11h CPDConference

Perth Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed


27 - 28 May 2021
Holiday Inn Perth City Centre,
778-788 Hay Street

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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

Kane Guthrie

All Time Low: The Hypotensive Patient

Nurses frequently encounter patients with low blood pressure. This session will cover when you need to worry, how to work out what's causing it and how to fix it. It includes:

  • Recognising hypotension and its causes
  • When to worry about low blood and its effects on organ perfusion
  • How to correct the hypotensive patient blood pressure
Ed Gaudoin

Dementia and Palliative Care

Palliative care, which was traditionally provided to patients with terminal cancer, is now provided to patients with a life-limiting or terminal illness, including dementia. This session will discuss palliative care for patients living with dementia, which is the second leading cause of death in Australia. It includes:

  • What does palliative care in patients living with dementia look like?
  • Why is a patient’s advanced care plan (ACP) important in palliative care in dementia?
  • How can we support patients who are culturally and linguistically diverse when providing palliative care in dementia?
10:45 Morning Tea

Andrew Stafford

Blood Pressure Control in Older People: How Low Should We Go?

It is well established that ensuring a person’s blood pressure is well controlled reduces their risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events. However, as a person ages their risk of adverse events from antihypertensive medications increases and blood pressure management becomes a finer balance between risk and harms. This session includes a discussion of:

  • Blood pressure targets for older people
  • Benefits of different antihypertensive medications
  • Safety of antihypertensive medications in older people.
Andrew Stafford

The Changing Landscape of Type 2 Diabetes Management

Until the turn of the century, the treatment of type 2 diabetes with oral medications was dominated by the use of metformin and sulfonylureas. Over the past decade, several new classes of medications for type 2 diabetes have become available, which have several benefits over older treatments. This session will cover:

  • Pharmacology of oral therapies for diabetes
  • Adverse effects and interactions of oral diabetes treatments
  • Clinical outcomes of treatment
  • Current practice guidelines
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Brenda Jones

The Psychology of Dependence

Why do some people develop a dependence on alcohol or other drugs, while others do not? Nurses in a range of specialities and settings are likely to come into contact with people who have become addicted to one or more substances of dependence. An understanding of the psychology of dependence is essential if we are to provide care that is evidence-based, holistic, and free from stigma. This session will uncover:

  • The brain and addiction – what do we know?
  • What are the strongest influences on dependence developing?
  • Why is dependence considered a chronic disease?
  • How is a person supported to manage a dependence?
3:00 Afternoon Tea


Making What You Say Count

Nurses work closely with their patients and often know more about them than other professionals. This session outlines the communication skills to develop relationships with patients, other professionals and co-workers. It includes:

  • A focus on patients/clients - making sure they’re telling you what you should know
  • Skills to assist others to talk to you with less reserve
  • Skills to assist others to listen respectfully to your message
  • Self-preservation - protecting yourself against negative relationships and communication systems
  • Assertiveness - plain, simple and easy
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Karen Mason

Til Death Do We Part: Family Presence During Resuscitation

This session will explore the much-debated issue of family presence during resuscitation (FPDR), which still remains inconsistently implemented by emergency personnel. The benefits for family members has been well documented as providing opportunities for family/friends to say goodbye, facilitating closure and enabling family/friends to provide emotional support to the patient. The presentation will:

  • Discuss the existing literature on FPDR
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of implementing FPDR in the hospital setting
  • Identify educational requirements for nursing/medical staff
  • Identify strategies for its introduction and sustainability in the workplace
Karen Mason

Hear, Hear: Ear Infections

Ear infections are the most common cause of earaches and are more common in children. Though most of them are self-limiting, we still have to be cautious in order to prevent possible complications. This session includes

  • Common ear infections and best treatment options
  • Why ear infections are more common in children
  • Signs and symptoms of complications associated with ear infections
10:45 Morning Tea

Liz Howse

Management of Cancerous and Non-Healing Wounds

Cancerous wounds are known to be non-healing wounds that are difficult to manage. This session will discuss:

  • Definition and diagnosis of cancerous wounds
  • Assessment of cancerous wounds
  • Goal of care for the person with a cancerous wound
  • Wound management and dressing selection
Kane Guthrie

The Extremes of Potassium Disorders

Potassium disorders are common in healthcare, but how dangerous can they be? This session will look at dealing with hypokalemia and hyperkalaemia and includes:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of hypokalemia and hyperkalemia?
  • Can these mimic other medical issues?
  • How are these treated?
  • What can happen when these conditions worsen?
  • Can these disorders have similar presentations?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Daniel Fatovich

