Chronic disease management and healthy ageing workshops

Register online for all workshops here! 

APNA Contemporary Chronic Disease Management workshops are designed for nurses in all primary health care settings, including nurses in General Practice, Aged Care and Community Health settings. 

April 28 and 29 - Katoomba, NSW - see workshop flyer and registration form.

May 12 and 13 - Penrith, NSW - see workshop flyer and registration form.

May 19 and 20 - Altona, VIC - see workshop flyer and pdf registration form.

June 8 and 15 - Nunawading, VIC - flyer to come

June 9 and 10 - Darwin, NT- see workshop flyer and pdf registration form.

June 23 and 24 - Canberra, ACT- see workshop flyer and pdf registration form.

August 4 and 5 - Alice Springs, NT- see workshop flyer and pdf registration form.

August 18 and 19 - Launceston, NSW - see workshop flyer and pdf registration form below.

The workshops include sessions as below:

  Kim Poyner, RN, Practice Nurse, Health Coach, APNA Best Practice Award in Chronic Disease Management Winner 2015

 In this session Kim shares her expertise using health coaching methodology in managing her own chronic disease patients in a primary health care setting. The  stages of change model is reviewed and we discuss ways of assessing readiness to change including identifying barriers and avoiding resistance to change.

  Spirometry: Understanding, interpreting and recognising abnormalities
  James Brinton, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant Surgery, Grad Cert Crit Care (Emergency)

 If you’ve ever battled interpreting ECGs this session will break it down into clear (never boring) information that you can take back to your workplace. The        session covers basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system before moving on to discussion of how to read an ECG and identify common indicators of cardiac problems. There is a live ECG demonstration as part of the session.

 Mental illness and ageing: Challenges for the primary health care worker
 Joe Fishburn, RN, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist Crisis Assessment and Treatment

In this session Joe adopts a biopsychosocial model to examine the complexity of issues impacting on the mental health of older Australians. He shares stories  from his work as a mental health nurse and discusses strategies and tools for assessing mental health and improving mental and physical health outcomes.

 Wound management
 Cheryl Frank, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant Wound Management

 Cheryl outlines the principles of wound management in this session, including the physiology of healing, wound classification and how to identify risk factors  that may delay wound healing. She discusses wound assessment and approaches to effective management of skin tears, burns and lower leg ulceration.

Here are a few quotes from our attendees this year:
‘Wonderful engaging speaker! After 20 years of education and struggling to understand ECGs, 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’

$220 inc. GST for the two day workshop.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Stewart on (03) 9669 7400 or

These workshops have received financial contribution by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Nursing in Primary Health Care (NiPHC) Program 2015-2018.