11h 30m CPDConference

The Clotting Conference

2-Day Conference for Nurses

The Clotting Conference - Melbourne 2019


11 - 12 Nov 2019
Oaks on Market,
60 Market St

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Why Attend

Although blood coagulation is a necessary and complex biological process that prevents haemorrhage, it is also a potentially lethal phenomenon. This essential conference explores blood clotting, which occurs no matter where you work in health care. This conference includes:

  • Caring for patients with post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Saddle pulmonary emboli
  • Factor V Leiden mutation
  • Anticoagulant medication updates
  • How to apply compression socks and stockings and much, much more…

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Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Alex Gillian

Caring for Patients with Post-Thrombotic Syndrome

Post-thrombotic syndrome is a chronic condition that arises as a result of a deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Depending on the severity, this condition may be debilitating. This session will explore a frequent complication of DVT and discusses the following topics:

  • How is post-thrombotic syndrome diagnosed?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of post-thrombotic syndrome?
  • What are the medical and supportive treatments and considerations for patients with post-thrombotic syndrome?
Ray Dauer

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) and Toxic Shock Syndrome

DIC is a life-threatening complication commonly associated with severe infections, including toxic shock syndrome. This session reviews this condition and includes:

  • What are the risk factors for developing DIC?
  • What is the underlying pathophysiology and how does it relate to clots?
  • What is the prognosis of DIC in cases of Toxic Shock Syndrome?
11:00 Morning Tea

A/Prof Louis Roller

Medication Update – Existing and New Oral Anticoagulants

Medications remain one of the cornerstones of preventing and treating blood clots. These medicines that affect the blood and prevent clotting are frequently administered by nurses, yet there are many potential complications of these medicines. Understanding the mechanism of these regularly used medicines is paramount to providing safe patient care. This session will review some important clinical considerations, including the use of reversal agents associated with these medicines. It includes:

  • Antiplatelet agents, e.g. aspirin, clopidogrel
  • Anticoagulant agents, e.g. warfarin
  • Evidence for novel classes of anticoagulants
Alex Gillian

Saddle Up – Saddle Pulmonary Emboli

Saddle pulmonary embolism (SPE) is commonly referred to as a large pulmonary embolism that straddles the bifurcation of the pulmonary trunk. This session will further discuss:

  • What is an SPE?
  • What are the common causes of SPE?
  • Who can present with SPE?
  • How do we treat an SPE?
  • What are the common outcomes occurring in patients with SPE?
1:30 Lunch and Networking

Abbey Willcox

Varices and Variceal Bleeding Management

Oesophageal or gastric varices are another complication associated with advanced liver disease. Not every person with varices will bleed. However, it can be frightening to experience as bleeding may be compounded by poor clotting function. Importantly, primary prevention is key. This session reviews:

  • Alleviating fear and anxiety in patients who bleed
  • What causes varices to develop?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of varices?
  • How is primary prophylaxis achieved and why is this essential?
  • What are the current treatments of active variceal bleeding?
3:30 Afternoon Tea

Alison Slocombe

Sticky Situations: Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), sometimes called sticky blood syndrome due to the higher chances of thrombus formation, is a rare autoimmune disease that usually manifests in fetal loss. This session will discuss the following topics:

  • What is APS and how is it diagnosed?
  • What are the diseases associated with APS?
  • Who are at risk of developing APS?
  • How is APS usually treated?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

Skye Coote

Catastrophic Clotting – Risk Factors for Ischaemic Stroke

An ischaemic stroke occurs as a result of a blood clot or from obstruction to the flow of blood to the vessels that supply the brain. It is estimated that ischaemic stroke accounts for 80% of all cases of stroke, which is much more than haemorrhagic stroke. This session will discuss the different risk factors for ischaemic stroke, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Higher weight
  • Age and more...
Dr Isaac Goncalves

Liquid Gold – Fresh Frozen Plasma and the Management of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), characterised by blood clots (thromboses) that form in small blood vessels, is a rare and potentially fatal medical condition. Fresh frozen plasma (FFP), referred by some as liquid gold, has been touted as the therapy of choice for TTP. This session includes the following sessions:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of TTP?
  • In what way does FFP benefit patients with TTP?
  • Are there some patients with TTP who may not benefit from plasma treatment?
11:00 Morning Tea

