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:
A pandemic is a cause for concern for everyone, including our patients with a chronic condition. This session will discuss the following:
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:
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:
This session will discuss the link between mental health and chronic disease, and will discuss the following:
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:
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:
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:
This session will discuss what the threat of viral outbreaks may mean for our patients with asthma and includes:
Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require lifelong, specialist management. Other chronic respiratory diseases will also be discussed. Includes:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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