Below we list events that may be of interest to our members:


  • Monday, June 18, 2018 at 08:30 AM through June 19, 2018
    Mercure Hotel Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia

    Linking Diet and Disease Conference


    It’s easy to list foods in our diet and say whether they’re good for us or not, right? But – is it true? Is good or not true for all of us? And in what context, specifically? And, most importantly – WHY? As a population, we need to ask; how exactly is diet linked to disease? The growing relationship between chronic illness and food means that, increasingly, nurses are required to know how and why a person’s health needs to change. Modern thinking now suggests that striving to improve health is no longer as simple as “input versus output”. Attend this conference to learn how diet and disease are actually linked. Find out how you can realistically enable your patients to improve their health. Discover:

    • Why everything we put in our mouths is within our control
    • The brain’s response to an “obesogenic” environment
    • How the gut microbiome is connected to health
    • How successful medicines are for weight loss
    • Getting “buy-in” from patients who resist change and much, much more…

    Need for Program

    The established connections between chronic illness and food mean that, increasingly, nurses are required to explain why and engage with patients to meaningfully improve their health. This ability to recognise and act on clinical indicators of impaired health as a result of diet is becoming a key feature of modern nursing. Nurses growingly need to demonstrate nutritional literacy so as to assist a person to improve their health outcomes, and importantly, prevent and, in some cases, treat their disease. As people, often with the same questions and struggles as their patients, there’s a timely need to empower nurses to help themselves, in order to help others.

    Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this conference is to examine the link between diet and disease and integrate this knowledge into nursing practice so as to improve health outcomes for patients.

    More information can be found on Ausmed's Website

  • Monday, June 18, 2018 at 09:30 AM
    Karstens in Brisbane, Australia

    Eating Disorders Essentials

    Our 5-Day course provides a solid foundation to enable you to successfully recognise and treat a range of eating disorders. This comprehensive eating disorders course is in line with the latest thinking from a range of psychological approaches. You will learn practical and effective skills that will enable you to engage with clients and offer them constructive help to recover from their eating disorder. You may also contribute your own expertise as this course provides opportunities to share experience and make discoveries.


    The Eating Disorder Essentials training course is suitable for anyone who is likely to encounter eating disorders in their work. This might include counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, life coaches, doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.

    You will learn:

    • How to distinguish an eating disorder from disordered eating
    • To understand and motivate people with eating disorders
    • How to assess and conceptualise each disorder
    • How to build a comprehensive treatment plan
    • Prioritising treatment strategies for over and under eaters
    • How to encourage and sustain change
    • The effects of dietary chaos on mood and physiology
    • Micro skills from traditional and newer therapies
    • How to deal with emotional eating and cravings
    • How to manage resistance and relapse
    • Body image, media and historical influences
    • How eating disorders affect men

    After the course

    Health professionals who complete the 5-Day course eating disorder training course can become an ACFED approved eating disorder practitioner.
    You can choose to be included on our database and receive referrals via our website.
    Your work in the field of eating disorders will be in demand, and may increase your profitability if you are in private practice and/or may increase your future employment prospects.
    ACFED approved practitioners will be able to use our logo to promote their skills, and they will receive referrals, regular network newsletters and offers.
    This course can also be taken in addition to our 3-Day Comprehensive Non-Diet Approach for Clients with Weight Concerns course and our 3-Day Practical Skills for Eating Disorders to elevate you to Silver or Gold ACFED Approved Practitioner status.


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  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Rydges Fortitude Valley in Fortitude Valley, Australia

    HIV PrEP Update for GPs and Practice Nurses

    A landmark in HIV prevention drugs, PrEP (tenofovir with emtricitabine) is now approved for use on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, thereby providing broader access for any doctor, general practitioner, and endorsed nurse practitioner to be able to prescribe PrEP to an eligible Australian resident who holds a current Medicare card

    This training will provide GPs, Nurses, and Health Professionals working in primary care an update on strategies available for the prevention of HIV transmission, focusing on prevention particularly pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

    At the end of this update, participants will be able to:

    • Identify priority populations for testing
    • Understand HIV epidemiology
    • Understand what Anti-Retroviral Therapy is and how to access it
    • Comprehend PrEP safety efficacy and usage data
    • Understand effectiveness of PrEP
    • Understand difference HIV prevention strategies including PrEP and PostExposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
    • Explain to patients what PrEP/PEP is and how to access it
    • Implement a rage of HIV Prevention Strategies


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  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Tranquil Park Maleny in Maleny, Australia

    Maleny and Hinterland GP Network Dinner

    Maleny GP Network Coordinator Dr Michael Simpson invites you:

    Local Maleny & Hinterland GP community networking for peer-to-peer education.

