Concurrent Sessions

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which concurrent workshop to get along to

Whether it advances your clinical practice or how your career develops, the topics have been tailored to meet the learning needs of nurses.

Concurrent sessions

How do you manage the real challenges of designing a nurse clinic? In teams, plan and develop a nurse clinic, whilst overcoming the barriers to success….what can you achieve in 90 minutes?

A session for nurses wanting to expand their scope of practice to better manage new mothers that are breastfeeding, including covering the National Breastfeeding Strategy and women’s health issues around the time of pregnancy and early motherhood.

Hear from peak bodies and pose questions on the latest guidelines in best practice:

  • Dr John Litt on Implementing Preventive Care in General Practice : the RACGP’s Green Book
  • Breonny Robson, National Education Manager at Kidney Health Australia, to speak on 4th edition of the handbook Chronic Kidney Disease Management in General Practice
  • Marg Gordon, Asthma and Respiratory Educator at the National Asthma Council of Australia, on updates to the Australian Asthma Handbook
  • Natalie Raffoul, Manager Risk Reduction, the Heart Foundation on the latest best practice cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management
  • Simon von Saldern from Healthy Male (formerly Andrology Australia) on the National Men’s Health Strategy 2020-2030

General Practitioners (GP) and Practice Nurses (PN) must be alert to the presence of a dementia as it impacts on all chronic disease management (CDM). Effective dementia care requires collaboration between GPs and PNs and other members of the primary care team, however the PN is well-positioned to take a central role in identifying cognitive impairment and providing appropriate chronic disease management care planning in primary care. Nurses are the most trusted health professional with the PN often having a relationship that extends over many years with the patient and is usually responsible for the development of CDM plans. By increasing confidence to talk about cognition and the knowledge and skills to identify CI and its impact on an individual’s health self-management, the PN can play a vital role in improving dementia care in primary care. The PN can potentially increase identification of CI in the patient group with existing chronic disease, normalise the conversation about cognition and develop individualised chronic disease management in the context of the individual’s cognitive status supporting self-management.  The Dementia Pathways Tool, an online resource, has been developed to help GPs and PNs to deliver best-practice dementia care and cognitively aware chronic disease management.

This session will be delivered by Ms Caroline Gibson, RN, Complex Community Care Programs, Ballarat Health Services and PhD Candidate, School of Medicine and Health, University of Newcastle.

The overall aim of the workshop is to increase participant knowledge, confidence and skills in nursing people with mental illness in primary health settings. The focus of the workshop is on strengthening participant knowledge of current evidence related to the prevalence and impacts of mental illness in Australia, and contemporary approaches to communication, assessment and care for people with mental illness.

Learning Objectives

1. Mental health in primary health
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Identify the prevalence and impacts of mental illness in Australia
-Describe the range of mental health conditions managed in primary health
-Discuss the relationship between physical and mental health conditions

2. Communication  
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Explain the relationship between communication and safe and quality mental health assessment and care
-Discuss approaches to communication with people with mental illness that promote engagement and recovery

3. Assessment and care planning
Following this session participants should be able to:
-Define formal and informal mental health assessment
-Identify the main assessment domains
-Explain risk assessment in mental health
-Discuss collaborative care planning
-Outline the information requirements for documenting an assessment   

And leading this important session will be Dr Natisha Sands, a mental health nurse with a strong commitment to improving the quality and safety of mental health care in primary and acute care settings. Natisha has led a sustained program of research and education in mental health triage that has influenced policy and practice at the local, national and international level. A focus of Natisha’s recent work has been developing mental health curricular to support online learning for nurses working in primary health settings.

Australia’s health system is facing workforce shortages, shifts in the burden of disease and a growing, ageing population. To sustainably manage Australia’s health, a strong preventative health focus is required. Primary health care nurses are ideally placed to play a fundamental role in addressing the current and future health needs of Australians. However, they often find their roles constrained by funding models that restrict nursing input, and face limited understanding among other health care professionals, patients and policy-makers about their true capacity and professional scope. In this 90 minutes session, we will start with a briefing from Katharine Silk of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association about their vision for a healthy Australia, supported by the best possible healthcare system.  APNA will then lead a discussion about its vision for primary health care nurses – APNA Nurse 2022 – and how to get there. We will look at both the system level changes that are required to bring about Nurse 2022, as well as at some of the activities that individual nurses can consider to become Nurse 2022.

