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Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Cairns region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Cairns every December. Book your place at this year’s event and:
We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.
Nurses are essential in the early detection of clinical triggers that may suggest a patient is deteriorating or has already become acutely unwell. Appropriate and timely assessment is known to reduce morbidity and mortality, thus improving patient outcomes. This session reviews important assessment considerations, including:
The ability to recognise subtle changes in a person’s neurological state will enable you to detect signs of deterioration early. The purpose of this session is to take you through the basics of a neurological assessment, including a simplified approach to using the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). Topics covered include:
Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of the normal physiological processes are essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you in getting up to speed with the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:
Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that they are appropriately used and nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in-depth review of opioid medications and includes:
The adverse effects of medication 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:
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:
Dementia Care Mapping is not a new concept but a useful assessment tool for the measurement of well-being 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. Includes:
Mental illness can be complex and, at times, unpredictable. Its prevalence and level of severity depend on an individual’s past experiences, genetic makeup, access to treatment, and support and education. This session will look into acute and long-term mental illness and how they differ. Topics include:
Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:
There is a huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to become rapidly unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. Your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if an acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:
A deviation from acid-base balance homeostasis can severely affect any organ in the human body. In this interactive and practical session, you will develop a better understanding of this complex topic. It includes:
Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.
The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.
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
Pippa Travers-Mason began her career as a clinical pharmacist in Sydney before completing her first masters in public health, and a subsequent masters in education. She resides in Cairns and divides her time between a clinical role as an accredited consultant pharmacist with the community-controlled health service at Yarrabah, and as a clinical services specialist (teaching role) for NPS MedicineWise, which takes her to primary care clinics around the far north to update GPs on best practice in the quality use of medicines and diagnostics. She also provides coaching and support to Aboriginal students completing bachelor and higher degrees through Deakin University. She has a passion for bridging the evidence-practice gaps by massaging the multitude of evidence-based guidelines into practical, simple solutions for clinicians and their patients. Read More
Jane Jordan is the Nurse Unit Manager of the Older Persons Evaluation Rehabilitation and Assessment Ward in Cairns hospital. Before this role, Jane was the first Clinical Nurse Consultant for Dementia and Delirium for the Cairns and Hinterland District. She has over 30 years’ experience as a nurse in Australia, the UK and Papua New Guinea, and has worked in a variety of nursing fields. Her passion has always remained with the care of the elderly which led her to specialise in caring for the cognitively impaired. Jane advocates a person-centred approach to comprehensive dementia care and challenges the traditional medical model focus on processes, schedules and staff organizational needs to achieve the best outcomes for her patients. Read More