Conference Program

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Monday 2nd September

08:30-17:00 Pre-Conference Workshops:
Prescribing & Pharmacology Workshop

Diagnostics for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses Workshop  - SOLD OUT

Presented by Bundle of Rays 

Mundipharma Pain Management Workshop 
(Workshops outlined below)
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16:00-20:00 REGISTRATION OPEN
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18:00-20:00

WELCOME RECEPTION

Proudly sponsored by Health Professional Bank

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Tuesday 3rd September

07.30-08.30       REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITION
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08:30-08:40

Conference Convenor Address

Bronwyn Coulton

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08:40-08:45

Welcome to Country

Elder Ian Hunter

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08:45-09:00 Conference Opening 
The Hon Jenny Mikakos MLC
Victorian Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
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09:00-09:20   Keynote Address 1
Improving health care through key stakeholder partnerships – focus on patients
Chief Nurse of Victoria, Ann Maree Keenan
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09:20-10:20 Keynote Address 2
The evolving role of a perioperative nurse practitioner in private practice
Dr Anne Alexandrov
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10:20-11:00 MORNING TEA AND EXHIBITION
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11:00-11:40      Donna Diers Oration – Australian Nurse Practitioner Perspective
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11:40-12:00 Plenary
The National Agenda – An update from ANMF Federal Secretary
Annie Butler
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12:00-12:30  Plenary
An update from the ACNP President
Leanne Boase
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12:30-12:40    Sponsor presentation #1

What HESTA offers Nurse Practitioners

Nick Duffy

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12:40-13:40  LUNCH AND EXHIBITION
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13:40-15:20      Concurrent Interactive Workshops or concurrent abstracts
MBS  Speciality Practice Chronic Disease Palliative Care Research Leadership/Policy 
Workshop Paper 1 Paper 1 Paper 1 Paper 1

Medical Billing & the MBS for Nurse Practitioners

Margaret Faux 

Establishing a Nurse Practitioner led immunisation service for adults with special vaccination requirements

Madeline Hall 

When the Nurse Practitioner should ask patients to remove their socks?

Mini George

Harm at end of life: to report or not to report? 
 Juliane Samara

State-wide mapping of NP models of practice throughout Victoria 

Grainne Lowe

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Complexity and Chaos: Nurse Practitioners providing Primary Care at Home (PCAH) to vulnerable clients

Katy Aish & Karen White

Can Nurse Practitioners perform abdominal paracentesis?

Julie Elmes 

Home-based carers, given appropriate support, can confidently manage breakthrough symptoms using subcutaneous medicines

Sue Healy 

Nurse Practitioners perceptions on leadership and research

Mary Ryder

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Educational preparation of Nurse Practitioners in Australia to meet the Primary Care demand

Jane Currie   

Refugee Health Nurse Practitioners: transforming health care for refugees and asylum seekers
Merilyn Spratling 

The Nurse Practitioners as a leader in Atrial Fibrillation management

Gayleen Stephens

The silicone in Residential Aged Care: Nurse Practitioners Making a Difference
Juliane Samara 

Nurse practitioners are transforming health care: Overview of the national campaign

Kathy Tori & 

Grainne Lowe

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Making technology work for us - tips, tricks and apps for clinical education and presentations

Chris Freeman

A report of the first two years of the OWL program for children and teens with overweight and obesity

Stephanie Dowden

The use of connectivity blood glucose meters - early intervention in adverse glycaemic events
Lois Rowan

Care of the older person in Emergency - a module of learning for Emergency Nurses

Erin Cranitch

Effectiveness of the Non-Medical Surgical Assistant measured by patient outcome assessment
Toni Hains 
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15:20-16:00    AFTERNOON TEA AND EXHIBITION
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16:00-17:00     ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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Wednesday 4th September

07.30 -08.30       REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITION
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07:30-08:30      SPONSORED BREAKFAST
     National Action Plan for Heart and Stroke

Expert Panel - Sharon McGowan

Dr Kate Hayward 

Prof. Vincent Thijs

Alexandra Warwick

Proudly sponsored by Medtronic

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08:40-08:45      Welcome Back
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08:45-09:15      Keynote Address 3
     Royal Commission into Aged Care
Amanda Davies
ACNP Vice President
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09:15-09:45      Keynote Address 4
     Safe Script – Pharmacology and Prescribing
Dr Malcolm Dobbin OAM
Department of Health and Human Services 
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09:45-10:15      Plenary
     Nursing Now Campaign
Professor Jill White
Nursing Now Campaign Board Member (Western Pacific Region)
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10:15-10:45      MORNING TEA AND EXHIBITION
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10:45-11:15      Plenary
     Influencing Australian NP Role Development – Informing Policy and Effecting Change
Liza Edwards
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11:15-11:45      Plenary

     Defining Scope of Practice

Chris Helms 

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11:45-13:00      Concurrent Interactive Workshops or Concurrent Abstracts
      Beginners Suture Workshop 
 
Primary Care

Nurse Practitioners in private practice

Workshop

NP Models Clinical Research 
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     Beginners Suture Workshop 

Elise Bryant 

Challenges of Primary Care Practice in a Rural Setting
Yvonne Fabry

Private practice overview – primary care, aged care, home care

Darren Dougan

Complex patient assessments in aged care                  

Matt Gibson NP

The future of the NP / GP relationship                

Dr. James Flynn

Transitioning as an NP from the public sector to private sector

Andre Tay

Opioid epidemic does this apply to acute and subacute pain management

Melanie Proper

An exploration of patients' perceptions of discharge from the fast track area of one Emergency Department

Leahanna Stevens 

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Does cannabis really work? Essential medicinal cannabis pharmacology knowledge and the impact of legalization on the NP role in Canada.

Hazel Booth

 

Becoming ACE aware in your NP practice

Stephanie Dowden

Rural Emergency Department Patients without GP's: A Retrospective Study

Kathleen Hain

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Pain and the brain use in everyday practice

Melanie Proper

 

Recognition and management of paediatric sepsis in the Emergency Department

Amanda Harley

Meeting Information Needs of Regional Radiotherapy Patients with Videos

Amelia Wan

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13:00-13:40      LUNCH AND POSTER JUDGING
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13:40-15:20      Concurrent Interactive Workshops or concurrent abstracts
Advanced Suture Workshop
 
Mental Health  Aged Care  Rural and Remote Policy/Research 
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Advanced Suture Workshop

Elise Bryant

Are current assessment formats compatible with contemporary thinking and practice in mental health care and service provision?

Kate Derrick 

What tsunami? Fine-tuning Aged Care Nurse Practitioner led models of care for Residential Aged Care Facilities and Community Care 

Hazel Bucher 

Resuscitation in rural environments: Nurse Practitioner led model of care. GCS4 - NP led stabilisation for transfer definitive care

Tash Jennings

Evaluation of the Nurse Practitioner Multidisciplinary Support Committee (MDSC) in HNELHD to support advanced practice 

Anthony Sokolowski

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Improving Metabolic Health for people with psychosis

Rasa Kabaila

Developing an "ACNP preferred" Aged Care NP led model of care

Hazel Bucher

Recognition and management of sepsis in rural hospitals: Nurse Practitioners leading the way; A case study

Kylie Cameron 

Evidence for the effectiveness of chlorhexidine bathing and health care - associated infections among adult intensive care patients: a trial sequential meta-analysis

Kathleen Brennan

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Opening Doors, A first of its Kind

Sian Pritchard

 

Mallee Border Health Centre - an Np led multidisciplinary Primary Health Care Clinic - 18 months on - what are the results?

Dianne Thornton 

 The influence of policy, legislation and population health trends on characteristics of student Nurse Practitioners

Suzanne Williams

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Therapeutic alliance in all dimensions of care

Verena Tinning 

 

A review of the nurse practitioner model at Fitzroy Valley Health Service in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia

Stephanie Dowden

Nurse practitioner collaborative groups prove supportive in facilitating transition to advanced nursing roles

Dan Schiftan & Kathy Tori

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15:20-16:00      AFTERNOON TEA AND EXHIBITION
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16:00-17:00    COLLABORATIVE GROUPS, NETWORKING AND STATE CHAPTER MEETINGS
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19.00-23.00    GALA DINNER - PULLMAN, ALBERT PARK
   

Thursday 5th September

  07.30 -08.30       REGISTRATION AND EXHIBITION
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08:30-08:45

Welcome Back and Release of 2020 Conference   

Bronwyn Coulton and Catherine Smith

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08:45-09:25    Keynote Address 5
Contemporary Stroke Management - USA and Beyond
     Dr Anne Alexandrov
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09:25-09:45

Plenary

Coronial Inquests: presenting an expert report

Hazel Bucher

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09:45-10:10  Plenary

Rapid Fire Questions

Karen Watling

Mary Ryder

Kathleen Brennan

Stephanie Dowden

Grainne Lowe

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10:10-10:25    Sponsor presentation #2

NPS Medicinewise

Gloria Antonio 

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10:25-11:00        MORNING TEA AND EXHIBITION
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11:00-12:40      Concurrent Interactive Workshops or concurrent abstracts
Aged Care Private Practice/PHC Acute Care  Research and Publishing Education Research 
Paper 1 Paper 1 Paper 1 Paper 1 Paper 1

Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in a Falls and Balance Outpatient (FAB) Clinic

Dayalini Kumarasamy 

The evolving role of a perioperative nurse practitioner in private practice

Kylie Cross

Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit Nurse Practitioner Model Development

