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


  • Thursday, August 01, 2019 at 08:00 AM through August 02, 2019
    Mecure Hotel in Brisbane, Australia

    Nursing Care of Chronically Ill Cancer Patients Conference


    You came to hospital with weightloss and pain, and now you have cancer – what does this all mean? Holistic care is now more than ever a priority in the management of people with cancer. Attend this conference and learn about…

    • The patient’s story - how to get the full history quickly
    • Hair loss, limb loss, and altered bodies
    • Supporting wellbeing – nutrition during cancer therapy
    • When sepsis and cancer collide
    • Why cancer is sometimes associated with clots and much, much more…


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  • Thursday, August 01, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Brisbane North PHN North Lakes

    Dementia medication in primary care

    Hosted in collaboration with Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Dementia centre for Research Collaboration & QUT

    There is no cure for dementia, so the main goals of treatment are to maintain quality of life, maximise function in daily activities, and enhance recognition, mood and behaviour. There are different medications and treatment regimes for dementia, this workshop will provide you with knowledge about:

    • pharmacological management of dementia and responsive behaviours
    • side effects, prescribing cascade, polypharmacy and deprescribing.

    This workshop will attract 4 CPD point for doctors and 2 hours CPD for nurses (pending approval).

    Register for this event here. 

  • Saturday, August 03, 2019 at 08:00 AM

    Maternity Workshop

    A joint initiative between Metro North Hospital and Health Service and Brisbane North PHN

    The GP Alignment Program is an award-winning series of free workshops hosted by Women’s and Children’s Stream, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
    The six hours of education for the maternity program covers a number of important topics.

    Presenters/facilitators include staff specialists in obstetrics and gynaecology, general and obstetric physicians, neurologist, pathologist, psychiatrist, genetic counsellor, maternal fetal medicine specialist, pharmacists, physiotherapists, dieticians, social workers, lactation consultants, midwives, nurses and GPs.

    For more information view the flyer or please contact the Program Administrator via phone 07 3646 6852 or email

  • Saturday, August 03, 2019 at 08:30 AM
    General Practice Training Queensland in Stafford, Australia

    Assessment and management of low back pain


    Hosted by Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine

    A learning module for doctors wanting to boost their skills and confidence with patients disabled with low back pain - and the first of four modules for the Certificate in Musculoskeletal Medicine
    Learn how to:

    • Sharpen your diagnostic skills with more focused history taking
    • Refine your physical examination skills and make sense of your findings
    • Target and interpret lumbar spinal investigations.
    • Make a specific diagnosis leading to effective treatment
    • Do basic manual therapy and trigger point injections in your office
    • Prescribe appropriate exercises and medications

    The module comprises a pre-reading component of ~ 6 hours in preparation for a day-long workshop of interactive tutorials, hands-on physical examination and treatment techniques with feedback, case discussions and mini-lectures. It concludes with a brief multiple-choice question test and a reinforcing activity.

    Allocated 40 Category 1 points (Activity Number 162038) in the RACGP QI & CPD Program Application submitted to ACRRM for 30 PRPD Points for the 2017-2019 triennium awaiting approval.

    Click here for further details. 

  • Tuesday, August 06, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Mater Education

    Open Disclosure

    When things go wrong in the health care system, patients and families have the right to be informed. A health professional’s engagement with consumers at these difficult times will shape the experience, impact attitudes towards ongoing treatment options, and the consumer’s future engagement with clinicians and health services.

    Effective open disclosure conversations can assist health service organisations to manage adverse events compassionately for consumers and staff, as well as improving communication and organisational systems.

    It is widely acknowledged that these conversations can be difficult to have, but are integral in respecting consumers and delivering quality care.

    The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (2012) describes Open Disclosure as the transparent communication between clinicians and patients about incidents that have resulted in harm during their health care stay.


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  • Thursday, August 08, 2019 at 08:00 AM through August 09, 2019
    Brisbane (venue to be advised)

    Respiratory Failure Nursing Seminar

    If nursing skills used to care for patients with Respiratory Failure, asthma, COPD, and dyspnoea are part of your role, and you desire a better understanding or update on  lung sounds, auscultation,  respiratory assessment and ABG analysis is desired, then boy have we got a cracker of a course for you.

    This course focuses on refreshing nurses with fundamental physiology, of different systems, and how to perform specific focused assessments of patients with respiratory distress.  All nurses need to stay sharp with their assessment skills.  In this course Rob takes you to the cellular level to fully understand deterioration, normal and pathophysiology.  you will really understand those lung sounds.  You assessment of shortness of breath and respiratory parameters will be the envy of the ward.

