6 - 7 May 2021

Albury/Wodonga Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 30m
QRC: 4071
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Why Attend

This general nurses’ conference is an ideal way for you to update your knowledge about a range of nursing topics each year. Book your place at this upcoming conference and:

  • Keep up-to-date
  • Network, share experiences, and connect with like-minded colleagues
  • Help meet your CPD requirements
  • Enrich your professional practice and personal growth
  • Improve health outcomes specific to your local community and much, much more...
Attending a conference requires planning and, often, the support of your organisation. See below and find out how you can gain support to attend this event.


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Danielle Kennedy

Hot Topics in Aged Care

Due to a vast increase in literature, it can often be difficult to keep up-to-date with new research. Yet, being informed by current evidence is essential if we are to care comprehensively for older adults. As such, this session will review recent literature and the hot topics most relevant to the older adult. It includes:

  • What are the key pieces of new evidence on older adults?
  • Are there new medication updates we need to be aware of?
  • Are certain practices now considered out of date?
10:00 Morning Tea

Danielle Kennedy

Getting it Right: Assessment of Older People

Assessment of the older person can be tricky. But, you are in a pivotal position to respond to the holistic health needs of an older adult during this time. Using case studies, in this practical and dynamic session we will explore:

  • When short of time, what should you NOT miss in your assessment?
  • What are the physiological changes related to the ageing process?
  • What are the commonly missed clues in the assessment of older people, and why they are missed?
  • What is an age-appropriate assessment?
Danielle Kennedy

Involving Older Adults in Deprescribing

Enhancing an older adults’ involvement in the decision-making regarding their medication administration can have increasingly positive effects on their overall wellbeing. This session will look at the involvement of older adults in deprescribing and the responsibilities that they are involved in. It includes:

  • How involved should an older adult be with medication decision-making?
  • What is deprescribing and why should it happen more often?
  • Why should older adults be involved with their medication?
  • How extensive should education be about medication?
12:30 Lunch and Networking


Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies: Essentials for All Nurses

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session, you will learn about current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. It includes:

  • What are diabetes emergencies
  • What to watch for in an emergency and how to respond
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
  • An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions
2:30 Afternoon Tea


Dietary Adjustments in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Patients with a diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the evidence behind these nutritional approaches and discusses:

  • Are there any differences between the dietary adjustments that need to be made by patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes?
  • Is there a potential risk of adverse effects if persons with type 1 or 2 diabetes follow fad diets?
4:00 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review of Day One

Audas Grant

Back to Basics: Essential Components of the Primary Survey

The initial assessment and management of a person who has suffered trauma are critical to their outcome and recovery. This session will discuss the rapid systematic primary survey, which is based on established frameworks. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate actions within different contexts. It includes:

  • Cervical spine stabilisation
  • Type of trauma, danger and response
  • A – Airway
  • B – Breathing and oxygenation
  • C – Circulation and bleeding
  • D – Disability and delegating tasks
Audas Grant

Identifying Hypovolemia and Hypervolemia

Two ends of a spectrum, hypovolemia and hypervolemia can become serious if left untreated. This session will discuss:

  • How can we determine if our patient has either hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • Are there any uncommon symptoms that may indicate hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What are the causes of hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What is the differential diagnosis for hypovolemia and hypervolemia?
11:15 Morning Tea

Joshua Anderson

When Less is More: Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
  • What are the principles of deprescribing?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Joshua Anderson

Pain Management: Preventing Opioid Toxicity

How often do you consider the dangers associated with prescribed medications for pain? Opioids are commonly prescribed in a range of settings. Yet, their potential for harm, misuse and even deliberate self-poisoning is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them and so that they are appropriately used not abused. This session includes the most common types of analgesics that may be prescribed for managing pain. It includes:

  • How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
  • How do you manage opioid-induced side effects and the potential for misuse?
  • What types of drugs commonly used at night could potentially interact with opioids?
  • How do you identify tolerance, prevent dependency and assess for toxicity?
Danielle Kennedy

The Complexity of Dementia: One Size Does Not Fit All

Dementia is an incurable condition that affects around 30% of people over the age of 85. It is the second leading cause of death for Australian adults and, even when medically diagnosed, this condition attracts stigma and is considered hopeless. A superior understanding of the underlying pathophysiology is necessary to contribute to quality care for people with the condition, as well as their family or carers. This session will provide an update on the pathophysiology of dementia and includes:

  • How many types of dementia have been classified and described?
  • What are the differentiating factors between the various types of dementia?
  • What are some of the screening processes required for dementia?
  • Dementia, delirium or depression - how can you tell the difference?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Danielle Kennedy

Complex Cases: Joining the Dots

Complex care can be very challenging towards any health professional, even with years of experience. This challenging notion forces us to continually learn and understand how chronic, complex diseases affect a person. How can we, as nurses, put the pieces together to provide high-quality holistic care? In this session we will look at the complex nature of certain chronic diseases and how nurses can make a difference.

4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Danielle Kennedy

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.

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Joshua Anderson

Josh Anderson is a medication safety pharmacist who holds a bachelor of pharmacy and a graduate certificate in pharmacy practice. A member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacist’s medication safety specialty practice group, Josh provides expert guidance and support on medication safety issues. While working in remote health in South Australia, Josh spent significant time flying to outback clinics with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, providing outreach pharmacy services and education to clinic nurses and patients. Josh is passionate about medication safety and how that portfolio can better protect patients and healthcare professionals. Currently, Josh holds the position of medication safety pharmacist at Albury Wodonga Health.

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Audas Grant

Audas Grant is currently employed by NSW health as a clinical nurse consultant for emergency and critical care. He has worked in NSW Health for more than two decades and has represented on several state, interstate, and national taskforce committees. Audas has presented at many national and international conferences. Currently, he is the chair of the NSW Rural Emergency/Critical Care CNC planning group, co-chair of the NSW Rural Critical Care Taskforce Committee and representative for NSW ARC. His main ambitions are to play the Uilleanne Pipes competently, improve his lap time around Winton Raceway, and continue his dedication to ASMAP.

Need for Program

Good patient care is directly related to the quality of the nursing care being provided. The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and all nurses are faced with the constant challenge of keeping their knowledge, skills and practice up-to-date. As well, the amount of new knowledge available is increasing. To achieve the desired patient outcomes, utilising informed, safe and competent nursing practice is vital. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to enable all nurses to remain up-to-date on a range of current professional and clinical practice topics.

Your learning outcomes

  • Identify behaviours that cause illness in people in order to plan care to prevent health deterioration
  • Optimise interprofessional collaboration with the intention of enhancing better patient outcomes
  • Apply new knowledge about a range of conditions to provide holistic care
  • Underpin patient outcomes with evidence-based practice, recognised standards and guidelines
6 - 7 May 2021

Albury/Wodonga Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 30m
QRC: 4071
Atura Albury
Albury, NSW, 2640
Price: $629.00