11h 30m CPDConference

Sydney Chronic Disease Conference

2-Day Conference for Nurses

Sydney Chronic Disease Conference 2019


Surry Hills
21 - 22 Oct 2019
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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Why Attend

Chronic illness is now rampant. Good outcomes are directly related to whether professional interventions are put in place. Attend this conference and discover some of the best practices that help people manage their life with a long-term condition. Topics include:

  • Rethinking chronic disease
  • Understanding chronic mental health conditions
  • The key to cardiovascular health
  • Modern diabetes management and much, much more …
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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Maria Sheehan

An Introduction to Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases are long-lasting conditions that commonly result in persistent symptoms. While they are physically distressing, an individual is impacted economically and socially as a result. This introductory session will look further into chronic diseases, topics include:

  • What is chronic disease?
  • What are the prevalent chronic conditions?
  • What are the current statistics?
  • What are the physical, social, emotional, and economic impacts?
Kylie Tastula

Caring for a Person Who Has Had a Stroke

Caring for a person who has experienced a stroke can be challenging. This session will focus on communication, mobility, eating, and drinking following a stroke. It includes:

  • How can you communicate with someone who has had a severe stroke?
  • How can you ensure food and fluids are given safely?
  • What do you need to do to mobilise someone safely?
10:30 Morning Tea

Christine Muller

Motivation, Self Care, and Low Mood – Caring for a Person with Persistent Depression

It is well known that the symptoms of depression can cause low moods, lack of motivation, and, in extreme cases, poor self-care. This session will look at ways to promote motivation in someone with depression to assist with self-care. It includes:

  • What does persistent depression look like?
  • How do you manage symptoms?
  • How can you empower someone with persistent depression?
  • What does a self-care plan look like?
Wendy Bryant

Motivation and Diabetes

The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. The copious amounts of information about the disease, the complications, and the medications can make motivation a difficult area of discussion. This session includes:

  • How to initiate best-practice approaches to lifestyle changes
  • How to engage patients in education and motivation
  • How to improve self-management of diabetes
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Wendy Bryant

Nutrition, Healthy Eating, and Diabetes – It's All About Balance

Eating well, being active, and reducing weight is a balancing act – find out about the latest evidence and strategies for your patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. This session includes practical examples and case studies that will highlight more difficult and challenging situations. Discuss:

  • What are the latest nutritional guidelines for patients diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Are there any practical, workable strategies for educating patients with diabetes, and promoting their need to lose weight? Does knowledge lead to behavioural change?
  • Weight control – pills, shakes, diets, medication, and surgery – does anything work?
Margaret Jordan

The Medication Detective

Methotrexate, anticoagulants, and anti-inflammatories are frequently used for many chronic diseases and the immune system. All nurses and health professionals must be familiar with the many considerations, including interactions, and feel confident that they can teach their patients. Topics include:

  • What are the pharmacokinetics of these medications?
  • What common chronic conditions are they used for?
  • What adverse reactions can occur?
  • How does toxicity present?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Christine Muller


Enjoy a facilitated discussion session on chronic disease

4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Belinda Donkin-Evers

All About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is an umbrella term for chronic lung disorders that frequently occur in the general population. Quality patient outcomes require that these respiratory conditions are well understood and that nurses are familiar with current guidelines. This session will provide an evidenced update on how to manage concurrent asthma and COPD. It includes:

  • The current guidelines and evidence relating to the management of COPD
  • COPD diagnosis
  • Management strategies of COPD
  • What new medications are available and the transition to COPD medicines
  • A practical guide to the use of inhalers
Belinda Donkin-Evers

A Comprehensive Understanding of Asthma

In order to manage asthma and provide comprehensive and relevant education for patients and families, it is essential to understand its underlying pathophysiology. This session will review:

  • What happens to the airways during an asthma event?
  • How do common treatments affect the airways?
  • What are the long-term effects of asthma?
10:45 Morning Tea

Aline Felipe

Acute Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis

A woman tells you she is experiencing severe pelvic pain. What would make you suspect it could be endometriosis? This condition can affect women from menarche to menopause and may cause chronic abdominal pain, as well as have a major impact on quality of life. One of the main issues is the possible delay in diagnosis and subsequent treatment. This session includes:

