11h 15m CPDConference

In-Home Nursing Care Conference

Two Days for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in the Community

In-Home Nursing Care Conference - Adelaide 2020


West Lakes
20 - 21 Feb 2020
The Lakes Resort Hotel Adelaide,
141 Brebner Drive

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Why Attend

In-home care is growing and more nurses are needed in this area than ever before. This is because in-home care is also complex care. Attend this conference and find out about:

  • The NDIS unpacked
  • How to maintain independence for longer
  • Which dressing to use for leg ulcers
  • Case studies
  • How to work interprofessionally
  • Being ready for that conversation
  • Mobility and pain
  • How to enable choice when caring for people and much, much more…

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Creating Value – Innovation in In-Home Care

In-home care was designed to keep people out of hospital and living independently at home. However, this requires regularly thinking outside the box and being innovative. Topics include:

  • What are some successful innovations in in-home care?
  • What home modifications can be made to create a therapeutic environment?
  • How can tech support people in the community?
Andrew Crowther

Whose Home Is It? – Working in a Person’s Home

When entering another person’s home, their way of living may seem very different from that with which you are accustomed. Whether this is a preferred way of living or cultural traditions, it is their choice. This interactive session will discuss:

  • How can we work with “otherness”?
  • How can we leave our biases at the door?
  • Is empathy a tool that enables better cultural understanding of in-home care?
10:30 Morning Tea

Stewart Johnston

Unpacking NDIS – Myths and Facts

How much do you really understand about the NDIS? You may be asked many questions and be required to support individuals seeking NDIS services. This session unpacks the history and function of the NDIS. It includes:

  • An NDIS update – what’s the current state of play?
  • Who is eligible for the funding and how does it work?
  • What if someone isn’t eligible?
Andrew Crowther

NDIS Transitioning Your Clients

People in your care may feel apprehensive as they go through eligibility criteria for the NDIS. As such, this session is designed to help provide knowledge to individuals making the transition by supporting them with resources and education. This session includes:

  • What are the implications of transitioning to the NDIS?
  • Where can people get resources?
  • Case study discussion on problem-solving
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Jill Beattie

Duty of Care Encompassing Dignity of Risk – Are You Ready for the Conversation?

Respecting choice and independence is a critical part of the provision of quality care and the maintenance of dignity. However, there may be a time when you feel you need to insist on a particular care pathway that may not be what is wanted by the client. This session looks at:

  • What would you do?
  • How do you balance duty of care to include dignity of risk and client preference?
Norah Bostock


A fundamental human right, self determination first started as a human rights concept after World War II. This session will discuss:

  • What is self-determination?
  • What are the principles of self-determination?
  • How can nurses uphold the principles of self determination in the community?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Norah Bostock

The Real Heroes? The Unpaid Carers

Caring for family members can be physically exhausting. The pressure builds if you are their primary carer, knowing that they rely on you and your management of their illness. This session looks at the unpaid carers and their needs. Topics include:

  • How can we encourage carers to take time for themselves?
  • How can we reduce the pressure that carers feel?
  • What is resilience and what does it look like?
  • How can we take the time to be grateful?
  • What about respite?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Norah Bostock

Who Does What? Interdisciplinary Assessments

The value of an interprofessional team cannot not be underestimated. Hear how to optimise a person-centred approach in a home-care environment to promote self-management and independent living.

  • Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary – what is the difference and does it matter?
  • How do you coordinate interdisciplinary care effectively?
  • Case scenario of interdisciplinary collaboration
Paul McLiesh

Case Scenario – Assessing Pain and Mobility

Skeletal pain is common – particularly in people who have mobility problems. This session focuses on how this type of pain can be alleviated and the importance of communication and appropriate assessment. It includes:

  • Pain assessment tools that work
  • Transferring frail people, those with movement disorders and obese people
11:00 Morning Tea

Margi Moncrieff

What Goes Wrong – Reasons for Skin Disorders

Disorders of the skin are frequently encountered by nurses in general and specialised areas of practice. Like any other organ, changes in structure and function may be an indicator of a disease or disorder. A careful skin assessment may help identify a systemic disease or an actual skin disorder. This session will explain some of the common disorders associated with the most obvious organ in the body. It will help you to understand why certain pathophysiological changes result in disease. It includes:

  • The main changes to the skin and how these may cause dysfunction or disease
  • An overview of the main features and differences of the following disorders, as well as how you would practically assess each one:
    • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections of the skin
    • Inflammatory conditions, including differentiating between cutaneous infection and inflammation
    • Allergic skin reactions
    • Parasitic skin infections
  • Red flags – skin signs and symptoms as indicators of an impending medical emergency
12:30 Lunch and Networking


Making the Transition: Acute Care to In-home Care – A Rehabilitation Perspective

When a person is discharged from acute care to the community, the planning of their transition is critical. This session looks not only at what happens in the community but what also needs to occur upstream prior to the person being discharged. It includes:

  • Is everyone eligible for rehabilitation?
  • Who pays?
  • What information should you obtain when a person is going to be discharged to your community service?
Sue Templeton

“War On Wounds” and the Dressing Saga

Dressings do not heal wounds. However, dressing selection is an important part of the overall management of the wound environment. A plethora of wound management products exist and this session will take a function-based approach on how to select the right dressing. Learn:

  • How are wound dressings classified according to function?
  • How do you select the right dressing?
  • When should you modify the dressing regimen?
  • How do you choose a basic range of products for your workplace?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Norah Bostock

Facilitated Discussion Session: Aids and Appliances

This facilitated discussion session will look at the aids and appliances we encounter in the community and what works best, as well as give any updates regarding the latest aids and appliances.

