11h CPDConference

Enrolled Nurses' Conference

An Annual Ausmed Education Two-Day Event


26 - 27 Oct 2020
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre,
778-788 Hay Street

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Why Attend

As the health system constantly changes, make sure you are one of the well-informed and up-to-date nursing professionals. Attend this conference and learn about:

  • Professional opportunities for enrolled nurses
  • Medication updates
  • What you need to know about wounds
  • Latest trends in diabetes care
  • How to deal with ethical dilemmas
  • How holistic care differs from a medical model of care
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction


When Trauma Lingers…

Many of us experience trauma. It is not always typical traumatic events that can threaten our health and safety. Some of us may go on to further experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress or have a diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). What if a patient in your care is experiencing this? Providing comprehensive mental healthcare that is considerate of a person’s holistic needs is essential if we are to prevent re-traumatisation while in hospital. This session considers practical approaches to supporting a person with PTSD to feel safe during a hospital stay. It includes:

  • What is trauma and how does it affect a person?
  • What are the comorbidities that are commonly associated with PTSD?
  • How can we communicate with highly traumatised people?
  • How do we treat trauma-related mental illness and where can you refer a patient for help?

Non-Pharmacological Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

This session will explore the non-pharmacological treatments designed to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). It includes:

  • Which treatments have proven to be effective?
  • What are some new techniques in the treatment of BPSD?
  • Do robot pets have the same effect as real animals?
11:00 Morning Tea

Andrew Stafford

Is It Really Dementia?

The increased incidence of dementia patients can make it easier to assume a person has this condition when, in fact, they have another reason for their confusion. This session looks at other causes of confusion in an older person. It will offer tips on what to look for to ensure you are not confusing dementia with other diagnoses. It includes:

  • Thyroid problems
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Infections
  • Medications
Andrew Stafford

When Less is More: Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

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:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
  • What are the principles of deprescribing?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Kane Guthrie

Clinical Enrolled Nurse Detective: What Condition Is This?

As enrolled nurses, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a patient’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready, detective?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Kane Guthrie

The ‘Poisoned’ Patient!

It’s Saturday night in the emergency department and your patient is presenting with suspected poisoning. How will you recognise the cause of toxicity? Was it accidental or intentional and where do you go from there? This introductory session will utilise common case scenarios to provide an overview of how we assess the ‘poisoned’ patient. It includes:

  • How is a comprehensive risk assessment conducted?
  • Why does an assessment of a child differ to that of an adult patient?
  • What is the supportive management for the ‘poisoned patient’?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Janet Fontaine

Bigorexia: Male Eating Disorders

Social media constantly bombards us with images of perfect bodies, causing feelings of inadequacy that, in some cases, can potentially lead to eating disorders. Though women may have become the face of eating disorders, these also affect men. This session will discuss:

  • How are eating disorders in men and women different?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of eating disorders in males?
  • Are there any gender-specific treatment options for males with eating disorders?
Janet Fontaine

Speak Up for Patient Safety

Sometimes, healthcare professionals feel that they do not have the right to express their opinions on things they see in the medical field, which may result in patient harm. This session will look at the importance of speaking up for patient safety, and will discuss:

  • Why is it important to empower all healthcare workers, including students, to speak up?
  • What are the difficulties in empowering healthcare students to speak up?
  • How can we change a culture of underreporting possible breaches to patient safety?
10:45 Morning Tea

Liz Howse

Managing Pain Associated with Wound Management

Many nurses may have been in a situation where a patient has become anxious before, during or after a dressing is attended. Pain experienced in the dressing procedure will lead to patient apprehension, increase the time taken to do the dressing, inhibit wound healing and, in many cases, increase staff stress. This session refers to two case studies to consider:

  • Procedural pain in paediatric patients
  • Procedural pain in adults
12:15 Lunch and Networking

Steve Allsop

Saints and Sinners: Healthcare Professionals and Addictions

The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication. Though people have complained about it, it highlights an issue that affects nurses and other healthcare professionals worldwide. This session will explore:

  • What are the reasons why some healthcare professionals become addicted to prescription medication, alcohol and/or other drugs?
  • Are there any challenges faced by healthcare professionals who want to seek treatment for these addictions?
  • How can we help our colleagues who may be addicted to prescription medication, alcohol and/or other drugs?
Carol Lomman

