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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 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?

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Mark Aitken

Person-centred Care

Nursing care has been evolving from system-centred care to person-centred care, but what is person-centred care? This session will discuss an approach which was started in the disability sector, and includes the following:

  • What is defined as person-centred care?
  • What are the key concepts of person-centred care?
  • How can we support person-centred outcomes in our care?
10:00 Morning Tea

Mark Aitken

Aged Care Act: An Update

This session discusses the latest amendments made to the Aged Care Act, and includes:

  • New Aged Care Quality Standards
  • Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes
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

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
Dr Beatrice Alba

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

Getting it Right – Assessment of Older People

Assessment of the older person can be challenging. 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 of time, what you cannot miss in your assessment
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?
Caroline Carroll

Forgotten Australians in Aged Care

Australians, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who were 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’?
  • 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?
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

Stacey Palfreyman

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 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?
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 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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Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken has been a proud registered nurse for over 30 years. He has worked in many areas of nursing and midwifery, including general surgical and medical units, critical care, sexual and reproductive health, education, research, project management, maternity services and residential, community and speciality aged care services. Supporting nurses and midwives has been a constant in Mark’s career. He believes that patients receive the best care when staff are supported. Mark is currently the stakeholder manager at Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support). NM Support provides nurses and midwives, students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or midwife with confidential, anonymous and free advice and referral. The goal of NM Support is to promote better health for nurses, midwives and students, as well as safer care for the public. Read More

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Robin Daly

Professor Robin Daly holds the position of Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University. Over the past 25 years his research has focused on the role of exercise and nutritional approaches to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia, falls, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, kidney disease and cognitive related disorders. He also has a special interest in the use of health technology as an approach to remotely monitor and deliver evidence-based exercise programs to older adults to improve health and well-being, and is passionate about educating the health and medical community about exercise and movement as an essential form of medicine. He is currently President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ANZSSFR) and a Fellow of Sports Medicine Australia. Read More

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Stacey Palfreyman

Stacey Palfreyman is a Nurse Practitioner working at Alfred Health, Victoria, within the Hospital Admission Risk Program. She has published internationally and is passionate about community, aged, and palliative care. Stacey’s qualifications include a master of advanced clinical practice and a graduate diploma in palliative care. 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. Her current research focuses on the health and wellbeing of older LGBTI Australians. Read More

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Caroline Carroll

Caroline Carroll is the Community Education Coordinator at OPEN PLACE, the Victorian support service for Forgotten Australians. Caroline spent her childhood in many institutional and foster care placements. In these placements, she experienced a range of abuses. She was separated as an infant (14 months) from her family (including her seven siblings). At the age of 15, Caroline was left to fend for herself! Caroline is the Chair of the national peak body, the Alliance for Forgotten Australians (AFA). Caroline has made several presentations at conferences in Australia & internationally. Caroline has sat on a number of reference groups for National projects that the Australian government has undertaken: National Apology to the Forgotten Australians & Former Child Migrants. National History Projects, Find and Connect and Aged Care Education, and currently is on the Commonwealth Redress Advisory Council.  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. As a consultant nurse educator, with qualifications in theology, she explores end-of-life issues for older people; as an author, teacher and associate professor with the University of Melbourne, she seeks to raise the profile of gerontic nursing. Rosalie has had twelve years of experience as a director of nursing for a 50-bed nursing home, as well as extensive experience in community nursing practice. Read More

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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a clinical associate of RMIT University. She is a member of the PSA Branch committee, the Expert Group for Therapeutic Guidelines – Respiratory version 5, an editorial board member of AUS-DI, SHPA "Don’t Rush to Crush", the Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook (AAH) and the writing group for the RACGP ‘Medical Care of older persons in RACF’ (Silver book). Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist who conducts her own company, which focuses on medication reviews in the home and aged care facilities, plus education, writing, training and consultation. Jenny works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a community health centre. She has published over 400 educational articles. Jenny has presented talks at many Australian and international conferences to GPs, nurse practitioners, nurses, podiatrists, pharmacists, and other health professionals. In 2013, she was awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and, in 2016, the AACP-MIMs Australian Consultant Pharmacist of the Year. Read More


27 - 28 Feb 2020


Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$629.00 (two days)
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