Warrnambool Nurses' Conference

2 Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Why Attend

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Warrnambool 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 Warrnambool every September. 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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Warrnambool Nurses' Conference 2019
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Geoff Ahern

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

Geoff Ahern

Linking Food and Mood

Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. It is acknowledged that changes in mental health – such as stress or anxiety – can affect our dietary behaviours (hello comfort eating on night duty!). However, we are now beginning to also understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. With nutrition widely accepted as a key aspect of personal and professional wellbeing, it’s time to look at the relationship between nutrition and mental health. This session includes:

  • What’s the connection between the brain, addiction studies, and what we eat?
  • Diet, depression, and anxiety – is there a link?
  • How about stress, sugar, and saturated fat?
  • What are some simple approaches to introducing better nutrition into your routine?
Geoff Ahern

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?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Anna McIntyre

Pain Management in the Older Adult

At the time of the traumatic episode, good control of pain is essential for healing, but it is also extremely important for long-term quality of life. This session looks at best-practice pain management for older people who have experienced trauma. It provides up-to-date information about:

  • Which analgesics are safe for use in an older person who has sustained a fall to the ground?
  • What analgesics are used with great caution and why?
  • What are the long-term considerations related to traumatic pain?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Anna McIntyre

Deprescribing – A Practical Guide to Tackling Polypharmacy

Deprescribing is a simple approach to reducing the risk of adverse events associated with polypharmacy. However, the act of deprescribing is not always straightforward. This session revisits how to address unnecessary and inappropriate medicine use. It includes:

  • What to do when multiple medicines are no longer necessary
  • How to prevent prescribing cascades
  • Significant barriers to deprescribing and tips on how to overcome them
  • Implementing a monitoring regime following deprescribing
  • Key literature, tools, and resources to support deprescribing and more…
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome and Review

Ann Morris

Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Diabetes – It's All About Balance

Eating well, being active, and reducing weight is a balancing act – find out about the latest evidence and strategies for your patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This session includes practical examples and case studies that will highlight more difficult and challenging situations. Discuss:

  • What are the latest nutritional guidelines for patients diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are there any practical, workable strategies for educating patients with diabetes and promoting their need to lose weight? Does knowledge lead to behavioural change?
  • Weight control – pills, shakes, diets, medication, and surgery – does anything work?
Ann Morris

Motivation and Diabetes

The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. The copious amounts of information regarding the disease, the complications, and the medications can make motivation a difficult area of discussion. This session includes:

  • How to initiate best-practice approaches to lifestyle changes?
  • How to engage patients in education and motivation?
  • How to improve self-management of diabetes?
10:45 Morning Tea


Best Practice – Wound Management

This introductory session looks at modern wound management – the challenges of wounds, trends in care, best-practice resources, and how this program will address these issues. Topics include:

  • What is the burden of chronic wounds in today’s society?
  • What influences wound management in everyday practice?
  • Why do best-practice resources significantly help in planning management?
  • How will the following sessions be structured to enhance your knowledge of wound management?

“War On Chronic Wounds” – Wounds That Won’t Heal

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?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Geoff Ahern

Why Not All Wounds Are 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?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

An Opportunity to Constructively Debrief

Debrief is a powerful tool used to assist in dealing with the disturbing or unhelpful behaviours of others. However, without an understanding of what constitutes “debrief”, there may be a tendency for emotions to spill over and the debrief to become destructive. This highly interactive session will invite participants to come together and debrief on a range of selected, shared scenarios.

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


Warrnambool Nurses' Conference



Warrnambool Nurses' Conference
11 Hours | 15 Mins



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