11h 15m CPDConference

Gold Coast Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed

Gold Coast Nurses' Conference 2020
Gold Coast


Surfers Paradise
27 - 28 Apr 2020
Voco Gold Coast,
31 Hamilton Avenue

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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

ECG Made Easy

This opening session will discuss a simple approach to identifying common arrhythmias on an ECG or rhythm strip and includes:

  • 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

Khera Kim

Palliative Care Nursing Assessment: Best Practice Update

It has long been acknowledged that assessment is the cornerstone of nursing practice. Patient assessment within palliative care requires a special combination of skills required to recognise the complex needs of dying people and to respond holistically to concurrent problems in the person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions. This session provides an update on a range of issues relating to palliative care. It includes:

  • The skills required for palliative assessment
  • Assessing all dimensions of the palliative patient
  • Impeccable symptom assessment
  • The importance of ongoing assessment
Dr Anthony Kiosoglous

Treatment Options for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

For many men, enlargement of the prostate is a fact of life. This session will look at treatment options for benign prostatic hyperplasia and includes:

  • What are the surgical and non-surgical treatment options available?
  • Is there any evidence that some treatments work better than others?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

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
Debbie Rigby

Pain Management: Preventing Opioid Toxicity

How often do you consider the dangers associated with prescribed medications for pain? Opioids are commonly prescribed in a range of settings. Yet, their potential for harm, misuse and even deliberate self-poisoning is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them and so that they are appropriately used not abused. This session includes the most common types of analgesics that may be prescribed for managing pain. It includes:

  • How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
  • How do you manage opioid-induced side effects and potential for misuse?
  • What types of drugs commonly used at night could potentially interact with opioids?
  • How do you identify tolerance, prevent dependency and assess for toxicity?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Elizabeth McKay

Eating Disorders: Misunderstood, Underdiagnosed, Undertreated?

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, they also affect men. This session will discuss:

  • Causes, Symptoms and the Impact of eating disorders
  • Diagnostic Issues, including gender, culture and co-morbidities
  • Treatment Complications
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review

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 the following:

  • How can we determine if our patient has either hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • Are there any uncommon symptoms that may indicate hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What are the causes of hypovolemia or hypervolemia?
  • What are the differential diagnoses for hypovolemia and hypervolemia?
Andrew Blythe

Graded Assertiveness: The PACE Model

Communicating during critical events can be difficult, but there are some ways information can be communicated systematically and clearly. This session will explore one form of graded assertiveness, including:

  • How can graded assertiveness be effective in critical situations?
  • What is the PACE model, and how does it work?
  • How can we empower nurses to utilise this form of communication?
10:45 Morning Tea

Andrew Blythe

Not Documented: Not Done?

Nursing documentation is essential for good clinical communication. Appropriate legible documentation provides an accurate reflection of nursing assessments and clinical care delivery. The clinical record is a legal document that must be kept during the course of the patient's admission. It includes:

  • Current guidelines on clinical documentation
  • Documenting by exception
  • Legal guidelines
Dr Sharon Latimer

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Also known as vacuum-assisted closure, negative pressure wound therapy is used to accelerate wound healing. This session will discuss:

  • What are the uses of negative pressure wound therapy?
  • When should negative pressure wound therapy be started?
  • Is this method more effective than other wound healing techniques?
  • Are there any contraindications to the use of negative pressure wound therapies?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Dr Sharon Latimer

Dressing the Infected Wound

Despite best efforts, some patients will experience wounds that deteriorate due to infection. Should the wound demonstrate dehiscence, drainage and devitalised tissue, the nursing team will need to be able to set appropriate objectives and select correct dressings to care for these wounds. This session includes:

  • A review of wound bed preparation and the role of debridement in nursing-derived wound care
  • An overview of antimicrobial dressings and their place in clinical practice
  • Possible adjunctive treatments for the infected wound
Amanda Fryer

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?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Amanda Fryer

Natural Disaster Preparation

Natural disasters are increasing throughout Australia and the world. Despite knowing these could potentially happen if we aren’t prepared, the consequences can increase the distress and devastation of the event. This session will discuss:

  • What is classed as a natural disaster?
  • What are the current guidelines/policies in Australia around natural disasters?
  • Natural disasters in Australia - were they really prepared?
  • Is my workplace prepared?
  • Am I and my family prepared?
  • Where do I go to find out more on how to get prepared?
4:30 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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Amanda Fryer

Amanda has been working in diabetes education for over 20 years. She's been involved in setting up a hospital diabetes service, educating nurses through conferences, and onsite in aged care facilities, developing resources to simplify learning. For the past 15 years, Amanda has been working in private practice. Due to the increasing number of people developing type 2 diabetes, and the lack of education and resources available to many of them, Amanda has seen too many people with uncontrolled diabetes developing complications. This has been generally due to them not knowing the questions to ask their health professionals or having the skills and knowledge to effectively manage their condition. Her focus now is reaching as many people with type 2 diabetes as possible through online education and resources, to ensure they become the drivers of their diabetes, not passengers, and stay healthy to live the life they’ve worked for. She’ll continue to educate nurses to ensure their patients and residents receive the highest quality of care when in their facilities. Read More

