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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
The Best Practice Clinical Learning Environment (BPCLE) Framework is the government developed framework designed for health and human service organisations. This session will discuss:
Overdoses, near-drownings or attempted suicide by asphyxiation all have the potential to cause a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. This session will discuss:
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:
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:
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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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