10h 45m CPDConference

Nursing Children Conference

2 Days – An Ideal Update for Nurses

Nursing Children Conference - Melbourne 2020


23 - 24 Mar 2020
Oaks on Market,
60 Market St

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Why Attend

Do you regularly, or even occasionally, care for children but do not work in a paediatric unit? If so, you still need regular CPD updates on nursing care of children. Attend this conference and find out about:

  • Flu vaccine allocation in an emergency – ethical considerations
  • Immunisation updates
  • Children – household products and domestic poisons
  • Toddler food refusal
  • Managing “hypos” … in children
  • Autism and eating disorders
  • Cystic fibrosis – current practical management
  • Child protection and forensic nursing
  • Apologising when things go wrong, including open disclosure

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Children – Household Products and Domestic Poisons

Household products represent a huge potential for accidental poisoning. Many medicines, disc/button batteries, some cleaning products and other common household agents can pose significant risks to children. While preventative measures, such as supervision and safe storage, can prevent mishaps, accidents do occur and can be severe and life-threatening. This informative session will bring you up-to-date with household poisoning risks, as well as:

  • The epidemiology of paediatric poisoning
  • Common low-risk paediatric exposures
  • High-risk paediatric exposures
  • Giving home first aid
  • Preventing poisoning in the home
Michele Meehan

Toddler Food Refusal – The Battle You Will Never Win

Although toddlers are a delightful and trying challenge, food provides a perfect medium for the struggle for independence. Many toddlers use food to test their power, but others can create scenarios that gradually restrict their diet by avoiding new foods or creating meal times that are a nightmare for the whole family. This interactive session looks at:

  • How to educate parents about appropriate management strategies and healthy eating
10:45 Morning Tea

Dr Brooke Harcourt

Autism and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders may emerge in children with autism. This can lead to a raft of secondary health conditions, such as low energy and anaemia. The clinical significance of such eating disorders needs to be both understood and managed appropriately. This session looks at the link between autism and eating and includes:

  • How eating disorders manifest in a child with autism
  • Early signs of eating disorders
  • How eating disorders can be avoided
Representative from Cystic Fibrosis Community Care

Cystic Fibrosis – An Update on Current Management in Children

One in every 2500 babies is born with cystic fibrosis. Children with this condition are now generally expected to live well into adulthood and old age. Gene modifying treatment is opening up new health possibilities, but practical information about preventing complications before they arise is still a significant aspect of management. This session looks at:

  • A brief history of cystic fibrosis
  • The common environmental risks to children with cystic fibrosis
  • Medication at school
  • How to offer practical support to children and parents with this condition
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Rebecca Gebert

Update on Type 1 Diabetes in Children

This session offers an update on type 1 diabetes as it affects children. In particular, it looks at the latest information about this condition and the current management options. It includes:

  • Managing the underlying condition – the latest evidence
  • Appropriate management of sick days
  • Assisting a child in adapting to their condition as they grow up
  • Supporting the family to live a normal life in the community
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Rebecca Gebert

Childhood Diabetes and Insulin

The use of insulin is a fact of life for many children with diabetes. This evidenced session looks at the current approach to insulin use and includes:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
  • Continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII)
  • What to do if a “hypo” occurs
  • The main considerations when applying a holistic approach to the care of a child with insulin dependency
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


The Ethics of Flu Vaccine Allocation in an Emergency

This session looks at how vaccines are allocated in a pandemic when everyone needs them, and there is insufficient supply. It includes:

  • Why is this a current area of debate?
  • Why is flu of particular concern in this regard?
  • How does this relate to nursing children?
Sonja Elia

Immunisation Updates

Immunisation is a foundation stone of modern healthcare. It enables large groups of people to be protected from harmful diseases. This session will rapidly bring you up-to-date on current immunisations. It includes:

  • Should all children receive the same vaccines?
  • Who are considered special risk groups?
  • Catching-up schedules if a child has delayed or missed doses
  • Legislation and immunisation
11:00 Morning Tea


Children with Itchy Rashes – What Does It Mean?

When a child has an itchy rash, it can be very confounding for a clinician. This session looks at common causes of itchy rashes and what you need to know to manage them. It includes:

  • How to differentiate one rash from another
  • Which rashes are serious and which are not
  • When to isolate and refer
Michele Meehan

Anxiety in Young Children

Anxiety in young children is a normal part of development. At times though, it can be crippling to children and alter development. This session will explore the different types of anxiety and how we, as caregivers, can help improve outcomes. It includes:

  • What are the different types of anxiety – social, separation and generalised
  • What level of anxiety is normal and an expected part of childhood development
  • The role of a nurse in improving outcomes for children experiencing anxiety
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Joanne Dean

Overview of Forensic Nursing and Child Abuse

Nurses have an important role in the identification and protection of vulnerable children. Forensic nurses have a deeper understanding of this area and, with their colleagues, have developed advancements in approaches to identification and management. This session looks at:

  • What is the role of forensic nursing in child protection?
  • How to recognise the subtle signs of child abuse?
  • What about neglect?
  • What about online grooming?
  • What should you do if you suspect child abuse is occurring?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Amanda Wynne

Open Disclosure and Apologising When Things Go Wrong

Understanding the correct way to apologise when something goes wrong is very important. Open disclosure is essential in such circumstances. This final session looks at your legal responsibilities in these areas and includes:

  • What is the difference between open disclosure and apologising?
  • When and how do you apologise?
  • What are the consequences of not disclosing an error?
4:15 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Providing safe, child-centred care when confronted with paediatric health situations requires specific knowledge about children. It requires a different approach to care to ensure that risk is averted and desired outcomes are achieved. However, it may be difficult for nurses to routinely access such knowledge because it is often considered a specialist area of health. For nurses to remain confident and competent to care for children, regular paediatric updates are essential.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to provide child-centred, evidenced knowledge that underpins safe and competent practice for nurses who irregularly work with children.

Your learning outcomes:

Have confidence in assessing a child who presents with a medical or social condition in your practice setting
Provide care to a child that reflects evidence-based treatment that is age and developmentally appropriate
Provide psychosocial support and education to children and their carers to minimise anxiety
Plan up-to-date, child-centred nursing interventions that promote recovery, health and wellbeing


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Amanda Wynne

Amanda Wynne is a barrister at the Victorian Bar whose practice includes family law, child abuse, fa... Read More

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Brooke Harcourt

Dr Brooke Harcourt is a Senior Research Officer and National Health and Medical Research Council (NH... Read More

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Rebecca Gebert

Rebecca Gebert is a diabetes educator and practices in the area of Children & adolescents and Type 1... Read More

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Representative from the Cystic Fibrosis Community Care

Representative from the Cystic Fibrosis Community Care... Read More

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Sonja Elia

Sonja Elia is a Nurse Practitioner and Manager Immunisation at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbour... Read More

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Joanne Dean

Joanne is a Registered nurse whose nursing career to date spans over some 20 years. She is the Nurse... Read More

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Michele Meehan

Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Pare... Read More


23 - 24 Mar 2020


Oaks on Market
60 Market St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$759.00 (two days)
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