11h CPDConference

Sydney Nurses' Conference

Two Days – Learn Locally with Ausmed


Surry Hills
27 - 28 May 2021
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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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.

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Christine Muller

Staff Splitting: A Fast Road to Conflict?

Staff splitting can occur in any workplace setting. Whatever the reason and whoever is involved, staff need to be aware of its highly divisive and disruptive consequences. This session looks at this destructive behaviour and includes:

  • What happens when staff splitting occurs?
  • Why is staff splitting highly contagious in the workplace
  • Why do staff splitters generally have ‘high conflict’ personalities?
  • How can you overcome this pathological behaviour?
Amy Bowen

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 and 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 and what are its principles?
10:45 Morning Tea

Amy Bowen

Hospital Avoidance

Hospital avoidance is a concept that is beneficial for patients, more so for certain populations. There are systems in place that are designed to help patients stay at home or in the community for longer, but are these being utilised to their highest potential? This session will discuss if it is possible to avoid hospitalisation. It includes:

  • What are the factors associated with hospitalisation?
  • Are hospitalisations preventable?
  • Is there anything we can do in order to prevent hospitalisation?
Jeanne Barr

Neurological Case Study: Brain Tumour

Brain tumours can be benign or malignant. What other differences are there and how do they present clinically? This session will focus on a case study of a patient with a brain tumour. Discuss:

  • Nursing assessment - what you need to know
  • Management of deficits - how to plan for the best outcomes
  • Evaluating your care
1:00 Lunch and Networking

Wendy Bryant

Diabetes Management: Medications and Devices

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are lifelong conditions characterised by elevated blood glucose levels due to a failure in insulin production or a decrease in insulin sensitivity and function. Over the past five to ten years, there has been an explosion in diabetes medications, both oral and injectable treatments. This session will take you through:

  • Oral medication
  • Injectables
  • Insulin
  • Insulin pumps
  • Continuous glucose monitors (CGMS)
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Tim Wand

Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is part of health in general but, like self-care, it is often overlooked. This session will discuss:

  • What are the protective factors and risks related to mental health and wellbeing?
  • What are the social determinants of mental health?
  • What are the activities and interests associated with positive mental health?
  • How can we promote mental health and wellbeing in our patients?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

James McVeigh

Atrial Fibrillation: Importance of Recognition and Clinical Management

Arrhythmias come in all forms, and some of them may be asymptomatic, but these can potentially cause issues if it continues to go undetected. This session will discuss atrial fibrillation (AF), a sometimes asymptomatic arrhythmia that has various causes. It includes:

  • What is AF?
  • What are the complications associated with AF?
  • What are some of the key recommendations from the first Australian guidelines from 2018?
Debbie Blanchfield

Pressure Injuries Caused by Medical Devices

Pressure injuries may have many causes, including the use of medical devices. This session discusses preventative measures to reduce incidences of pressure injuries caused by medical devices. It will also look at:

  • What are the examples of pressure injuries that can be caused by medical devices?
  • Are there any uncommon sites where pressure injuries caused by medical devices may occur?
  • What are the standards of care, policies and procedures regarding pressure injury staging?
  • Is it possible that pressure injuries caused by medical devices are actually underrepresented due to underreporting?
10:30 Morning Tea

Dr Terry Froggatt

Mindful Leadership

The literature on leadership is often divided by the question - are leaders born or can they be made? This session examines leadership from a pragmatic perspective relevant to you and your workplace. It includes:

  • Are leaders born or are they made?
  • What is the contemporary leadership theory and practice?
  • What is mindful leadership?
  • Can I be a mindful leader?
Belinda Donkin-Evers

Rare Food Allergy: Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome

Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is a rare, poorly understood and life-threatening food allergy, which an EpiPen won’t help. Most infants and people with FPIES are misdiagnosed on multiple occasions prior to an accurate diagnosis. This session will discuss:

  • How is FPIES diagnosed?
  • What are the misconceptions regarding allergies, including FPIES?
  • What is the current research regarding FPIES?
  • Are there any action plans specific to FPIES?
  • How can we introduce food to infants and children with FPIES?
  • Are there any alternative foods and formulas for those who have been diagnosed with FPIES?
1:00 Lunch and Networking


Liver Disease: Care in the Community

Millions of Australians suffer from liver disease caused by different factors. For one reason or another, some of them may not be receiving the care they need in order to manage their conditions in the community. This session will discuss why care can be more optimal in community settings and includes:

  • An overview and update of common liver diseases
  • Complications, including advanced liver disease and/or liver cancer
  • How nurses in all fields/settings can play a key role in the prevention and management of liver disease
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Christine Muller

Vicarious Trauma

Nurses frequently come into contact with people who have been exposed to physical, emotional and environmental trauma, yet few really understand how this exposure changes them. Some of the changes can be positive and promote resilience. While others can be negative and leave lasting emotional scars (vicarious trauma). This session includes:

  • Risk factors for vicarious trauma
  • Signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma
  • What helps in addressing and preventing the negative effects of vicarious trauma
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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Terry Froggatt

Dr Terry Froggatt is committed to evidence-based organisational learning and development, providing innovative and learner-focused seminars and programs that facilitate mental health, knowledge transfer, management of change, organisational culture, health management and leadership development.

