Conference

Yarra Valley Nurses' Conference

2 Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Overview

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Yarra Valley 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 Yarra Valley every June. 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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Yarra Valley Nurses' Conference 2019
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Schedule

Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15
Renee Di Giuseppe

ST What? Identifying Important ECG Changes

There are certain ECG changes that may be present in the context of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) that must be correctly identified and reported urgently. This session will use case studies to take a look at some of these important changes, helping you to immediately gain confidence and apply this knowledge to your clinical practice. It includes:

  • What ECG changes may indicate a person is experiencing or has experienced chest pain?
  • How do you identify ECG changes relating to myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction, and what might this mean?
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Renee Di Giuseppe

Fluid and Electrolyte Balance

Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of the normal physiological processes are essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up-to-speed on the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:

  • What are the normal physiological processes of fluid balance?
  • What is hypovolaemic shock? How would you recognise it and what might the causes be?
  • How do you recognise electrolyte disturbances early?
11:45
Renee Di Giuseppe

When Disaster Strikes at Night – Communicating Under Pressure

All types of disasters can strike in the night, and it becomes increasingly more difficult when you’re under the pump with your patient load and need to get tasks finished. This session will look at a low fidelity, high occurrence situation to get you working together. It includes:

  • How do you delegate tasks during an adverse event?
  • How do you promote teamwork and why is it so useful?
  • Why is communication key?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

1:30
Melinda Brooks

War on Wounds – Understanding How Skin Works

Refresh your knowledge on the process of wound healing and discover the latest information about the factors that delay or impede effective outcomes. This session includes an update on the skin and explores:

  • How are wound dressings classified according to function?
  • How do you select the right dressing?
  • When should you modify the dressing regimen?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

3:15
Melinda Brooks

Choosing Dressing Products

Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exist, and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing. Learn:

  • How are wound dressings classified according to function?
  • How do you select the right dressing?
  • When should you modify the dressing regimen?
  • How do you choose a basic range of products for your workplace?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

9:00

Welcome and Review

9:10
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Complications of Diabetes – What is Going On?

In this session, the current theories regarding the causative factors that lead to diabetes complications will be examined and discussed. Topics include:

  • What are the fundamental changes that occur at the cellular level with diabetes that lead to chronic damage?
  • Why should the thyroid gland be part of the standard diabetes health care check?
  • What is the latest evidence in managing hypoglycaemia?
10:00
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Being Hypervigilant for Hypoglycaemia

In this session, the current theories regarding the causative factors that lead to diabetes complications will be examined and discussed. Topics include:

  • What is hypo unawareness?
  • How can you identify hypoglycaemia?
  • Is there a difference in microvascular and macrovascular disease development?
  • How does prolonged hyperglycaemia interfere with cellular immunity?
10:45 Morning Tea

11:00
Francis Acquah

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 older adults. 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 on older adults?
  • What is the role of trauma-informed care?
  • How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults?
11:45
Francis Acquah

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 stress is and how it can be beneficial
  • How anxiety differs from stress?
  • Anxiety VS anxiety disorder – the key differences
  • Managing stress and normal anxiety
  • Treatment for anxiety disorders
12:45 Lunch and Networking

1:45
Renee Di Giuseppe

When Deterioration Strikes – Great Teams Rise to the Challenge

This session will look at a low fidelity, high occurrence situation to get you working together. This short activity after lunch includes a group exercise to build on your communication and collaboration, to support the provision of comprehensive care. It includes:

  • How do you delegate tasks during an adverse event?
  • How do you promote teamwork and why is it so useful?
  • Why is communication key?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

3:15
Renee Di Giuseppe

Your Career Vision

Taking time for yourself to consider what your future may look like is important. Being able to set clear goals and develop a plan for achieving them is a refreshing exercise. This session will provide an opportunity to consider:

  • Why is it important to have a vision?
  • How do you set clear goals?
  • How do you avoid procrastination?
  • How do you overcome a lack of confidence?
4:15 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:

1
People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness
2
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions
3
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
4
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines

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Yarra Valley Nurses' Conference

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Yarra Valley Nurses' Conference
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