14 - 15 Sep 2020

Aged Care Nursing: Improving Quality of Life - Brisbane 2020

QRC: 4044
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Why Attend

Growing old with purpose and maintaining control of our lives is surely the ultimate challenge that most of us will face. How we help others to do this is imperative. This is one conference you must not miss. It includes:

  • Are medicines a help or a hindrance?
  • How can we assist a person to remain independent for as long as possible?
  • What are the current hot topics in aged care?
  • What is elder abuse and what are the mandatory reporting requirements?
  • Which common medical problems impair independence?
  • What does ‘quality of life’ mean for the older person?
  • What are advance care directives?
  • How can you attune your care to the wishes of the person?


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Kate Bell

Movement in Elderly Populations

Older adults are at a high risk of developing an illness or injury, and because of that, movement and exercise is essential in this vulnerable population. This session will discuss:

  • What are the ‘stats’?
  • Which consumers are the ones in real ‘danger’?
  • If ‘exercise is medicine’ then what’s the treatment?
  • What have you seen in practice?
  • Weighing it all up
10:00 Morning Tea

Annalise Webb

What is Quality of Life?

What is quality of life for an older person? What do we need to consider? What can we do better? This session will look at the different aspects of quality of life, what our role is in supporting quality of life, how our views/opinions influence the care we provide and discusses:

  • Cultural, religious and belief aspect
  • Physical and mental aspect
  • Social and familial aspect
Treasure McGuire

Medication Safety in the Home

Chronic disease can come with age, and older adults usually have to take multiple medications in order to treat different chronic conditions. This session will look at:

  • The practices of older adults who self-administer their medication (prescribed, over-the-counter and complementary)
  • Why we need to know if our patients are also taking complementary or alternative medicine
  • Tools to determine whether patients are safe to self-administer their medication
  • Strategies to support patients to use medicines more effectively and safely in their home
12:15 Lunch and Networking

Mal Causer

Forgotten Australians in Aged Care

People brought up in orphanages, institutions, foster care or children’s homes will one day age and potentially enter aged care. This session will discuss the ‘forgotten Australians’ and include:

  • Who are the ‘forgotten Australians’?
  • How does trauma manifest in these older adults?
  • How can we prevent the re-traumatisation of these older adults in aged care?
Rilla Roberts

When Comprehensive Care Is Missed…

It is well-known that the care provided between units within health can differ widely, but the reason for this is not always clear. Typically, when things go wrong, quality-care gaps will focus on errors of commission. This session looks at what is emerging as the elephant in the room - errors of omission. It includes:

  • What is an error of omission?
  • How does it relate to a lack of comprehensive care?
  • How can we prevent errors of omission?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Rilla Roberts

Burden of Disease: Common Health Conditions in Older Adults

This session will discuss common health conditions and risk factors that affect the quality of life in older adults. It includes:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Dementia
  • COPD
  • Stroke
  • Lung cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Bowel cancer
  • Hearing loss
  • Osteoarthritis
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Karen Gower

Symptom Management at the End of Life

The end of life brings with it potentially distressing signs and symptoms, and the management of these symptoms is needed to improve the patient’s quality of life. This session includes:

  • What is the role of artificial hydration when a person is unable to swallow?
  • How can we manage respiratory secretions at the end of life?
  • What can be done in terms of nutrition?
Karen Gower

Palliative Care: Recognising the Deteriorating Patient

There are systems in place to recognise if a patient is deteriorating, and it is important for deterioration to be recognised in order for prompt intervention to be given. This session includes:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of a patient who is deteriorating?
  • What is the role of advance care planning in caring for patients who are deteriorating?
  • What are the barriers to escalating patient deterioration?
  • When do we introduce palliative care?
  • How can we support the family during this time?
10:45 Morning Tea

Rilla Roberts

Promoting Anti-Ageist Attitudes in Resident Care

When most caregivers were born in a previous generation, there are inevitable gaps in social awareness. Such blind spots can lead to insensitivities and even prejudices. This session looks at how we can overcome ageism in resident care and discusses:

  • How is ageism a social justice issue?
  • What impact does ageism have on the health and wellbeing of residents?
  • What can be done to prevent it?
12:00 Lunch and Networking

Rilla Roberts

The Complexity of Dementia: One Size Does Not Fit All

Dementia is an incurable condition that affects around 30% of people over the age of 85. It is the second leading cause of death of Australian adults and even when medically diagnosed, this condition attracts stigmatisation and is considered hopeless. A superior understanding of the underlying pathophysiology contributes to quality care for people with the condition as well as their family or carers. This session will provide an update on the pathophysiology of dementia and includes:

  • How many types of dementia have been classified and described?
  • What are the differentiating factors between the various types of dementia?
  • What are some of the screening processes required for dementia?
  • Dementia, delirium or depression – how can you tell the difference?
Melissa Taylor

LGBT+ Older Adults

As the Australian population ages, so do those who are part of the LGBT population. This session will discuss:

  • What are the issues faced by LGBT older adults?
  • Why do some LGBT older adults ‘go back to the closet’ after entering care homes?
  • What are the special considerations for LGBT older adults?
  • How can healthcare professionals and providers make aged care more inclusive for LGBTQIA older adults?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Melissa Taylor

Older Adults and Sexual Health

Older adults may seem disinterested in sex and intimacy, but studies have shown that older adults still care about it, though not necessarily in the way we think. This session will discuss:

  • What is the relationship between ageing, sexuality and sexual wellbeing?
  • What are the barriers to discussing sexual health with older adults?
  • How can we discuss the needs and concerns related to sexuality with older adults?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Melissa Taylor

Dr Melissa Taylor is a registered nurse with 32 years’ experience in clinical practice, quality, risk and executive management roles in health care. As Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, she focusses her research on aged, workforce, palliative and end of life care. As co-lead of a research team, Dr Taylor has current engagement in projects relating to music in hospitals and dementia knowledge. Melissa’s PhD drew on the tenants of interpretative phenomenology and explored the leadership role of the registered nurse in residential aged care. Melissa’s goal entails working with community, students, nurses, carers, health staff and organisations to educate, research and develop future leaders.

