11h CPDConference

Melbourne Nurses' Conference

Two Days - Learn Locally with Ausmed


27 - 28 May 2021
Oaks on Market,
60 Market St

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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.

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Geoff Ahern

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder is one of the most complex mental illnesses. It can be associated with deeply ingrained, extreme, inflexible and maladaptive patterns of relating to and perceiving both the environment and themselves. There is a need for all nurses to identify and clearly understand borderline personality disorder if people in your care are to receive the best possible health outcomes. This session will include:

  • ‘Bloody borderlines!’ Stigma and discrimination in healthcare
  • Personality, traits or personality disorder - the difference
  • The main characteristics of borderline personality disorder
  • Why clients or patients living with BPD can be challenging at times
  • Effective communication strategies when caring for a person living with borderline personality disorder
Julian Grace

Transgender and Gender Diverse Health

The concept of transgender and gender diverse (TGD) people has been in Australia from time immemorial - first recognised by Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. Despite this, Australians who identify as transgender or gender diverse still find themselves marginalised by society, affecting all aspects of their lives, including their health. This session will explore concepts in transgender and gender diverse health. It includes:

  • What are the unique healthcare needs of people who identify as transgender or gender diverse?
  • What is TGD affirmative care?
  • How can we implement TGD affirmative care in our workplace?
10:30 Morning Tea

Mark Aitken

You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup: Self-Care for Nurses and Midwives

Nurses and midwives care for others on a daily basis, but they may forget to care for themselves. This session will discuss the concept of self-care, a necessity that a lot of people may look at as a luxury. It includes:

  • Why is it easy to forget about self-care?
  • What can nurses and midwives do in terms of self-care?
  • How can we support a colleague who is in need of self-care?
Tony King

Time Critical: Updates on Clinical Guidelines

This session will sprint through many of the recently updated clinical guidelines relevant for all Australian hospitals, as well as recent data about patient outcomes following MET and Code Blue response calls across Australia and New Zealand.

1:00 Lunch and Networking

Geoff Ahern

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 the other reasons people present as psychotic and how something as simple a blood test can reveal the hidden truth. Learn:

  • What is psychosis?
  • How can we understand delusions and hallucinations?
  • Why so much paranoia?
  • What else can lead to a person becoming psychotic?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


The Ward as a Learning Environment: The Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) Framework in Practice

The Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) Framework is the government developed framework designed for health and human service organisations. This session will discuss:

  • What are the key characteristics of BPCLE?
  • Are there any benefits related to the implementation of BPCLE?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Jeff Kenneally

Out of Breath: Hypoxic and Anoxic Brain Injuries

Overdoses, near-drownings or attempted suicide by asphyxiation all have the potential to cause a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. This session will discuss:

  • What are the different types of anoxic and hypoxic injuries?
  • Are there any differential diagnoses for anoxic or hypoxic injury?
  • What are the nursing interventions for patients suspected of having this type of brain injury?
Amanda Wynne

Medicinal Cannabis: Legal Considerations for Nurses

This session commences with a review of the legal status of cannabis in Victoria and Australia. It explains the difference between state laws and federal laws and how they affect cannabis use. It explains how this medicine is scheduled and the safeguards on its use. Discussion is encouraged, including:

  • Can a patient who is taking medical cannabis use the medicine in a state where it is not legalised?
  • Can you take a telephone order for this medicine?
  • Are you allowed to administer cannabis?
  • What risk minimisation should you implement?
  • What advice can you give to a patient regarding their medical use of cannabis?
10:45 Morning Tea

Amanda Wynne

Voluntary Assisted Dying: Implications for Nurses

Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) on nurses was legalised in Victoria in June 2019. This session will discuss the impact of VAD on nurses and discuss:

  • How does the VAD process work?
  • What do nurses need to know about VAD?
  • What is the role of the VAD care navigator?
  • How can we manage patient requests and questions regarding VAD?
A/Prof Louis Roller

Antibiotics: An Update

The development of antibiotics was one of the key advancements in medicine. Many bacterial infections previously had no effective treatments, often causing significant morbidity and mortality, then became treatable with antibiotics, saving millions of lives. Now, because of the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, bacterial infections that were once easily cured with antibiotics are becoming harder to treat. This session includes:

  • The properties, actions and efficacies of the most commonly used antibiotics in Australia
  • Adverse effects of antibiotics
  • A look at antibiotic resistance
  • The extent of antibiotic resistance
  • Antibiotic stewardship and how nurses can contribute
  • The new Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic, Version 16, 2019
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Melinda Brooks

Wounds Below the Knee: What Do I Need to Know?