Elizabeth Mackey 

Colac Area Health Emergency Nurse Practitioner Pilot evaluation 

Tash Jennings

NP work practices: scopes of practice across different clinical specialties

Grainne Lowe 

Paper 2 Paper 2 Paper 2 Workshop  Paper 2

Aged Care Nursing Education: NP’s leading the way

Lynne Day

The Role of the Nurse Practitioner in the Cosmetic Industry

Debora Webster-Bain

Knock on wood: Two case studies of uncommon hand fractures

Karen Watling

Publishing workshop

Kathy Tori, Tash Jennings & Grainne Lowe

Flying high: a neonatal nurse practitioner model of emergency retrieval

Catherine Fox

Paper 3 Paper 3 Paper 3   Workshop

Time to evolve - developing and supporting aged care specialist nurses: Introducing the Australian Aged Nurses Association

Lessons learned in opportunities to expand my practice: public to private to residential aged care. Why I do all three?

Melanie Proper

Implementation of a NP - led TIA clinic: One Year On 

Alexandra Warwick

 

Medical Billing & the MBS for Nurse Practitioners

Margaret Faux 

Hazel Bucher Paper 4 Paper 4    
 

Clinical Practice Primary Health - Nurse Practitioner Health Check

Kerrie Duggan 

Our Evolution: A rural emergency work force fit for purpose

Sharon Coombes & Bronwyn Ives

 

 

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12:40-13:00 CONFERENCE CLOSING AND AWARDS
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13.00-14.00 LUNCH

 

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Workshops 

 

Prescribing & Pharmacology - Monday 2nd September 
This workshop is now refreshed with new content and ready to provide an overview of Nurse Practitioner’s role in prescribing, the key issues faced with particular focus on PBS access, regulations and limitations.

Program Overview:

This workshop will provide an overview of Nurse Practitioner’s role in prescribing, the key issues faced with particular focus on PBS access, regulations and limitations.

  • Key issues: legislation, ethics, PBS, scheduling changes 
  • Evidence based prescribing  and essential resources 
  • Communication  and patient-centred approach 
  • Update on recent new drugs,  guidelines , cautions,  controversies, drug interactions

Cost $250.00 including GST in addition to your registration

ACNP Prescribing and Pharmacology workshop program

Diagnostics - Monday 2nd September - SOLD OUT
Diagnostics for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses - This workshop focuses on providing Nurses with the skills to refer and Interpret X-Ray. Gaining knowledge of your role and responsibilities when utilising diagnostics in everyday practice.

Program Overview:

This session will cover:
Virtual X-ray patient assessment

Anatomy and physiology are reviewed using innovative virtual reality technology
Integrate elements of assessment and pathology through clinical simulation

Emphasising the concepts of quality clinical assessment skills, clinical deterioration and patient safety.

Cost $412.50 including GST in addition to your registration

Diagnostics - Virtual Xray Assessment Program

Mundipharma Pain Management  - Monday 2nd September 

The Nurse Practitioner Pain Management Master Class is an interactive workshop designed to enhance the assessment and management of patients with chronic pain, with a particular focus on patients with moderate to severe chronic non-cancer pain. It focuses on applying a socio-psycho-biomedical approach to assessing and managing chronic pain. It looks at both the role of medications and non-pharmacotherapies. In addition, it provides a systematic approach (based on universal precautions) to the use of opioid analgesics to support the quality use of medicines in patients with chronic pain.

The specific learning outcomes are to:

  • Recognise the complexity of chronic non-cancer pain
  • Apply a socio-psycho-biomedical approach to the assessment and management of chronic pain
  • Apply best practice principles when prescribing opioid analgesics in the management of moderate to severe chronic non-cancer pain

Pain Management program

Cost $150.00 including GST in addition to your registration 

 

Basic Suture Workshop - Wednesday 4th September - SOLD OUT

This workshop is open to Conference Delegates and is aimed to those who have never sutured before, or as a refresh for those who have not sutured for a while.  NP Candidates learning in this area welcome.

Program Overview: 

  • skin anatomy
  • wound preparation
  • sutures; types & uses
  • instruments; correct usage & types
  • simple suturing techniques; transcutaneous suturing, deep dermal suturing

Please note: this workshop is not suitable for anyone with a practicing knowledge of suturing.

There is a $10.00 charge for this workshop to cover the cost of instruments and materials

 

Advanced Suture Workshop - Wednesday 4th September - SOLD OUT

This workshop is open to Conference Delegates and is aimed to those who have a practical knowledge of suturing and perform this procedure in their practice.  There will be NP surgical assistants on hand to answer advanced questions and guide the practical component of the workshop.  

Program Overview: 

  • review of basic suturing
  • new suture technologies; barbed sutures, antimicrobial sutures
  • advanced instrumentation; different needle holders and forceps
  • advanced suturing techniques; mattress suturing, high tension suturing, multilayered suturing
  • dressings to support sutured wounds

Please note: this workshop is not suitable for anyone who has not sutured previously or regularly in their practice.

There is a $10.00 charge for this workshop to cover the cost of instruments and materials.