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 hand-selected and tailored from feedback canvassed from our members and past CPD delegates.

Concurrent Sessions

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.

Having a conversation in advance 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 cards and discussion starter. 

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.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of this session, participants should have:

  • An understanding of the resources available
  • A knowledge of how the resource could be used to help patients identify what care they might want at the end of their life
  • Help the workshop participants understand what they might want at the end of the life
  • Provided feedback on barriers and enablers to end of life discussions in the general practice setting to inform future policy and resource development

Kelly Gourlay, National Policy Advisor, Palliative Care Australia
Grace Keyworth, Communications Manager, Palliative Care Australia

Presented by Diabetes Queensland this practical workshop will cover the variety of methods to monitor glucose levels and the benefits of achieving glucose targets. 

Nurse delegates will be provided with practical demonstrations using non-insulin and insulin injection devices, discussions will be led on insulin action, reducing client fears about insulin initiation, and updates to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) will be addressed.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?



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