11h 30m CPDConference

The Nurse Health Coach Conference

2 Days - Moving from Illness to Wellness

The Nurse Health Coach Conference - Melbourne 2019


28 - 29 Oct 2019
Oaks On Collins ,
480 Collins St

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Why Attend

A raft of lifelong conditions require energy-intense efforts from both individuals and nurses for long-term wellness to be sustained. Traditional biomedical models tend to focus on advice giving and often fail to address the complex set of psychological factors that affect behaviour change. Attend this conference to discover how health coaching principles can support you to enable people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to a state of wellness. Topics include:

  • An exploration of nurse health coaching
  • Converting goals and intentions into behaviour
  • Tips for dealing with setbacks and negativity
  • Why boundaries are essential AND how to make them stick
  • Practical strategies to overcome barriers to behaviour change
  • How to develop self-awareness around your own wellbeing and much, much more…
Book your place now and find out why your colleagues are saying this is “the best conference I’ve ever attended…”

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

Geoff Ahern

Getting off the Bandwagon – Being Realistic with Lifestyle Goal Changes

When someone decides to change their lifestyle for the benefit of their health, this could mean setting unrealistic goals and choosing to go with whatever is in fashion at the moment. As this may result in non-adherence and the lifestyle change not working, they can be left frustrated as they are back to square one. This session will explore the importance of realistic goals in nurse health coaching and will discuss:

  • Why is “jumping on the bandwagon” not the best way to kickstart lifestyle changes?
  • How can we ensure that our patient’s goals are both realistic and achievable?
Alison Moore

The Nurse Health Coach – What we Are and What We’re Not!

Nurses are known as “agents of change”, and that includes a change in a patient’s health behaviours. A relatively new term, the nurse health coach is a health partner who utilises their clinical expertise to empower their patients to modify their lifestyles to promote health and prevent disease. This introductory session looks at the nurse health coach and discusses:

  • What is a nurse health coach?
  • What does not constitute being a nurse health coach?
  • How are nurses already implementing aspects of health coaching in their work?
  • How can you tell if nurse health coaching is the job for you?
11:00 Morning Tea

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: Impacts on Diabetes Risk – Prevention is the Key

This session includes the risk factors associated with diabetes, including both modifiable and non-modifiable problems. It looks at:

  • What are the current factors and lifestyle choices that may be causing the incidence of diabetes to increase?
  • Why are nutrition, weight management, physical activity, blood pressure control, blood lipids, and stress management so important?
  • Practical information and primary care tips to enable you to help people to make the necessary changes to improve their lifestyle choices
  • What is health literacy, how can you promote it, and how can it improve diabetes management?
Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Cognitive Reframing: Overcoming Obstacles

When it comes to lifestyle changes, there are bound to be obstacles along the way. It is our role as nurse health coaches to empower our patients to maintain their lifestyle change despite these obstacles. This session will look at the following topics:

  • How can we support our patients who are finding it difficult to overcome obstacles in their lifestyle changes?
  • Is there a way to support our patients through relapses?
  • What can we do to ensure that our patient’s action plan is sustainable?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Jenny Gowan

The Truth About Vitamins and Minerals

Nurse health coaches are likely to work with patients/clients who are taking vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements. Despite the widespread information surrounding them, actual evidence-based efficacy is often insufficient. What is fact and what is fiction? This session explains:

  • Who needs dietary supplementation?
  • What are the benefits of fish oil?
  • When is Vitamin D indicated?
  • Are zinc, magnesium, calcium, glucosamine, Vitamin B12, curcumin for arthritis and CoQ beneficial in disease management and for wellbeing?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

Support Systems: Empowering Patient Carers

A good support system is seen as beneficial for the patient with persistent illness. As this is usually provided by the patient’s family and friends, ensuring that they are involved in the patient’s care may be the key to a sustainable lifestyle change. This session discusses the following topics:

  • What lifestyle changes can be of benefit for people living with persistent illness?
  • What is accountability, and why does a good support system affect this?
  • How can we, as nurse health coaches, support the family and friends in supporting the patient?
  • In what way can a patient’s support system be disadvantageous?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Ruth Oliver

The Power of Positive Psychology – No More Negative Nancies!

