11h 15m CPDConference

The Blood Conference

Two Days for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

The Blood Conference - Brisbane 2020


20 - 21 Feb 2020
Mercure Hotel Brisbane,
85-87 North Quay

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Why Attend

Blood is the lifeline of all humankind – so when something goes wrong with it, it is vital that any issues are resolved. Attend this very popular two-day conference to refresh your knowledge on blood – the sustainer of life. Topics include:

  • When bruises, haematomas and purpura are a sign of danger
  • Understanding the risks of bloodborne pathogens
  • A guide to venipuncture
  • When sepsis progresses into septic shock
  • Why some patients with haemochromatosis cannot donate blood
  • Recognising HITTS
  • Responding to haematological emergencies and much more…

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Sue de Muelenaere

Bloodborne Pathogens: Understanding the Risks

Despite a greater knowledge of the hazards, as well as risk management, nurses and other healthcare workers continue to be exposed to blood and bodily fluids through needlestick injuries and other exposure incidents. This session includes:

  • Which bloodborne pathogens are of most concern?
  • Modes of transmission – when are you actually at risk?
  • Appropriate use of precautions – what goes where and when?
  • What should you do if you experience a needle stick or sharps injury?
Dr Nicole Gavin

A New Way to Look at Catheter-Related Infections

This session will discuss several studies that aim to facilitate a more accurate bloodstream infection classification in patients with cancer. It will discuss mucosal barrier injury laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infections and includes:

  • What is a mucosal barrier injury laboratory-confirmed bloodstream infection (MBI-LCBI)?
  • What distinguishes bloodstream infections (BSI) related to CVADs from those that occur through other mechanisms such as MBI-LCBI?
  • How does this new classification affect nursing practice?
10:45 Morning Tea


Haematological Emergencies: A Practical Guide

Cancer and its treatment may lead to the development of a range of potentially life-threatening conditions. This session will use case studies to provide a practical overview of a range of emergencies and their relevant interventions that any nurse, regardless of their speciality, must be aware of. It includes:

  • Metabolic emergencies
  • Haematological emergencies
  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Mechanical emergencies
12:15 Lunch and Networking

Sue de Muelenaere

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

Viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are the result of infections from highly infectious and potentially lethal viruses. This session will look at:

  • What are the different types of VHFs?
  • What are the treatment options for patients with VHFs?
  • What are the signs that the VHF is potentially fatal?
  • Why do some VHFs have a high mortality rate?

Gastric Bleeding: Differential Diagnoses

The stomach is a highly vascular organ. Because of this, it is not uncommon for gastric bleeding to occur. This session will look at different diagnoses, signs and symptoms, and treatments for gastric bleeding. It includes:

  • Gastric ulcers
  • Gastric antral vascular ectasia (mostly found in the elderly)
  • Gastric cirsoid aneurysm (a rare but potentially fatal diagnosis)
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Dr Treasure McGuire

The Clinical Nurse Detective: Blood Like Chocolate

As nurses, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a patient’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready, detective?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Cindy Bryant

Overloaded: Explaining Haemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis is a common blood disorder that is often underdiagnosed. This session will explain:

  • What is haemochromatosis?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of haemochromatosis?
  • How is haemochromatosis treated?
  • Can patients with haemochromatosis donate their blood? In what instance are they not allowed to?
Michelle Dwyer

Blood Transfusion Reactions

Blood transfusions are normally beneficial for patients who need them, but what happens when an adverse reaction occurs? This session will discuss different transfusion reactions and includes:

  • What are the different types of blood transfusion reactions?
  • Is there a way to prevent some of these reactions?
  • What are the treatments available for these reactions?
10:30 Morning Tea

Anna Ballantyne

Bruises, Haematomas and Purpura: A Sign of Danger?

A bruise or contusion is a form of haematoma caused by trauma. Meanwhile, purpura commonly represents an underlying coagulation disorder. This session considers:

  • Other causes of bruises
  • Identifying the severity of bruises
  • Differentiating bruising from purpura
  • What purpura can tell us about a person's coagulation status
  • Something more sinister? When alarm bells should sing
Emma Luck

Minimising Bleeding in the Perioperative Environment

Patients who are undergoing surgical procedures are more likely to develop imbalances in the coagulation system. Bleeding intraoperatively or postoperatively increases patient morbidity and mortality, and achieving haemostasis is vital for optimising surgical outcomes. Nurses play a key role in identifying high-risk patients, in addition to being confident in their speciality role of checking and administering blood and other products that accelerate the clotting cascade to minimise blood loss. This session includes:

  • Key considerations for the various perioperative nursing roles
  • Types of blood and blood products that may be administered
  • How the use of thromboelastogram (TEG) and ROTEM optimise patient management
  • An overview of products that accelerate the clotting cascade
  • High-risk patient cohorts and surgical procedures
  • Red blankets, trauma and the activation of massive transfusion protocol
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Sue de Muelenaere

ABCs of Hepatitis B, C, D and E

Nurses and other healthcare workers continue to be exposed to blood and bodily fluids through needlestick injuries and other exposure incidents. This comprehensive session focuses on viruses, particularly hepatitis B, C, D and E. It will ensure you are clear on the facts and recent discoveries in relation to the transmission, progression and treatment of hepatitis B, C, D and E. It includes:

  • How are hepatitis B, C, D and E transmitted?
  • Who is most vulnerable?
  • What are the testing and disease courses/stages of hepatitis B, C, D and E?
  • What is new about our knowledge of hepatitis B, C, D and E?
  • What are the aims of modern treatment?
  • How do the new medications for chronic hepatitis B, C, D and E work?
  • What are the current challenges for health professionals who work with people with hepatitis B, C, D or E?
Amelia Herbert

Seven Steps to Remember During A Massive Blood Transfusion

What do I need to remember during a massive blood transfusion? Well, it's obvious, isn’t it? Give blood! However, the amount of blood that a person receives during a massive blood transfusion causes a set of complications within itself that need to be addressed concurrently. An acronym, REPLACE serves to act as a reminder of the principles involved with managing a patient requiring a massive blood transfusion. This session explains the following:

  • What is a massive blood transfusion?
  • A rationale and an explanation behind each of the 7 management principles required during a massive blood transfusion
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Alex Connolly


Sometimes called the “royal disease”, haemophilia may result in other health issues if left untreated. This session will discuss:

  • What are the different types of haemophilia, and what are the different treatments associated with each type?
  • What are the health issues that may arise from untreated haemophilia?
  • Can haemophilia be fatal?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Blood is essential to human life. However, disorders of the blood are common and manifest in a range of clinical settings. Blood and its components are a precious resource frequently administered by nurses, but this is not without risk. A conference that reviews our modern understanding of the physiology of the blood and evidence-based treatments of common disorders is timely.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to provide nurses with an evidence-based update on the role of blood, its components and haematological disorders, so as to improve patient outcomes.

Your learning outcomes:

Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards and guidelines
Review the pathophysiology of a number of blood disorders and enhance your knowledge of modern treatments
Give the most appropriate nursing care to patients with bloodborne diseases
Recognise and respond to haematological emergencies as a nurse


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Michelle Dwyer

Michelle completed her General Nurse Training at the RBWH in 1985 and a Bachelor of Nursing at ACU in 2003. With over 30 years of nursing experience, Michelle gained a position at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) as Clinical Nurse in Orthopaedic Surgery and then Continuity of Care Co-ordinator for surgery. She was instrumental in setting up the surgical discharge planning unit at TPCH with a patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach. In 2016 she was acting CNC Blood Management, Haemovigilance and was successful in gaining a permanent position in 2018. Michelle is passionate about Patient Blood Management and provides hospital-wide education on all things blood management. Read More

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Alex Connolly

Alex Connolly is a Clinical Nurse at the Queensland Haemophilia Centre situated at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She has been at the Royal Brisbane for over 20 years. Since 2015 she has been working at Queensland Haemophilia Centre as well as working within surgical and peri-operative services. Her focus is on patient education and actively encourages her patients to advocate for themselves whilst living with a lifelong chronic condition. Read More

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Amelia Herbert

Amelia is an experienced nurse and educationalist and is currently employed as a lead educator for TAFE QLD. She is seeking to further refine her capabilities as an educator, by undertaking a master’s degree in education majoring in leadership. Amelia has a broad array of clinical experience to draw on, which includes: intensive care, emergency, coronary care, and general medical/surgical specialties. She is affiliated with the tertiary sector, is published in and regularly peer reviews nursing literature. Amelia is keen to explore innovative teaching methods and communication tools using technology; and believes that this will enhance inter-professional collaboration and subsequently patient-centred care. Read More

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Treasure McGuire

Dr Treasure McGuire is a medicines information pharmacist, pharmacologist, educator and researcher. As assistant director of pharmacy, Mater Health Services, she manages their academic practice unit. She is also a senior conjoint lecturer in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland and associate professor of pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University, where she lectures on complementary medicines, reproductive health, medication safety and communicable diseases. In recognition of her services to medicines information, she received the Lilly International Fellowship in Hospital Pharmacy and the Bowl of Hygeia of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Read More

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Nicole Gavin

Dr Nicole Gavin is an experienced haematology and bone marrow transplant nurse and a nurse research at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Her main research interest is infection in patients diagnosed with cancer. Infection is the leading cause of death for people with cancer despite advances in treatment and supportive care leading to long-term survival. Nicole’s PhD investigates how microorganisms grow in intravenous solutions in central venous access devices. Read More

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Emma Luck

Emma Luck is a Perioperative Nurse Educator at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in the Metro South Health District. Her speciality is in the intraoperative circulating and instrument nurse roles, with a broad array of experience across multiple surgical specialities. Emma has previously been a lecturer and clinical facilitator for undergraduate bachelor of nursing students. She is published in nursing literature, and has an interest in how technological advancements will shape future nursing roles. Emma served on the review committee for the 2018 bi-annual Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) national standards release, and was the co-joint ACORN QLD education chair from 2017 – 2018. Emma holds two post-graduate diplomas, and is currently studying a masters degree in clinical specialisation.  Read More

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Sue de Muelenaere

Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient. Read More

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Anna Ballantyne

Anna Ballantyne is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Emergency – mixed adult paediatric and mental health. Anna leads the disaster portfolio groups for the five hospitals in the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and was involved in the disaster preparation and set up for the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. She believes in doing simple things well and with kindness. Read More

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Cindy Bryant

Cindy Bryant is a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Northeast Health Wangaratta in rural Victoria. She has a special interest in haematology and is involved with the care, education, and support of patients with haemochromatosis, and in educating the medical and nursing staff caring for them. Read More


20 - 21 Feb 2020


Mercure Hotel Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD,4000


$759.00 (two days)
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