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Shepparton Nurses' Conference

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Shepparton Nurses' Conference 2020


20 - 21 Feb 2020
The Carrington Shepparton,
505 Wyndham St

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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…
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Geoff Ahern

More than Just “Stressed” – Understanding Anxiety

Often, a degree of anxiety is beneficial to keep us safe and motivated. At one point or another most of us are likely to experience some level of anxiety. However, when consumed by it, it can quickly become debilitating and life-altering. This session will review these common mental health conditions. Topics include:

  • What is stress and how is it beneficial?
  • How does anxiety differ from stress?
  • Anxiety vs anxiety disorder – what are the key differences?
  • How can we manage stress and normal anxiety?
Geoff Ahern

Grey Rainbow: LGBTQI+ Mental Health

In Australia, people who identify as LGBTQI+ have the highest suicide rate of any group, but this rate could be even higher due to underreporting. This session discusses the mental health of those who identify as LGBTQI+ and includes:

  • Why are LGBTQI+ communities at such a high risk for suicide?
  • What are the ways we could better support our patients who identify as LGBTQI+ in accessing mental health services?
10:45 Morning Tea

Geoff Ahern

Not Just a Bit Down – Depression and Its Debilitating Effects

Depression is a disorder that affects one in four people in Australia. It is an illness that can be debilitating to the person and their carers, as well as a challenge to treat. This session will look at:

  • The difference between normal ups and downs and clinical depression
  • Risk factors for depression – from genetics to circumstances to lifestyle and why all are important
  • Treatment options for depression – there’s more to it than just medication
  • Communication skills that are helpful when interacting with someone who experiences depression – why patience, compassion and empathy are so important
Natasha Pearson

Organ Donation

Despite medical attention, major trauma may result in the brain death of a patient. There is always a chance that some of these patients are eligible for organ donation or registered as an organ donor. In this session, we will discuss:

  • What are the criteria for an eligible donor?
  • How can we, as healthcare workers, respectfully approach the patient’s family regarding organ donation in both registered and unregistered potential donors?
  • What are the clinical and ethical considerations in organ donation?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Tania Telford

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?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Tania Telford

Medication Safety and Older Adults

As people age, their ability to metabolise medicines changes. As many older adults take multiple medicines, it is essential that their effect on one another be understood by those administering them. Failure to identify unnecessary and unsafe use of medicines, potential contraindications and serious interactions puts an older adult and the person administering medicines at a high risk. This important session discusses:

  • Key physiological changes that affect the metabolism of medicines
  • How to take a medication history
  • Common causes of unsafe use of medicines in older adults
  • High-risk medicines in older adults:
    • Potentially inappropriate medicines
    • Top 10 medication interactions
  • Identifying unnecessary medicines and encouraging deprescribing
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Sue Crowther

Is It Diabetes Type 1 or 2?

Most people diagnosed with diabetes as adults will be diagnosed with diabetes type 2. However, a recent study has found that some adults may actually have diabetes type 1. This session will discuss:

  • How is diabetes type 1 misdiagnosed as diabetes type 2?
  • Why is this misdiagnosis potentially harmful?
  • Is there a way we prevent the misdiagnosis of diabetes in adults?
Sue Crowther

Shiftwork and Diabetes

It’s no mystery that shiftwork may potentially cause health issues. However, some studies have linked shiftwork, especially irregular shiftwork, to an added risk of diabetes. This session will explore:

  • How can shiftwork affect the chances of developing diabetes?
  • Is there a way that shiftworkers can mitigate the risk of developing diabetes?
10:45 Morning Tea

Sue Crowther

Diabetes and Diabetes Emergencies – Essentials for All Nurses

Diabetes emergencies can occur for a range of reasons, can 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:

  • Diabetes emergencies – what to 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
12:00 Lunch and Networking