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Rilla Roberts

Rilla Roberts is a Consultant in Aged Care with special interests and expertise in dementia-specific care and improving service quality. She is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing. Rilla has worked in the private health care sector for the majority of her career and has more than 20 years experience in the aged care sector as a nurse educator and staff development officer, accreditation coordinator, aged care assessor and aged care management. As an experienced Accreditation Coordinator in the Private Hospital industry, Rilla moved on to coordinate the accreditation process for all Blue Care services, residential and community from 1995 to 1997 during which all services passed their accreditation assessment by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Rilla was the Director of Care Services for PresCare in Queensland from 2000 to 2008 during which the organisation increased its range of services all of which became and maintained full accreditation status. She has served on the Board of Churches of Christ in Qld for nine years commencing in 2010, bringing expertise in clinical care services, health management, risk management, quality monitoring and ethics to her role of Non- Executive Director Rilla has higher education qualifications in Nurse Education, Nurse Administration and Applied Ethics. She also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Nursing (Dementia Care), Griffith University in 2009.

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Kate Bell

Kate Bell is the Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and Principal of Total Exercise Physiology. In 2007 Kate finished a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) before a change of career led her to completing a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2013. Since then her time has been filled with, running and growing Total Exercise Physiology, into a patient orientated multidisciplinary clinic with locations in Mitchelton and Toowoomba. Kate’s love of teaching and supporting new graduated is continued with seasonal roles within the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland. Her professional interests are chronic disease and community education. In her spare time Kate enjoys training for her next fun run or triathlon event, generally raising funds for cancer research along the way.

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Karen Gower

Karen Gower was the clinical nurse manager of the Wesley Palliative Care Service from 2003 to 2013, having worked in oncology since 1989. In 2011, she completed a master of nursing science (nurse practitioner). In 2013, Karen joined Blue Care, Metro North Community Service, as the first community nurse practitioner for Blue Care. She was fortunate to be part of a project funded through the department of health and ageing to ascertain if having a nurse practitioner working with the community domiciliary service would support palliative clients and their families to care for their family member at home. These clients were, generally, in the last three months of life due to a life-limiting illness. Working with the client’s GP and/or a specialist palliative care service at their treating hospital as part of an integrated service showed significant improvement in service provision and the position was supported to continue across Metro North once the project finished in 2015. In 2015, Blue Care were fortunate to win a Metro North Queensland Health tender to provide community palliative care funded by Queensland Health. Family satisfaction surveys showed families felt supported to continue caring for their loved one at home and grateful to be able to fulfil their family members wish to remain at home. In 2017, Karen joined the Metro South Palliative Care Service Queensland Health, working part-time to deliver palliative care in the community. In 2019, she finished working with Blue Care and is enjoying working part-time at Metro South. It has been a privilege to journey with these clients and their families, enabling them to remain in their place of choice – whether that be in their own home or in hospital.

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Annalise Webb

Annalise Webb is Diversicare’s Multicultural Advisory Service Gold Coast representative. Annalise has a Bachelors in Psychology and a postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She has previously worked as a Learning and Development Manager and Workplace Diversity Manager for two major government departments where her team was the first public service agency to win the Australian Work Life Balance Awards. She has been awarded an Australia Day Medal for her work in human resources. Annalise has extensive experience in training design and delivery, HR strategy and policy, and working with people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from multicultural backgrounds. As part of Diversicare’s Multicultural Advisory Service since 2014, Annalise shares her knowledge and skills by delivering training with a multicultural focus state-wide.

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Mal Causer

Mal Causer is an Aged Care Project Worker for Lotus Place at Micah Projects. Lotus Place is a support service and resource centre for people who experienced abuse in an institutional setting including out of home care as children. Mal has a nursing background, a diploma in community management and has worked in the not for profit sector for over 15 years.

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Treasure McGuire

Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As assistant director of pharmacy, Mater Health Services, she manages their academic practice unit. She is also a senior conjoint lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland and associate professor of pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University, where she lectures on complementary medicines, reproductive health, medication safety and communicable diseases. In recognition of her services to medicines information, she received the Lilly International Fellowship in Hospital Pharmacy and the Bowl of Hygeia of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Need for Program

The age of the population is increasing and this is not likely to change. As well, the provision of care for older people is currently under the spotlight for a range of negative reasons. Assisting an older person to remain well, to live with purpose and to maintain as much control of their life as possible requires staff who are knowledgeable about normal ageing and skilled in holistic care.

Purpose of Program

This conference provides nurses and related health professionals with specialist knowledge that enables empathetic, holistic care of older adults.

Your learning outcomes

  • Respond to the needs of older people who require person-centred care
  • Plan holistic care in conjunction with older people, who have chronic conditions, that is attuned to their desired outcomes
  • Develop and document care plans that are based on the individual’s preference and current evidence relating to their specific needs
  • Improve the wellbeing of older people by implementing a range of simple but effective activities

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QRC: 4044
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Price: $629.00