11h 30m CPDConference

Mornington Peninsula Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed


20 - 21 May 2021
Mercure Portsea Resort,
46 London Bridge Rd

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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

Grey Rainbow: LGBTQI+ Mental Health

In Australia, people who identify as LGBTQI+ have the highest suicide rate of any group, but this rate could be even higher due to underreporting. This session discusses the mental health of those who identify as LGBTQI+ and includes:

  • Why are LGBTQI+ communities at such a high risk for suicide?
  • What are the ways we could better support our patients who identify as LGBTQI+ in accessing mental health services?
10:00 Morning Tea

Geoff Ahern

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?
Geoff Ahern

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


Pain Management: Preventing Opioid Toxicity

How often do you consider the dangers associated with prescribed medications for pain? Opioids are commonly prescribed in a range of settings. Yet, their potential for harm, misuse and even deliberate self-poisoning is ever-present. It is essential that these medicines are fully understood so that nurses can confidently feel safe administering them and so that they are appropriately used not abused. This session includes the most common types of analgesics that may be prescribed for managing pain.

  • How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
  • How do you manage opioid-induced side effects and potential for misuse?
  • What types of drugs commonly used at night could potentially interact with opioids?
  • How do you identify tolerance, prevent dependency and assess for toxicity?
2:45 Afternoon Tea


When Less is More: Recognising the Unnecessary Use of Medicines

The adverse effects of medication are a constant concern for healthcare professionals. Knowing the potential risks of a medication can significantly prevent injury or harm, such as falls. This session will look at the adverse effects of medications, the need for deprescribing and how to prevent unnecessary harm. It includes:

  • What are some of the common adverse effects of medicines?
  • How can you reduce the risk of harm associated with medicines?
  • Why is it important to be aware of adverse effects?
  • What is deprescribing?
  • What are the principles of deprescribing?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review of Day One


Diagnosis, Testing for Asthma and Spirometry Interpretation

The diagnosis of asthma needs to occur as early as possible to prevent complications and risks to the patient. Spirometry is considered the gold standard for diagnosis. This session looks at:

  • How does spirometry measure up in comparison to other types of tests?
  • Basic interpretation of spirometry results
  • What if my patient can’t complete spirometry?
  • Can a diagnosis of asthma occur under six years of age?

Emergency Management of Asthma in Adults and Children

Could you identify if someone was experiencing a life-threatening asthma event? How confident are you that you could recognise if a child were deteriorating? Asthma flare-ups, regardless of their severity, can be terrifying. When this occurs, it is vital that we, as health professionals, are up-to-date and can respond effectively. This session will bring you up to speed and improve your confidence in recognising and responding to an emergency asthma situation. It includes:

  • How does asthma become life-threatening?
  • What is a ‘flare-up’?
  • How can you manage an acute asthma attack?
  • How do you manage asthma emergencies in children?
11:15 Morning Tea

Niki Argiros

Dietary Adjustments in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Patients with a diagnosis of type 1 or 2 diabetes may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the evidence behind these nutritional approaches and discusses:

  • Are there any differences between the dietary adjustments that need to be made by patients with type 1 or 2 diabetes?
  • Is there a potential risk of adverse effects if persons with type 1 or 2 diabetes follow fad diets?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Niki Argiros

The Facts on Fads: Do Fad Diets Work?

Ketogenic, low carb and fasting diets have become more popular in recent times, but should we consider them for our patients? This session looks into current so-called fad diets and includes:

  • What are some examples of fad diets and how do they work?
  • Do fad diets work for long-term weight management?
  • What are the possible side effects of fad diets?
  • Is it possible for a fad diet to be detrimental to a person's health?
Geoff Ahern

Healthcare Professionals and Addictions

The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication. 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?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

Laying the Foundations for Personal Resilience

Preventing and managing stress, burnout and compassion fatigue lies in your personal ability to be resilient. You can learn the skills to become resilient. Starting with a self-assessment, this practical session will demonstrate practical ways in which you can develop personal resilience. 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?
  • Which practical techniques help you build your own resilience?
4:45 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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Niki Argiros

Niki Argiros is a Dietitian located in Mornington. 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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20 - 21 May 2021


Mercure Portsea Resort
46 London Bridge Rd
Portsea  VIC,3944


$629.00 (two days)
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