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Aged Care Nursing - Improving Quality of Life Conference

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Aged Care Nursing – Improving Quality of Care - Melbourne 2020


27 - 28 Feb 2020
Oaks On Collins ,
480 Collins St

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Why Attend

Growing old with purpose and maintaining control of our life 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?

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Mark Aitken

Getting it Right – Assessment of Older People

Hospital admissions for older Australians are rising rapidly and are set to continue as the population ages, with most admissions over 70 years old. Unfortunately, we live in an ageist society where treatment options and decisions may be offered or limited based on age rather than physical condition and quality of life. Assessment of the older person can be tricky. Using case studies, in this practical and dynamic session we will explore:

  • Physiological changes related to the ageing process
  • Commonly missed clues in the assessment of older people and why they are missed
  • Age-appropriate assessment
  • When short on time, what you cannot miss in your assessment
10:00 Morning Tea


The Decision to Have Surgery and the Older Adult

Surgery can be a method to prolong life, but, sometimes, it may lead to a lower quality of life. This session will explore the discussion of surgery with older adults. It includes:

  • Discussing realistic surgery and post-surgery goals with the older adult and their family
  • How advanced-care directives can play a big role in an older patient’s decisions surrounding surgery
Jenny Gowan

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 discuss how older adults who self-administer their prescribed medication and includes:

  • How can we ensure that our patients track their drug intake?
  • Are pill organisers safe?
  • Can multi-dose packaging systems be made safer?
  • Do we have to know if our patients are also taking complementary and alternative medicine?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Matiu Bush

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 includes:

  • Who are the“forgotten Australians”?
  • What are the possible issues which may arise from these adults going into aged care?
  • How can we prevent the re-traumatisation of these older adults in aged care?

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 needs and concerns related to sexuality with older adults?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Mark Aitken

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 and how our views/opinions influence the care we provide. Discuss:

  • Cultural, religious and belief aspect
  • Physical and mental aspect
  • Social and familial aspect
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Rosalie Hudson

Applying a Palliative Approach to People with Dementia

This interactive session will critically analyse a number of key points in relation to dementia and palliative care, including:

  • How do you manage a terminal illness in a person with dementia?
  • What are the clinical nursing issues?
  • How do you assess comorbid symptoms in a person with dementia?
Mark Aitken

Burden of Disease: Common Health Conditions in Older Adults

This session will discuss common health conditions and risks 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
10:45 Morning Tea

Robin Daly

Sarcopenia in the Older Adult

Sarcopenia, or the loss in muscle mass, strength and function, was recently recognised as a disease in Australia. It remains largely unknown despite being linked to many chronic diseases and reduced quality of life in older adults. This session explores:

  • What is sarcopenia and how it can be diagnosed?
  • What are the causes and consequences of sarcopenia?
  • Is sarcopenia preventable?
  • How can sarcopenia be treated?
12:00 Lunch and Networking


Observational Assessment Tools

When caring for patients with dementia, observational assessment tools (OATs) can prove beneficial to the care provided by healthcare professionals. This session discusses:

  • What are some examples of (OATs)?
  • What are the main components of an OAT?
  • What are the considerations when choosing an OAT?
  • Is it possible to have a one-size-fits-all approach?
  • Are there any limitations to OATs?
Dr Beatrice Alba

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 LGBTQI older adults?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Dr Beatrice Alba

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?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

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 pressures on older people who are in need of professional care but who wish to retain their autonomy and purpose in life
Negotiate holistic care with older adults who have chronic conditions that is attuned their desired outcomes
Formulate and document care plans that are based on the individual’s preference and current evidence relating to their specific needs
Improve the overall mental health of older people by implementing a range of simple but effective activities


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Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken has been a proud Registered Nurse for over 30 years. He has worked in many areas of nurs... Read More

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Matiu Bush

Matiu Bush founded One Good Street, a social networking platform to encourage neighbour-initiated ca... Read More

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Robin Daly

Professor Robin Daly holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Phy... Read More

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Beatrice Alba

Dr Alba is a research fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University. H... Read More

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Rosalie Hudson

Dr Rosalie Hudson's varied nursing career is focused on aged care, dementia care and palliative care... Read More

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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a ... Read More


27 - 28 Feb 2020


Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$629.00 (two days)
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