6 - 7 Sep 2021

Brisbane Chronic Disease Conference 2021

QRC: 4188
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Why Attend

Chronic illness is now rampant. Good outcomes are directly related to whether professional interventions are put in place. Attend this conference and discover some of the best practices that help people manage their life with a long-term condition. Topics include:

  • Rethinking chronic disease
  • Understanding chronic mental health conditions
  • Asthma, COPD and the practical use of inhaler devices
  • The key to cardiovascular health
  • Modern diabetes management and much, much more …
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8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Amanda Fryer

Chronic Conditions in the Face of a Pandemic

A pandemic is a cause for concern for everyone, including our patients with a chronic condition. This session will discuss the following:

  • Are there particular chronic conditions that put our patients more at risk of complications during a pandemic?
  • Why are certain populations with chronic disease more at risk than others?
  • How can we protect ourselves and our patients during this time?

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis - Assessment and Considerations

Psoriasis and its associated condition psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating and cause permanent damage to those who have them. This session begins to look at the following:

  • What are known to be causes of these conditions and are they preventable?
  • Does early recognition prevent deterioration?
  • What are the characteristics and clinical features of these conditions?
  • Why and how do these conditions affect other body systems?
  • What are the nursing management and considerations?
  • Are there any non-pharmacological approaches?
  • What is the role of the nurse within a multidisciplinary team?
10:30 Morning Tea


Multiple Sclerosis and The Immune System: What Do We Know?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is considered an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks various structures within the central nervous system such as myelin. Exciting research coming out of Brisbane is helping scientists to learn more about why this occurs. This session will shed light on the following:

  • What is thought to cause MS?
  • What is the link between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and MS?
  • What is the role of salt intake and gut microbiome in MS?
  • How is MS linked to other autoimmune conditions?
  • Is there an impact of stressful / life events on MS?
  • Predicting and managing the progression of MS - what’s new?
Karen-Ann Clarke

Mental Health of Patients with Chronic Disease

This session will discuss the link between mental health and chronic disease, and will discuss the following:

  • Are all patients who have been diagnosed with chronic disease more likely to develop a mental health condition?
  • What are the mental health conditions commonly seen in patients with chronic disease?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Karen-Ann Clarke

Mood Disorders

Mental health disorders affect 1 in 5 Australians each year. Some of them have a subtype called mood disorders, some of which are commonly seen in this population. This session will discuss the following:

  • What are the different types of mood disorders?
  • How are these mood disorders treated?
  • Is there anything that can be done to prevent these disorders?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Karen-Ann Clarke

Laying the Foundations for Personal Resilience

Chronic disease is debilitating and can often mentally exhausting. This session will look at practical ways to support individuals with chronic health diseases that often affect mental health. We will explore:

  • How can understanding yourself help you become resilient?
  • What impact does your belief and value systems have in helping you stay resilient?
  • Practical techniques to help you build your own resilience
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Amanda Fryer

Is It Type 1 or 2 Diabetes?

Most people diagnosed with diabetes as adults will be diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, however, it has been found that 10% of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have a form of 1 diabetes. This session will discuss the following:

  • How is Type 1 Diabetes misdiagnosed as Type 2 Diabetes?
  • Why is this misdiagnosis potentially harmful?
  • Is there a way we prevent the misdiagnosis of diabetes in adults?
  • What other form of diabetes could they have?

Asthma in the Time of a Viral Outbreak

This session will discuss what the threat of viral outbreaks may mean for our patients with asthma and includes:

  • What are the main differences between asthma, allergies and a viral infection?
  • Are asthmatics and people with other respiratory conditions at a higher risk of being infected with viral infections?
  • Does the flu shot help in preventing complications from viral infections which are not the flu in those with chronic respiratory issues?
10:30 Morning Tea


Chronic Lung Disease

Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require lifelong, specialist management. Other chronic respiratory diseases will also be discussed. Includes:

  • Defining COPD and looking at stages
  • Asbestosis and carcinoma
  • The physiology of anoxic drive, hypoxic drive and CO2 retention
  • Can I put oxygen on?
  • Long-term management of COPD
  • Medication and lifestyle changes

More than Gluten-Free: Celiac Disease

Celiac disease isn’t taken as seriously as other chronic diseases, but for those who have it, it is a serious matter which can cause long-term damage if left untreated. This session includes:

  • Why is celiac disease sometimes undiagnosed for years?
  • What are the chronic diseases which patients with celiac have a higher risk of developing?
  • Are there other treatments for patients with celiac disease besides adopting a gluten-free diet?
1:00 Lunch and Networking


All About Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is one of the most common forms of IBD. The severity of the disease can be unpredictable and can lead to severe flare-ups which often results in hospitalisation and possible surgery. It’s fluctuating nature extensively impacts the patient emotionally, physically and socially. This session will further look into Crohn’s Disease:

  • What is Crohn’s Disease and what are the symptoms?
  • How does it typically present?
  • What are the conditions which may resemble Crohn’s Disease?
  • What is the treatment/management of Crohn’s Disease?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Amanda Fryer

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: The Psychosocial Effects of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we more quickly identify those who are affected by it?
  • How can we improve our support for those living with diabetes?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.

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Amanda Fryer

Amanda has been working in diabetes education for over 20 years. She's been involved in setting up a hospital diabetes service, educating nurses through conferences, and onsite in aged care facilities, developing resources to simplify learning. For the past 15 years, Amanda has been working in private practice. Due to the increasing number of people developing type 2 diabetes, and the lack of education and resources available to many of them, Amanda has seen too many people with uncontrolled diabetes developing complications. This has been generally due to them not knowing the questions to ask their health professionals or having the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their condition. Her focus now is reaching as many people with type 2 diabetes as possible through online education and resources, to ensure they become the drivers of their diabetes, not passengers, and stay healthy to live the life they’ve worked for. She’ll continue to educate nurses to ensure their patients and residents receive the highest quality of care when in their facilities.

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To Be Determined

Need for Program

Chronic disease is an umbrella term for a raft of different conditions that have a serious impact on living everyday life. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), half of all Australians have a chronic illness. As well, most people with chronic conditions invariably develop complex healthcare needs and have a diminished quality of life as a result. They are also more likely to die prematurely. Prevention of health deterioration and the impact of chronic disease on individuals within any community is becoming a major focus of professional health practitioner concern. Assessment and the implementation of proactive strategies will assist people to better manage their conditions. This includes interprofessional systems that can encompass the complex needs of individuals who face confronting holistic life challenges.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to improve the health outcomes of people living with chronic conditions and to maintain optimal health and wellbeing despite their condition.

Your learning outcomes

  • Assist a person to minimise the escalation of illness from an acute stage into a chronic condition through the use of interprofessional collaboration
  • Focus self-management strategies on improving quality of life and everyday activities for people with chronic conditions
  • Provide appropriate holistic care to patients affected by chronic diseases
  • Provide care to patients that is aligned with best-available evidence to reduce the burden of disease and prevent fatal burden
6 - 7 Sep 2021

Brisbane Chronic Disease Conference 2021

QRC: 4188
Mercure Hotel Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD, 4000
Price: $629.00