12 - 13 Jul 2021

Gosford Nurses' Conference

11h 30m
QRC: 4112
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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

Julie Drougett

A Look into Diabetes: The Myths and Facts

The perception of diabetes mellitus as a complex and life-limiting condition prevails, despite advances in research and innovations in treatment. Confusion amongst people with diabetes and healthcare professionals alike is compounded by a wealth of information, often editorial, that liberally interprets trends in diabetes into attractive ‘cures’. Here we examine common myths, reveal the facts and consider a future vision for people with diabetes. This session:

  • Reviews the incidence and growth of diabetes from a local, regional and global perspective
  • Identifies common diabetes myths and discussion of the evidence in relation to best practice
  • Provides an overview of current evidence-based guidelines for the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Overviews new trends and treatments in diabetes management
10:00 Morning Tea

Julie Drougett

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: The Psychosocial Effects of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we improve our support for those living with diabetes?
Julie Drougett

Understanding 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?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Gauri Godbole

Delirium: Myths and Facts

Delirium is an acute and severe change in mental state, and it is also a sign of deterioration. This session will discuss a condition that is commonly mistaken for other mental health symptoms. It includes:

  • A definition of delirium
  • The types of delirium
  • Non-pharmacological and pharmacological management of delirium
  • Interdisciplinary roles
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Gauri Godbole

Navigating the Waves of Deprescribing

Medications are designed to treat, but sometimes they may cause harm instead. In these cases, deprescribing is utilised in order to safely reduce medications. This session includes:

  • Understanding deprescribing
  • Stakeholders in deprescribing
  • Methodologies in deprescribing
  • Enablers and barriers of deprescribing
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome and Review


Let’s Have a Heart to Heart About Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for a variety of conditions that relate to the cardiovascular system. Recent media coverage has made it abundantly clear that our risk of cardiovascular disease is rapidly increasing in the community. This session will look at:

  • What is cardiovascular disease, and who is at risk?
  • Why are trends increasing?
  • What exacerbates these conditions?
  • How can it be prevented or managed?

A Road to Recovery: The Role of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a key extension of the care and support a person requires following hospitalisation for a cardiac event. Understanding how cardiac rehabilitation assists people, what is involved and how patients can benefit from it can ensure nurses are able to provide education and prepare patients. This session focuses on:

  • What is ‘secondary prevention’?
  • How does cardiac rehabilitation promote recovery from a cardiovascular event?
  • What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
  • How can nurses answer key questions and prepare patients for this?
11:15 Morning Tea


Psychosis: Mental Illness, Drug-Induced or Something Else?

When people who appear psychotic come into our care, we tend to presume it’s due to mental illness or drug-induced. But what if it’s not? This session will explore some of the other reasons people present as psychotic and how something as simple a blood test can reveal the hidden truth. It includes:

  • What is psychosis?
  • How can we understand delusions and hallucinations?
  • Why so much paranoia?
  • What else can lead to a person becoming psychotic?
12:45 Lunch and Networking


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?
Julie Droguett

Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies: Essentials for All Nurses

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, cause a great deal of anxiety and may be life-threatening. In this session, you will learn about current best-practice nursing care for common diabetes-related emergencies. It includes:

  • What are diabetes emergencies, including what to watch for and how to respond
  • Care of diabetes-related emergencies in the hospital and other settings
  • An update on the most common medications used to treat these conditions
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Julie Droguett

Managing Diabetes Pre and Postoperatively

Surgical and investigative interventions for people with diabetes can disrupt glycaemic control and contribute to delayed healing and increased morbidity and length of stay. This session will consider the perioperative management of diabetes, including:

  • Risks associated with surgery for people with diabetes
  • Differences in the perioperative management of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Oral glucose-lowering medicines and non-insulin injectables
  • Insulin therapy
  • Acute complications post-surgery
  • Discharge planning – identifying those at risk of poor outcomes and how to support them
4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Gauri Godbole

Gauri Godbole is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacist in aged care and mental health at Gosford Hospital. She has experience in hospital pharmacy practice across Australia. Her practice interests include aspects of geriatric medicine, research, teaching and publications: for both consumer and healthcare professionals. Gauri is a regular presenter at patient education forums such as the stepping-on program for falls prevention on the central coast. She has presented in various seminars and conferences, nationally and internationally. Gauri is a member of many local and national committees such as the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, Night Sedation Guidelines committee. She is an active member of the national geriatric medicine specialty practice leadership committee for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ of Australia (SHPA), elected as co-chair of the committee in 2019. She was awarded SHPA, NSW branch Early Career Pharmacist Award in 2017, in recognition of her contribution to pharmacy practice. Gauri is a fellow of the SHPA. Recently, she gained her certification as a dementia practitioner. Gauri recently received her advancing practice pharmacist credential in geriatric medicine in 2019.

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Julie Droguett

Julie Droguett has been employed by the Central Coast Local Health District for 19 years. Her current role is the clinical nurse specialist in the diabetes centre at Gosford Hospital. Julie is a credentialed diabetes educator working in Diabetes across acute care, sub-acute, community, maternity and paediatrics. She is a professional member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and Diabetes NSW.

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
12 - 13 Jul 2021

Gosford Nurses' Conference

11h 30m
QRC: 4112
The Willows Gosford
Wyoming, NSW, 2250
Price: $629.00