26 - 27 Oct 2020

Aged Care Nursing: Improving Quality of Life - Adelaide 2020

10h 45m
QRC: 4055
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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

Dr Monica Cations

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?
  • 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

Dr Monica Cations

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 and opinions influence the care we provide. It discusses:

  • Cultural, religious and belief aspect
  • Physical and mental aspect
  • Social and familial aspect
Julie Kha

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 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

Matt Kowald

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, but this session will look 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?
Matt Kowald

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?
2:45 Afternoon 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
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Kathryn Pearce & Elizabeth Wright

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
Paul Tait

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

Amelia Pilichiewicz

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

Matt Kowald

Observational Assessment Tools

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

  • What are some examples of observational assessment tools?
  • What are the main components of an observational assessment tool?
  • What are the considerations when choosing an observational assessment tool?
  • Is it possible to have a one-size-fits-all approach?
  • Are there any limitations to observational assessment tools?
Toni Slotnes-O’Brien

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults - An Individualised Approach

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

  • What are the different types of individualised target treatments?
  • What are the issues that need to be considered for 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

Toni Slotnes-O’Brien

Insulin Therapy in Older Adults

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


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Julie Kha

Julie Kha is passionate about engaging people in their own healthcare. This contributed to her decision to become an accredited pharmacist and credentialed diabetes educator. She has had vast experience in medication management and believes in individualising care for the person in front of us. She is based in Adelaide.

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Amelia Pilichiewicz

Amelia Pilichiewicz is an accredited practising dietitian and sports dietitian (SDA provisional), having completed degrees in both science (honours, PhD) and nutrition and dietetics. She has a special interest in gastrointestinal nutrition, women’s health (including pelvic pain), type II diabetes management, sports nutrition and nutritional research. Amelia completed a PhD at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, analysing the diet in patients with upper-abdominal indigestion, and the role of nutrients in gastrointestinal function and the regulation of appetite. She has also worked as a clinical trial coordinator and research officer, investigating both conventional and alternative medications for the relief of symptoms of diabetes, obesity, indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome. Upon realising that many patients associated a connection between what they were eating and the worsening of their symptoms, Amelia decided to pursue further study in nutrition and dietetics. She wanted to help people by utilising the research and adapting the diet nutritionally for the management of their symptoms, rather than solely researching it. Amelia has a keen interest in women’s health including pelvic pain, coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and other gastrointestinal disorders. She is a firm believer that good nutrition can aid in the management and relief of medical conditions. Everyone should be able to enjoy eating without being fearful of any bad consequences - and little adjustments (or swaps) to a person’s diet can assist with improving the quality of life. Amelia was a dancer and dance teacher for 28 years and is very passionate about this area. She recently began competing in triathlons as a great way to keep fit and socialise.

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Paul Tait

Paul is a palliative care pharmacist with almost 30 years of experience. He has strong skills in leading and managing change in both the acute and primary healthcare sectors.

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Kathryn Pearce

Kathryn Pearce is the Nurse Unit Manager at Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service.

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Matt Kowald

Matt Kowald is a registered nurse with 20 years’ experience and a passion for aged care, which he has demonstrated throughout his diverse career. He has worked in clinical and management roles in emergency departments, community care, rural health and aged care. Matt has completed a Master of Clinical Science through the Joanna Briggs Institute and the University of Adelaide, looking at the effectiveness and appropriateness in the management of BPSD in residential aged care. Currently, he is the general manager of residential care and innovation at Barossa Village, a 100 bed aged care facility located in Nuriootpa, South Australia. In this facility, he is involved in various research projects, looking at different aspects of aged care and improving outcomes for residents.

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Toni Slotnes-O'Brien

Toni Slotnes-O'Brien is a lecturer and teaching specialist (clinical practitioner) with expertise as an endorsed nurse practitioner and credentialed diabetes educator. After 27 years of registered nursing, Toni joined Flinders University in 2013 with a desire to enhance nursing care and encourage postgraduate studies in nursing.

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To Be Determined

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Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright is the Psychosocial Lead at Central Adelaide Palliative Care Service.

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Monica Cations

Monica Cations is a provisional psychologist and epidemiologist who has worked in the ageing and dementia field for over a decade. Her research is translational with a focus on dementia care pathways, young onset dementia and the impact of psychological trauma in old age. Monica is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, where she uses routinely collected 'big' data to answer important questions about the aged care services used by people with dementia and cognitive impairment in 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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Aged Care Nursing: Improving Quality of Life - Adelaide 2020

10h 45m
QRC: 4055
The Lakes Resort Hotel Adelaide
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Price: $629.00