The Brain and Diabetes: What Is the Link Between Diabetes and Dementia

Studies have shown that people living with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. This session includes:

  • How does diabetes potentially cause dementia?
  • Is there a way we can prevent diabetes-related dementia?
  • How does vascular dementia differ from other dementias?
  • How does diabetes impact dementia?
  • How can we support people with diabetes and dementia?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Kane Guthrie

Debriefing after Critical Incidents

Nurses working in any setting may be involved in a stressful or unexpectedly traumatic event while at work. This may not be easy to deal with and may require critical incident debriefing. This session will discuss what such a debrief entails and when it is effective. As well, these principles of debriefing after a crisis can be adapted to small everyday stresses to prevent them from building up into big ones! It includes:

  • How to prevent the critical incident causing undue stress
  • When to know that you may need some support
  • An opportunity to constructively debrief as a group
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The scope of practice of enrolled nurses (ENs) has become more complex over time. Safety and competency skills are critical to ENs practice, and it is essential that continuous updates to knowledge and skills are undertaken. Holistic nursing care relies on comprehensive approaches to patient conditions. This further reflects the need for broad-based education that places the person at the centre of care. In addition, continuing professional development is a professional regulatory requirement.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to improve patient outcomes by increasing the clinical and professional knowledge and practice of enrolled nurses.

Your learning outcomes:

Negotiate holistic care with adults who have chronic conditions that is attuned to their desired outcomes
Critically interpret and use patient information from a range of sources to provide best-practice nursing care
Use communication as a therapeutic tool to facilitate collegial and interprofessional collaboration
Implement and evaluate care that reflects best-available nursing evidence so that safe and quality care is provided


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Kane Guthrie

Kane Guthrie is an experienced emergency nurse with over 12 years working in emergency departments. He is a previous president of the College of Emergency Nurses, WA Branch, and currently works with WA Country Health Emergency Telehealth Service, as well at Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department. His interests are toxicology, envenomation and resuscitating the critically ill patient. Read More

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Liz Howse

Liz Howse has extensive clinical practice in wound and ostomy management within primary, community and aged care nursing. Liz works in the position as nurse practitioner for Collaborative Primary Health Care and has a special interest in the management of chronic non-healing wounds. Liz has completed a master of philosophy (nursing), a master of nursing (nurse practitioner) and is undertaking further research studies in the effectiveness of low-frequency ultrasonic debridement in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. Liz received the 2012 Primary and Community Care WA Nursing & Midwifery award.  Read More

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Steve Allsop

Professor Steve Allsop has been involved in policy, prevention, and treatment, research and practice, professional development and service management for almost 30 years. He has been involved in developing responses to alcohol and drug-related problems in the workplace in many countries, working with governments, health and safety staff, employers, and employee organisations. For a number of years, he was a member of the WA Commission on Occupational Safety and Health. As professor and director of the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) at Curtin University of Technology, he is director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Read More

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Janet Fountaine

Jan Fountaine is the nurse practitioner for the WA Eating Disorders Outreach and Consultation Service. During her 33 year career, she has worked in various fields that have included intensive and coronary care, but her passion has always been in the speciality of general medicine. Jan also has a proven academic career as an invited university lecturer, designing and delivering theoretical and clinical components of postgraduate courses and partnering with researchers at the cutting edge of their field. With her passion, motivation and enthusiasm, she has continued to lead the way in developing local healthcare reforms and, in 2014, was instrumental in creating the WAEDOCS service. This service aims to educate, support and empower healthcare providers within WA in the management of people with eating disorders. Her commitment to nursing was recognised in 2017 when she was a successful finalist in the WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award. Read More

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Carol Lomman

Carol Lomman is a Credentialed Diabetes Educator based in Western Australia. Read More

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Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is an academic and an accredited pharmacist with an interest in clinical geriatrics. His experience in aged care has spanned residential and community sectors. He currently provides medication reviews and training services to a number of providers in Western Australia. Andrew’s research interests include the development and assessment of programs that aim to optimise healthcare for older people, especially through the quality use of medicines. Much of Andrew’s work in his role as a director of Dementia Training Australia involves developing and disseminating innovative resources that upskill the aged care workforce in this area. Through his teaching experience in Tasmanian and Western Australian universities, he is an accomplished educator, particularly within consultant pharmacy practice. Read More

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26 - 27 Oct 2020


Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
778-788 Hay Street
Perth WA,6000


$629.00 (two days)
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