Concurrent Sessions

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

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

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A panel equipped with experts from the peak bodies in the major health priority areas will speak on the latest updates to their best practice guidelines.

Hear from the National Asthma Council of Australia, Kidney Health Australia, the Heart Foundation...

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Aims
The overall aim of the workshop is to increase participant knowledge, confidence and skills in nursing people with mental illness in primary health settings. The focus of the workshop is on strengthening participant knowledge of current evidence related to the prevalence and impacts of mental illness in Australia, and contemporary approaches to communication, assessment and care for people with mental illness.

Learning Objectives

1. Mental health in primary health
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Identify the prevalence and impacts of mental illness in Australia
-Describe the range of mental health conditions managed in primary health
-Discuss the relationship between physical and mental health conditions

2. Communication  
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Explain the relationship between communication and safe and quality mental health assessment and care
-Discuss approaches to communication with people with mental illness that promote engagement and recovery

3. Assessment and care planning
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Define formal and informal mental health assessment
-Identify the main assessment domains
-Explain risk assessment in mental health
-Discuss collaborative care planning
-Outline the information requirements for documenting an assessment   

And leading this important session will be Dr Natisha Sands, a mental health nurse with a strong commitment to improving the quality and safety of mental health care in primary and acute care settings. Natisha has led a sustained program of research and education in mental health triage that has influenced policy and practice at the local, national and international level. A focus of Natisha’s recent work has been developing mental health curricular to support online learning for nurses working in primary health settings.

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How can you help protect vulnerable older Australians against preventable diseases?
Dr John Litt & Angela Newbound

While vaccination coverage in Australian children is over 90%, why is the adult vaccine uptake rate as low as 51% for many funded vaccines? 
Research indicates that vaccine recommendation from a healthcare professional is the most important factor influencing uptake in older Australians.2  Therefore a need exists to support practice nurses with information and resources to enable you to implement proactive immunisation programs and optimise adult vaccination rates. 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.

1. National Centre for Immunisation research and Surveillance. Adult Vaccination – fact sheet. Available at: http://www.ncirs.edu.au/assets/provider_resources/fact-sheets/adult-vaccination-fact-sheet.pdf? [Accessed December 2017].   2. Menzies RI, Leask J, Royale J et al. Vaccine myopia: adult vaccination also needs attention. MJA 2017; doi:10.5694/mja16.00811.

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2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the first publicly funded initiative for influenza vaccines in adults aged ≥65 years. Two decades on, Australia now has a world-class influenza vaccination policy and practice. Following the horror season in 2017, two new influenza vaccines (high dose or adjuvanted formulation) were introduced for older adults in 2018. In addition, all states and territories now provide free influenza vaccines to children aged 6 months to 4 years. However, the jigsaw of influenza vaccinations is not yet complete. This presentation aims to discuss some of the missing pieces for influenza and influenza vaccines in older adults, young children and other key groups.

This session will cover

  • Update on the changes to the NDSS Schedule. Understanding which strip will continue to be subsidized for NDSS registrants and for which type of diabetes.
  • The importance of accuracy in blood glucose monitoring. Reviewing the current International Standards and Independent studies. Why is accuracy important and be aware that not all BGM’s are the same.
  • Technology Update and practical session. Being aware of the different systems available. SMBG, CGM, Insulin Pumps. What are they, what do they do, etc? 

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Margaret Smith

This is an opportunity for participants to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills required to be effective in having difficult conversations in today’s complex and sometimes pressured workplace. Upgrade your communication skills to better manage difficult situations and be able to have conversations that set you up for success. 
By attending this workshop you will:

  • Recognise why some communication is so difficult
  • Know the steps and skills to being a more effective and courageous communicator
  • Plan for better results in your communication with practical strategies that work!
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