Concurrent Sessions

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which concurrent workshop to get along to at Nurseforce for the Future

Whether it advances your clinical practice or how your career develops, the topics have been tailored to meet the learning needs of nurses.

Concurrent Sessions

Focusing on the findings of APNA's Enhanced Nurse Clinic project, this session will provide an overview of the factors that encourage and deter the establishment of nurse clinics, and provide some practical reflection and advice by some of the project’s clinic sites, on how they set up their clinics.

Mentoring in the workplace boasts a myriad of benefits including retention, promotion and advancement, satisfaction, morale, and productivity to name a few.

Mentoring programs play a vital role in the career development of novice and experienced nurses for improving job satisfaction and the intent to stay in the nursing profession.

Want to hear more about mentoring and how you can engage more meaningfully in your professional relationships?  This is the workshop for you.

APNA are thrilled to have an expert is this subject delivering this session.

Melissa Richardson is an Australian expert in coaching and mentoring, having worked in the field for nearly 20 years. She has designed and implemented mentoring programs across public and private sector organisations, and is at the forefront of using technology to support mentoring programs that span geographies.

A lifelong learner and enthusiast for personal and professional development, Melissa has an undergraduate degree in psychology, postgraduate qualifications in strategic marketing, in counselling, a master’s degree in organisational coaching and a Diploma of Coaching Supervision. Melissa was a trustee of International Standards for Mentoring Programs in Employment before it was relaunched as International Standards for Coaching & Mentoring Programs under the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

The latest updates on innovation from the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Dr Ruth De Souza will take us through a relaxed and fun way to explore our identity and how it impacts on the care we give.

Ruth is from the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health. She is a nurse, writer, speaker and researcher with a passionate interest in culture and health. Ruth has combined her academic career with governance and community involvement, talking and writing in popular and scholarly venues about mental health, maternal mental health, race, ethnicity, biculturalism, multiculturalism, settlement, refugee resettlement, and cultural safety.

The National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP) is changing. 

This session will outline the key aspects of these changes which include:

  • replacement of the two yearly Pap test with a five yearly Cervical Screening Test;
  • commencement age will increase to 25 years and the exit age to 74; and
  • management of test results will also alter.

This update will be delivered by the Australian Government Department of Health Cervical Renewal Taskforce.

Dr Kay Strom is honoured to be your expert presenter on this topic highly relevant to nurses working in the primary health care space. Kay completed her medical degree at the University of Queensland, graduating with first class honours. Kay worked predominantly in sexual and reproductive health for more than 20 years until 2014, in both clinical and education roles. She is currently working as a medical officer at the Griffith University Health Service. She is one of the directors of Iris Education, a company that she co-founded to provide reproductive and sexual health education to health and community professionals. Kay is also a tutor for the University Of Queensland Faculty Of Medicine, and was senior lecturer at the Griffith University School of Medicine from 2015 – 2017. Kay was coordinator of the Queensland General Practice Cervical Screening Skills Update Project from 2007 – 2013.

Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) is a rare but deadly bacterial infection most commonly presenting as sepsis or meningitis. In Australia, cases of IMD have been steadily increasing over the last five years (2013-2017), with 2017 recording the highest number of cases seen since 2006.

Recent changes in disease epidemiology has seen a rise in serogroup W, with a doubling of cases attributable to the W serogroup from 2013 to 2014, and a trebling of cases between 2015-2016.

Meanwhile, notifications of serogroup Y IMD have also increased, and serogroup B disease has not abated. To add to the complexity, there are state-to-state differences for the most prevalent serogroups causing disease.

Vaccination is an important way health care providers can help to protect patients against IMD. Several meningococcal vaccines exist to help protect against the serogroups common to Australia. However, not all of these vaccines are available on the National Immunisation Program, or State Funded Programs.

In this session, we will explore the recent epidemiological trends, the funded vaccination programs in place, and vaccine recommendations outside of these funded programs.