Recreational Drugs in the Emergency Department: The Inside Story

While alcohol remains the substance most commonly seen in alcohol and other drug-related presentations to the emergency department, there is a need to understand how nurses can improve outcomes for those affected by recreational drugs. This session will provide an overview of the important nursing considerations related to recreational drug use in emergency departments. Topics include:

  • The appearance and cost of recreational drugs
  • Their clinical effects and treatment
  • Research in the field
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Karen Mason

Sepsis Through the Ages: The Differences of Sepsis in Children and Adults

Sepsis is a serious condition at any age, but would you be able to spot sepsis in patients of different ages? This session will look at:

  • What are the differences in signs and symptoms of sepsis in children and adults?
  • Are there any atypical presentations of sepsis at any age that we should be aware of?
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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Ed Gaudoin

Ed Gaudoin has a fifteen-year history working in consultative nursing palliative care positions across the acute, hospice, community and residential aged care sectors. He describes himself as a 'bedside nurse' and works to optimise compassionate and competent palliative care, especially within the aged care realm. Ed brings an energy and passion in his care of the dying and is driven to support and collaborate with families and staff in providing excellent end-of-life care. He currently works as a clinical nurse consultant for the Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service (MPaCCS). The aim of the service is to assist primary health providers (GPs, other medical specialists, nursing and allied health staff) to provide the best palliative care possible for their patients. Read More

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Andrew Stafford

Andrew Stafford is an academic and an accredited pharmacist with an interest in clinical geriatrics. His experience in aged care has spanned residential and community sectors. He currently provides medication reviews and training services to a number of providers in Western Australia. Andrew’s research interests include the development and assessment of programs that aim to optimise healthcare for older people, especially through the quality use of medicines. Much of Andrew’s work in his role as a director of Dementia Training Australia involves developing and disseminating innovative resources that upskill the aged care workforce in this area. Through his teaching experience in Tasmanian and Western Australian universities, he is an accomplished educator, particularly within consultant pharmacy practice. Read More

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Brenda Jones

Brenda Jones is a clinical nurse consultant at Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department in Perth, Western Australia. Her role specialises in the treatment and management of patients presenting to ED with health problems related to alcohol or other drug use. She has been nursing for 25 years and has spent the majority of her working life on the frontline as an emergency nurse, segueing into the field of addiction ten years ago after extensive exposure as part of her work in ED. Her particular areas of interest are brain function and structure and its role in addiction formation and sustainment, along with the larger area that she likes to call 'the illnesses of addiction' such as alcohol-related liver disease (ArLD), as they are manifested in the tertiary hospital setting, and the challenges those illnesses present to practitioners managing their care. Brenda has a passion for education and evidence-based practice. She is an avid advocate for her patients and likes nothing more than creating understanding and clarity within her colleagues regarding addiction, an area that is often confusing, challenging and morally ambiguous. Read More

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Daniel Fatovich

Professor Daniel Fatovich is a senior emergency physician at Royal Perth Hospital Emergency Department, one of the busiest emergency departments in Australasia. He is also professor of emergency medicine, University of Western Australia, and head of the Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine - one of several research centres within the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Read More

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Liz Howse

Liz Howse has extensive clinical practice in wound and ostomy management within primary, community and aged care nursing. Liz works in the position as nurse practitioner for Collaborative Primary Health Care and has a special interest in the management of chronic non-healing wounds. Liz has completed a master of philosophy (nursing), a master of nursing (nurse practitioner) and is undertaking further research studies in the effectiveness of low-frequency ultrasonic debridement in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. Liz received the 2012 Primary and Community Care WA Nursing & Midwifery award.  Read More

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Kane Guthrie

Kane Guthrie is an experienced emergency nurse with over 12 years working in emergency departments. He is a previous president of the College of Emergency Nurses, WA Branch, and currently works with WA Country Health Emergency Telehealth Service, as well at Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department. His interests are toxicology, envenomation and resuscitating the critically ill patient. Read More

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Karen Mason

Karen Mason qualified as a nurse practitioner: emergency, gaining her masters in nurse practitioner studies in 2008. She currently works at the Fiona Stanley Emergency Department, a role she has undertaken since the hospital opened in February 2015. She has numerous postgraduate qualifications and is the lead author on a project with the Western Australian Department of Health, overseeing the introduction of statewide discharge information sheets for adult, paediatric, and elderly patients. She is passionate about ongoing education for nurses. Read More


27 - 28 May 2021


Holiday Inn Perth City Centre
778-788 Hay Street
Perth WA,6000


$629.00 (two days)
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