11h 30m CPDConference

Sydney Aged Care Conference

2-Day Update for Nurses and Other Health Professionals

Sydney Aged Care Conference 2019


Surry Hills
5 - 6 Dec 2019
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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Why Attend

In today’s contentious aged care environment, it has never been more necessary to have quick access to education that raises the bar for registered nurses in aged care. Attend this conference and find out about:

  • Preventing unnecessary transfer to hospital
  • When to listen and when to speak when dealing with complaints
  • Care considerations for an older person with dementia
  • The latest on safe sedative use
  • The role of dementia care mapping and much, much more...

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction


Managing a Wound When a Person Has Dementia

The incidence of skin tears and other wounds, e.g. pressure injuries and diabetic foot and leg ulcers, increases with age and is a serious issue for older adults. In this session, we will discuss wound care for residents who have dementia. It includes:

  • What are the physical, cognitive, psychological/psychiatric and social considerations to use when deciding on wound care for older people with dementia?
Joanne Russell

Observational Assessment Tools

When caring for patients with dementia, observational assessment tools can prove beneficial to the care provided by healthcare professionals. This session discusses:

  • What are some examples of observational assessment tools?
  • What are the main components of an observational assessment tool?
  • What are the considerations when choosing an observational assessment tool?
  • Is it possible to have a one-size-fits-all approach?
  • Are there any limitations to observational assessment tools?
10:45 Morning Tea


“Listen Up”: How to Deal with Complaints

No matter how good the provision of care or service, there will always be someone who is not satisfied. Conversely, if healthcare is under par, complaints are justified and will give a health provider an opportunity to address a problem about which they were not previously aware. This session arms you with insights into the appropriate management of complaints. It includes:

  • First line response – what to say and do initially
  • How to know when to offer support
  • When apologies are appropriate
  • Reading the signs – when to listen, when to speak
  • How to remain calm – appropriate use of language
  • Follow up documentation and other actions required
  • Confronting the issue of elder abuse
Gwen Higgens

Reducing the Risk of Falls – Which Medicines Should We Avoid?

Many medicines can affect balance. This session will explore the unwanted effects of some medicines on balance, especially in older people with multiple chronic conditions. It includes:

  • Which medicines are known to increase the risk of falls?
  • How can we manage medicine requirements for people with movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, restless legs and others?
  • Which drug interactions do you need to watch out for?
  • What contribution can you make to minimise the risk of falls for each individual patient in your care?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Gwen Higgens

Is Sedation Really the Answer?

The use of sedatives is pervasive in aged care, and there is increasing community concern about their overuse and potential long-term adverse effects. This session explores the issues associated with the use of sedatives and why it is important to discourage inappropriate use in older people. It looks at:

  • What are the effects of sedatives on the body and on the ageing brain?
  • Which sedatives should be avoided in older people?
  • What happens to the cognitive status of older people on these medicines?
  • How can you encourage the appropriate use of sedatives and suggest alternatives to sedatives for older people?
Janette Williams

The Symptom of Incontinence – What Is This Telling You?

Because incontinence is complex, getting to the root cause of the problem is key to managing it appropriately. This session looks at some of the areas where medical conditions may cause or exacerbate urinary incontinence, as well as opportunities to improve it. It includes:

  • What are the conditions that could present as incontinence?
  • Why do some medical conditions exacerbate urinary incontinence?
  • What are the treatment options for urinary incontinence, both caused or exacerbated by a medical condition?
3:45 Afternoon Tea

Joanne Russell

Creating an Environment of Meaningful Conversations

As healthcare professionals, we must strive to create an environment where social interaction is more than just “here is your drink”. This session will look at the following topics:

  • How can we inspire a culture of meaningful conversations despite the busy schedule of aged care?
  • What are the ways in which we can teach staff to observe and report changes in a resident’s behaviour?
4:45 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Julie Droguett

Clinical Update – Diabetes in Older Adults

Diabetes is a serious condition that affects the lives of many older adults. Understanding exactly how diabetes affects the body, what causes it and how it is detected provides a strong foundation for helping people to prevent its terrible consequences. This session reviews:

  • How does diabetes affect the body?
  • What are the types and causes of diabetes?
  • How are older adults diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Why are symptoms sometimes “silent”?
Julie Droguett

Geriatric Obesity and Diabetes – A Weighty Issue?