Terry has researched in the 'not-for-profit' sector, particularly in the area of environmental sustainability and employment opportunities for people who may be socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Terry has extensive clinical and managerial experience in mental health. He is a credentialed mental health nurse, vice president and fellow of the ACMHN, and a facilitator of the Commonwealth government's Mental Health Professionals Network. Terry previously coordinated undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Wollongong and is a UOW senior honorary fellow. Terry’s current position is head of health and social wellbeing at the Nan Tien Institute overseeing postgraduate degree courses and research.

Terry holds formal qualifications and accreditations in psychological type and emotional intelligence. Terry is an accomplished researcher who has published in several mental health and management books and journals and holds a PhD on the topic of learning organisations. He has international experience in assisting organisations in the growth and development of their people. Terry has worked collaboratively with academics and practitioners, in Australia and overseas, in the fields of organisational leadership, culture and climate, environmental sustainability and mental health.

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Tim Wand

Tim Wand is an associate professor of mental health nursing at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District. He is a nurse practitioner - mental health liaison in the emergency department at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Tim’s research interests have centred on the role of the mental health liaison nurse in the emergency setting and the emerging role of the nurse practitioner. He has published numerous research articles, discussion papers and literature reviews in peer-reviewed journals, covering a variety of topics, such as mental health law, risk assessment and management, aggression management, mental health promotion and solution-focused therapy. 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 Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network. She holds a graduate diploma in mental health, a master of nursing mental health (nurse practitioner) and a diploma in project management. Chris has almost 40 years of experience as a mental health nurse working in large 5th hospitals, in community extended hours teams and within private mental health hospitals. For the past 20 years, Chris has been employed by Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network as a clinical nurse consultant level 3 acting patient safety and clinical risk manager. Since 2008, Chris has been employed as a nurse practitioner within custodial health. Chris is committed to enhancing the skills of fellow health staff working within a unique and challenging context and providing a high-quality mental health service for a highly marginalised population where multimorbidity and complex presentations are the norms. Read More

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Wendy Bryant

Wendy Bryant is a credentialed diabetes educator with 22 years' experience, as well as specialised diabetes knowledge and skills in the provision and advancement of diabetes care and diabetes self-management education. She is currently employed at the Mater Hospital in North Sydney as a clinical nurse consultant in diabetes. She also works in private practice as part of a multidisciplinary team, both at the Mater and St Vincent’s Private Clinic. Read More

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Belinda Donkin-Evers

Belinda is a nurse practitioner with nursing experience in different fields including in emergency care, flight nursing, primary health care and allergy nursing.  Read More

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Debbie Blanchfield

Debbie Blanchfield is currently a clinical nurse consultant - wound care for Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Debbie is a registered nurse with over 40 years' experience. Debbie has been an active executive member of the Wound Care Association of NSW and has acted in the roles of membership secretary and president. She was awarded a lifetime membership in 2009 for her services to the association. Debbie has also actively worked with the Australian Wound Management Association (AWMA) as membership secretary and NSW state representative. She is a committee member of the AWMA Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention and Management of Venous Leg Ulcer. She was the part of the literature review team for the AWMA Pan Pacific Clinical Practice Guideline for the Prevention and Management of Pressure Injury. Debbie has completed a masters in wound care through Monash University. Read More

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James McVeigh

Jim McVeigh is an endorsed nurse practitioner in the field of high dependency nursing (coronary care/cardiology). In this role, Jim is employed as the coordinator of the heart failure service at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. Jim's postgraduate qualifications are a coronary care certificate and a master of clinical nursing. He is a foundation fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Jim is a member of the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College and Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand. Read More

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Jeanne Barr

Jeanne Barr is a clinical nurse consultant - neuroscience at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Her qualifications include RN and MN. She is currently the president of the Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association. Read More

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Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen is a self-employed nurse practitioner with an innovative model of care that combines the mindset and skill base of an emergency nurse practitioner with an aged care specialist focus. This model of practice has a strong foundation in the role of hospital avoidance and the delivery of service to the residents of five residential aged care facilities on the Northern Beaches. Amy has been an RN for 25 years, with a background of 15 years in emergency at Mona Vale hospital as a clinical nurse specialist before going on to complete her nurse practitioner training. Amy sits on the clinical council for the Sydney PHN, is involved in the implementation of clinical pathways, sits on various expert panels and committees and has been welcomed as a speaker at multiple conferences across Australia. Amy was lucky enough to receive the APNA Nurse of the Year Award in 2016 for quality and innovative practice. Amy is passionate about hospital avoidance, specialising in chronic and complex illness management, wound care and palliative care. Read More


27 - 28 May 2021


Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010


$629.00 (two days)
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