16 - 17 Sep 2021

Melbourne Chronic Disease Conference 2021

QRC: 4177
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Why Attend

Chronic illness is now rampant. Good outcomes are directly related to whether professional interventions are put in place. Attend this conference and discover some of the best practices that help people manage their life with a long-term condition. Topics include:

  • Rethinking chronic disease
  • Understanding chronic mental health conditions
  • Asthma, COPD, and the practical use of inhaler devices
  • The key to cardiovascular health
  • Modern diabetes management and much, much more…
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8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction


Chronic Conditions in the Face of a Pandemic

A pandemic is a cause for concern for everyone, including our patients with chronic conditions. This session will discuss the following:

  • Are there chronic diseases whose sufferers are most at risk of complications during a pandemic?
  • Why are certain populations with chronic disease more at risk than others?
  • How can we protect ourselves and our patients during this time?
10:00 Morning Tea

Leanne Boase

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis - Assessment and Considerations

Psoriasis and its associated condition psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating and cause permanent damage to those who have them. This session begins to look at the following:

  • What are known to be causes of these conditions and are they preventable?
  • Does early recognition prevent deterioration?
  • What are the characteristics and clinical features of these conditions?
  • Why and how do these conditions affect other body systems?
  • What are the nursing management and considerations?
  • Are there any non-pharmacological approaches?
  • What is the role of the nurse within a multidisciplinary team?
Leanne Boase

Protecting your Immunocompromised and Vulnerable Patients during an Outbreak

During an outbreak, the most vulnerable are at the highest risk of morbidity and mortality. This session will discuss:

  • What are the risks to our immunocompromised and other vulnerable patients?
  • How can we prioritise care for these patients?
  • Do we have to take additional steps in order to protect these patients?

Mental Health of Patients with Chronic Disease

This session will discuss the link between mental health and chronic disease, and will discuss the following:

  • Are all patients who have been diagnosed with chronic disease more likely to develop a mental health condition?
  • What are the mental health conditions commonly seen in patients with chronic disease?
1:00 Lunch and Networking


Mood Disorders

Mental health disorders affect 1 in 5 Australians each year. Some of them have a subtype called mood disorders, some of which are commonly seen in this population. This session will discuss the following:

  • What are the different types of mood disorders?
  • How are these mood disorders treated?
  • Is there anything that can be done to prevent these disorders?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Asthma in the Time of a Viral Outbreak

This session will discuss what the threat of viral outbreaks may mean for our patients with asthma and includes:

  • What are the main differences between asthma, allergies and a viral infection?
  • Are asthmatics and people with other respiratory conditions at a higher risk of being infected with viral infections?
  • Does the flu shot help in preventing complications from viral infections which are not the flu in those with chronic respiratory issues?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Sally Double

Is It Diabetes Type 1 or 2?

Most people diagnosed with diabetes as adults will be diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2, however, a recent study has found that these adults may actually have Diabetes Type 1. This session will discuss the following:

  • How is Diabetes Type 1 misdiagnosed as Diabetes Type 2?
  • Why is this misdiagnosis potentially harmful?
  • Is there a way we prevent the misdiagnosis of diabetes in adults?
Sally Double

Diabetes Emergencies

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
10:45 Morning Tea


Chronic Lung Disease

Respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease require lifelong, specialist management. Other chronic respiratory diseases will also be discussed. Includes:

  • Defining COPD and looking at stages
  • Asbestosis and carcinoma
  • The physiology of anoxic drive, hypoxic drive and CO2 retention
  • Can I put oxygen on?
  • Long-term management of COPD
  • Medication and lifestyle changes

All About Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is one of the most common forms of IBD. The severity of the disease can be unpredictable and can lead to severe flare-ups which often results in hospitalisation and possible surgery. It’s fluctuating nature extensively impacts the patient emotionally, physically and socially. This session will further look into Crohn’s Disease:

  • What is Crohn’s Disease and what are the symptoms?
  • How does it typically present?
  • What are the conditions which may resemble Crohn’s Disease?
  • What is the treatment/management of Crohn’s Disease?
1:00 Lunch and Networking


More than Gluten-Free: Celiac Disease

Celiac disease isn’t taken as seriously as other chronic diseases, but for those who have it, it is a serious matter which can cause long-term damage if left untreated. This session includes:

  • Why is celiac disease sometimes undiagnosed for years?
  • What are the chronic diseases which patients with celiac have a higher risk of developing?
  • Are there other treatments for patients with celiac disease besides adopting a gluten-free diet?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Laying the Foundations for Personal Resilience

Chronic disease is debilitating and can often mentally exhausting. This session will look at practical ways to support individuals with chronic health diseases that often affect mental health. We will explore:

  • How can understanding yourself help you become resilient?
  • What impact does your belief and value systems have in helping you stay resilient?
  • Practical techniques to help you build your own resilience
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Sally Double

Sally Double is a registered nurse with postgraduate qualifications in diabetes education. Sally works with many healthcare teams and practitioners to develop an individualised care plan approach for people managing diabetes. Sally has extensive experience in supporting individuals with type 1 diabetes, including type 1 and exercise, insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring technologies, Gestational diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Sally also offers education sessions to upskill staff working in schools, early learning centres and aged care facilities caring for children and adults with diabetes.

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Leanne Boase

Leanne Boase is a nurse practitioner with a background in critical care and paediatrics. She currently practices across three GP clinics in Melbourne. She has also built, owned and operated her own GP practice and is now a director of the Prime Medical Property Group, developing and building properties in the health sector. Leanne also does business planning and is the author of 'Medical Business Management', aimed at assisting health professionals to start their own businesses. Leanne is the current president and a fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. She works as a casual academic. Her qualifications include a master of nursing (nurse practitioner) and a master of health science (education).

Need for Program

Chronic disease is an umbrella term for a raft of different conditions that have a serious impact on living everyday life. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), half of all Australians have a chronic illness. As well, most people with chronic conditions invariably develop complex healthcare needs and have a diminished quality of life as a result. They are also more likely to die prematurely. Prevention of health deterioration and the impact of chronic disease on individuals within any community is becoming a major focus of professional health practitioner concern. Assessment and the implementation of proactive strategies will assist people to better manage their conditions. This includes interprofessional systems that can encompass the complex needs of individuals who face confronting holistic life challenges.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to improve the health outcomes of people living with chronic conditions and to maintain optimal health and wellbeing despite their condition.

Your learning outcomes

  • Assist a person to minimise the escalation of illness from an acute stage into a chronic condition through the use of interprofessional collaboration
  • Focus self-management strategies on improving quality of life and everyday activities for people with chronic conditions
  • Provide appropriate holistic care to patients affected by chronic diseases
  • Provide care to patients that is aligned with best-available evidence to reduce the burden of disease and prevent fatal burden
16 - 17 Sep 2021

Melbourne Chronic Disease Conference 2021

QRC: 4177
Oaks On Collins
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Price: $629.00