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:
Dementia refers to various disorders impacting on the brain. Depending on the part of the brain affected, it has, at least in the early stages, different presentations. What all dementias have in common is a reduction in the capacity to communicate verbally and make sensory discriminations. This introductory session will look at what capacities are retained, and the significance of this knowledge for our own communicative responses. We will look at:
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:
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 and opinions influence the care we provide and discusses:
Surgery can be a method to prolong life, but sometimes it may lead to a lower quality of life. This session will explore surgery with older adults, and includes:
The increased incidence of dementia sufferers can make it easier to assume a person has this condition when they, in fact, may have another reason for their confusion. This session looks at other causes of confusion in an older person. It will offer tips on what to look for to ensure you are not confusing dementia with other diagnoses. It includes:
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 end of life brings with it potentially distressing signs and symptoms, and management of these symptoms is needed to improve the patient’s quality of life. This session includes:
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:
Evidence clearly shows that health and nutrition go hand-in-hand. As we age this becomes increasingly more significant when an older adult is sick or has been injured. This session will look at the effects of nutrition on an older adult and how malnutrition can quickly become a reality. It includes:
This session will discuss common health conditions and risks factors that affect the quality of life in older adults and includes:
As the Australian population ages, so do those who are part of the LGBT+ population. This session will discuss:
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:
Margaret Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with experience in hospital, community and aged care settings. Margaret has a strong interest in reducing the risk of harm from medicines. She has analysed and researched factors contributing to harm from medicines and implemented programs to reduce risk. Margaret was a member of the recent Anticoagulant Working Party for the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission and a subject matter expert for high-risk medicines module development for opioids and anticoagulants for the NSW Health Education and Training Institute. Margaret has developed and provided training for nurses, pharmacists and medical practitioners. Her most recent roles have been as the project pharmacist for the South-Eastern Sydney Local Health District Opioid Stewardship Program and with the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She is currently the project pharmacist in a general practice, investigating the influence of a pharmacist on the management of high-risk medicines in patients transitioning through healthcare.
Dr Gaynor Macdonald is a senior lecturer and consultant anthropologist in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney. Dr Macdonald is a social anthropologist who has focused on ways in which Australian Indigenous peoples have confronted waves of social and cultural change and the impact of these on their understandings of their personhood and social relationships. She is currently writing about the experiences of Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales over the two centuries of their colonial subjectivity. In what might seem a departure, she has recently conducted research into care in the context of dementia. She became aware of the impact of dementia on family members among Wiradjuri people and then became the carer of her husband. Her understanding of dementia as primarily a social experience, involving the person diagnosed as well as all those around them and the society as a whole, has brought her research into personhood and change, her personal insights and case studies of family carers together in order to critique the ways in which dementia is constructed as an incurable disease and the consequent impact of this on carers. The stigmatising of dementia as a life experience has a stunting impact, akin to the impacts of racism, ageism or sexism. There is a long way to go in creating the society in which dementia need not be feared. Similarly, there is a long way to go in creating the society in which differences of all kinds can be respected.
Catriona Ooi is the Director of Sexual Health for the northern Sydney local area and senior lecturer with the University of Sydney medical school.
Joanne Russell is a Nurse Practitioner, endorsed in 2012, who specialises in the care of the older person. Her work in gerontology has spanned the past 20 years, working in the acute care sector, community care, and residential care in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Joanne works in the emergency department of Ryde Hospital in Sydney as a Nurse Practitioner: aged care and orthogeriatrics. Her role is focused on improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients through advanced clinical assessment, interventions and coordinating services across the patient journey. She completed her Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Newcastle in 2008 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Palliative Care/Aged Care at Flinders University in 2016.
Cheryl Brownlow is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and has worked as a Specialist Aged Care Dietitian within the Sydney Local Health District for many years, most recently focusing in the area of psychogeriatrics. Her primary responsibility has been the nutritional care of older inpatients and outpatients at Concord Hospital and also at the psychogeriatrics unit of the Concord Centre for Mental Health. She has also been involved in working parties looking at optimising the nutritional management and service provision for older patients.
Danielle Kennedy is a nurse practitioner: aged care who currently works in the Murrumbidgee local health district. After qualifying as a registered nurse in 1996, Danielle spent 15 years working in various healthcare settings in the United Kingdom, predominantly in haemato-oncology with a special focus in intravenous access. In 2009, she began placing PICCs and went on to develop a nurse-led ultrasound guided PICC-insertion service as a part of her master of science (cancer nursing). On returning to Australia, in 2014, she entered a community nurse practitioner internship with a special focus on the older person and was endorsed in May 2017. Danielle is passionate about the role of nurse practitioners in supporting older adults in the regional and rural setting.
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.
This conference provides nurses and related health professionals with specialist knowledge that enables empathetic, holistic care of older adults.
14 - 15 Sep 2020
19 - 20 Oct 2020
26 - 27 Oct 2020
22 - 23 Mar 2021
9 - 10 Sep 2021
Events held in September onwards are scheduled to proceed. We hope to see you at an Ausmed Event soon!