New Opportunities

These events are shared for your information and are not endorsed by the ACNP.

Be sure to check each event for updates as they may be cancelled, rescheduled or postponed. 

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The Australian College of Nurse Practitioners is participating in the 12th Annual Australian Healthcare Week (AHW), which takes place in Sydney from March 15th to 16th, 2023. AHW together leaders and professionals from various sectors of the healthcare industry and provides a platform for exchanging ideas, knowledge, and networking. With over 140 speakers across 7 free-to-attend stages, 150 exhibitors, a start-up village, and 100+ case studies, the event is an opportunity for healthcare professionals to stay informed about the latest trends and developments. Attendees can also earn Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for the Nursing & Midwifery stage & CHIA Points for the Digital Healthcare Stage.

 Register Here

Date: 4 March 2023
Time: 8 am to 5 pm followed by networking event - program to be confirmedVenue: View Melbourne, 562 St Kilda Road

Speakers and topics: 

Professor Sue White - Approach to Assessing Dysmorphism in the Neonate; 

Dr Anastasia Pellicano - Pierre Robin Sequence; 

Dr Simone Huntingford - Neuromonitoring in the NICU; 

Jenny Lewis, Pharmacist - Inotropes and medication safety in the NICU; 

Leanne Boase, President of the ACNP - The Future of the Nurse Practitioner Role in Australia; 

Dr Anna Tottman, Syphillis - Return of the Great Pretender; 

Dr Anna Kidman - Post extubation nasal CPAP, How high should we go? Results of ECLAT

Cost: $95 ACNN members; $125 non-members 
Registration: now open 
Enquires to nnpsig@acnn.org.au.

More information : https://www.acnn.org.au/products/nnp-sig-recharge-and-reconnect-workshop-2023/

Tthe importance of culturally safe planning with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and communities.

PCA has released a new video case study Discussing Choices – Indigenous Advance Care Plans – A Learning Resource to support health professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop practical and culturally safe Advance Care Plans.   

How to use the resource:

Those involved in training health professionals are invited to review the case study and to incorporate a link to it, into their suite of training or useful resources for ongoing use.  It will sit appropriately within training for chronic disease management, condition specific training such as COPD, heart and coronary disease, kidney disease, or Parkinson’s Disease, as well as in palliative care or end of life care training.

The Discussing Choices - Indigenous Advance Care Plans video is freely available online. Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may find content in this film upsetting. 

Please feel free to share this resource link through your networks and newsletters also. This link will also be made available through the Indigenous HealthInfoNet Palliative Care Portal.

Run time: approximately 26 minutes

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Content:

Discussing Choices – Indigenous Advance Care Plans – A Learning Resource acts as a culturally safe and practical case study for professional health, Aboriginal and community workers on ‘how to’ support and complete Advance Care Plans for end-of-life care in Indigenous communities. 

Palliative Care Northern Territory (PCNT) President (2021), Jonathan Dodson-Jauncey, guides viewers through the video, outlining the importance and benefits of an Advance Care Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the importance of kinship, country, passing on culture to future generations and to keep families strong.  He provides health professionals with key insights and guidance so that they can ask the essential questions, and involve the essential people, to enable culturally safe care and support to be delivered under the plan.

Filmed in a remote Aboriginal community on Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia, local Health Centre professionals have had success by working respectfully with the local Anindilyakwa people.   This film highlights how empowering a community to express their end-of-life wishes by outlining the various aspects of an Advance Care Plan in a culturally safe and appropriate way has enabled the community to see the benefits of planning for its people and for open discussion to occur. With the endorsement of Elders, many community members have completed an individual Advance Care Plan.  On Groote Eylandt an Advance Care Plan is called a ‘jura’. 