    Ask yourself, Can my skills be improved upon?  Have you ever asked a desaturated patient to take a few deep breaths, just so the O2 sats probe reads a number you want to write down?  Have you ever struggled to understand pre and afterload, and all the  respiratory jargon?

    Well this course is for you.  It might just be the best seminar you attend all year.

    Content Includes:

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Respiratory disease, assessment and management
    • Interpreting ABG blood samples
    • Assessing respiratory failure, Pulse oximetry, spirometry
    • Breath sounds, oximetry, Chest Xray and Acute and chronic respiratory diseases
    • Asthma, COPD, Chest infection and Pneumonia
    • Trauma to the thorax assessment and management

    It journeys the learner through a thorough process of understanding normal physiology to the pathology behind Respiratory deterioration.


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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 08:00 AM

    Nursing Refresher Course 2019 Aug


    This course is designed for qualified Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses who are out-of-practice and wish to refresh their knowledge in acute care nursing. It is also ideal for nurses working in non-acute areas of practice who wish to return to work in acute care environment.

    Participants will learn contemporary best-practice and renew their confidence while gaining practical experience in some of Mater’s exceptional hospitals.

    The course is designed to build on your previous nursing skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you for safe practice according to the relevant NMBA registered nurse Standards for Practice.

    Throughout the course, participants will:

    • gain an understanding of contemporary, evidence-based best practice, in a clinical environment.
    • observe and perform a variety of clinical skills including medication administration within the acute care setting with the support of preceptors, clinical facilitators and nurse educators.
    • receive regular feedback and support from educators and facilitators, and have the opportunity to be individually assessed.

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  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Bundaberg Brothers Club in Bundaberg, Australia

    Mental Health First Aid Course: The Suicidal Person and Non-suicidal Self Injury-jul19

    MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE: The Suicidal Person and Non-suicidal Self Injury

    Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention.

    These numbers would indicate that acute hospitals, aged care services, and medical practices would have clients presenting with mental illness that require support and diagnosis – but a large number of these services do not employ mental health trained staff.

    The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.  


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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Toowoomba (venue to be advised)

    “Let’s CLICK” – Clinical Leaders Influencing Culture and Know-How Seminar

    Our newest ECT4Health seminar reveals that as the complexity of healthcare increases and the demands sometimes feel relentless, taking time for yourself and getting a birds’ eye view becomes critical.

    In this jam packed workshop you will start the day by exploring the importance of caring for yourself (as a leader AND as a person!) and we’ll talk about managing our energy. This forms the basis for realising the influence we have on other people (and their minds). When this CLICKS everything else falls into place.

    We then uncover the basic elements of cultures and explore whether you can drive a culture purposefully in the direction you want and, if so, how. Having tackled the invisible elements of leadership and culture we spend the afternoon clicking a basic management format into place.

    This leadership / management strategy is based on years of work by organisations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI); the Studer Group and the National Health Service in the UK. It is based on using a Balanced Scorecard to manage your work and learning the value of “Aligning, Action and Accountability” (and how to DO that!). Finally, we finish off the day with how to harness the strengths in your team to get things moving.

    Content Includes:

    • Wellbeing and Resilience – practical Mindfulness
    • Understanding the basics of Neuroleadership – leading with the brain in mind
    • The nature of culture and how to mould it in the direction you choose
    • The practical management elements needed to bring strategy into action and reality
      • Balanced Scorecard
      • Circles of Influence / Control
      • Prioritising
      • Alignment / Action / Accountability
      • Understanding YOUR strategic plan
    • Using a strengths focus to get your team moving

    Learn from real world health care data and develop immediate strategies to re-invigorate not only your career, but those you lead.  This full day program for senior nurses in clinical leadership roles is ideal for Clinical Nurse (Level 2 Registered Nurses through CNC, CNS, CNF & Nurse/Midwife Educators to NUMs/MUMs.


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  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 08:00 AM through August 15, 2019
    Bundaberg Brothers Club in Bundaberg, Australia

    Mental Health First Aid Course for the Older Patient


    The 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid course is for any interested adult, particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people, including families and carers. The course curriculum is evidence-based, as informed by the Mental Health First Aid Australia Guidelines.  

    Learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in older people, how to provide initial help, where and how to get specialist professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

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