15 - 16 Jul 2021

Townsville Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4068
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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.


8:30 Registration for Day One


Welcome and Introduction

Peta Tauchmann

Diabetes: Myths, Facts and Visions

The perception of diabetes mellitus as a complex and life-limiting condition prevails, despite advances in research and innovations in treatment. Confusion amongst people with diabetes and healthcare professionals alike is compounded by a wealth of information, often editorial, that liberally interprets trends in diabetes into attractive ‘cures’. Here we examine common myths, reveal the facts and consider a future vision for people with diabetes. This session:

  • Reviews the incidence and growth of diabetes from a local, regional and global perspective
  • Identifies common diabetes myths and discussing the evidence in relation to best practice
  • Provides an overview of current evidence-based guidelines for the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Overviews new trends and treatments in diabetes management
10:00 Morning Tea

Peta Tauchmann

Lifestyle and Health Literacy: The Psychosocial Effects of Diabetes

There is often a high degree of focus that goes towards understanding and preventing the clinical complications of diabetes. However, less focus is placed on the psychological impacts of a diabetes diagnosis and the long-term changes to a person’s life thereafter. This session will look at a holistic approach to diabetes and its life-changing impact on a person. It includes:

  • What common psychological impacts does diabetes have on someone?
  • Who is more vulnerable to this?
  • How can we improve our support for those living with diabetes?
Peta Tauchmann

Understanding Insulin Therapy

Insulin therapy is prescribed for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depending on insulin production or resistance to insulin. This everyday medicine is not ‘one size fits all’ and individualisation of therapy is vital for optimal glycaemic outcomes. In this session, we will discuss:

  • Who needs insulin and why?
  • What are the different types of insulin currently available?
  • What education can we provide to patients for appropriate insulin administration?
  • What is the nurses’ role and responsibility when administering insulin?
12:30 Lunch and Networking

Kirstin Dunne

Sleep Disorders and Medications

According to a recent study, around 60% of Australians have a sleep problem. This session will discuss the relationship between sleep disorders and medication. It includes:

  • The types of sleep disorders and their causes
  • The medications used to treat sleep disorders
  • The medications that may contribute to sleep disorders
2:45 Afternoon Tea

Kirstin Dunne

Medicinal Cannabis

In 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill. This session will discuss the implications of the use of medicinal cannabis in patient care. It includes:

  • What are the current laws regarding medicinal cannabis in Queensland?
  • Why doesn't Queensland have an amnesty for medicinal cannabis?
  • How can our patients access medicinal cannabis?
  • What are the considerations our patients have to be aware of when taking medicinal cannabis?
4:15 Close of Day One of Conference

9:00 Commencement of Day Two


Welcome and Review

Matthew Derbyshire

Cardiac Assessment

Cardiac disease is increasingly common in our society. Many chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are also linked to cardiac problems. In this session, you will refresh your knowledge about the underlying principles of performing a cardiac assessment. We will:

  • Review normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiac system
  • Discuss key aspects of healthy heart function
  • Find out what your first observations tell you
  • Perform a systematic assessment of heart function
  • Review common disease states and related assessment findings
  • Document and use terminology correctly
Matthew Derbyshire

Let’s Have a Heart-to-Heart about Cardiovascular Medicines

Cardiovascular medicines can be daunting to work with, as the consequences of when things go wrong may be profound. These medicines are often seen as complex and challenging. This session will explore a number of important groups of cardiovascular medicines in common use, including those for:

  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiac Rhythm
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Other cardiac conditions
11:15 Morning Tea

Janine Carrucan

Mother Nature: A Bioterrorist?

The history of emerging diseases and likely future demographic changes in the world suggest that we are in for many outbreaks of infectious diseases by 2050. The world’s growing and increasingly mobile human population, packed ever more closely together in cities, as well as encroaching on the territory of wild animals, will have even more opportunity to pick up and spread such viruses in the future. There are over one million viruses in wildlife that we don’t know about and any one of these could spill over into the human population. Will we be ready? This session includes:

  • The history of pandemics through the ages
  • Viruses moving from animals into humans
12:45 Lunch and Networking

Peta Tauchmann

Hyperglycaemic Emergencies: Sick Day Management, HHS and DKA

Often the focus of diabetes management can centre on preventing long-term complications. However, the prevalence of diabetes means that nurses working in acute care settings will encounter people with acute metabolic complications of diabetes. This session explains:

  • How does an insulin deficit cause DKA?
  • Why can DKA be linked to stress and acute illness
  • How would a person present?
  • What is the nurse’s role in recognising DKA?
  • What is its clinical management? A guide to practice
  • How do we manage sick days?
Peta Tauchmann

Managing Diabetes Pre and Postoperatively

Surgical and investigative interventions for people with diabetes can disrupt glycaemic control and contribute to delayed healing and increased morbidity and length of stay. This session will consider the perioperative management of diabetes, including:

  • The risks associated with surgery for people with diabetes
  • The differences in the perioperative management of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Oral glucose-lowering medicines and non-insulin injectables
  • Insulin therapy
  • Acute complications post-surgery
  • Discharge planning - identifying those at risk of poor outcomes and how to support them
3:15 Afternoon Tea

Peta Tauchmann

Hypoglycaemia and Diabetes

Hypoglycaemia is a daily concern in the lives of people with diabetes and fear can influence the person’s ability to self-manage. Education and prevention are key and can reduce the likelihood of a hypoglycaemic event and the potential complications that may occur. This session will dive deeper into the physiology and management of hypoglycaemia. It includes:

  • A definition of hypoglycaemia
  • The signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia and who is at risk
  • Treatment of hypoglycaemia
  • Complex issues in hypoglycaemia - hypo-unawareness, relative hypoglycaemia and nocturnal hypoglycaemia
  • The psychosocial impact of hypoglycaemia for the person with diabetes
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations


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Peta Tauchmann

Peta Tauchmann has worked as a diabetes educator since 1998. In 2003, she established a private practice in diabetes education in Brisbane and, in 2015, she was endorsed as a nurse practitioner. Professionally, she enjoys a range of activities, working in her own community-based clinics and contributing to local and national projects designed to improve the care of people with diabetes. She enjoys working in an area of healthcare that is meaningful, constantly changing and intellectually stimulating.

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Kirstin Dunne

Kirstin Dunne is an accredited community pharmacist. Upon graduation from James Cook University in 2005, she has worked in a variety of community pharmacy roles across North Queensland. She has also facilitated as a tutor and assessor in the undergraduate program. Kirstin has been a consultant pharmacist since 2012. Her interests include the provision of medicinal cannabis, sleep apnoea services, and infant and maternal health.

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Janine Carrucan

Janine Carrucan is an experienced registered nurse at the Townsville Hospital in North Queensland. Her career has included acute surgical nursing education, both clinical and tertiary, and primary healthcare. Her current role is the nursing director of the infection prevention & control program at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Janine is also the program manager for antimicrobial stewardship. She is a credentialed infection control practitioner with the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control and has master's degrees in public health and tropical medicine, and infection prevention and control. She successfully led the health service in compliance for Standard 3 and her current focus is 'back to basics: how do we get infection control practitioners to reduce time spent on administrative tasks and to add value to our patient’s experience?'

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Matthew Derbyshire

Matthew Derbyshire has worked in the field of cardiac nursing for the past 17 years in both the UK and Australia. Matthew currently works as a nurse educator in the Cardiac Centre at TTH, where he is passionate about improving the knowledge and skills of all his staff to allow them to best meet the needs of the cardiac patient. Matthew is particularly interested in electrocardiogram analysis and is looking forward to sharing this knowledge with you.

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
15 - 16 Jul 2021

Townsville Nurses' Conference 2021

11h 15m
QRC: 4068
Mercure Townsville
Townsville, QLD, 4810
Price: $629.00