9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
In Australia today, there are ample medications available to treat pain in palliative care. As many people with advanced disease will suffer from some sort of pain, nursing confidence in administering appropriate medicines is essential. This session reviews the underlying principles of pain management in people with life-limiting illnesses. It explains the goals of care and how to interpret them for palliative care patients. It includes:
- What are the principles underpinning good nursing practice for pain control in palliative care patients?
- How can you truly assess a subjective “feeling” such as pain?
10:30am - Morning Tea
Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting can be debilitating symptoms that have a considerable effect on quality of life. We will explore assessment and treatment options in relation to nausea and vomiting.
Case Conference and Case Study
Palliative care case conferences are an important aspect of care. This session looks at advocating for a patient and discusses:
- What is a palliative care case conference?
- When should a palliative care case conference be held?
- Who should attend the case conference?
- What useful resources are freely available to assist you with organising a case conference?
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
Delirium and Terminal Agitation
How to assess and manage cognitive changes for individuals with a life-limiting illness, including considerations towards the end-of-life.
Dyspnoea – Respiratory Secretions
There are a range of changes that may occur to a person’s respiratory function as their disease progresses. Respiratory disorders can be very distressing to both the patient and family. This session reviews:
- Symptom management of dyspnoea
- Alleviating anxiety
- Resources available that help explain noisy breathing at end-of-life
3:00pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Wrap Up – Self-Care
Looking after others is why many of us signed up to work in health care. Looking after yourself is often a more complex task!
4:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations