Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing Workshops

What are the workshops?

APNA Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing workshops are designed for nurses in all primary health care settings, including (but not limited to) general practice, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health care services, community health and many more. A total of 26 workshops will be delivered across Australia in the next four years. 

Upcoming workshops

No workshops are currently scheduled for this series.
Why not take a look at our Foundations of General Practice Nursing workshops.

The Chronic Disease Management and Healthy Ageing workshops have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

2015-2018 Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging Workshop Topics

Topics covered

  • Care coordination
  • Motivational interviewing 
  • Wound care on a primary care budget
  • Skin tears, burns and venous leg ulcers
  • Spirometry 
  • Asthma and respiratory conditions
  • Mental health 
  • Avoiding burnout and looking after yourself.

Learning outcomes

Spirometry: Understanding, interpreting and recognising abnormalities 

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

Learning Outcomes:

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

CDM: Care coordination and health coaching 

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:

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

Mental Health: You are already doing it! 

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:

  1. Mental Health Assessment tools and frameworks: See how you’re already doing this
  2. Learning the language and pathways in Mental Health: What does it mean and what do I do with it?
  3. Overview of mental health care plans: What does it mean for the patient and who can/can’t create one
  4. Putting it into practice: Applying the principles of mental health assessments to case studies
  5. Developing an understanding of the self medicating patient and the role of dependance
  6. Exploring how to look after you the accidental counsellor

Wounds: Dealing with healing

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

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the phases of wound healing
  2. Understand the importance of TIME principles
  3. Understand the importance of the diagnosis and evidence based care including referral
  4. Awareness of managing the wound diagnosis rather than the symptoms of the wound.

What you had to say

Wonderful engaging speaker! After 20 years of education and struggling to understand spirometry, the penny has dropped!

Great presentation – really thought provoking for this newbie in the GP world!

Great presenter, who delivered to the audience! I’ve worked in Crit Care for 18 years and never had anyone break it down so well!

Picked up some great hints about how to manage wounds in my practice

Really excited to get the tools to use for speaking to my patients about mental health

Kim is inspiring. I wish she could come to speak to all the staff and doctors at my practice. I love her enthusiasm



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