Positivity affects perceptions, attitudes, and expectations. Positive emotions have been shown to increase feelings of energy, help us cope with adversity, boost our health, and feel more optimistic about life. Constructing positive mindsets in the face of chronic disease management can support a person to flourish. This session considers:

  • What is meant by “positive psychology”?
  • Is a positive attitude an innate or a learned behaviour?
  • How can we remain positive in the face of challenging or stressful situations?
  • How can it be integrated into our interactions with patients in a sensitive and genuine manner?
Cameron Johnson

Weight Management

Obesity is pervasive in Australian society and can cause significant health issues. It is essential that health professionals are able to provide education relating to weight management. This session will look at:

  • Why, how, how much, how fast?
  • What next? Preventing weight regain
  • Assisting clients with long term behavioural changes
  • Assisting clients with sustainable progress rather than focusing on perfection
11:00 Morning Tea

Dr Muthanna Al-Kaabi

Promoting Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health issues have become prevalent in our communities. This session will look at ways we can promote cardiovascular health as nurse health coaches, and will discuss the following topics:

  • How important is lifestyle modification when it comes to preventing the rise or worsening of cardiovascular disease?
  • What can we do to promote cardiovascular health in persons who have already experienced cardiovascular events?
  • What are the possible challenges a nurse health coach may face in promoting cardiovascular health?
Geoff Ahern

Knowing The Patient – Powerful Questioning

The misuse and abuse of asking questions is a common mistake made during many forms of communication. It’s especially prevalent as we try and assist others in their quest for health. Simple strategies, used regularly during psychotherapy and health coaching, can assist us to ask better questions. It includes:

  • The problems associated with asking too many questions
  • When open versus closed questions should be used
  • How questions can encourage clarity around a person’s goals
  • How to help someone explore their options
  • Types of questions that can promote actions
1:30 Lunch and Networking

Samuel Eddy

The Power of Resilience!

Our capacity to respond positively in the face of challenges and setbacks is known as resilience. Resilience is recognised to help us adapt positively to stress, recover from trauma, and grow and develop through adversity. The lengthy, energy intense and difficult nature of chronic illness calls for the development of resilience, in our patients and in ourselves. This session considers:

  • How you can build resilience in this one session in order to help yourself and your patients
  • Practice with real-world examples of stressful events relevant to you
  • Learn a simple three-step resilience building process
  • Improve your ability to cope with the uncertainties of life at work or at home so you can help others
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

Cumulative Stress: Have You Just About Had Enough?

Do you feel overwhelmed and consumed by the cumulative level of stress in your working life? When the feeling of drowning in stress occurs, burnout and compassion fatigue may gradually follow. It is obvious that we, as nurses, may need to accept the fact that this is occurring if we are to find ways to fix it. This session will look at why it is important to acknowledge unhappiness and understand how and why it evolves. Introductory questions to consider:

  • What are the definitions of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
  • What levels of stress should you reasonably accept as part and parcel of nursing?
  • When does stress become unhealthy?
  • What are some simple strategies that can help you cope with cumulative stress?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The total wellbeing of a patient can easily be forgotten in the urgency of functional care and technological practices. However, the importance of caring for the whole person cannot be underestimated in today’s fast and demanding health setting. The healing value of holism takes into account the mind-body-spirit within the context in which a person lives. Incorporating health coaching principles into modern health care enables nurses to support people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to a state of wellness. As well, there is evidence that holistic care and health coaching have positive health and job satisfaction benefits for nurses. This event is timely to avert the rising rates of chronic disease and nurse burnout.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with the insights and the practical applications of holistic health coaching principles, so as to support people with chronic diseases to move from a point of illness to a state of wellness.

Your learning outcomes:

Improve the nurse-patient alliance to enhance patient’s satisfaction with care and adherence to care plans
Apply holistic health coaching principles to enable people with chronic illnesses to be supported through change
Enhance personal health and wellbeing of the nurse to assist in the healing process of others
Encourage professional growth of the nurse through self-reflection


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Samuel Eddy

As an executive coach and wellbeing trainer, Samuel Eddy helps organisations and individuals manage ... Read More

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Alison Moore

Alison Moore has been a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse for 10 years, and has been in the professio... 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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Ruth Oliver

Because of the diverse training that Ruth Oliver has undertaken and the paths she has chosen in her ... Read More

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Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson

Catherine Wallace-Wilkinson is a registered nurse who has been a credentialed diabetes educator sinc... Read More

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Cameron Johnson

Cam Johnson has been an Accredited Practising Dietitian for the past 19 years. He has worked at a nu... Read More

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Muthanna Al-Kaabi

Dr Muthanna Al-Kaabi is an international general practitioner and an Australian Endeavour Leadership... Read More

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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a ... Read More


28 - 29 Oct 2019


Oaks On Collins
480 Collins St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$610.00 (two days)
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