21 - 22 Jun 2021

Rockhampton Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4101
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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.


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Peta Tauchmann

Diabetes: Myths, Facts and Visions

From a death sentence into a manageable chronic condition with the discovery of insulin, our knowledge of diabetes has changed so much since its discovery. Despite this, some untruths are still prevalent, and it is up to healthcare professionals to help patients understand what is fact and fiction. This opening session will:

  • Dispel diabetes myths
  • Explore the evidence to support diabetes facts
  • Overview future treatments and pipeline therapies
10:00 Morning Tea

Peta Tauchmann

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: The Psychosocial Effects of Diabetes

A diagnosis of diabetes will have an impact on the psychosocial aspects of a person’s life. This session will discuss the benefits of lifestyle and health literacy for patients with diabetes. It includes:

  • What are the possible psychosocial effects that may impact our patients?
  • What is lifestyle and health literacy?
  • How can we tailor these concepts to suit our patients and their needs?
Peta Tauchmann

Understanding Insulin Therapy

Insulin therapy is prescribed for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depending on insulin production or resistance to insulin. This everyday medicine Is not a ‘one size fits all’ and individualisation of therapy is vital for optimal glycaemic outcomes. In this session, we will consider:

  • Who needs insulin and why
  • The different types of insulin currently available
  • The education we can provide to patients for appropriate insulin administration
  • The nurse’s role and responsibility when administering insulin
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


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

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome Back and Review of Day One

Belinda Anderson

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?
Belinda Anderson

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 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

Chris Hughes

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?
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Peta Tauchmann

Hyperglycaemic Emergencies: Sick Day Management, HHS and DKA

Often the focus of diabetes management can centre on preventing long-term complications. However, the prevalence of diabetes means that nurses who work in acute care settings will encounter people with acute metabolic complications from diabetes. This session explains:

  • How does an insulin deficit cause DKA?
  • Why can DKA be linked to stress and acute illness?
  • How would a person present?
  • What is the nurse’s role in recognising DKA?
  • What is its clinical management? A guide to practice
  • How can patients manage sick days?
Peta Tauchmann

Managing Diabetes Pre and Postoperatively

Surgical and investigative interventions for people with diabetes can disrupt glycaemic control and contribute to delayed healing and increased morbidity and length of stay. This session will consider the perioperative management of diabetes, including:

  • The risks associated with surgery for people with diabetes
  • Differences in the perioperative management of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Oral glucose-lowering medicines and non-insulin injectables
  • Insulin therapy
  • Acute complications post-surgery
  • Discharge planning - identifying those at risk of poor outcomes and how to support them
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Peta Tauchmann

Hypoglycaemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycaemia is a daily concern in the lives of people with diabetes and fear can influence the person’s ability to self-manage. Education and prevention are key and can reduce the likelihood of a hypoglycaemic event, as well as the potential complications that may occur. This session will dive deeper into the physiology and management of hypoglycaemia. It includes:

  • What is hypoglycaemia
  • The signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia and who is at risk
  • Treatments for hypoglycaemia
  • Complex issues in hypoglycaemia - hypo-unawareness, relative hypoglycaemia and nocturnal hypoglycaemia
  • Psychosocial impact of hypoglycaemia for the person with diabetes
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Peta Tauchmann

Peta Tauchmann has worked as a diabetes educator since 1998. In 2003, she established a private practice in diabetes education in Brisbane and, in 2015, she was endorsed as a nurse practitioner. Professionally, she enjoys a range of activities, working in her own community-based clinics and contributing to local and national projects designed to improve the care of people with diabetes. She enjoys working in an area of healthcare that is meaningful, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating.

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Chris Hughes

Chris is an accredited practising dietitian with the Dieticians Association of Australia. He graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. Chris has since worked in regional Queensland working as a chronic disease dietitian for Queensland Health and in private practice, managing a broad range of health conditions. His passion for dietetics is fueled by his fascination with the effect nutrition has on every cell of the body. Chris enjoys most sports, including rugby league, golf and kayaking.

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Belinda Anderson

Belinda Anderson is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in wound care for the North West Hospital and Health Service with a background in surgical and theatre nursing, providing wound care within the inpatient and outpatient setting. Telehealth consults are provided to the outlying areas within the NWHHS. Belinda has also presented for Smith & Nephew, discussing negative pressure wound therapy, and presents varied wound care education sessions for the North West Hospital and Health Service. Belinda is passionate about rural and remote health care and has taken particular interest in the prevention and management of diabetic foot injury and lower limb ulcerations. Belinda will continue on to complete the Masters of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) wound care/vascular and remain in the rural and remote sector.

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
21 - 22 Jun 2021

Rockhampton Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4101
Rockhampton Leagues Club
Rockhampton, QLD, 4700
Price: $629.00