma management. However, a 'perfect stoma' may not always result. The effects of stoma complications on a person are significant. This session looks at the causes, consequences and tips for managing the following:

  • What factors may make a stoma more difficult to construct and manage?
  • Stoma complications and practical management options
  • Skin issues
  • Prolapse
  • Stenosis
  • Parastomal hernia
  • Retracted stoma
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Professor Gordon Howarth

The Secret Gut - Unlocking the Key to Bowel Diseases?

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 fascinating session will look at what we know about the microbiome. Includes:

  • How is the gut microbiome connected to health?
  • What role does it play in gastrointestinal disease?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Norah Bostock

Managing Bowel Dysfunction

Bowel dysfunction can be caused by a range of reasons. Injury or damage following surgery or inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis can all affect bowel health. Regardless of the cause, symptoms are often very distressing and may include pain, nausea, vomiting, faecal incontinence and constipation. This session looks at:

  • What is bowel dysfunction?
  • How does it differ to bowel disease?
  • Why do people live in silence?
  • How to assess well and how to manage better!
  • What are likely outcomes if bowel dysfunction is not well managed?
Associate Professor Stuart Brierley

Understanding and Managing Gut Based Pain

Chronic abdominal pain is major problem for people living with lifelong bowel disorders. It is debilitating and significantly impacts on a person’s quality of life. Understanding the mechanisms that cause pain arising from the gut, especially related to IBS can assist us to manage this pain. This session considers:

  • What is the nerve-gut connection?
  • What are the mechanisms that cause chronic gastrointestinal pain?
  • How can understanding these mechanisms assist us to find treatments for managing gut based pain?
  • A look at new therapeutic treatments available and on the horizon
11:00 Morning Tea

Joy Gailer

Pharmacological Treatment of IBD

Anti-inflammatory agents and immunosuppressants are common medicines used in the treatment of IBD. Antimicrobial agents may also be required, as well as other medications for pain relief and symptoms. These may be prescribed using a step-wise approach. This session provides a review of these medicines in the context of their treatment of IBD as well as precautionary considerations. Includes:

  • What are the main types of medicines used in the treatment of IBD and why?
    • Anti-inflammatory agents
    • Immunosuppressants and biological agents
    • Other adjunct therapies
  • What are some of the long term adverse effects of these medicines on the person and potentially nurses?
  • How to provide safe advice to patients
  • Considerations when allergies are present
12:30PM Lunch and Networking

Stephanie Gaskell

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease is often thought of as an invisible disease, yet it is considered to be one of the most common lifelong diseases worldwide. In coeliac disease, the immune system attacks itself, causing an abnormal reaction to gluten. If consumed, villi - small cells which line the bowel - can become inflamed, causing a raft of effects. This session reveals:

  • What is coeliac disease?
  • What are signs of possible coeliac disease?
  • Why are symptoms often varied?
  • How does coeliac disease affect the whole body, not just the bowel?
  • How does a strict gluten free diet benefit a person with diagnosed coeliac disease?
Dr Amelia Pilichiewicz

Nutritional Approaches to Improving Gastrointestinal Symptoms

It should be no surprise that nutrition plays an integral part in living well with gastrointestinal symptoms. Good nutrition assists with the management of symptoms and prevention of complications such as weight loss, flare ups, nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition. This practical, informative session will update you on relevant nutritional approaches to a range of conditions that cause gastrointestinal symptoms.

3:00 Afternoon Tea

Norah Bostock

The Power of One: The Biopsychosocial Approach to Wellness in Bowel Disease

In this final session we will explore the role that biopsychosocial domains play in the development and management of bowel disease. The session will discuss how bowel disease can affect the quality of life and delay seeking help. Nurses are in a prime position to recognise and promote wellness in individuals who are in their care. Includes:

  • What is the biopsychosocial model?
  • How can this approach be used to benefit people living with bowel disease?
  • How can nurses promote optimum quality of life and support individuals to build healthy body image?

Final Questions and Wrap Up

4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The incidence of people with bowel disease varies in Australia with some, such as inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, being common disorders. They are, by nature, anxiety-producing and may cause very uncomfortable symptoms. Current evidence suggests that timely management of these conditions and best practice care is imperative if wellness and quality of life is to be preserved. Nurses frequently connect with patients with disorders of the bowel and have a key role in their support and desired outcomes.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides evidenced knowledge to promote best practice nursing care of people with bowel conditions.

Your learning outcomes:

Correlate information obtained from a nursing assessment of a patient’s health and laboratory findings to develop appropriate care plans
Use current knowledge about bowel related disorders and their management to promote best outcomes for patients across the continuum of care
Patients in your care will be supported to deal with the anxieties and emotional strains associated with a bowel disorder
Use information relating to bowel health to promote prevention of disorders and to educate patients


The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference



The Ins and Outs of Bowel Disease Conference
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