Some key learnings for Health Care Professionals, in this video, include:  

  • Ensuring clear communication with supporting explanation 
  • Clear differentiation of choices using different scenarios 
  • Active use of interpreters to support families 
  • Ensuring correct family members are informed of end-life-wishes 
  • Allowing for and supporting changes and flexibility 
  • Ensuring the right people have copies of the Advance Care Plan 

 Additionally, acting as a companion video to support community uptake of Advance Care Planning, “Finishing Up – Advance Care Plans on Groote Eylandt” offers additional learnings for communities, and can be found here.  It focuses on the people’s journey to understanding the importance of making Advance Care Plans about their ‘final days’ with health staff, family and friends. The Elders of Groote Eylandt created a ground swell to ensure that its people are engaged in the advance care planning process after seeing traditional decision making had not disconnected from care and bereavement ceremony, and a number of community members leaving country for treatments without appropriate cultural supports or connection back to country. 

AusCAPPS – an online community of practice designed to connect you with peers and access expert knowledge and information
Are you a nurse practitioner wanting to improve women’s access to long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and early medical abortion (EMA) in primary care?
Join AusCAPPS to support you in LARC and EMA provision through evidence-based guidance, expert support and peer-to-peer engagement.
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Ongoing Opportunities 

These events are shared for your information and are not endorsed by the ACNP.

Services Australia has made improvements to their website, so it’s easier for you to find the information you need. It covers all Services Australia health programs and includes:

• infographics

• eLearning

• simulations.  

Download the flyer  - New Health Professional Education Resources Website

Free training and supervision to help you upskill in the area of eating disorders

The National Eating Disorders Collaboration, through funding from the Australian Government Department of health, are currently providing professional development packages of free training and supervision. The PD Packages are designed to support both mental health professionals and dietitians to upskill in this area and to meet the training and supervision requirements of the ANZAED Eating Disorder Credential (the Credential). Practitioners working in primary care or general settings with experience in mental health can also access these packages.


Nurse Practitioners are a crucial part of the mental health workforce, and the PD Packages can support you to access the training and supervision that is required for you to feel knowledgeable, skilled, and confident to support and provide treatment for people experiencing an eating disorder. The PD Packages aim to support clinicians to complete training and supervision designed to suit their individual professional and clinical needs. Clinicians can choose training in one of several different evidencebased treatment models depending on their workplace setting and the diagnostic presentations that they currently work with. All nurse practitioners are eligible for a PD Package regardless of where you work, where you live, and the population/s you work with, and we encourage you to apply - https://connected.anzaed.org.au/pdpackages/.

What are the types of Packages being offered?
Clinicians are awarded one of two types of PD Packages:

  • PACKAGE 1: Clinicians new to providing treatment for people living with an eating disorder
  • PACKAGE 2: Clinicians with some experience in providing treatment for people living with an eating disorder

Read full details on the PDF Credential Professional Development Packages

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Rethink Obesity® 4Forums on-demand

In Australia, there is a 9-year delay in weight management conversation between people living with obesity and health care professionals (HCPs). Obesity rates are growing and people living with obesity are not getting optimal access to care. General Practitioners (GPs) and nurse practitioners play a critical role in obesity management, yet less than 1% of GP consultations are focused on weight management, as obesity management is considered complex and time consuming. Rethink Obesity 4Forums aims at making obesity management simple and breaking down the weight management consultation. Participants will be able to learn from renowned obesity experts across 4 online forums, each focusing on a different topic related to obesity management and highlighting 4 key practical points to be implemented in practice. 

Rethink Obesity® 4Forums is developed by an independent steering committee of obesity experts. Topics are selected to be relevant to obesity management specifically in primary care practice: Forum 1 - Four key considerations about obesity and adolescent health Forum 2 - Four practical points to optimise weight loss in culturally and linguistically diverse communities Forum 3 – Four aspects of the weight loss journey from the male patient perspective Forum 4 – Forty minutes to get your key questions addressed by the experts

