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Gold Coast Nurses' Conference

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Gold Coast Nurses' Conference 2020
Gold Coast


27 - 28 Apr 2020
Oaks Calypso Plaza,
99 Griffith Street

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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…
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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

Kate Murphy

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, they 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?
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

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


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

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


Dietary Adjustments in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Patients with a diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the evidence behind these nutritional approaches and discusses:

  • Are there any differences between the dietary adjustments that need to be made by patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes?
  • Is there a potential risk of adverse effects if persons with type 1 or 2 diabetes follow fad diets?
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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Khera Kim

Khera Pamela Kim is an endorsed nurse practitioner specializing in geriatrics, palliative care and dementia care who is currently practising in the Aged Care Sector- Primary Care and Residential Aged Care Setting. 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 organization in Queensland. She completed her post-graduate 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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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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Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy is a consultant psychiatrist with Queensland Health, based in the Gold Coast, and has been a psychiatrist there for the last four years, having moved from the UK where she completed her training with the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists. Kate qualified as a psychiatrist with a general adult certificate and with a certificate in perinatal mental health, having completed 18 months of inpatient work on a national mother and baby mental health inpatient unit. She currently works for the early psychosis team in the Gold Coast who care for adolescents with first-episode psychosis aged 15-25 years old. Additionally, she has been working in the newly established eating disorder program, which has been launched on the Gold Coast within Queensland Health one day a week. This team has been funded through the recognition for the urgent need to care for those patients on the Gold Coast with severe and complex eating disorders. It has been heavily supported by QuEDS and they continue to provide significant support in this setup phase. Her experience in eating disorders comes from a special interest post that she took up for 12 months during her advanced training years in the UK, and she worked in a community eating disorder team who provided specialist assessments and treatment for those with eating disorders. In addition, she worked as a consultant psychiatrist for three years on the acute young adult ward on the Gold Coast, which caters for the inpatient needs of 18-25-year-olds, and this holds the management for the majority of the mental health admissions for those patients with eating disorders.  Read More


27 - 28 Apr 2020


Oaks Calypso Plaza
99 Griffith Street
Coolangatta QLD,4225


$629.00 (two days)
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