Whet your appetite ahead of the main conference with Nurseforce for the Future workshops set for Thursday 10 May 2018

Get your conference experience off to a flying start with a full day of workshops, both fascinating and practical.



A detailed and practical look at wounds and healing on a primary care budget with clinical nurse consultant Cheryl Frank. A half-day workshop that will you give you the confidence to assess and treat all wounds in your practice. Wounds covered include burns, venous leg ulcers and skin tears.  

Learning Objectives:

• Understand the phases of wound healing
• Understand the importance of TIME principles
• Understand the importance of the diagnosis and evidence based care including referral
• Awareness of managing the wound diagnosis rather than the symptoms of the wound

Participate in a practical and interactive session, targeting nurses and health service managers in primary health care settings, interested in establishing a nurse clinic. Applying a modular approach, participants will learn the steps to establishing their own nurse clinics.

Improve your understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiorespiratory system. Learn to apply this knowledge to interpreting spirometry results. A practical half-day workshop with real-world case studies with Nurse Consultant James Brinton.

Learning Outcomes:

• Improved understanding of the symptoms of common lung conditions, including chronic lung disease
• Improved knowledge of validated tools used for the assessment of lung function
• Improved knowledge related to identifying when there is a problem, and how to intervene
• Improved skills in reading a Spirograph and identifying common indicators of lung problems
• Improved local knowledge of COPD referral pathways

An engaging and interactive look at care coordination for your practice. Filled with practical advice on how to make it work in your practice from experienced Health Coach – Kim Poyner, who understands the constraints that nurse’s work under to make care coordination happen, every day.

Learning Outcomes:

• Navigating the changing health landscape
• Discuss the current impact of Chronic Disease in Australia
• Evolving the role of care coordination in your practice
• Look at assessment tools, treatment types and referral information
• Developing coaching skills to engage the most complex patients
• Creating effective and meaningful care plans
• How to make the MBS items work for you

Older Australians are entitled to protection against vaccine-preventable disease. So why is the adult vaccine uptake rate so low?

This workshop will focus on how practice nurses can help their vulnerable older Australian adult patients protect themselves with tips, tricks and tools to improve access, coverage and/or timely delivery of vaccinations in your clinics.

Delivered by Magali De Castro.

Mental Health: You are already doing it! Addiction, abuse and looking after yourself.

Experienced credentialed mental health nurse Sharyn Amos will provide understanding on the impact of mental health in your practice when dealing with patients with complex and chronic diseases.

Learning Outcomes:

• To improve understanding of the complexity of issues (biological, psychological and social) impacting on an individual
• To highlight how a more holistic, biopsychosocial response to mental health can correlate with improved outcomes for people
• To improve an understanding of mental health and the older person
• Learning about the role and impact of chronic pain
• Learning about Addiction and the relationship with mental health and chronic pain
• To improve understanding of the role of primary health in supporting patients who are experiencing family violence and/or elder abuse
• To improve understanding of  the importance of looking after self

Communication typically consists of too much telling and not enough asking, which undoubtedly is one of the biggest inhibitors of people taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Professional practices that do not utilise asking Better Questions will not facilitate empowered interactions, resulting in others being less engaged and motivated and more dependent upon services.

By enabling Health Professionals to become more conscious of their communication the Better Questions philosophy enables practitioners to recognise when and how to ask (the right) questions as opposed to advice giving or telling. These simple yet highly effective communication strategies facilitate people to tap into their potential and resourcefulness, leading to them being more motivated, responsible and feeling more valued, engaged, and respected and ultimately be healthier people!

By attending this half-day workshop you will:

• Recognise habitual patterns of response in your conversations
• Understand the impact of asking vs telling
• Learn the benefits to being a Better Questioner
• Be provided with tips and strategies to get better outcomes with clients

What does the Better Questions workshop support? By asking Better Questions and practicing the skills learnt at our workshops participants will have the ability to support and underpin:

  • Person centred care
  • Self Management approaches
  • The Wellness approach
  • Consumer Directed Care
  • Integrated Chronic Disease Management

About Lindsay Tighe:

Lindsay is the founder of Inspirational Coaching and Better Questions and is a successful and highly regarded speaker, business woman, coach and author of seven books.

Her passion is teaching the skill of asking Better Questions to release human potential and she has developed various workshops and resources which are detailed at She has trained thousands of people in the in the Aged Care and Health sectors to support the implementation of the Enabling and Wellness approach as well as Self Management and Consumer Directed Care.

Lindsay holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and regularly speaks at a variety of functions. She has also been appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise and Morning Show and has been featured in Women’s Day, Good Medicine, New Idea and the Qantas in flight magazine.

More details to come.

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