Nurseforce for the Future is glad to have Dr Julianne Bayliss leading this session. Julianne is a microbiologist and virologist with extensive clinical research background in the epidemiology and pathology of infectious diseases. Julianne completed her PhD at Monash University’s Department of Medicine at the Alfred Hospital, studying the pathological changes that occur to the vascular system as a result of allograft rejection and infection following cardiac transplantation. She has published more than twenty first-author peer reviewed publications across the areas of hepatitis, HIV, transplantation and pathology and received numerous awards for presenting her work at national and international conferences. Julianne has held teaching and lecturing appointments with University of Melbourne and Monash University, covering pathology, microbiology and immunology, and continues to volunteer as a mentor for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Presented by Karen Shann, Credentialled Diabetes Educator, this practical workshop will look at what an appropriate client appointment may look like.

A practical session that demonstrates the best practice, evidence based approach to supporting clients psychologically and practically, when commencing on insulin. This session includes interactive discussions on the variety of methods to monitor glucose, insulin injection technique and how to best support the reduction of fears about commencing insulin, to support your clients.

Karen is a Registered Nurse and Credentialled Diabetes Educator with over 30 years of experience.  She has extensive knowledge of the care required by people with type 2 diabetes. However her area of expertise is in the care of children, adolescents and adults with type 1 diabetes.

She has a wealth of  experience, both personally and professional,  in the education of people newly diagnosed with diabetes and ongoing care they require.

Karen works closely with a number of paediatric and adult Endocrinologists as well as hundreds of general practitioners. She provides education and care in the community and in the hospital setting.

Using evidence, research based practice is important to Karen and she attends professional development conferences to ensure she provides up to date information to her clients. She is part of the State Network Diabetes Working Group looking at policies to improve the care received by people with diabetes. 

“Working together, making the difference.”  is  Karen's  philosophy of care. She believes in building a rapport with and ascertaining the needs of her clients. Working as a team with her client and the other members of health professional group means Karen's clients have all their needs addressed. Making the difference for her clients now and in the future.

This session is delivered by Diabetes Queensland.

Primary health care offers a diverse, dynamic and fulfilling career with ongoing opportunities to evolve professionally and make a difference to people’s lives. However, planning and navigating a nursing career in primary health care can be challenging.

Join us for an interactive session facilitated by Jacqui Richmond as we workshop your career options and find out about the support, resources and tools to assist you in choosing the right career path.

This session is supported by My Nursing Future, a nursing workforce initiative proudly developed by APNA with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.

Self-management: what does it mean for clients and for nurses in primary health care in Australia?
Our focus comes from a strengths based approach with the central belief that change is possible, motivation for change can be built and supported and we believe primary health care nurses can play a vital role in this.

Why is self-management so important in today’s health care environment?
As a profession there are significant opportunities given the implications of changes to national health policy, the introduction of Health Care Homes, increased support for consumer engagement and proactively addressing the increasing burden of chronic disease. What strategies can primary healthcare nurses use to make this real, to make it happen and to be part of creating opportunities by nurses for nurses?

What does the evidence base tell us?
Drawing on international literature and examples eg. Bodenheimer (USA), HOPE project (UK), HARP & Closing the Gap project (Australia), DESMOND, OPAL

What are the opportunities in the current climate?
‘Use the force!’ What opportunities are there for primary health care nurses to foster positive changes and effectively partner in self-management across micro, meso and macro levels?

Andrea Morello is a registered nurse with over 20 years’ experience as an academic within nursing coupled with online education design and delivery expertise. She has experience working across a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, universities, NGO and SBOs, and as an external consultant with previous roles at GPSA, and consultancy work for AGPN and the RAH.

Andrea joined Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit (FHBHRU) at Flinders University in 2012 to work in the development and delivery of the online training for the DVA Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program (2012 –June 2017).  She now leads the education team at FHBHRU and teaches in the post-graduate and the unit’s accredited short courses in Chronic Disease Management and Motivational Interviewing. An integral component of this teaching is recognition and valuing of the person’s own experience in how they manage their chronic condition/s and the importance of collaboration in client centred approaches to care and supporting behaviour change.  The use of technology to support the ongoing professional development needs of health professionals as we continue to balance workplace changes in role requirements and expectations is also an area of particular interest to Andrea.

