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Geelong Nurses' Conference

2 Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Geelong Nurses' Conference 2019
Geelong

Details

Geelong
12 - 13 Dec 2019
Rydges Geelong,
Cnr Gheringhap and Myers Streets

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Price

$610.00
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Why Attend

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Geelong 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 Geelong every December. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • 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…
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Schedule

Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

9:00

Welcome and Introduction

9:15
Geoff Ahern

The Mental Health Journey: Acute Episode to Diagnosis to, For Some, Long-Term Mental Illness

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:

  • How should we view recovery?
  • Why is “hope for recovery“ so important for every person living with a mental illness?
  • What is the difference between acute and long-term mental illness?
  • How prevalent is acute versus long-term mental illness?
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Geoff Ahern

Why Not All Wounds Are Visible – A Trauma-Informed Approach

The origins of trauma-informed care stem from a large study that investigated the correlation between adverse childhood events (ACE) and long-term health problems later in life. Understanding the impact of adverse childhood events and cumulative stressors later in life is essential if we are to create a safe environment that promotes resilience and enables healing for clients. This session explores:

  • How do adverse childhood events increase the risk of long-term health complications?
  • What are the effects of chronic stress and trauma in adults?
  • What is the role of trauma-informed care?
  • How can nurses incorporate a trauma-informed approach to their care of older adults?
11:45
Geoff Ahern

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects one in four people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The difference between normal ups and downs and clinical depression
  • Risk factors for depression – from genetics to circumstances to lifestyle, and why all are important
  • Treatment options for depression – there’s more to it than just medication
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression – why patience, compassion, and empathy are so important
12:30 Lunch and Networking

1:30
Bobby Mehta

Curcumin and Its Effects on Health

Curcumin, one of the key active ingredients of turmeric, is currently the subject of significant research. This session will look at:

  • What are the potential health benefits of this ingredient?
  • What is current research and evidence saying?
  • Is there a possible future role for curcumin in human health?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

3:00
Bobby Mehta

Prebiotics and Probiotics: Taking a Deeper Look

The formation, development and role of the human microbiome have been well established. This session will take learners on a deeper journey into the world of pre and probiotics, and includes:

  • Exploring individual strains and the evidence for their use
  • Reviewing some of the latest research into this fascinating area
4:00 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

9:00
TBA

Bringing Wounds to Light

Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management to help reduce the impact of chronic wounds is constantly identified as a priority of care for older adults. This session will look at managing the wound by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:

  • What strategies can be used to prevent pressure injury?
  • How do you know it's a pressure injury?
  • Managing pressure injuries – what are the appropriate interventions?
  • How can you select appropriate dressings?
10:00
TBA

Chronic Wounds – Factors Affecting Chronic Wound Healing

Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating, particularly for the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include:

  • Which wounds are known to be chronic in nature?
  • What causes prolonged healing in a chronic wound?
  • How do you choose the most suitable dressing for a chronic wound?
  • Are there alternative ways to improve wound healing?
10:45 Morning Tea

11:00
Julie Loughran

Motivation and Diabetes

The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. The copious amounts of information regarding the disease, the complications and the medications can make motivation a difficult area of discussion. This session includes:

  • How to initiate best-practice approaches to lifestyle changes?
  • How to engage patients in education and motivation?
  • How to improve self-management of diabetes?
11:45
Julie Loughran

Being Hypervigilant for Hypoglycaemia

The complications associated with diabetes, such as hypoglycaemia, can be severe. Prevention is paramount and can reduce the likelihood of a person experiencing a hypoglycaemic episode. This session will dive deeper into the prevention of diabetes emergencies, with a focus on hypoglycaemia. It includes:

  • What is hypo unawareness?
  • How can you identify hypoglycaemia?
  • What is the latest evidence in managing hypoglycaemia?
  • How do you monitor BLGs overnight if insulin is required or has been given?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

1:30
Geoff Ahern

More than Just “Stressed” – Understanding Anxiety

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:

  • What is stress and how is it beneficial?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • Anxiety v anxiety disorder – what are the key differences?
  • How can we manage stress and normal anxiety?
2:45 Afternoon Tea

3:00
Geoff Ahern

Going Home Happy – Not Taking “It” Personally

Too often, people in the workplace experience negative emotions as a result of incivility. This, clearly, can be destructive and lead to disengaged workplaces where no one benefits. Establishing and maintaining clear personal boundaries has proven to be an effective strategy for dealing with unpredictable and unstable behaviours of others, including other staff. This session highlights:

  • How can personal boundaries protect you?
  • How can you build and maintain boundaries you are comfortable with?
  • What do you do when your boundaries are challenged?
4:00 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

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.

Purpose of Program

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.

Your learning outcomes:

People with health risks will receive preventative care and education to avoid illness
Better patient outcomes will be achieved through the application of up-to-date knowledge related to specific interventions
Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised to enhance patient outcomes
Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards and guidelines

Presenters

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Julie Loughran

Julie Loughran is a credentialed diabetes educator who has been working in the field of diabetes for... Read More

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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working ... Read More

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Bobby Mehta

Bobby Mehta is a highly experienced and award-winning senior pharmacist with over twenty years of pr... Read More

Date

12 - 13 Dec 2019

Address

Rydges Geelong
Cnr Gheringhap and Myers Streets
Geelong VIC,3220

Price

$610.00 (two days)
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