19 - 20 Apr 2021

Gold Coast Nurses' Conference 2021

Gold Coast
QRC: 4231
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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.


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Freda Fischer

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 do changes in waveforms & intervals indicate in terms of common cardiac arrhythmias?
  • What are the treatment/management options for life-threatening arrhythmias?
10:00 Morning Tea

Freda Fischer

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
Dale Long

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
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Dale Long

Session TBA

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


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

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review

Amanda Fryer

A Look into Insulin Therapy

Insulin therapy is prescribed for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depending on insulin production or resistance to insulin. This everyday medicine is not ‘one size fits all’ and individualisation of therapy is vital for optimal glycaemic outcomes. In this session, we will consider:

  • Who needs insulin and why?
  • What are the different types of insulin currently available?
  • What education can we provide to patients for appropriate insulin administration?
  • What is the nurses’ role and responsibility when administering insulin?
Sean Smith

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

Sean Smith

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

Terminal Ulcers

Terminal ulcers, also known as Kennedy ulcers and Kennedy terminal ulcers (KTU) are ulcers that occur at end-of-life. Though not everyone will experience this as part of the dying process, it is important for nurses to be aware of this. This session will discuss:

  • What are the characteristics of a terminal ulcer?
  • Are there any differences in the treatment of terminal ulcers compared to pressure injuries?
  • What do nurses have to be aware of when caring for someone with terminal ulcers?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Dr Sharon Latimer

What’s New in Medication Safety?

One of the most common areas of clinical risk relates to the administration of medicines. Knowledge of safe medication practices, including recent changes, can help build clinical confidence and safety. In this session, the current significant issues in medication safety will be presented. Participants will have the opportunity to review their practice as it relates to their patients and work environment. Topics include:

  • What are the current challenges around medication safety?
  • Are there certain themes that constantly arise when we look at medication errors?
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


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To Be Determined

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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.

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Sean Smith

Sean Smith has had the privilege of working in health care for three decades in more than a dozen countries around the world. Commencing his clinical career as a registered nurse, Sean progressed into hospital management, before spending eight years as the CEO of a large healthcare provider. Sean has built two healthcare businesses and consulted to industry around health informatics, healthcare management, and healthcare strategy. Sean is currently the CEO and DON of Mackay Private Hospital and Adjunct Senior Lecturer for Flinders University’s Master of Hospital Administration degree in China. Sean has experience with clinical and non-clinical systems planning, implementation, and deployment in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the United Kingdom. With a passion for healthcare education, Sean has educated from university healthcare students in Australia to community health workers in Papua New Guinea. Sean provides clear, concise consultation through his experience in clinical management and information technology, to ensure projects are delivered with the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders, on budget and on time. His passions are strategy in health care, quality in clinical practice, and excellence in health management. Sean holds a Master of Business Administration, a graduate diploma in advanced nursing, and is a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Health Informatics Society of Australia. Sean continues to provide leadership and strategic direction for all stakeholders to deliver the highest possible standards to exceed current and future healthcare needs.

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Freda Fischer

Freda Fischer is a registered nurse with 20 years working clinically in a variety of intensive care and cardiac units. Since then she has had extensive experience as a nurse educator developing and teaching in programs for critical care, cardiac care and resuscitation, both in Australia and Singapore. Recently she has worked as a Clinical Lecturer, tutor, trainer and assessor, and maintains a special interest in all aspects of cardiac nursing and resuscitation. Freda has a Master of Education and Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Practice (Cardiac)

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Dale Long

Dale Long is a Registered Nurse who has worked in various cancer care, palliative care, and pain management roles in inpatient and domiciliary settings for the past 25 years in both Victoria and Queensland. She is an experienced presenter with a strong commitment to educating nurses to improve the quality of pain management delivered to patients. Dale is a member of the Australian Pain Society.

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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.

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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.

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 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
  • Interprofessional collaboration will be optimised with the intention of enhancing better patient outcomes
  • Apply new knowledge about a range of conditions to provide holistic care
  • Patient outcomes will be underpinned by evidence-based practice, recognised standards, and guidelines
19 - 20 Apr 2021

Gold Coast Nurses' Conference 2021

QRC: 4231
Voco Gold Coast
Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217
Price: $629.00