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Ausmed believes it is essential that nurses living in the Toowoomba region have access to effective and engaging CPD on an annual basis. We look forward to receiving your support to ensure that this Local Nurses’ Conference is brought to Toowoomba every November. Book your place at this year’s event and:
We recognise that attending a conference requires planning and the support of your organisation. See below to find out how you can gain support to attend this event.
Nurses are essential in the early detection of clinical triggers that may suggest a patient is deteriorating or has already become acutely unwell. Appropriate and timely assessment is known to reduce morbidity and mortality, thus improving patient outcomes. This session reviews important assessment considerations, including:
The ability to recognise subtle changes in a person’s neurological state will enable you to detect signs of deterioration early. The purpose of this session is to take you through the basics of a neurological assessment, including a simplified approach to using the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). Topics covered include:
Failure to recognise and appropriately treat fluid and electrolyte imbalances can have fatal consequences. Knowledge and understanding of normal physiological processes are essential for accurate patient assessment. This session will refresh your knowledge and assist you to get up-to-speed on the different types of fluids and their uses. Topics include:
The potential for harm with any medication is a constant concern, regardless of the administered drug. Methotrexate raises particular interest due to its potential to cause adverse outcomes. This session will look at methotrexate toxicity and a relevant case study regarding medication safety. It includes:
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. In this session, you will consider how you can avoid the problems that may arise, and why medication review in older people is crucial. It includes a note on distractions at the drug trolley and explores:
Staying up-to-date with wound prevention and management can help reduce the impact of wounds, which is constantly identified as a priority of care in a hospital environment. This session will look at wound management by combining the latest standards with best practice. It includes:
Chronic wounds are often debilitating and can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Chronic wounds that linger can be challenging and frustrating, particularly for the person. This session will look at the evidence for managing a chronic wound when difficult healing circumstances exist. Topics include:
The diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming. The copious amounts of information regarding the disease, the complications, and the medications can make motivation a difficult area of discussion. This session includes:
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:
There is a huge potential for patients across any clinical setting to become rapidly unwell. Recent system changes have been rolled out to encourage better management of clinical deterioration. However, your ability to recognise and respond to changes in a patient’s condition early is a high priority if an acute illness is to be averted. This session looks at:
A deviation from acid-base balance homeostasis can severely affect any organ in the human body. In this interactive and practical session, you will develop a better understanding of this complex topic. It includes:
Engaging in CPD is essential for all health professionals to maintain, improve, and broaden their knowledge, skills, and practice. CPD assists health professionals to stay up-to-date with changes in clinical practice and emerging new evidence in order to enhance their patient outcomes. It is also a professional registration requirement. There is a need for formal CPD to be provided directly to regional Australian nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who may not otherwise be able to access engaging and effective continuing education.
The purpose of Ausmed’s local nurses’ conferences is to provide health professionals who work in regional Australia with current knowledge about a range of professional and clinical practice topics that will improve the provision of holistic care.
Vy Nguyen graduated from UQ in 2013 and finished her internship in a retail pharmacy in Dalby, where she was exposed to rural healthcare in a remote community. She moved to Toowoomba in 2015 and started work as a pharmacist in charge. Throughout her time in community pharmacy, Vy has established her experience in Clozapine staged supply, Opioid Dependency Substitution Program, Webster packing, performing Medscheck, operating DoseAid medication supply system, Celgene medications supply for multiple myeloma patients, managed medications for nursing homes and aged care facilities. In 2016, Vy moved to St Andrews where she was introduced to the Antimicrobial Stewardship, and as part of her work, she does twice weekly AMS rounds. She also completed the National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey with the Infection Control Coordinator last year. Nowadays, she works mainly in oncology focusing on screening and ordering chemo as well as managing compassionate and cost-share programs for high-cost drugs for the day unit, and she enjoys herself mentoring interns and training new staff. Read More
Emma Muirden is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and member of the Dietitians' Association of Australia. Emma has been based at the Queensland Centre for Digestive Medicine since 2015. Emma is able to assist clients and provide personalised eating advice across a broad range of conditions. She has a special interest in the areas of gastrointestinal disease, weight management, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and bariatrics. Read More
Sue de Muelenaere is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse educator. Sue completed a five-year bachelor of nursing degree in South Africa, which included training in psychiatric and community nursing and midwifery. Since then, Sue has worked extensively in the intensive care environment, during which she has presented various courses, including an honour’s degree, a diploma in intensive care, and various short cardiac and ECG courses. Sue also holds an honour’s degree in advanced nursing science (intensive care nursing) and diplomas in nursing education and nursing administration. She was the education manager in a specialised heart hospital where she was responsible for the education of all hospital staff, including non-nursing staff members. Sue is passionate about teaching. She maintains a special interest in all aspects of nursing the critically-ill patient. Read More
Emma Hathaway has worked as a nurse for 8 years in Aged Care and a couple of years in Acute Medical Care. No matter what area she has worked in she has come across a variety of wounds. In her nursing years, she has always had a particular interest in wounds and believes that every wound is so different from the next. She enjoys being able to work with patients/residents and seeing them become excited as their wounds begin to show improvements. Read More