11h 15m CPDConference

Melbourne Aged Care Conference

2-Day Update for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Melbourne Aged Care Conference 2019


21 - 22 Nov 2019
Oaks on Market,
60 Market St

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Why Attend

In today’s contentious aged care environment, it has never been more necessary to have quick access to education that raises the bar for registered nurses in aged care. Attend this conference and find out:

  • Preventing unnecessary transfer to hospital
  • When to listen and when to speak when dealing with complaints
  • Care considerations for an older person with dementia
  • The latest on safe sedative use
  • The role of dementia care mapping and much, much more...

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

Michelle Robins

Clinical Update – Diabetes in Older Adults

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the lives of many older adults. Understanding exactly how diabetes affects the body, what causes it, and how it is detected provides a strong foundation for helping people to prevent its terrible consequences. This session reviews:

  • How does diabetes affect the body?
  • What are the types and causes of diabetes?
  • How are older adults diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Why are the symptoms sometimes “silent”?
Michelle Robins

Diabetes Medications – What Do We Do Differently in Older People?

Older populations living with diabetes may require special considerations when it comes to their medications. This session will discuss how the care of the older person with diabetes differs from the care of other populations with diabetes. It will include:

  • How is diabetes management different in older persons?
  • Why is hypoglycaemia a more serious issue in older people?
  • What are the resources that can be accessed by nurses who care for persons with diabetes in aged care?
10:30 Morning Tea


To Transfer or Not To – Avoiding Unnecessary Hospital Transfers

An older adult’s quality of life is likely to be significantly challenged when faced with illness, injury, or disease. Comprehensive care that ensures older adults avoid unnecessary hospitalisation is a pillar of promoting the best possible quality of life. This session will look at:

  • Why might a hospital admission be harmful to an older adult?
  • How does avoiding hospitalisation improve quality of life?
  • What nursing practices prevent hospitalisation and re-hospitalisation?
  • Should all people with delirium be transferred?
  • Is transferring for surgery always an option?
  • If hospitalisation occurs, how can you prevent it in the future and transition to the community safely?

The Symptom of Incontinence – What Is This Telling You?

Because incontinence is complex, getting to the root cause of the problem is key to managing it appropriately. This session looks at some of the areas where medical conditions may cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence as well as opportunities to improve it. It includes:

  • What are the conditions that could present as incontinence?
  • Why do some medical conditions exacerbate urinary incontinence?
  • What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence, both caused or exacerbated by a medical condition?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Melinda Brooks

Spot The Difference – Lesion Identification

The complex and constantly changing nature of the skin means that the potential for abnormal findings is endless. Abnormal growths and changes in the appearance of the skin are referred to as skin lesions. The purpose of this session is to explain the different types of skin conditions and abnormalities, as well as provide simple examples of how you can correctly identify and describe common skin conditions and lesions. It includes:

  • Skin assessment and skincare
  • Common skin conditions
  • How to tell if a lesion has changed from its original appearance and why its important
  • Memorable ways to accurately describe common important features of a skin lesion, e.g. colour, shape, number and distribution, and anatomical location

Observational Assessment Tools

When caring for patients with dementia, observational assessment tools can prove beneficial to the care provided by healthcare professionals. This session discusses the following:

  • What are some examples of observational assessment tools?
  • What are the main components of an observational assessment tool?
  • What are the considerations when choosing an observational assessment tool?
  • Is it possible to have a one-size-fits-all approach?
  • Are there any limitations to observational assessment tools?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Kathryn Salamone

Creating an Environment of Meaningful Conversations

As healthcare professionals, we must strive to create an environment where social interaction is more than just “here is your drink”. This session will look at the following topics:

  • How can we inspire a culture of meaningful conversations despite the busy schedule of aged care?
  • What are the ways in which we can teach staff to observe and report changes in a resident’s behaviour?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Kathryn Salamone

Managing a Wound When a Person Has Dementia

The incidence of skin tears and other wounds, e.g. pressure injuries and diabetic foot and leg ulcers, increases with age, and it is a serious issue for older adults. In this session, we will discuss wound care for residents who have dementia. It will discuss:

  • The physical, cognitive, psychological/psychiatric, and social considerations to use when deciding on wound care for older people with dementia
Jenny Gowan

Is Sedating Really the Answer in Aged Care?

