9 - 10 Sep 2021

Aged Care Nursing: Improving Quality of Life Conference

QRC: 4158
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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


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 the following:

  • 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?
10:00 Morning Tea


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

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:

  • 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 and alternative medicine
  • Tools to determine whether patients are safe to self-administer their medication
  • Strategies to support patients use medicines more effectively and safely in their home
12:15 Lunch and Networking


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?

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 the following topics:

  • 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?
2:45 Afternoon Tea


Decision Making Associated with Hip Fracture Surgery in the Older Adult

Surgery for hip fracture in an older adult is designed to improve patient outcomes primarily pain and function, but sometimes, it may lead to a lower quality of life. This session will explore the topic of hip surgery with older adults, and will discuss:

  • Challenges faced by patients, their family & carers, and health care professionals involved in decision making around hip fracture management and care
  • Aspects of peri-operative risk management
  • Realistic surgery and post-surgery goals with the older adult and their family/carers
  • What role advanced-care directives play in an older patient’s decisions surrounding hip fracture repair surgery
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


A Palliative Approach to Care

This session reviews the concept of a palliative approach to care. In this session, you will have an opportunity to clarify what is meant by palliative care. It includes:

  • An Intro to CAPCS and the Speciality Pall Care Service
  • Referrals to our team
  • Recognising the dying patient
  • Palliative Planning: Family meetings and ACDs
  • Communication techniques around death and dying

Pharmacological Approaches to Symptom Management in 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 will discuss core palliative medicines and includes:

  • Types of medications used for managing the terminal phase
  • Possible challenges when caring for people in the terminal phase
  • Useful resources for caring with people with palliative care needs
10:45 Morning Tea


Sarcopenia in the Older Adult

A condition that was recently recognised as a disease in Australia, sarcopenia is relatively unknown but may affect the quality of life of an older adult. This session explores:

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


Protecting your Elderly Patients during an Outbreak

During any outbreak, the most vulnerable populations, such as the elderly, are at the highest risk of morbidity and mortality. This session will discuss:

  • What are the risks to our elderly patients?
  • How can we prioritise care for these patients?
  • Do we have to take additional steps in order to protect these patients?

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults - An Individualised Approach

Older adults are at risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes. This session will explore the following sessions:

  • What are the different types of Individualised target treatments?
  • What are the issues that need to be considered in individualised treatment?
  • How can we prevent hypoglycaemia and related complications?
  • What current guidelines exist for the treatment of diabetes in older adults?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Insulin Therapy in Older Adults

Insulin therapy is common in older adults, but due to the risks associated with any therapy in the elderly, this should always be initiated with caution. However, insulin therapy can be beneficial for the older adult with diabetes. This session will discuss different aspects of insulin therapy and includes:

  • Choice of insulin and avoiding complications
  • Needle length in insulin therapy and why it may matter
  • A review and uptake of the types of insulins available
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


Speakers for this event are still being confirmed

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
9 - 10 Sep 2021

Aged Care Nursing: Improving Quality of Life Conference

QRC: 4158
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
Perth, WA, 6000
Price: $629.00