This general nurses’ conference is an ideal way for you to update your knowledge about a range of nursing topics each year. Book your place at this upcoming conference and:
Acceptance is known to make people more positive and, for some, it is a key to happiness. This session will discuss acceptance as a therapeutic concept, including what it is not. Discuss:
With the incidence of obesity increasing and the reality that traditional diet, exercise and behaviour modification programs only produce short term results, bariatric or weight loss surgery (WLS) is becoming more accepted as the most appropriate intervention for sustained weight loss. The increase in WLS procedures in Australia means that nurses will progressively come into contact with and care for more patients who have had WLS. As the nurse plays a key role in all healthcare sites, it is important that nurses understand the WLS treatment options available today, as well as how to best care and understand the specific requirements for patients living with WLS in the short and long term. This session includes:
The ECG is a fundamental component of patient assessment and can provide the nurse with information about the critical status of a patient’s condition. Knowing the red flags to look for is essential. This session aims to provide a hands-on approach for rapid interpretation for a handful of critical dysrhythmias. This session will:
Acute behavioural emergencies may occur in any healthcare setting but, like most acute conditions, the patient may first present to an ED. This session will showcase the latest data from an ongoing study (EDAPT) in South Australia on drugs consumed by people who are presenting to ED departments. It includes:
Wound management may be complex, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to apply best practice to wound care. This session provides a framework for managing all patients with a wound. It includes:
Men have traditionally been told that they have to be the strong ones, but they can only take so much. This session discusses why some healthcare professionals are advocating for a gendered treatment approach. It will discuss:
There has been an increase in the incidence of individuals posing as health practitioners when in fact they do not and, in most cases, have never held any registration or undertaken an approved course of study that leads to registration. The impact of these individuals gaining employment in the workforce is considerable. This session will explore the incidence of fake professionals in our system and the changes in the national regulation law to increase the penalties applied to these cases.
As we see an escalation of criminal conduct in the community, we often do not reflect upon how many of those prosecuted are health professionals. What types of criminal activity are registered health professionals involved in and does this impact upon the reputation of the profession and the trust of the consumer? This session will explore the criminal history standard, including tribunal decisions following criminal convictions of health professions and the impact this has on the reputation of the professions.
Over 60% of Australians have low health literacy. This session will explore how to identify and address the needs of these people to improve diabetes care outcomes across Australia. It includes:
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a concept we are all familiar with but may still have questions about. This session includes:
Chronic pain is a crippling condition that can affect people in many different ways. Often, with a chronic disease, the person will experience not only changes physically but chronic pain that can also impact their psychological, emotional and social health. This session will include:
The challenge of nursing and communicating with patients from a range of cultures is continually increasing. This session looks at:
Jane Collins has recently become a certified bariatric nurse - the first nurse in South Australia to complete the ASMBS Certification (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery). This certification validates a high level of knowledge and clinical competence within the field of bariatric surgery. With nearly 20 years of experience in bariatrics, Jane has worked in all aspects of the patient’s care and journey. Since 2005, she has been one of the original team members at the Adelaide Bariatric Centre where she assumed the role of clinical research coordinator and clinical nurse. Through her research work, Jane has presented at local and international obesity meetings with a particular focus on the patient care element of bariatric surgery. At a clinic level, Jane is involved in many aspects of patient care, including her own nurse-led clinic, as well as additionally providing support to the hospitals aligned with their team by providing in-service education and training to staff. In 2014, in an attempt to address the unmet needs of childhood and adolescent obesity management in South Australia, Jane co-founded The Institute of Child and Adolescent Obesity Management, the first of its kind multidisciplinary approach for obesity management in 10- to 18-year-olds. Trading as Danny's Place, Jane is the clinical program coordinator of the service which recently won a three-year grant from Variety SA - the children's charity, to support and provide access to the program. Jane is enthusiastic about the patient and their journey and is always motivated to help the patient achieve their best outcome from surgery. Jane's focus is on changing people's lives to allow them to be their best self at whatever age.
Dr Peter Hayball is the principal pharmacist for the South Australian Ambulance Service where his chief role is to assist paramedics of all levels to use the best available medicines in a safe and efficacious fashion. This is done by assisting across the complete medication cycle from selection for pre-hospital use, distribution, storage and use of medicines for patients of the service. Peter plays an active role in educating paramedics on pharmacology, pharmacotherapeutics and related topics, such as recreational drug abuse, toxicology and toxinology. He serves on a range of governance and therapeutic expert advice committees internally and externally, including external bodies such as SA Police, SA Forensics, SA Health and St Johns Ambulance.
Kathleen is a clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy for adults with borderline personality disorder, focusing on dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). She also provides individual therapy for adults with a range of other issues and mental health concerns.
Joy Gailer is a clinical pharmacist with the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), based at the Repatriation General Hospital. She provides evidence-based, balanced information on drug therapy to general practitioners and other healthcare professionals. She is an American board-certified pharmacotherapeutic specialist and is accredited to provide medication management services for those in aged care.
Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Jayne Lehmann is a popular presenter who draws on 32 years of working with people with diabetes. Multiskilled as an author, blogger, clinician, educator, influencer, innovator, mentor and researcher, Jayne has a broad base of experience from which to draw when presenting. Her work with people with diabetes and intellectual disability over the past eight years has resulted in the introduction of new services, strategies, resources and education programs for people with intellectual disability and their support worker. She was the 2017 CDE of the Year in SA and was awarded honorary life membership of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association in 2018 for her outstanding and innovative contribution in both the diabetes and disability sectors.
Margi Moncrieff has been working at Flinders Medical Centre in the area of chronic and acute wound management for 30years. In Dec 2005 Margi was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner and delivers care to in-patients and also manages an outpatient, nurse led wound clinic. She provides regular education to medical students, Doctors and nursing staff, including the wider community. Margi is a committee member of Wounds Australia and in 2011 was awarded life membership. Margi’s personal and professional goal is to make a difference in the lives of individuals with a wound.
Michelle is currently the nursing director for practice development in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA. She has been in clinical education and practice development since 2005. Prior to this, her roles included nurse unit manager emergency, after hours nurse manager, and clinical nurse. She has a background in emergency nursing, cardiology, and orthopaedics. Michelle has completed a Master of Nursing and has teaching qualifications and a clinical teaching graduate diploma. Michelle has presented at national and international conferences, has published academic papers, and has both practical and clinical skill sets. Michelle is the current national president of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS) and a standing member of the Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations Council (CoNNMO). One of Michelle’s many areas of interest is focused on facilitating growth and development of nurses of all levels, to achieve safe care environments that promote person-centred care.
Currently a senior lecturer at Flinders University, James Thompson coordinates several topics, as well as teaching extensively throughout the paramedic curriculum. He holds an extensive clinical background, which features extended care roles in both nursing and paramedic disciplines. James’s research interests include fluid resuscitation, teaching, learning and assessment design.
Good patient care is directly related to the quality of the nursing care being provided. The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and all nurses are faced with the constant challenge of keeping their knowledge, skills and practice up-to-date. As well, the amount of new knowledge available is increasing. To achieve the desired patient outcomes, utilising informed, safe and competent nursing practice is vital. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.
The purpose of this conference is to enable all nurses to remain up-to-date on a range of current professional and clinical practice topics.
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