11h 30m CPDConference

Bundaberg Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Bundaberg Nurses’ Conference 2020


24 - 25 Feb 2020
Brothers Sports Club,
130 Takalvan St

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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.

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Sue de Muelenaere

A Simple Approach to Identifying Common Arrhythmias on an ECG or Rhythm Strip

  • What are the signs and symptoms of arrhythmias?
  • What are the nursing implications in a patient presenting with arrhythmias?
  • What are the treatment/management options for life-threatening arrhythmias?
10:00 Morning Tea

Sue de Muelenaere

Simplifying 12-Lead ECG Interpretation

In this session, you will learn the basics of ECG interpretation, with specific emphasis on the patient with chest pain. So, how are the ten attached lead wires utilised to record 12-lead views of the left ventricle and which leads look at specific areas of the heart? What ECG changes are seen with common cardiac disorders – including myocardial ischaemia, injury and acute infarction (ACS) – and which require urgent interventions? This session looks at:

  • How to approach an analysis of a 12-lead ECG
  • Lead views of the heart – standard and other optional lead recordings
  • The ECG changes that indicate myocardial ischaemia, injury or infarction (ACS) in the patient with chest pain
  • The changes that need to be reported urgently
Beth Knight

Is It Diabetes Type 1 or 2?

Most people diagnosed with diabetes as adults will be diagnosed with diabetes type 2. However, a recent study has found that these adults may actually have Diabetes Type 1. This session will discuss:

  • How is diabetes type 1 misdiagnosed as diabetes type 2?
  • Why is this misdiagnosis potentially harmful?
  • Is there a way we can prevent the misdiagnosis of diabetes in adults?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Beth Knight

Shiftwork and Diabetes

It’s no mystery that shiftwork may potentially cause health issues. However, some studies have linked shiftwork, especially irregular shiftwork, to an added risk of diabetes. This session will explore:

  • How can shiftwork affect the chances of developing diabetes?
  • Is there a way that shiftworkers can mitigate the risk of developing diabetes?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Beth Knight

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?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review

Mirandah Cross

Escape the Vape: The Risks of Vaping

Vaping has been touted as the replacement to smoking. However, several cases in the US have highlighted the potential dangers of vaping. This session will discuss:

  • What’s in a vape?
  • How can vaping be detrimental to one’s health?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of health issues related to vaping?
  • Do nurses have to know if their patients vape?
Mirandah Cross

When Less Is More? Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medications 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?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • What are the principles of deprescribing?
11:15 Morning Tea

Mirandah Cross

Medication Safety and Older Adults

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. Failure to identify the unnecessary and unsafe use of medicines, as well as the potential contraindications and serious interactions put an older adult and the person administering medicines at high risk. This important session discusses:

  • The key physiological changes that affect the metabolism of medicines
  • How to take a medication history
  • Common causes of unsafe use of medicines in older adults
  • High-risk medicines in older adults:
    • Potentially inappropriate medicines
    • Top 10 medication interactions
  • Identifying unnecessary medicines and encouraging deprescribing
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Sue de Muelenaere

Assessing Perfusion Status

This session will discuss how to identify perfusion status and any issues by their signs and symptoms and includes:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of normal and abnormal perfusion?
  • How can we reliably assess for perfusion?
  • What could it mean if the patient has signs and symptoms of abnormal perfusion?
Sue de Muelenaere

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 which may indicate hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What are the causes of hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What are the differential diagnoses for hypovolemia and hypervolemia?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Sue de Muelenaere

The Respiratory System – When Things Go Wrong

Problems associated with the respiratory system often result in acute deterioration and may be the cause of a patient becoming acutely unwell. This interactive session uses case studies to highlight how to recognise (including CXR interpretation) and manage the following conditions:

  • Atelectasis
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute pulmonary oedema
  • Pneumothorax
  • Tension pneumothorax
5:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

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


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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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Mirandah Cross

Mirandah Cross is a local Bundaberg pharmacist with experience in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and aged care. She has a special interest in medication reviews as an accredited pharmacist. She also provides medication in-services and education sessions. Read More

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Beth Knight

Beth Knight is an accredited practicing dietitian, a credentialled diabetes educator, a certificate IV fitness trainer, and a certificate IV massage therapist. She is qualified in all areas of dietetics with particular interest in all kinds of diabetes, food allergies and food intolerances, fitness, heart health, and weight loss. Read More


24 - 25 Feb 2020


Brothers Sports Club
130 Takalvan St
Bundaberg QLD,4670


$629.00 (two days)
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