Rebecca Monk

Dietary Adjustments in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes

Patients with a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes may benefit from certain nutritional approaches. However, with so much pseudo-nutrition advice available for consumption, how can we assess which approaches may best manage certain symptoms? This session considers the latest research in diets for patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2) with regard to medical nutrition therapy and includes:

  • Very Low Energy Diet (VLED)
  • Fasting
  • Weight loss pharmacotherapy
Geoff Ahern

Going Home Happy – Not Taking “It” Personally

Too often, people in the workplace experience negative emotions as a result of incivility. This, clearly, can be destructive and lead to disengaged workplaces where no one benefits. Establishing and maintaining clear personal boundaries has proven to be an effective strategy for dealing with the unpredictable and unstable behaviours of others, including other staff. This session highlights:

  • How can personal boundaries protect you?
  • How can you build and maintain boundaries you are comfortable with?
  • What do you do when your boundaries are challenged?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

Who Really Uses It? Facts About Ice

The impact of ice and methamphetamine use is now well known to have a highly disruptive impact on some individuals, and these effects may well extend to families and communities. However, a conversation around this drug also needs to consider who exactly uses these drugs, what is the real prevalence of use and how big of a problem are concurrent mental health issues? This session will challenge your perceptions of ice and methamphetamine use and addresses:

  • Rebuffing the myths – who actually uses ice, how big a problem is it?
  • How does the media influence our perception of ice and a typical “ice addict”?
  • How extensive is ice use compared to other drugs of addiction?
  • Are we talking enough about co-existing mental health conditions?
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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Rebecca Monk

Rebecca Monk has been working as an accredited practising dietitian (APD) since 2007 and currently works with the GV Health Diabetes Centre. She is the senior dietitian and has been with the team since early 2013. She enjoys working with her colleagues to provide the best health outcomes for their clients and their individual needs. A clinic day can be quite varied, whether it be, metabolic syndrome requiring weight loss, carbohydrate counting to adjust insulin doses or pregnancy diabetes management. She also has a private practice, Ripe Health, which provides an opportunity to keep her clinical skills in the wider dietetic world up to date. Read More

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Natasha Pearson

Natasha has been working as a Registered Nurse for 20 years, initially as a RN Div 2 in Aged Care and then went back to University in 2001 to obtain her degree and registered as a RN Div 1 in 2004 undertaking her Gradate year at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and remained working in Operating Theatre and Cardiac Cather Lab until 2011. In 2011 she moved to the country and started working at Goulburn Valley Health in the Operating Theatre whilst completing her post graduate Diploma in Nursing Specialising in Anaesthetics, moving into the position as the Nurse Donation Specialist in 2017. Natasha says that all her skills as a nurse are used in this position clinical and non-clinical. Helping families to make enduring decisions about organ and tissue donation as well as ensuring that the staff involved are supported as well. Read More

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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. Read More

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Tania Telford

Tania Telford is an accredited pharmacist who works in community pharmacy and performs both home medication reviews and residential medication management reviews in the Greater Shepparton region. Tania also provides Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services to a number of residential aged care facilities. These services include quarterly QUM newsletters, in-services and attendance at Medication Advisory Committee meetings. Prior to becoming an accredited pharmacist, Tania worked as a hospital pharmacist in Melbourne. Read More

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Sue Crowther

Sue Crowther is a credentialed diabetes educator and community health nurse at Primary Care Connect Shepparton and Nathalia Hospital. Sue has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has a background in paediatrics, general and emergency nursing – subsequently completing her emergency nursing qualifications in 1994. Sue worked in that specialty for 10 years locally and interstate, before transitioning to community health following positions in coronary care and cardiac rehabilitation. It was the interrelation between diabetes and heart disease that fostered Sue’s interest in diabetes care along with her work in the Sustainable Farm Families Research Program. She obtained her qualification in diabetes education in 2007 and has continued to work in community health and primary care. Read More


20 - 21 Feb 2020


The Carrington Shepparton
505 Wyndham St
Shepparton VIC,3630


$629.00 (two days)
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