11h 15m CPDConference

Brisbane Aged Care Conference

2-Day Update for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Brisbane Aged Care Conference 2019


28 - 29 Nov 2019
Mercure Hotel Brisbane,
85-87 North Quay

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Why Attend

In today’s contentious aged care environment, it has never been more necessary to have quick access to education that raises the bar for registered nurses in aged care. Attend this conference and find out:

  • Preventing unnecessary transfer to hospital
  • When to listen and when to speak when dealing with complaints
  • Care considerations for an older person with dementia
  • The latest on safe sedative use
  • The role of dementia care mapping and much, much more...

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Karen Gower

Advancing Excellence in Aged Care

When the professional nursing focus is on the right things for the older adult the right outcomes result…but are we going wrong? The Royal Commission into Aged Care would suggest we are. This introductory session explores how nursing practice offers a major solution to some of the problems that have arisen.

Karen Gower

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 the following:

  • 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?
10:30 Morning Tea

Amanda Fryer

Clinical Update – Diabetes in Older Adults

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the lives of many older adults. Understanding exactly how diabetes affects the body, what causes it, as well as how it is detected provides a strong foundation for helping people to prevent its terrible consequences. This session reviews:

  • How does diabetes affect the body?
  • What are the types and causes of diabetes?
  • How are older adults diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Why are symptoms sometimes “silent”?
Debbie Rigby

Reducing Falls – Are Medications Implicated?

Many medicines can affect gait. This session will explore the negative effects of some medicines on gait. It includes:

  • What medicines increase falls and gait disorders?
  • Are drug interactions implicated?
  • Medical conditions can increase falls risk, e.g. postural hypotension, Parkinson’s disease and more, but how can the risk be reduced?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Debbie Rigby

Is Sedating Really the Answer?

Sedatives are pervasive in aged care and there is now increasing community concern about their overuse. This session explores the issues associated with sedative use and how it impacts other body systems:

  • What are the effects of sedatives on the body?
  • Does it matter if the medicine is missed?
  • What happens to the cognitive status of older adults on these medicines?
  • What are the alternatives and how can you encourage appropriate use?
Clare Cotterell

The Symptom of Incontinence – What Is This Telling You?

Because incontinence is complex, getting to the root cause of the problem is key to managing it appropriately. This session looks at some of the areas where medical conditions may cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence as well as opportunities to improve it. It includes:

  • What are the conditions that could present as incontinence?
  • Why do some medical conditions exacerbate urinary incontinence?
  • What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence, both caused or exacerbated by a medical condition?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Amanda Fryer

Creating an Environment of Meaningful Conversations

As healthcare professionals, we must strive to create an environment where social interaction is more than just “here is your drink”. This session will look at:

  • How can we inspire a culture of meaningful conversations despite the busy schedule of aged care?
  • What are the ways in which we can teach staff to observe and report changes in a resident’s behaviour?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Khera Kim

To Transfer or Not to – Avoiding Unnecessary Hospital Transfers

An older adult’s quality of life is likely to be significantly challenged when faced with illness, injury, or disease. Comprehensive care that ensures older adults avoid unnecessary hospitalisation is a pillar of promoting the best possible quality of life. This session will look at:

  • Why might a hospital admission be harmful to an older adult?
  • How does avoiding hospitalisation improve quality of life?
  • What nursing practices prevent hospitalisation and re-hospitalisation?
  • Should all people with delirium be transferred?
  • Is transferring for surgery always an option?
  • If hospitalisation occurs, how can you prevent it in the future and transition to the community safely?

Seeing the Person, Not the Disease – The Role of Dementia Care Mapping

Dementia Care Mapping is not a new concept but a useful assessment tool for the measurement of wellbeing in adults living with dementia. Based on respect for personhood, it is instrumental in developing person-centred care. This session focuses on practical aspects of Dementia Care Mapping and how it can guide practice. It includes:

  • What are the indicators for use and expected quality outcomes?
  • How is the data collected and interpreted?
  • Practical uses and benefits – immediate, short-term, long-term
  • Educating staff about person-centred values and actions
10:30 Morning Tea


Managing a Wound When a Person Has Dementia

The incidence of skin tears and other wounds, e.g. pressure injuries, diabetic foot, and leg ulcers, increases with age and is a serious issue for older adults. In this session, we will discuss wound care for residents who have dementia. It includes:

  • What are the physical, cognitive, psychological/psychiatric, and social considerations to use when deciding on wound care for older people with dementia?

Spot The Difference – Lesion Identification

The complex and constantly changing nature of the skin means that the potential for abnormal findings is endless. Abnormal growths and changes in the appearance of the skin are referred to as skin lesions. The purpose of this session is to explain the different types of skin conditions and abnormalities and provide simple examples of how you can correctly identify and describe common skin conditions and lesions. It includes:

  • Skin assessment and skincare
  • Common skin conditions
  • How can you tell if a lesion has changed from its original appearance and why it’s important?
  • Memorable ways to accurately describe the important common features of a skin lesion, e.g. colour, shape, number and distribution, and anatomical location
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Amanda Fryer

Geriatric Obesity and Diabetes – A Weighty Issue?

As people are living longer and longer, geriatric obesity and diabetes in the older adult are becoming more prevalent. This session will discuss:

  • What are the care considerations for older adults with obesity and diabetes?
  • Are some chronic diseases more prevalent in older adults with obesity?
  • How can we manage diabetes in the older adult?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Rehabilitation for Elderly Populations

Older adults are at high risk for injuries or illnesses and, because of that, they have an equally high chance of ending up in rehabilitation services. This session will discuss:

  • What can cause an older adult to require rehabilitation services?
  • What challenges do older adults face in rehabilitation?
  • Are there options for rehabilitation in the community?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The current need for aged care nurses to meet the specific care requirements of patients is more crucial than ever. This is the result of the increase in numbers and the complexity of older adults, as well as the special challenges they and their families face. Sound knowledge and competence in the provision of holistic care is necessary to ensure that the capacity needed to deal with these complexities, as well as the increasing standards within aged care are met.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to enhance the knowledge and skills of nurses working in aged care.

Your learning outcomes:

Use new knowledge of assessment and clinical care for aged persons to improve outcomes
Apply critical decision-making skills to reduce avoidable transfers of older people to hospital
Coordinate interprofessional collaborative care of older adults through active partnerships with a range of service providers
Provide advice and coaching to other staff to increase care skills, facilitate continuity of care, and improve best practice outcomes


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Karen Gower

Karen Gower was the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Wesley Palliative Care Service from 2003 to 2013 h... Read More

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Debbie Rigby

Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of ... Read More

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Clare Cotterell

Clare Cotterell is a Registered Nurse with a Graduate Certificate in Continence Promotion and Manage... Read More

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Khera Kim

Khera Pamela Kim is an endorsed nurse practitioner specializing in geriatrics, palliative care and d... Read More

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Amanda Fryer

Amanda Fryer has been working in diabetes education for 20 years and has been credentialed since 200... Read More


28 - 29 Nov 2019


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


$610.00 (two days)
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