  • Are the planned educational strategies based on adult learning principles?: Rethink Obesity 4Forums is developed and delivered in a way that is aligned with adult learning principles.
  •  A series of four practically relevant educational ‘forums’ that follow key aspects in the ‘journey of obesity management’, primarily relevant to primary care
  • Each forum to focus on four essential key points only to ensure learnings are focussed, easily understood and remembered • Each forum is 40 minutes long (25 minutes of panel discussion + 15 minutes Q&A)
  • Each forum is developed by an independent steering committee and hosted by 2 obesity experts (different for each forum) to ensure content is relevant to the audience
  • Each forum facilitated by an external expert with experience in hosting educational events (non-HCP, health journalist)
  • Attendees can watch the forum live or view ‘on-demand’ in their own time after the event • Attendees can provide feedback on their learning after each forum

How does the application show that some impact evaluation is planned? A mandatory evaluation survey will be provided after each forum to assess learning outcomes. Evaluation will include speakers, content, and meeting of learning objectives

Does the educational activity offer knowledge and skills at the level of a NP?: Yes. The series is specifically developed for primary care. GPs and practice nurses play a crucial role in obesity and weight management and the series aims at breaking down the weight management consultation and provides practical tips and skills useful to make obesity management simple and effective.

There are 3 series of 4 episodes each available on-demand:

Series 1: Four key considerations when starting a conversation about obesity (on24.com)

Series 2: Four steps to optimise weight loss maintenance (on24.com)

Series 3: Four key considerations about obesity and adolescent health (on24.com)

 

FREE CPD PROGRAMME NOW OPEN

As an Australian Registered Nurse registered with AHPRA, you are being invited to take part in a free online CPD programme which aims to help to improve the healthcare outcomes for people with Intellectual Disability (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

To find out more, and start your learning journey click here.

About the free CPD programme:

The learning site is separated into different learning levels and covers six domains (modules) of content including relevant to caring for people with ID and/or ASD: care imperatives; communication to individuals with ASD and/or ID; understanding communication from individuals with ASD and/or ID; environments of care; supporting positive behaviour; making things go well; and introduction to the NDIS

  • Foundational: A depository of foundational learning content (tiles, explainers, and videos) under the six domains that you may have previously viewed through membership of your professional nursing body is available online. You can take part in a short quiz to claim 1 hour for this level of CPD.
  • Intermediate: This content involves blocks of learning and a variety of information, videos, vignettes, interviews, activities, and further reading under the six domains. Following completion of the six intermediate modules, you can take part in a short quiz to claim 4 hours for this level of CPD.
  • Advanced: The advanced level will build upon your learnings in foundational and intermediate. You will have opportunities to take part in synchronous online learning sessions with experts in the area. This level also includes activities, videos, information, and further readings. You will also have an option to undertake an assessment and reflective essay. 
  • Completion of the learning material at the foundational, intermediate, and advanced levels and satisfactory completion of the optional assessment will be deemed to be equivalent to one unit of AQF level 8 postgraduate study. This can be presented to universities to consider for advanced standing.

Any Questions?

If you have any queries about the learning site and CPD programme, please contact Senior Project Officer, Amy Pracilio at Southern Cross University amy.pracilio@scu.edu.au.

Research associated with this learning site has been approved by Human Research Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University. The approval number is 2021/046.

If you have concerns about the ethical conduct of this research or the researchers, write to the following:

The Ethics Complaints Officer

Southern Cross University

PO Box 157

Lismore NSW 2480

Email:  ethics.lismore@scu.edu.au

All information is confidential and will be handled as soon as possible.

The National Eating Disorder Collaboration (NEDC) have developed comprehensive foundational eating disorder training designed specifically for GPs. While the training has been developed for GPs, it is also applicable to other medical and health professionals including nurse practitioners, especially those working in general practice and community-based services.

The training provides key information needed to provide best practice care for patients with eating disorders. This includes the knowledge and skills needed to understand, identify and assess eating disorders, provide medical treatment, work within a multidisciplinary care team, understand the stepped system of care, manage MBS items, and provide ongoing recovery support. This four-hour, self-paced and interactive online training includes practical real-life scenarios and activities, videos from leaders in the field and people with leaved experience of an eating disorder, up to date resources and a formal assessment.

