Gather 'Round the Table Business Breakfast

7:00am to 9:00am
29 August 2017
The Australian Institute of Sport

Event Detail

The Business Breakfast is Alzheimer's Australia ACT's flagship event for Dementia Awareness Month, which is held in the month of September. The business breakfast is one of our biggest annual fundraising and awareness raising events, sparking conversation and awareness across the ACT community. This year “Gather ‘Round the Table” will bring Canberran’s together to talk about the importance of food and nutrition and the vital role they play in sustaining every facet of our lives throughout every stage of our lives. Join us for a conversation with Australian living treasure and food icon Maggie Beer and passionate specialist dietician Ngaire Hobbins to hear their thoughts on diet, dementia, food, family, friends and ageing.

Guest Speaker

Maggie Beer

Online Webinar - MND 101

2:00pm to 3:00pm
31 August 2017
ONLINE WEBINAR

Event Detail

An introductory session on Motor Neurone Disease (MND) suitable for people working in community and health settings.  Facilitated by MND Victoria, the training will provide information on MND and its progressive nature, common experiences and challenges faced by people living with MND and strategies and practical advice on how workers can best assist them.  The training will also focus on the role of palliative care in achieving a good quality of life for someone facing a life limiting illness.

Learning Objectives

  • Increased awareness of MND and how people live with the condition
  • Understanding of the importance of care coordination and multidisciplinary care
  • Appreciation of the importance of quality of life for someone facing a life limiting illness
  • Knowledge of further resources

Session Detail

Booking link for the online webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=251882

Guest Speaker

MND AUSTRALIA EDUCATION MANAGER

Further Information

MND 101

Melbourne - Psychological Approaches for Obesity

9:30am to 5:00pm
11 September 2017 to 13 September 2017
123 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Detail

Our 3-Day course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing.

We take a non-diet approach to this issue and concentrate instead on equipping people with skills and solutions they might need to increase self efficacy and autonomy. Our approach encourages individuals to reject weight and shape goals and to concentrate instead on health behaviour change and body acceptance.

This course can also be taken as a 'stand alone' option for those health professionals who are simply looking to enhance their skills in the area of obesity treatment.

Suitability

The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.

Curing hepatitis C: An update for primary care providers

6:00pm to 9:00pm
12 September 2017
Hotel Kurrajong Canberra, 8 National Circuit, Barton ACT

Event Detail

Primary care practitioners in Canberra can help to improve the health outcomes of people living with hepatitis C and reduce a patient’s risk of developing advanced liver disease.

New oral direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) offer cure rates greater than 90%, shorter duration of therapy and reduced toxicity. General Practitioners are able to prescribe these new treatments on the S85 (General Schedule), helping their patients to achieve cure. Since 1 March 2016, over 30,000 people in Australia have initiated treatment for chronic hepatitis C. The target of eliminating hepatitis C in Australia by 2026 can be achieved by increasing treatment access.

Session Detail

This update will provide GPs with the knowledge to engage their patients in care, perform investigations to assess for advanced liver disease and increase confidence to prescribe new hepatitis C treatments in consultation with, or without, a specialist.

For more information, contact May at ASHM. May.wang@ashm.org.au

Guest Speaker

Dr Sarah Walker, Dr Shiv Chitturi, Ms Anne Blunn

Further Information

Register Here

Melbourne - Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention Facilitator Course

9:30am to 5:00pm
14 September 2017 to 15 September 2017
123 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Detail

ACFED are proud to offer this facilitator training course with the permission of Dr Eric Stice at the Oregon Research Institute.  The two interventions covered in our two-day course have been developed and used at Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oregon Research Institute.  The interventions are the outgrowth of a 16-year program of research on the risk factors for eating disorders by Dr Stice’s research team.

The course is suitable for anyone who would like to be able to facilitate groups of young people (the research was primarily conducted with females aged 13-19) and offer interventions which demonstrate a significant reduction in risk for eating disorder and obesity onset. The interventions also show decreases in thin-ideal internalization, body dissatisfaction and psychosocial impairments.

You will receive:

  • Fully scripted session plans, all printed handouts, and powerpoint presentations, so that you will be equipped to start to facilitate either or both of the following intervention courses.
  • Project health: A 6 week (one hour per week) intervention which promotes healthy, lasting, lifestyle changes to dietary intake and activity. Project Health produced a 66% reduction in future eating disorder onset over 2-yr follow-up.
  • The Body Project: A 4 week (one hour per week) eating disorder prevention program which reduces thin-ideal internalisation, body dissatisfaction, negative mood, unhealthy dieting, and eating disorder symptoms.  This intervention has also been found to reduce risk for future eating disorders.  In addition, there is evidence that the Body Project intervention reduces the risk for future onset of obesity, results in improved psychosocial functioning, and reduces mental health care utilisation.

Please note that this course is a ‘Train the Trainer’ type course and not part of our ACFED Approved Practitioner Program. 

However, participants can choose to be listed on the ACFED website as ACFED Prevention Facilitators.

The course is ideal for school and college counsellors, youth workers, social workers, private practitioners who work with adolescents and those in community education.

Men please note: The research that supports the prevention course has been conducted with adolescent girls and young women aged 14-19 years old. The trials were also conducted using female clinicians and female peer leaders as facilitators.

Although we actively encourage male health professionals to join us for Eating Disorder Essentials, Psychological Approaches to Obesity and Nutritional interventions for Eating Disorders and Obesity, we do advise that there is no evidence that men will achieve the anticipated outcomes when facilitating the Eating Disorder and Obesity Prevention course. A male facilitator leading a group of females, or even leading a mixed gender group, may result in a different dynamic which is currently untested.

