Managing wounds, CDM, a nurse clinic and common medicines - immerse yourself in some highly relevant and practical training in bread and butter areas of your daily practice

Don't forget to let us know which practical workshops you want to attend on Thursday when you register for the Conference - places capped!


This workshop will delve into

  • Chronic wounds - what they are and why they can be difficult to heal
  • Using a structured, systematic framework to manage patients with chronic wounds
  • Managing chronic wounds in clinical practice - a case study based, interactive activity
  • Managing leg ulcers with a focus on compression therapy
  • A brief overview of the most common causes of leg ulcers
  • How compression can assist in healing some leg ulcers
  • Using compression in clinical practice - types, application, tips and tricks

Nurses are key drivers of chronic disease management in primary health care. With an ever-increasing trend in chronic disease co-morbidities in our general population it is fundamental that primary care nurses lead the assessment and co-ordination of people living with chronic conditions. Further, a person-centred care approach is paramount to ensuring that all interactions with the community are meaningful for them.
This session will be interactive and engaging and will aim to leave participants with enhanced knowledge skill and competence in participating in chronic disease management, assessment and prevention of chronic conditions.

  • Gain an awareness of the impact of chronic disease on the individual, the practice and the community
  • Develop skill and understanding with key strategies in primary care to enhance person-centred care with a focus on engaging the person in self-management strategies to improve health within the current MBS framework
  • Explore the benefits of team based care with a whole of practice approach to improving health outcomes for those we provide care for in our community

This half day workshop is targetted at more experienced nurses and nurse practitioners. The session will delve into common medicines that nurses are to be across in the primary health care space.

The workshop will cover:

  • Common medicines – statins, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and antihypertensive medicines
  • Medication problems in older people – polypharmacy and deprescribing
  • Common complementary medicines – vitamins, minerals and more  
  • The top ten most frequently prescribed medicine – and controversies (lipids, antihypertensives, PPIs)

Running the show will be leading pharmacist and peer educator Dr Jenny Gowan.

Dr Jenny Gowan is a practicing pharmacist and a Teaching Associate at Monash University. She is a current member of the PSA Branch committee, Editorial Board Member of AUS-DI, SHPA ‘Don’t Rush to Crush’, Guidelines Committee for the Australian Asthma Handbook,  and the Thunderstorm Asthma Expert panel, and RACGP Silver book for Aged Care . 

Jenny is an accredited consultant pharmacist, and conducts her own company focussing on medication reviews in the home and Aged Care Facilities as well as Quality Use of Medicine consultancy.  She works regularly in community pharmacy plus sessions in a GP clinic at a Community Health Centre. Jenny has published over 350 educational articles and presents hundreds of talks annually.   

In 2010 Jenny received the Sanofi-Aventis award by the University of Sydney,  in 2013, PSA Australian Pharmacist of the Year and  2016 Jenny was the AACP-MIMs Consultant Pharmacist of the Year.

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Team effectiveness skills training with an expert facilitator.

Limited spots available!

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The "how to" systems of building an effectively operating and sustainable nurse clinic.

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This session may touch on 

  • the basic anatomy and physiology of the ear
  • signs and symptoms of cerumen accumulation or impaction, and treatment options 
  • indications, contradictions, and precautions ear irrigation
  • potential side effects and complications relating to ear irrigation
  • circumstances which require follow up care

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A practical and informative session on a major part of nurses’ everyday workload – managing diabetes.
Fine tune your knowledge on:

  • The golden rules to diabetes treatment, including annual cycle of care, blood glucose monitoring and targets
  • Diabetes technologies: what the practice nurse needs to know
  • Insulin initiation and titration and when to refer on
  • The Foot: recommendations, assessment, recognising and escalating foot treatment

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, delegates will learn about:

  • national evidence-based research findings
  • why it is important to use an absolute CVD risk approach to assess risk
  • how to use tools to help calculate and communicate CVD risk
  • how to employ motivational interviewing to address CVD with patients
  • why CVD prevention is particularly important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Delivered by the Heart Foundation in conjunction with The Australian National University who are currently undertaking a project looking at CVD Absolute Risk and Health Assessment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Lindsay Tighe

All delegates are invited to join staff from Primary Health Networks as Lindsay Tighe guides us through Asking Better Questions...

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!



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