The assessment and management of lower wounds can be challenging, as a comprehensive assessment of the person is vital prior to implementing management plans. This session will discuss:

  • A comprehensive assessment of the person and lower limb
  • Assessment and management of arterial and venous ulcers
  • Diabetic foot related ulcers
  • Skin cancers
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Sally Double

Diabetes and Technologies

Diabetes technology has evolved so much since the discovery of insulin, turning what used to be a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition. This session will discuss:

  • An overview of diabetes and the current management guidelines related to optimal management and reduced complication risk
  • Technologies commonly used to support diabetes management
  • Healthcare teams responsibilities when supporting a patient with diabetes and use of technologies
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

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


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Julian Grace

Dr Julian Grace is a passionate advocate for LGBTIQA+ equity in the health care system. As the project lead for the Transgender and Gender Diverse in Community Health project at Thorne Harbour Health, they coordinate an evidence-based state-wide training program improving the health sector’s capacity to meet the needs of transgender and gender diverse communities. As well as being an experienced facilitator and tertiary educator, Julian is also a qualified Osteopath currently practicing at the Equinox Gender Diverse Health Centre as part of a multidisciplinary team of GPs, nurses, and other health professionals. Read More

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Louis Roller

Louis has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University for some 56 years. He was on the Pharmacy Board of Victoria for 22 years and has significantly contributed to many editions of various pharmaceutical compendia including the Therapeutic Guidelines. He has been and is on the Editorial Board of the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook and has contributed significantly to all three editions of Mosby’s Dictionary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. He is the author of hundreds of scientific and professional articles and has a passion for evidence-based knowledge and with Jenny Gowan since 1995 writes articles on Disease State Management. He lectures to pharmacists, medical practitioners, nurses, podiatrists and optometrists on a variety of therapeutic topics, as well the University of the Third Age on various medication-related issues. He still lectures to pharmacy undergraduates on a number of topics. He has particular interests in drug interactions and pharmacogenomics and William Shakespeare. He has served as a committee member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch since 2008. In 2012, he was made a life member of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Sciences Association and in 2014, he was awarded the life-long achievement award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. His current activities (as well as the above) include singing in a choir, visiting schools re bullying (Courage to Care) giving talks to U3A groups and similar groups. He is a proud member of the Australian Skeptics.  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 the Victorian Adult Burns Unit to community nursing to research and lecturing in wound care at both Monash and Latrobe Universities. Melinda works in private practice as a nurse practitioner in wound management, following her endorsement in 2013. Her work is mainly in aged care and the community, providing consultancy and education. In 2016, Melinda and two colleagues began 'Wounds R Us' – a collaboration that provides wound management education to clinicians around Melbourne. Melinda has presented at many state and national conferences and thrives on teaching others about the importance of holistic wound management. Melinda is currently a member of the Wounds Australia Education Pillar and committee member of the Wounds Australia national conference 2018. Read More

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Tony King

Tony King is a registered nurse and clinical educator in a large metropolitan intensive care unit. He adopts a realistic and practical approach to the challenges facing the modern clinician. Tony is passionate about developing all healthcare professionals, recognising we all have knowledge and strengths that positively contribute to a patient's journey. Read More

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Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken has been a proud registered nurse for over 30 years. He has worked in many areas of nursing and midwifery, including general surgical and medical units, critical care, sexual and reproductive health, education, research, project management, maternity services and residential, community and speciality aged care services. Supporting nurses and midwives has been a constant in Mark’s career. He believes that patients receive the best care when staff are supported. Mark is currently the stakeholder engagement manager at Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support). NM Support provides nurses and midwives, students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or midwife with confidential, anonymous and free advice and referral. The goal of NM Support is to promote better health for nurses, midwives and students, as well as safer care for the public. Read More

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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. Read More

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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. Read More

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Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, family violence, mental health, health profession disciplinary panels, coronial inquests, victims of crime, and guardianship and administration regarding the elderly. Amanda also holds nursing qualifications and is an experienced general nurse, midwife, and maternal and child health nurse, last practising in May 2009. She regularly presents pertinent legal seminars to the healthcare profession. Read More

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Jeff Kenneally

Jeff Kenneally has a lifelong commitment to pre-hospital care, having served as an operational paramedic for 34 years, mostly in intensive care roles. He has managed frontline paramedic teams, commanded major events, mentored, educated and worked in communications dispatch centres and at the ambulance air wing. His roles have taken him to rural and metropolitan areas. For four years, Jeff managed the Ambulance Victoria clinical practice guidelines. In recent years, Jeff has turned to university lecturing for paramedic students, including leading international study tours. He is a published author in pre-hospital practice and contributor to numerous major textbooks. In 2018, Jeff was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in recognition of his contribution. Read More


27 - 28 May 2021


Oaks on Market
60 Market St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$629.00 (two days)
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