Eating Disorder Core Skills: eLearning for GPs is available free of charge to all NEDC members (membership with NEDC is free).

Access it here – www.nedc.com.au

https://nedc.com.au/professional-development/elearning/eating-disorder-core-skills-elearning-for-gps/

What You Will Learn

This Safe Swallowing Dysphagia Education and IDDSI Management Program aims to make your care of ageing residents, friends or relatives and their lives, safer and easier. Relax knowing you have the latest education. 
Warning: Your residents may be in danger every meal time…here’s the quickest and easiest way to ensure you, as a carer or Aged Care staff member know the warning signs of swallowing difficulties, and what to do about them…
Breaking SAFETY NEWS: 1/3 Of Residents In Aged Care Suffer Swallowing Difficulties…
What Will You Do If One Of Your 
On average humans swallow 900 times per day… anyone of those could mean trouble if they have swallowing difficulties. 
Are you or your nursing staff properly prepared to deal with it?
Subject: Here is the blunt truth about Safe Swallowing Dysphagia Education and Management …and one remarkable online education program you can access right now at https://www.safeswallowing.com.au/

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Ausmed Education is calling for expressions of interest from Nurse Practitioners to provide high-quality educational sessions at our Australiawide conferences and seminars.  Presenting to groups of nurses, midwives and other health professionals, ranging in size from 15 to 200 on a range of topics, our educators enjoy the support of a respected and well-known company, dedicated to producing professional, engaging and effective educational experiences.  Dowload the flyer "Ongoing opportunities Ausmed 'Call for Speakers'" for all the details.

AANP CE

AANP has quite a few CE programs offered through the AANP CE Center, and quite a few of those programs are actually free to members and non-members. Especially our grant-funded projects. Any education activity we build that is grant funded we do not charge anything for. 

The PDF How to Create a Non-Member Account for Free CE is for all ACNP member.  

The document outlines some basic steps in how to create a FREE non-member account with AANP so that access can be gained to take free CE Activities in the CE Center and how to get started taking their first CE activity. Feel free to share this with anyone that would like to sign up for the Obesity Management activity or any of our other 50+ free CE activities. We have free CE activities in a wide variety of different topics! 

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In 2013, we launched a free online palliative care training program, funded by the Australian Government, which was developed to improve access to best practice palliative care training and to improve the quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness, as well as for their families and careers. If you are interested in using this free online training program, members are asked to create individual accounts by visiting www.pallcaretraining.com.au and registering a new account.  Each participant will receive a certificate of completion upon conclusion. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries by emailing admin@ahha.asn.au or calling 02 6162 0780.

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC)

A free national training program for nurses, medical practitioners, medical students, and allied health professionals. We are delighted to advise that 10 new and updated online modules for all nurses (nurse practitioners, registered nurses and enrolled nurses) are now available.

Distinguished Professor Patsy Yates is part of the academic team that has developed this course, with Professors Ben White and Lindy Willmott, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT. 

About the training

The course can be accessed for free at: https://palliativecareeducation.com.au/course/index.php?categoryid=5 . The course aims to improve nurses’ knowledge and awareness of end of life law; prepare them to apply the law in practice; assist them to manage legal issues; and support their delivery of quality end of life care. Certificates of completion are available.

Each module is 30-60 minutes in duration, and covers key areas of end of life law including capacity and consent to medical treatment, withholding and withdrawing treatment, Advance Care Directives, substitute decision-making, providing pain relief, futile or non-beneficial treatment and emergency treatment. The modules contain interactive exercises, legal cases, self-assessment quizzes, vignettes of clinicians, and further readings to promote reflective learning. I attach a training curriculum overview for further course information.

BETTER PAIN MANAGEMENT E-LEARNING

Get ready to help provide safer pain management options and support

All modules are self-paced and each one takes around 1 hour to complete. Certificates of completion can be automatically downloaded, and may be used for CPD application.
This Better Pain Management eLearning package is free for Australian residents.
Alternatively, email fpm@betterpainmanagement.com.au or telephone (03) 9093 4930.