While vaccination coverage in Australian children is over 90%, why is the adult vaccine uptake rate as low as 51% for many funded vaccines? 
Research indicates that vaccine recommendation from a healthcare professional is the most important factor influencing uptake in older Australians.2  Therefore a need exists to support practice nurses with information and resources to enable you to implement proactive immunisation programs and optimise adult vaccination rates. This workshop will focus on how practice nurses can help their vulnerable older Australian adult patients protect themselves with tips, tricks and tools to improve access, coverage and/or timely delivery of vaccinations in your clinics.

Dr John Litt and Angela Newbound will run this session.

Dr John Litt has been the Associate Professor in the Discipline of General Practice at Flinders University. He is also a public health physician.  His teaching activities focussed on coordinating the teaching of general practice and arranging placement for medical students in the Flinders University Medical Course.
His major clinical and research interests are in prevention and its implementation. He has over 100 refereed publications (journal articles, book and book chapters) including co authorship of the Australian General Practice Smoking Cessation Guidelines and its updates and the RACGP prevention guidelines.
He has been a member of several national committees, consortia, and Scientific Advisory Committees including NHMRC, Cancer Australia, National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance and Freemasons Centre for Men’s health.
He has been the leading driver of the RACGP green book, Putting Prevention into Practice and evidence-based review of effective implementation strategies for prevention activities in the GP setting. The latest (3rd) edition was released in 2018.

Angela Newbound is an Immunisation Education Consultant and the Coordinator of the SA PHN Immunisation Hub based at the Adelaide PHN. She has been involved in immunisation program delivery in South Australia for many years as a provider of childhood, school based and workplace influenza programs and in program coordinator roles within the Divisions of General Practice, SA Health Immunisation Section and the Medicare Local Network. Angela delivers immunisation support and education to a wide range of health providers across South Australia and has contributed to the development of immunisation resources to assist providers with challenging aspects of the immunisation program. Angela is passionate about the benefits of immunisation on public health, is co-convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia Immunisation Special Interest Group and has provided clinical guidance throughout the development of the PneumoSmart Vaccination tool.

1. National Centre for Immunisation research and Surveillance. Adult Vaccination – fact sheet. Available at: [Accessed December 2017].   2. Menzies RI, Leask J, Royale J et al. Vaccine myopia: adult vaccination also needs attention. MJA 2017; doi:10.5694/mja16.00811.

Join young nurse leader Robbie Bedbrook in this important session for nurses.

Nurses experience workplace stress and burnout at a much higher rate than most other people and professions; primary health care nurses are no exception! This session will offer an in depth overview on burnout, workplace stress and self-care, but more importantly will provide tools and workshop strategies to prevent and conquer burnout! As Nurse Robbie says, "There is no healthcare without self-care!".

Robbie Bedbrook is a Registered Nurse with a passion for health promotion, social justice and primary health care. Robbie works predominantly in Primary Health Care (PHC) with a focus on sexual health, mental health and managing chronic illness. In 2016 he founded the online video channel 'Hot on Health', in 2017 was named a finalist for APNA's Recently Graduated Nurse of the Year and since then also works as a presenter and consultant for various public and private organisations with his brand 'Nurse Robbie'. Robbie is also the current Curator of the Sydney Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where he advocates for greater nursing representation on a global level. 

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the first publicly funded initiative for influenza vaccines in adults aged ≥65 years. Two decades on, Australia now has a world-class influenza vaccination policy and practice. Following the horror season in 2017, two new influenza vaccines (high dose or adjuvanted formulation) were introduced for older adults in 2018. In addition, all states and territories now provide free influenza vaccines to children aged 6 months to 4 years. However, the jigsaw of influenza vaccinations is not yet complete. This presentation aims to discuss some of the missing pieces for influenza and influenza vaccines in older adults, young children and other key groups.

Angela Newbound's immunisation program support journey began over 19 years ago. During this time, she has worked within the Divisions of General Practice network, the SA Health Immunisation Section, the Medicare Local Network, Primary Health Network and her own Immunisation Education Consultancy. Angela has delivered childhood, school program and workplace vaccinations for a range of Adelaide metropolitan councils and continues to provide immunisation information sessions to community groups, clinical support to immunisation providers and immunisation education to a wide range of health professionals across South Australia.
Angela delivers clinical competency training workshops to Pharmacists planning to deliver influenza vaccination clinics and introduces the immunisation program to Medical students at Flinders University.
Angela has a keen interest in the benefits of immunisation to public health and is a Co-Convenor of the Public Health Association of Australia Immunisation Special Interest Group.

