11h 30m CPDConference

Mount Gambier Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed


Mount Gambier
17 - 18 Jun 2021
Lakes Resort Mount Gambier,
17 Lake Terrace West

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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

Linda Starr

Fake Practitioners

There has been an increase in the incidence of individuals posing as health practitioners when, in fact, they do not and, in most cases, have never held any registration or undertaken an approved course of study that leads to registration. The impact of these individuals gaining employment in the workforce is considerable. This session will give you the opportunity to understand:

  • The law protecting the titles of registered health professionals
  • The incidence of fake practitioners
  • The nature of the fake practitioner’s practice
  • The impact and potential harm fake practitioners can cause in patient safety and public trust in the professions
  • The legal implications of practising without a licence

In this session, you will explore the incidence of fake professionals in our system and the changes in the national regulation law to increase the penalties applied to these cases.

10:00 Morning Tea

Linda Starr

Promoting Anti-Ageist Attitudes in Resident Care

When most caregivers were born in a previous generation, there are inevitable gaps in social awareness. Such blind spots can lead to insensitivities and even prejudices. This session looks at how we can overcome ageism in healthcare delivery across venues in community acute and residential care. We will discuss:

  • What is ageism and how is it a social justice issue?
  • What impact does ageism have on the health and wellbeing of patients, clients, residents and older members of staff?
  • What can be done to address ageist attitudes in healthcare?
Linda Starr

Clinical Leadership: Facing Challenges and Establishing a Patient-Centred Culture?

Do you lead or do you follow the leader? How long has it been since you have stood back and reflected on your practice - what it is you do compared to what you should do? Are you following worn-out policies and procedures that bear little resemblance to best practice? Do you know what is policy and what is local custom? Do you find challenges in practice raised by students a threat or a blessing? Do you consider the clinical environment as a workplace or the patient’s space - can it be both? This session will provide you with the opportunity to consider several cases and consider some concepts that highlight:

  • The danger in not knowing the difference between policy and local custom
  • The need to undertake a self-check on our attitude toward the next generation of carers
  • Routine v patient-centred culture
  • Bad practice, routine or competency drift
  • Taking the lead - the impact of being ill-prepared
  • Being too tired to care
12:30 Lunch and Networking


Antibiotics: An Update

The development of antibiotics was one of the key advancements in medicine. Many bacterial infections that 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
  • The 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
2:45 Afternoon Tea


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. It includes:

  • How do opioids work to alleviate pain?
  • How do you manage opioid-induced side effects and the 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?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome and Review


Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Also known as vacuum-assisted closure, negative pressure wound therapy is used to accelerate wound healing. This session will discuss:

  • What are the uses of negative pressure wound therapy?
  • When should negative pressure wound therapy be started?
  • Is this method more effective than other wound healing techniques?
  • Are there any contraindications to the use of negative pressure wound therapies?

Dressing the Infected Wound

Despite best efforts, some patients will experience wounds that deteriorate due to infection. Should the wound demonstrate dehiscence, drainage and devitalised tissue, the nursing team will need to be able to set appropriate objectives and select the correct dressings to care for these wounds. This session includes:

  • A review of wound bed preparation and the role of debridement in nursing-derived wound care
  • An overview of antimicrobial dressings and their place in clinical practice
  • Possible adjunctive treatments for the infected wound
11:15 Morning Tea

Barbara Sawyer

Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies: Essentials for All Nurses

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 - what should you 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
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Barbara Sawyer

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: The Psychosocial Effects of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we improve our support for those living with diabetes?
Linda Starr

Documentation 101

Every practitioner has some degree of experience in recording the care they provide in patient notes. However, rather than just a contemporary and historical record of a patient’s health, clinical notes are a valuable source of evidence used in a number of ways to determine the standard of care, currency of knowledge and practice, and even the nature of a practitioners conduct or behaviour when providing care to clients. This session will explore a number of cases that identify poor practice and poor record keeping. It will include:

  • Basic documentation requirements
  • The impact of falsifying patient records
  • What constitutes a fraudulent entry
  • The impact of omissions and errors in documentation
  • Interpreting the standard of care given through examining case notes
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Linda Starr

Managing Hostility and Conflict

Working with pathological people and those with a narcissist personality often results in continued conflict. This is likely to be detrimental to health, wellbeing and patient or client outcomes. Clear communication when faced with hostility and a calm head can help YOU manage conflict better. This interactive session looks at:

  • What is pathological behaviour?
  • What are narcissistic personality traits?
  • Why are these personalities a risk in the workplace?
  • What is the impact on patient outcomes when pathological behaviour is not managed in the clinical environment?
  • How can you deal with pathological/destructive behaviour constructively?
  • What is your obligation under the national law to address behaviour that puts the public at risk?
  • How can you take care of yourself and your colleagues when managing destructive behaviour?
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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Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. Read More

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Barbara Sawyer

Barbara Sawyer completed her diabetes education certificate with Mayfield Education Centre in 2002 and was inspired to become a nurse practitioner after reading a nursing journal article. She became a credentialed diabetes educator in 2005 and worked in this role with South East Regional Community Health Service in Mount Gambier. Barbara completed her Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner) through Deakin University in 2008 and achieved nurse practitioner endorsement in May 2010, becoming the first practising diabetes nurse practitioner in South Australia. She gained prescribing rights in February 2012. Barbara's scope of practice incorporates the management of adults with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and paediatric type 1 diabetes. Read More


17 - 18 Jun 2021


Lakes Resort Mount Gambier
17 Lake Terrace West
Mount Gambier SA,5290


$629.00 (two days)
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