As people are living longer and longer, geriatric obesity and diabetes in the older adult are becoming more prevalent. This session will discuss:

  • What are the care considerations for older adults with obesity and diabetes?
  • Are some chronic diseases more prevalent in older adults with obesity?
  • How to manage diabetes in older adults?
10:30 Morning Tea

Amy Montgomery

Advancing Excellence in Aged Care

When the professional nursing focus is on the right things for the older adult, the right outcomes result … but are we going wrong? The Royal Commission into Aged Care would suggest we are. This introductory session explores how nursing practice offers a major solution to some of the problems that have arisen.

Amy Montgomery

To Transfer or To Not – Avoiding Unnecessary Hospital Transfers

An older adult’s quality of life is likely to be significantly challenged when faced with illness, injury or disease. Comprehensive care that ensures older adults avoid unnecessary hospitalisation is a pillar of promoting the best possible quality of life. This session will look at:

  • Why might a hospital admission be harmful to an older adult?
  • How does avoiding hospitalisation improve quality of life?
  • What nursing practices prevent hospitalisation and re-hospitalisation?
  • Should all people with delirium be transferred?
  • Is transferring for surgery always an option?
  • If hospitalisation occurs, how can you prevent it in the future and transition to the community safely?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Gaynor Macdonald

Caring for Older Adults From Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

As healthcare professionals in a multicultural country, we will encounter residents from different cultures, who bring their own cultural traditions to the care setting. This session will discuss:

  • Why is it important to know if your patient practices the customs of their cultural, linguistic and religious background?
  • What are the challenges faced by healthcare professionals who provide care to patients from a different cultural, linguistic and religious background?
  • How can healthcare professionals correctly document care that was provided in another language?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Joanne Russell

Advance Care Planning for Older Persons with Decision Incapacity

The topic of advanced care planning is difficult in itself, but what if the older person already has a decision incapacity? This session will look at the following topics:

  • How can we communicate a poor prognosis when discussing advance care with older persons with decision incapacity?
  • When are advance care directives not possible due to decision incapacity?
  • Is it reasonable to continue resuscitation efforts for older persons who may not have had the chance to discuss an advance care directive prior to their decision incapacity?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The current need for aged care nurses to meet the specific care requirements of patients is more crucial than ever. This is the result of the increase in numbers and the complexity of older adults, as well as the special challenges they and their families face. Sound knowledge and competence in the provision of holistic care are necessary to ensure that the capacity needed to deal with these complexities, as well as the increasing standards within aged care are met.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to enhance the knowledge and skills of nurses working in aged care.

Your learning outcomes:

Use new knowledge of assessment and clinical care for aged persons to improve outcomes
Apply critical decision-making skills to reduce avoidable transfers of older people to hospital
Coordinate interprofessional collaborative care of older adults through active partnerships with a range of service providers
Provide advice and coaching to other staff to increase care skills, facilitate continuity of care and improve best practice outcomes


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Joanne Russell

Joanne Russell is a Nurse Practitioner, endorsed in 2012, who specialises in the care of the older p... Read More

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Janette Williams

Janette Williams is a continence consultant with an impressive background in the care of patients wi... Read More

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Julie Droguett

Julie Droguett has been employed by Central Coast Local Health District for 15 years. Her current ro... Read More

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Gwen Higgins

Gwen Higgins is an accredited pharmacist undertaking home medicines reviews for general practitioner... Read More

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Amy Montgomery

Amy currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Aged Care Department at St. George Hospital and i... Read More

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Gaynor Macdonald

Dr Gaynor Macdonald is a senior lecturer and consultant anthropologist in the School of Social and P... Read More


5 - 6 Dec 2019


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$610.00 (two days)
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