Claire Wilson, Medical Science Liaison, Sanofi Pasteur, is an established Biomedical Scientist whose former research career spanning > 12 years focused on understanding molecular pathways in human ageing, cancer and metabolism. She obtained her PhD from Flinders University, South Australia and holds a Bachelor of Science Honours (First Class) and Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology.  She has authored > 20 publications, and presented her research findings at many national and international meetings. She has also worked as a research assistant and held numerous Teaching Associate positions at tertiary level.
In 2018 Claire entered the Pharma industry as Medical Science Liaison with Sanofi Pasteur to utilise her scientific knowledge, teaching skills and expertise obtained in academia to help make a direct impact on human health and to help save lives through vaccines. She is thoroughly enjoying learning and educating others about infectious diseases, vaccines and immunisation policy.

This session will cover

  • Update on the changes to the NDSS Schedule. Understanding which strip will continue to be subsidized for NDSS registrants and for which type of diabetes.
  • The importance of accuracy in blood glucose monitoring. Reviewing the current International Standards and Independent studies. Why is accuracy important and be aware that not all BGM’s are the same.
  • Technology Update and practical session. Being aware of the different systems available. SMBG, CGM, Insulin Pumps. What are they, what do they do, etc? 

Jayne Lehmann is a Registered Nurse Credentialled Diabetes Educator and popular presenter. Jayne draws from a broad base of skills as an author, blogger, clinician, educator, influencer, innovator, mentor and researcher. Her work with people with diabetes and intellectual disability over the past 8 years has resulted in the introduction of new services, strategies, resources and education programs for people with Intellectual disability and their support workers across Australia.  She was the 2017 CDE of the Year in SA and awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association in 2018 for her outstanding and innovative contribution in the diabetes and disability sectors.

Kirrily Chambers is the first pharmacist to qualify as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator in 2009. She was awarded the Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year award in 2016 by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association. Last year, she was named Innovative Pharmacist of the year for her pioneering work as the first credentialed diabetes educator pharmacist in Australia. She is currently a guest lecturer for the University of South Australia for diabetes management, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring, insulin initiation and titration, and diabetes education.

This session will provide an overview of the science behind the development of vaccines and vaccinology. It will highlight the impact of vaccination programs in controlling disease for Australians, specifically looking at Pertussis (Whooping Cough) disease, epidemiology, and programs in infants, children, adults and pregnant women. Attendees will build on their knowledge of the immune system, how vaccines work, pertussis disease and vaccinations for all Australians, and the practical tips and communication techniques to optimise conversations with parents and patients to assist them in making informed immunisation choices.

Dr Julianne Bayliss, PhD (Medicine), Senior Medical Science Liaison, has extensive experience in clinical microbiology and virology and has authored more than twenty publications detailing the epidemiology and pathology of infectious disease.

Prior to joining GSK, Julianne completed her training at Monash University. She then undertook clinical research into hepatitis B and HIV at the Alfred Hospital and Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne.

Julianne supports GSK’s paediatric and maternal vaccines portfolios.  She provides medical education and support to healthcare professionals on topics including pertussis, influenza, invasive meningococcal disease, MMRV, pneumococcal disease and rotavirus.  Julianne also provides local support to investigator sponsored research, focused on improving the quality use of vaccines.

Julianne has an interest in paediatric immunisation and long-term monitoring of the immune response following vaccination.

This is an opportunity for participants to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills required to be effective in having difficult conversations in today’s complex and sometimes pressured workplace. Upgrade your communication skills to better manage difficult situations and be able to have conversations that set you up for success.

Perhaps lifestyle management of a patient is posing problems? Or you believe your scope of practice could be better optimised? Or the dreaded remuneration review needs tackling? This session aims to provide you with a suite of strategies for facing these challenging conversations that are critical to your professional satisfaction and progression.

By attending this workshop you will:

  • Recognise why some communication is so difficult
  • Know the steps and skills to being a more effective and courageous communicator
  • Plan for better results in your communication with practical strategies that work!


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