Online Webinar - Managing Discomfort

2:00pm to 3:00pm
14 September 2017
ONLINE WEBINAR

Event Detail

Many of our clients are suffering a lot of discomfort, a lot of the time. This may affect their sleeping, energy levels, appetite and mood.  Stephanie Williams is an OT at Calvary Care, Bethlehem working every day with clients who have a progressive neurological condition.   Stephanie has profound insight into the world of discomfort with great tips, strategies and case studies to share with you which will challenge and enhance your clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improved awareness of the causes of discomfort and thinking beyond equipment
  • Understanding of different types of pain
  • Increased knowledge of assessment approaches
  • Knowledge of factors associated with an increased risk of pressure injuries
  • Knowledge of practical tips, strategies aids and equipment used to alleviate discomfort
  • Understanding of key case studies
  • Understanding of psychological distress and the links to discomfort

Session Detail

Booking link for the online webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=251618

Guest Speaker

MS STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

Further Information

MANAGING DISCOMFORT

2017 Australasian Asthma Conference

7:30am to 5:30pm
16 October 2017 to 17 October 2017
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

Event Detail

Connecting Asthma Care

The 2017 Asthma Australia Connecting Asthma Care Conference will bring together key national and international researchers, practitioners and policy makers. We hope you enjoy hearing about some of the latest developments, catching up with professional colleagues, and learning about the programs and services available from Asthma Australia, Asthma Foundations, and our key partners and stakeholders.

Hepatitis C in Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

8:30am to 4:30pm
5 November 2017
Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT

Event Detail

This free workshop is designed to support clinical staff working in drug & alcohol settings, or with people who inject drugs, to treat patients living with hepatitis C. 

Session Detail

This Education Program is designed to give participants the confidence, knowledge and clinical decision-making skills to be able to prescribe new Direct Acting Antiviral (DAA) Therapy for the treatment of HCV infection.

The course will be delivered in three parts:

• Part 1 consists of a 2 hour eLearning component introducing the learner to the assessment, management and treatment of hepatitis C in drug and alcohol settings.

• Part 2 consists of an interactive face-to-face workshop building on the knowledge and skills gained in Part 1 through practical case discussions and simulation-based models.

• Part 3 consists of a tailored capacity strengthening toolkit including: a checklist for the assessment and treatment of HCV in drug and alcohol settings; local referral pathways; Fibroscan® access forms; assessment pro forma; and quick reference guides.

Learning Outcomes:

 

• Describe the risk factors for HCV infection enabling effective practice screening processes and recall systems

• Demonstrate competence interpreting clinical and other relevant information to provide effective care of people living with HCV infection

• Demonstrate competence in liver disease assessment

• Demonstrate understanding of DAA therapy for the treatment of HCV and competence in selecting and prescribing appropriate therapy

• Monitor patients on treatment and post-treatment appropriately

TARGET AUDIENCE:

 

Addiction Specialists, Physicians, General Practitioners, Nurse Practitioners and other clinical staff interested in treating hepatitis C

INCLUSIONS:

 

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea to be provided.

Further Information

Register on the ASHM website

Foundation for Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

8:45am to 4:30pm
10 November 2017
Mantra on Northbourne

Event Detail

This one-day foundational interactive professional development training alerts attendees to the possibility that clients, staff members and/or practitioners may have experiences of trauma/s, from childhood, or more recently, which are affecting their health, wellbeing, and daily interactions and functioning.

It provides the knowledge and skills needed to better support their sensitivities and vulnerabilities, minimise re-traumatisation and enhance possibilities for recovery. As a significant percentage of Australians with trauma histories engages with diverse services, a basic understanding of trauma, trauma dynamics and the core principles of trauma-informed practice is vital for every person working in health and human services.

This training encourages attendees to reformulate their daily work practice and to ask: “What happened to you?” and ‘work with’ rather than ‘do to’ clients. It fosters collaborative practice, client and staff safety, a strengths-based approach and a trauma-informed lens which views ‘symptoms’ as adaptive coping strategies. Participants will return to their workplace with insights and tools which foster hope, recovery, enhance client and staff wellbeing and minimise the risks of re-traumatisation.

Melbourne - Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders & Obesity

9:30am to 5:00pm
13 November 2017 to 15 November 2017
123 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Event Detail

Our 3-Day course teaches health professionals who encounter eating disorders and obesity in the course of their work to offer basic nutritional strategies as part of the management of these conditions.

Suitability

The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, doctors, psychiatrists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification. (Note: If you are an Accredited Practicing Dietitian our Eating Disorders or Obesity courses are more suitable for you.)

Sydney - Psychological Approaches for Obesity

9:30am to 5:00pm
4 December 2017 to 6 December 2017
Level 1, 111 Harrington St Sydney NSW 2000

Event Detail

Our 3-Day course teaches specific skills for working with obese adults by addressing the practical and psychological factors they may be experiencing.

We take a non-diet approach to this issue and concentrate instead on equipping people with skills and solutions they might need to increase self efficacy and autonomy. Our approach encourages individuals to reject weight and shape goals and to concentrate instead on health behaviour change and body acceptance.

This course can also be taken as a 'stand alone' option for those health professionals who are simply looking to enhance their skills in the area of obesity treatment.

Suitability

The course is suitable for counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists, addiction specialists, doctors, psychiatrists, dietitians, nutritionists, nurses and social workers at all levels of experience and qualification.