15 - 17 Sep 2021

Launceston Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 30m
QRC: 4160
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Why Attend

Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Launceston region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Launceston every September. Book your place at this year’s event and:

  • Gain new knowledge for contemporary practice
  • 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…
We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction


Mental Health during a Pandemic

The recent COVID pandemic had the whole world focusing on social distancing and hand hygiene. However, the distancing from each other caused widespread loneliness and poor mental health. This session will dive into mental health awareness during a global pandemic.

10:00 Morning Tea


Mental Health, Media and Stigma!

Mental illness can be complex and, at times, unpredictable. With a public hungry for more information, how do we look behind the numbers and examine the real effects of mental health on the individual? Topics include:

  • Why so much stigma, shame, and embarrassment around mental illness versus physical illness?
  • Does the way we present mental health to the media give a realistic picture?
  • What happens when mental health goes beyond the professional and enters our personal life?

A Practical Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person who has a mental illness and may be experiencing mental distress. It includes:

  • What are the basic principles of a mental health examination?
  • When would you need to conduct one?
  • When should you escalate or refer to specialist mental health services?
  • A brief discussion of your coping skills in challenging situations
12:30 Lunch and Networking


The Judicious Use of Opioids: Implications for Nursing Practice

Opioids are commonly prescribed medication for pain management in a range of settings, frequently as a PRN. Yet their potential for harm and misuse is ever present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that they are appropriately used and so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them. This session offers an in-depth review of opioid medications, including:

  • The different types of opioids used today
  • How opioids work to alleviate pain
  • Management of opioid-induced side effects e.g. constipation, falls, etc.
  • Dosing considerations in the elderly
  • Identifying tolerance, preventing dependency, and assessing for toxicity
  • Identifying drug diversion and other inappropriate behaviours
2:45 Afternoon Tea


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


Wound Management: The Big Picture

This introductory session looks at modern wound management - the challenges of wounds, the trends in care, the best-practice resources and how this program will address these issues. Topics include:

  • The impact of wounds in today’s society
  • Influences on wound management in practice
  • Best-practice resources to guide wound management

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
  • The possible adjunctive treatments for the infected wound
11:15 Morning Tea


Insights into the Human Brain

From the belief that the brain is a radiator to modern neuroscience, this opening session will discuss all things brain related. It includes the following topics:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the brain
  • An introduction to the “abnormal brain”
  • Fun facts about the brain
12:45 Lunch and Networking


The Clinical Detective – Neurological

As nurses, we use critical thinking skills and professional judgment on a daily basis in our practice. It is important that we continue to revise and strengthen these skills to ensure that we are able to recognise and act on important changes in a patient’s condition in a timely manner. In this session, you will:

  • Gradually move through a case scenario
  • It will reinforce why certain diagnostic tests, observations and procedures are undertaken to confirm or eliminate potential clinical problems
  • Along the way, you will be given pieces of information that you can use to solve the case
  • Are you ready, detective?


Healthcare Professionals and Addictions

The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication and, 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?
3:15 Afternoon Tea


Who Really Uses It? Facts About Ice

The impact of ice and methamphetamine use is now well known to have a highly disruptive impact on some individuals. If you’re this individual these effects may well extend to families and communities. However, a conversation around this drug also needs to consider who exactly uses these drugs, what is actually the prevalence of use, and how big of a problem are concurrent mental health issues? This session will challenge your perceptions of ice and methamphetamine use and addresses:

  • Rebuffing the myths – who actually uses ice, how big a problem is it?
  • How does the media influence our perception of ice and a typical “ice addict”?
  • How extensive is ice use compared to other drugs of addiction?
  • Are we talking enough about co-existing mental health conditions?
4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations


Speakers for this event are still being confirmed

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
15 - 17 Sep 2021

Launceston Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 30m
QRC: 4160
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Launceston, TAS, 7250
Price: $629.00