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Khera Kim

Khera Pamela Kim is an endorsed nurse practitioner who specialises in geriatrics, palliative care and dementia care. She currently practises in the aged care sector- primary care and residential aged care settings. She has extensive experience as a registered nurse for 13 years in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, intensive care, aged care and dementia care in countries such as the Philippines, USA and Australia. She has various experience in different roles in the aged care setting, including leading a dementia framework project for an aged care provider organisation in Queensland. She completed postgraduate studies in the field of chronic disease and palliative care and nurse practitioner studies at the University of Queensland. She is a member of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioner, Queensland Nurse, and Midwife Union and Statewide Dementia Clinical Network and Statewide Older Person’s Health Clinical Network. Read More

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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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Elizabeth McKay

Elizabeth McKay is a Senior Psychologist in the Adult Eating Disorder Program, Queensland Health, and is based in the Gold Coast. Elizabeth has worked in psychology for 23 years, specialising in eating disorders, personality disorders, complex trauma, substance use disorders, assessments, community psychology, young adults, and social justice. Elizabeth has worked within the Private, Non-Government, and Public Health Sectors, in private clinics, community mental health, day programs and inpatient settings, she has also worked as an individual, family and group therapist. Elizabeth’s therapy specialities are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Enhanced (CBT-e), MANTRA, Specialist Supportive Clinical Management (SSCM), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and she is currently training to become an ISTDP therapist. Elizabeth is a member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders, and their international counterpart AED. Read More

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Debbie Rigby

Debbie Rigby is a consultant clinical pharmacist from Brisbane. Since graduation with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland, she has since obtained a graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, certification in geriatric pharmacy, an advanced diploma in nutritional pharmacy, certification as an asthma educator, and she has become credentialed as an advanced practice pharmacist. Debbie is a director on the NPS MedicineWise Board; clinical reference lead to Australian Digital Health Agency; a member of the Veterans’ MATES Practitioner Reference Group, Australian Deprescribing Network; visiting fellow at QUT; and an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. Debbie conducts home medicine reviews in collaboration with GPs in a medical centre and provides education to pharmacists, GPs, nurses, Nurse Practitioners and consumers. Debbie was the inaugural recipient of the AACP Consultant Pharmacist Award in 2008 and was awarded the 2001 PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year, the PSA Qld Bowl of Hygeia in 2002 and the SHPA 2016 Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award. Last year, Debbie was voted the most influential woman in pharmacy. Read More

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Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe is a writer and editor who has a Masters of Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Queensland. In addition, he is an adjunct research fellow at Griffith University within the School of Human Services and Social Work, assisting the school with both curriculum review, and lived-experience research development. He enjoys communication in all its forms and has prepared and presented material via print, including as former editor of Time and Place (the Queensland Heritage Council magazine) and Queensland Pride, as well as radio, television and multimedia formats. He is currently writing a memoir about his father’s experience of receiving a heart transplant, as well as documenting other peoples’ experiences of the Queensland health system. Read More

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Anthony Kiosoglous

Anthony Kiosoglous is a urological and reconstructive surgeon. He is Brisbane-trained and completed a two-year fellowship in London at Guy’s & St Thomas', and University College Hospital. His sub-speciality interests include urinary incontinence, vaginal prolapse repairs, erectile dysfunction, recurrent UTI’s, chronic bladder pain, neuro-urology and urodynamics. He is an international presenter and publisher, as well as a reviewer of multiple surgical and urological international journals. Dr Kiosoglous is an elected Queensland committee representative of the College of Surgeons and a member of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and the International Continence Society.  Read More

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Sharon Latimer

Dr Sharon Latimer is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ clinical experience. Since 2009, she has taught into the Bachelor of Nursing program at Griffith University and undertaken clinical research. Dr Latimer is a Senior Research Fellow in Patient Safety, in a conjoint position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service. She completed her PhD in patient participation in pressure injury prevention in 2016 and her other research areas include medication safety and adult education. She has methodological experience in quantitative (surveys, observations), qualitative (interviews) and mixed methods (meta-synthesis). Dr Latimer has been awarded $1.9 million in grant funding and is an Associate Investigator on a NHMRC funded multi-site RCT testing the efficacy of prophylactic sacral dressings in preventing pressure injuries.  Read More


27 - 28 Apr 2020


Voco Gold Coast
31 Hamilton Avenue
Surfers Paradise QLD,4217


$629.00 (two days)
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