Sue Randall is Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the Masters of Primary Health Care Nursing at Sydney Nursing School. Sue’s clinical background includes working as a Health Visitor (similar to Child and Family Nurse) and setting up a stop smoking service for pregnant women. Her academic career focusses on community and primary health care settings. This includes research with nurses working in advanced roles. Interests in patients living with chronic disease and how to promote self-efficacy, self-management and partnership working are other themes in Sue’s work. Her particular interests are in advanced nursing roles, with an emphasis on communication. This is mirrored when the focus is on people who live with chronic disease and how their self-efficacy, ability to self-manage and be true partners in care is explored. Other current projects include addressing a gap in service for patients with lower leg ulcers and supporting communication with vaccine-hesitant and declining parents attending two specialist immunisation clinics.                                             

Osteoporosis affects more than half of the population over 50; less than 1 in 4 are offered screening and the majority of people find out they have it after they have experienced an osteoporotic fracture. Early intervention and appropriate lifestyle changes (and treatment where appropriate) can make a meaningful difference for people and reduce the risk of a first, or second fracture.

Join Dr Chrys Michaelides (Principle GP, Mater Hill Healthscope Practice, QLD) and Denise Polichronis (Lead Practice Nurse) in an interactive workshop focussing on three aspects:

  • Osteoporosis as a disease state in primary care, which can be identified and managed

  • Osteoporosis as a chronic disease which can be identified and managed in primary care

  • Practical solutions which a busy practice can implement to make a difference for patients  

The purpose of the session is to provide attendees with insights into the small but meaningful changes that can be made in a primary care centre with multiple priorities and issues to make changes to the way chronic diseases are identified, recalled and managed.

This session will be specific to a practice adding osteoporosis to the diseases under management in shared care/chronic disease management planning – however the approach could be generalised to a practice taking on any new capability within their surgery.

Presented by Dr Michaelides - a GP in Brisbane with a special interest in the management of chronic diseases. He has been running structured mini-clinic care of diabetes since 1988 and involved in multi-disciplinary diabetes programmes at a community level since the early 1990s (initially with podiatrist and dietitian). Chrys has participated in numerous advisory boards dealing with GP education for the development of programs to help optimise outcomes for GPs and their patients through a structured care model. In the last 5 years he has developed a similar multidisciplinary model of care for osteoporosis. His current model of care is the fully integrated team approach of chronic disease management with exercise physiologist, psychologist, podiatrist, dietitian, practice nurse and clinical measurement nurse.

Having a conversation about end-of-life wishes can help reduce the stress at the time of a serious illness and assist the family in making decisions about their loved one’s care if the person was unable to tell people what they wanted.

Palliative Care Australia (PCA) has developed a discussion starter and a deck of cards to help people work out what is right for them, which can also assist health professionals to gently introduce the conversation into their practice. In this interactive workshop, we will talk about PCA’s dying to talk campaign and lead a session with the deck of cards.

PCA also want to engage the practice nurse sector and workshop what the barriers and enablers are to having these conversations within a general practice setting and perceptions of the resources for this purpose.

At the end of this session, participants should have:
- An understanding of the Dying to Talk resources
- Consulted on barriers and enablers to end of life discussions in the general practice setting to inform future policy and resource development
- Opportunities to be engaged throughout the Dying to Talk in General Practice Project

Corin Boughton, Program Coordinator, Palliative Care Australia
Rebecca Storen, Program Coordinator, Palliative Care Australia

Over one million Australians are at high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and don’t know it! Despite this alarming statistic, CVD remaining a national health priority, and it is mostly preventable, health professional uptake of routine CVD risk assessment and management remains poor.

The workshop will highlight the compelling argument for initiating routine CVD risk assessment and management in the Primary Health Care setting for the eligible population. In the interactive workshop, Dr Greaves will share national evidence-based research findings and studies that he has led.

Participants will have the opportunity to workshop the CVD risk screening barriers and enablers, with the goal of implementing practice change. 

Cardiologist, Dr Kim Greaves will be your engaging and enlightening expert presenter and is looking forward to sharing his wealth of knowledge with eager to learn nurses. Kim was appointed as Director of Cardiac Research and Senior Staff Specialist at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services, and Professor at the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, in July 2013. Prior to this, Kim was Professor of Cardiology at Bournemouth University, UK, and Director of Cardiology in Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset. He is the supervisor to several PhD students and has projects underway looking at the effects of insulin on the skeletal and cardiac blood flow, cardiovascular screening, work place health and integration of primary care data with secondary care.

This session is proudly delivered by the Heart Foundation.



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