    Speaker: Dr Nigel Sommerfield

    Topic: Lung Nodules and Screening

    Dinner will be provided

    Please register your interest to ensure a spot. We look for to seeing you there!


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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 08:30 AM through June 23, 2018

    21st Cancer Nurses Society of Australia 21st Annual Congress

    The program will commence on Thursday 21 June 2018, with a series of Pre-Congress Symposia, followed by a two day Congress program, featuring plenary and concurrent sessions, which will conclude at 3pm on Saturday 23 June 2018.

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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 08:30 AM through June 22, 2018
    Mercure Hotel Brisbane in Brisbane, Australia

    Cannabis - Weeding Out the Facts Conference


    Cannabis aka marijuana, weed, grass, ganja, hemp, etc. is a hot topic in today’s healthcare environment due to recent changes in legislation. These changes affect nurses, midwives, and other health professionals. Attend this conference to find out more and separate the myths from the facts. It includes:

    • What is the difference between medicinal and illicit cannabis?
    • How does cannabis affect a person’s body and brain?
    • Cannabinoids, cannabidiol and tetra-hydro cannabinol - what’s the difference?
    • What is its therapeutic uses?
    • Is it addictive?
    • Who can legally access medicinal cannabis?
    • What are the legal, ethical, and clinical considerations for health professionals?
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    Need for Program

    Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a contentious topic. Although it is the most widely used illicit drug in Australia, it is known to have therapeutic indications for use in specific health circumstances. For this reason, medicinal cannabis is now legislated for use in certain jurisdictions. However, knowledge of the effects of marijuana on the body and brain remains somewhat elusive. Understanding the effects of this substance as a street drug compared with its medicinal properties as a therapy is important and timely for nurses, midwives, and other health professionals.

    Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this program is to explore the mechanism through which marijuana affects people, and to understand its use in modern society and how this affects the provision of patient care.


    More Info on Ausmed's website

  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 08:30 AM through June 22, 2018
    Hotel Ibis Brisbane, 27 - 35 Turbot Street

    Law: Nursing Practice and Accountability Seminar

    A Two-day Seminar: Duty of Care; Social Media Use and Misuse; Failure to Use Evidence: Onus of Responsibility for Clinical Decisions; Professional Boundaries: Medicines and Safety; Legal Case Studies, etc.


    Safe and accountable practice requires all nurses need to be mindful of and understand the implications of their legal responsibilities. Attend this two-day seminar and find out about:

    • How does modern law affect your practice?
    • What are the legal implications of not using best available evidence in your practice?
    • How the law interprets Codes of Practice and Standards
    • How are unsafe medicine practices viewed by the law?
    • Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter: What is acceptable on social media?
    • Who is responsible for your CPD?
    • Mandatory reporting - your legal responsibility

    Don’t miss this opportunity to gain important knowledge. Book now!

    Need for Program

    There are potential risks manifest in all areas of nursing care. Nurses have a legal and ethical duty surrounding and encompassing all that they do. Ignorance of this is not a defence. Despite this, every year nurses are involved in cases that invariably include a failure of duty of care at some level. There is a need for forums that enable nurses to debate and consider the implications of their legal responsibilities.

    Purpose of Program

    The purpose of this seminar is to offer nurses a forum to debate and enhance their knowledge of modern law as it affects their practice.

    Your Learning Outcomes

    • Build knowledge on the accountability and the legal framework which applies to the provision of safe health care and patient outcomes
    • Analyse nursing practice events within a legal context and consider how negative outcomes are prevented
    • Identify professional nursing legal responsibilities that guide best-practice patient care

    More Information can be found on Ausmed's Website


  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 09:30 AM through June 23, 2018
    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane , Australia

    2018 Cancer Nurses Society 21st Annual Congress

    The Cancer Nurses Society of Australia (CNSA) is the peak cancer nursing body in Australia, committed to achieving and promoting excellence in cancer care through the professional contribution of nurses. The Society is dedicated to leadership in patient care, research, and education in cancer nursing.