Sedatives are pervasive in aged care, and there is now increasing community concern about their overuse. This session explores the issues associated with sedative use and how it impacts other body systems. It includes:

  • What are the effects of sedatives on the body?
  • Does it matter if the medicine is missed?
  • What happens to the cognitive status of older adults on these medicines?
  • What are the alternatives and how can you encourage appropriate use?
10:45 Morning Tea

Jenny Gowan

Reducing Falls – Are Medications Implicated?

Many medicines can affect gait. This session will explore the negative effects of some medicines on gait. It includes:

  • Which medicines increase falls and gait disorders?
  • Are drug interactions implicated?
  • Which medical conditions increase fall risk, such as postural hypotension and Parkinson’s disease?
  • How can the risk be reduced?
Amanda Wynne

“Listen Up” – How to Deal with Complaints

No matter how good the provision of care or service, there will always be someone who is not satisfied. Conversely, if health care is under par complaints are justified and will give a health provider an opportunity to address a problem about which they were not previously aware. In your position, you as a healthcare professional may be the first person to receive the complaint. How you respond at this early stage has important ramifications. This session arms you with insights into the appropriate management of complaints. It includes:

  • Firstline response – what to say and do initially
  • How to know when to offer support or apologies
  • Reading the signs – when to listen and when to speak
  • How to remain calm – appropriate use of language
  • Follow up documentation and other actions required
  • Confronting the issue of elder abuse
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Stacey Palfreyman

Advance Care Planning for Older Persons with Decision Incapacity

The topic of advanced care planning is difficult in itself, but what if the older person already has a decision incapacity? This session will look at the following topics:

  • How can we communicate a poor prognosis when discussing advance care with older persons with decision incapacity?
  • When are advance care directives not possible due to decision incapacity?
  • Is it reasonable to continue resuscitation efforts for older persons who may not have had the chance to discuss an advance care directive prior to their decision incapacity?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Rehabilitation for Elderly Populations

Older adults are at high risk for injuries or illnesses, and because of that they have an equally high chance of ending up in rehabilitation services. This session will discuss:

  • What can cause an older adult to require rehabilitation services?
  • What challenges do older adults face in rehabilitation?
  • Are there options for rehabilitation in the community?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The current need for aged care nurses to meet the specific requirements of patients in their care is more crucial than ever. This is the result of the increase in numbers, the complexity of older adults, and the special challenges they and their families face. Sound knowledge and competence in the provision of holistic care is necessary to ensure the capacity to deal with these complexities is met. Increasing standards within aged care relies on the deployment of nurses with sound knowledge and competence.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to enhance the knowledge and skills of nurses working in aged care.

Your learning outcomes:

Use new knowledge of assessment and clinical care for aged persons to improve outcomes
Apply critical decision-making skills to reduce avoidable transfers of older people to hospital
Coordinate interprofessional collaborative care of older adults through active partnerships with a range of service providers
Provide advice and coaching to other staff to increase care skills, facilitate continuity of care, and improve best practice outcomes


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Kathryn Salamone

Kathryn Salamone has worked in nursing for over 30 years. In the years since, Kathryn has completed ... Read More

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Stacey Palfreyman

Stacey Palfreyman is a Nurse Practitioner working at Alfred Health, Victoria, within the Hospital Ad... Read More

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Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, fa... Read More

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Michelle Robins

Michelle Robins is a credentialed diabetes educator with 23 years of experience in many aspects of d... 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

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Melinda Brooks

Melinda Brooks has worked in wound management for more than 20 years in a variety of settings from t... Read More


21 - 22 Nov 2019


Oaks on Market
60 Market St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$610.00 (two days)
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