Dr Isaac Goncalves

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP)

Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) is a rare autoimmune disorder that results in a patient being prone to excessive bleeding and bruising. This session includes:

  • What is ITP and what are the different types?
  • How do you manage ITP?
Stephanie Rakis

Varicose Veins, Phlebitis, and the Correct Use of Compression Socks and Stockings

Gnarled, dilated blood vessels, which are usually visible beneath the skin, can have serious health implications. However, deeper veins are usually the source of potentially serious blood clots. Phlebitis refers to inflammation of a vein. Although there is a strong genetic cause of varicose veins, certain activities such as prolonged standing can exacerbate them. This entertaining session includes:

  • An update on modern diagnosis and treatments of varicose veins and phlebitis
  • Compression stockings – guidelines for use:
    • When are they indicated?
    • How should they be fitted?
    • When should they be worn?
    • What is the correct way to put them on and wear them?
1:30 Lunch and Networking

Abbey Willcox

Factor V (Five) Leiden Mutation

Factor V Leiden is a common inherited condition in which a mutation in the Factor V Leiden gene may lead to an increased risk of blood clots. This session will discuss the following topics:

  • How does Factor V Leiden mutation occur?
  • What are the main issues faced by patients with Factor V Leiden mutation?
  • Are there any benefits to having this mutation?
  • What are the treatments available for someone with this mutation?
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Jenny Gowan

Hormonal Medications and Clotting – What’s the Risk

There is a continuous debate about the relationship between hormones and blood clots, but what is the actual evidence? This interesting session considers the literature on this topic. It includes:

  • Hormones and clots: what is the relationship?
  • How does the oral contraceptive pill lead to clots?
  • Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) a risk factor even if the dose is very small?
  • Risk vs benefits – what are the options?
4:45 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recognises that VTE is accountable for 10% of all hospital deaths. The cornerstone to prevention and better management of clotting disorders is to ensure that all nurses and other healthcare professionals have accessible current information which can be readily applied to practice. Enhancing your knowledge of clotting disorders can assist in preventing unwanted and untoward harm to patients.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to provide nurses and other health professionals with education relating to specific clotting disorders in order to prevent harm and assist in the prevention of disability and premature death.

Your learning outcomes:

Know how to identify a person who manifests signs and symptoms of clot pathology and be able to rapidly assess and initiate appropriate treatment
Know the latest evidence-based information about the prevention of complications due to clotting disorders and be able to apply this to your practice
Apply your knowledge of anticoagulants medicines across the continuum of treatment to achieve optimum outcomes
Integrate your new learning with previous skills and knowledge so as to provide better holistic nursing care


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Stephanie Rakis

Stephanie Rakis has been working in the speciality of wound management for approximately 11 years. S... Read More

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Louis Roller

Associate Professor Louis Roller has been an academic at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical ... Read More

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Jenny Gowan

Jenny Gowan, a practising pharmacist, is a teaching associate at Monash University, Melbourne and a ... Read More

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Skye Coote

Skye Coote is a stroke nurse consultant at a Melbourne metropolitan hospital. She has an extensive b... Read More

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Ray Dauer

Ray Dauer is currently employed as the Senior Supervising Scientist for the Haematology Laboratory, ... Read More

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Alexandra Gillian

Alexandra Gillian has been a registered nurse for 29 years and an emergency ambulance paramedic for ... Read More

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Abbey Willcox

Abbey Willcox is a Haematologist at The Alfred Hospital. After graduating from Monash University, Ab... Read More

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Alison Slocombe

Dr Alison Slocombe is a haematologist based in Melbourne.... Read More

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Isaac Goncalves

Isaac Goncalves PhD, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA is a consultant haematologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Cent... Read More


11 - 12 Nov 2019


Oaks on Market
60 Market St
Melbourne VIC,3000


$740.00 (two days)
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