  • What is endometriosis, and what impacts can it have on quality of life, such as relationships?
  • What is its treatment?
  • Does it affect fertility?
  • What are some of the gynaecological and non-gynaecological causes of pelvic pain?
  • How can you differentiate between endometriosis and other causes of pelvic pain?
Perambalam Pattabhiraman

Choices for Living with End-Stage Renal Disease

End-stage renal disease is the last stage of chronic kidney disease, but despite the name, there is still hope for kidney patients with this condition. This session will discuss treatment options for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and includes:

  • What are the treatment options available for patients with ESRD?
  • Are there any complications related to these treatment options?
  • How can nurses support their patients when undergoing these treatments?
1:15 Lunch and Networking

Susan Wood

The Debilitating Effects of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a crippling condition that can affect people in many different ways. Often, with a chronic disease the person will experience not only changes physically, but chronic pain that can also impact their psychological, emotional, and social health. This session will include:

  • What is chronic pain?
  • What challenges are there for people living with chronic pain?
  • How do others perceive chronic pain, and how can this affect those with chronic pain?
  • How does a person’s mental health, lifestyle, and behaviours impact on chronic pain?
  • How is chronic pain managed?
Maria Sheehan

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart about Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is an umbrella term used for a variety of conditions that relate to the cardiovascular system. Recent media coverage has made it abundantly clear that our risk of cardiovascular disease is rapidly increasing in the community. This session will look at:

  • What is cardiovascular disease, and who is at risk?
  • Why are trends increasing?
  • What exacerbates these conditions?
  • How can it be prevented or managed?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Maria Sheehan

A Road to Recovery – The Role of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a key extension of the care and support a person requires following hospitalisation for a cardiac event. Understanding how cardiac rehabilitation assists people, what is involved, and how patients can benefit from it can ensure nurses are able to provide education and prepare patients. This session focuses on:

  • What is “secondary prevention”?
  • How does cardiac rehabilitation promote recovery from a cardiovascular event?
  • What are the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation?
  • How can nurses answer key questions and prepare patients for this?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Chronic disease is an umbrella term for a raft of different conditions that have a serious impact on living everyday life. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), half of all Australians have a chronic illness. As well, most people with chronic conditions invariably develop complex health care needs and have a diminished quality of life as a result. They are also more likely to die prematurely. Prevention of health deterioration and the impact of chronic disease on individuals within any community is becoming a major focus of professional health practitioner concern. Assessment and the implementation of proactive strategies will assist people to better manage their conditions. This includes interprofessional systems that can encompass the complex needs of individuals who face confronting holistic life challenges.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to improve the health outcomes of people living with chronic conditions and to maintain optimal health and well-being despite their condition.

Your learning outcomes:

Assist a person to minimise the escalation of illness from an acute stage into a chronic condition through the use of interprofessional collaboration
Focus self-management strategies on improving quality of life and everyday activities for people with chronic conditions
Provide culturally appropriate holistic care to patients affected by chronic diseases
Provide care to patients that is aligned with best-available evidence to reduce the burden of disease and prevent fatal burden


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Perambalam Pattabhiraman

Perambalam Parrabhiraman has been working in renal settings for 15 years across 5 countries, includi... Read More

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Margaret Jordan

Margaret Jordan is a clinical pharmacist with experience in hospital, community and aged care settin... Read More

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Belinda Donkin-Evers

Belinda is a nurse practitioner with nursing experience in different fields including in emergency c... Read More

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Maria Sheehan

Maria is a cardiovascular nurse practitioner based in Sydney.... Read More

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Kylie Tastula

Kylie Tastula has worked within the field of neurosciences for the last 15 years, both within Austra... Read More

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Aline Felipe

Aline Filipe is The Pelvic Tuner, a pelvic floor physiotherapist and women’s health and nutrition co... Read More

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Susan Wood

Susan Wood is a Registered Nurse with a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the Faculty of ... Read More

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Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant is a credentialed diabetes educator with 22 years' experience, as well as specialised d... Read More

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Christine Muller

Christine Muller is a registered nurse who works as a Nurse Practitioner: adult mental health at the... Read More


21 - 22 Oct 2019


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$610.00 (two days)
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