4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

In-home care is growing. For example, the number of older people receiving home care has increased 84% in the past 10 years (AIHW). The trend for people to live independently at home for as long as possible is evident. With this comes a range of complex needs that a person may have. As well, the systems established to look after people in the home are also becoming complex, such as the Home Care Package Program and the NDIS. It is vitally important that nurses, other health professionals, and carers are equipped with knowledge and skills for the needs of people to live independently with choices at home.

Purpose of Program

This program provides nurses, other healthcare professionals, and carers with knowledge and skills to improve the quality of everyday life for people living with disability or long-term care needs at home.

Your learning outcomes:

Use your updated knowledge of the NDIS to assist clients in accessing appropriate services
Find out from people their preferences so as to maximise choice and independence in relation to their holistic care needs
Recognise signs of pain in people who find it difficult to communicate and implement appropriate actions to alleviate the problem
Know how systems work so that you can collaborate interprofessionally


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Stewart Johnston

After 25 years in various senior leadership roles in business, in April 2017 Stewart found himself front and centre in the biggest news story in Australia by coming forward to tell his mother's story. Identified since the exposure of Oakden and as one of the "Oakden whistle blowers", he has become a voice and a willing reformist along with millions around the world. Stewart has been the director of Aged Care Watch Australia for over 2 years. The Implementation of the Southern Hemispheres 1st pilot study of a CCTV safeguarding system in care homes is a highlight so far of his newfound path. He has had the opportunity to engage with Senate inquiries, assist Anti Corruption investigations (ICAC) and proudly be a key driver in the declaration and eventual agreement from Prime Minister Scott Morrison for an Aged Care Royal Commission was needed. He is passionate about developing clear pathways in critical deliverance of the NDIS.  Read More

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Jill Beattie

Dr Jill Beattie is a senior research fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant in her performance enhancement consultancy, providing education and consultancy services for organisations and groups, including health services staff, pregnant women and partners of defence force personnel. Individual services are also provided for people with stress, trauma, anxiety and depression. Jill has a background and qualifications in nursing, midwifery, education, management, research and clinical practice. In addition to mindfulness-based experiential learning and practice, Jill’s most recent area of research and teaching has been in workplace violence and aggression and emotional trauma. Read More

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Norah Bostock

Norah Bostock is a highly qualified clinician and educator working in private practice in South Australia. Norah draws her considerable experience and expertise from both Australia and overseas. She is considered an expert in her fields of continence, clinical governance, education and training. Norah has been published both nationally and internationally and her qualifications include a master of nursing, TAE cert IV, graduate cert (health), advanced graduate diploma (business management) and advanced graduate diploma (leadership and management). Read More

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Paul McLiesh

Paul McLiesh has worked as an orthopaedic nurse for 23 years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is now a lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Adelaide where he coordinates the graduate diploma program in orthopaedic nursing and teaches in other courses within the master’s program. He is about to embark on his PhD this year. His clinical areas of interests are VTE prevention, pain management, pressure ulcer prevention, but he is madly passionate about promoting orthopaedic nursing as a speciality and ensuring that orthopaedic patients receive the best care possible. Read More

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Sue Templeton

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Margi Moncrieff

Margi Moncrieff has been working at Flinders Medical Centre in the area of chronic and acute wound management for 30years. In Dec 2005 Margi was endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner and delivers care to in-patients and also manages an outpatient, nurse led wound clinic. She provides regular education to medical students, Doctors and nursing staff, including the wider community. Margi is a committee member of Wounds Australia and in 2011 was awarded life membership. Margi’s personal and professional goal is to make a difference in the lives of individuals with a wound. Read More

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To Be Determined

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Andrew Crowther

Dr Andrew Crowther is adjunct associate professor in nursing and the former associate head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University. His postgraduate studio includes education, state policy and social change, and mental hospital administration. Andrew qualified in general and psychiatric nursing in the UK. His postgraduate studies include policy and social change and historical aspects of mental hospital management. Andrew has wide experience in clinical nursing, nurse management, and education. He is the author of a book for nurse managers, as well as several texts and book chapters on a variety of topics. Read More


20 - 21 Feb 2020


The Lakes Resort Hotel Adelaide
141 Brebner Drive
West Lakes SA,5021


$629.00 (two days)
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