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