    The 21st CNSA Annual Congress will be held in Brisbane from the 21st – 23rd June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The theme for 2018 is Science, Symptoms and Service Delivery. The program is reflective of our broad member base of over 1300 Cancer Nurses from across the country.

    International and local cancer experts will share the latest updates on research and clinical practice. The program will offer something for all nurses from novice to expert who represent a range of different health care services.

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  • Friday, June 22, 2018 at 08:30 AM through June 23, 2018
    Rydges Fortitude Valley in Bowen Hills, Australia

    Hepatitis C Nursing: Introductory and Advanced Management and Care

    Course Summary


    ASHM invites all nurses working in hepatitis C to register for the two-day comprehensive ASHM Hepatitis C Nursing Management and Treatment education program, developed in partnership with the Australasian Hepatology Association (AHA).

    Event Description

    In 2016 there were 199,412 people living with Hep C in Australia. New Hep C treatments are available offering cure rates greater than 90%. Without appropriate monitoring and treatment, damage to the liver can lead to mild, moderate or severe liver disease and, in some cases, liver cancer and liver failure.

    Registrants can attend 1 day or 2 days of the course depending on their needs.

    Option 1 – attend just day 1: HCV introductory nursing course

    Option 2 – attend both day 1: HCV introductory nursing course, and day 2: HCV advanced nursing course

    Day 1 will introduce nurses to the epidemiology of hepatitis c and their role in screening, assessment as well as models of care for people living with hepatitis C

    Day 2 will explore advanced concepts of hepatitis C care and management, including advanced liver disease and diagnosis, management and monitoring of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Learning objectives are based on the AHA Practice Standards for the Hepatology Nurse (2015) and the AHA Consensus-based Nursing Guidelines (2012). The course is also endorsed by the Australian Liver Association (ALA).

    This course is targeted at primary health care nurses who are caring for patients with, or at risk of, chronic hepatitis C. This includes nurses caring for anyone from high prevalence areas (Asia/Pacific or Sub-Saharan Africa), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people engaging in high-risk activities (e.g. injecting drugs, men who have sex with men).

    Conditions of registration:

    Registration Cancellations:

    Registration cancellations and amendments must be notified in writing to ASHM. Cancellations received before 15 June 2018 will not incur a cancellation fee. Cancellations received in writing after 15 June 2018 will incur a $70 per day cancellation fee. This fee may be waived in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of ASHM.


    As an alternative to cancellation, your registration may be transferred to another person without incurring any penalty. ASHM must be advised of the transfer in writing. Please email the name, position, phone and email address of the new delegate to


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  • Friday, June 22, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    Saxons Training Facility in Brisbane, Australia

    Untangling Depression: Practical Strategies for cases that challenge us

    Untangling Depression: Practical strategies for cases that challenge us

    Duration: 6-hours Plus morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

    Program Outline

    A clinically relevant program designed to help you manage chronic and relapsing cases of depression effectively in a climate of reduced funding and limited sessions.

    Based on our latest understanding of how depression develops and presents, the program provides a practical framework and evidence-based strategies to manage complex presentations of depression that require more than routine treatment. Knowing what to assess for, how to build a team approach and address treatment barriers will benefit both patients and clinicians by improving treatment response, and helping to ease strain, and ethical and practice dilemmas often faced by clinicians.

    In this highly interactive course, clinicians will have the opportunity to work on real case studies, reflect on their own experiences, and learn from peers. The program has been developed based on extensive consultation with Mental Health professionals to identify the issues and solutions for dealing with complex presentations of depression. It is run by highly experienced clinicians with advanced group facilitation skills.


    • 6 Hours CPD (psychologists)
    • 6 Hours OPD (counsellors)
    • AASW Endorsed CPD

    Suitable for: Counsellors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Youth Workers

    Topics Covered

    Topic 1: Current Status

    Topic 2: Current Conceptualisations

    Topic 3: Assessment Guidlines

    Topic 4: Treatment Planning

    Topic 5: Psychological Treatment

    Topic 6: Therapist Self Care

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify practical strategies to manage chronic and relapsing depression with limited resources
    • Undertake assessments in complex presentations of depression to overcome barriers and achieve optimal relapse management
    • Develop realistic, priority driven treatment plans that target shared driving factors
    • Foster a multidisciplinary team approach to treatment planning
    • Reduce strain, address ethical dilemmas and prioritise therapist self-care for career longevity
    • Work effectively within the current mental health funding programs
    • Address clinical issues relevant to depression as a chronic disease

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