Cancer Nurses Society of Australia, 15th Winter Congress

26 July 2012 - 28 July 2012

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

Pre-Congress Workshops

WORKSHOP 1: MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING - Exploring a patient's strengths and capacity to change

Facilitated by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre
Date: Thursday 26 July 2012

Time:  0900 - 1230
Workshop Coordinator: Ms Nicole Kinnane

Survivorship cancer care is ideally patient centred and individualised and covers prevention, surveillance, intervention and coordination. For cancer patients the transition from treatment to post treatment can be challenging and overwhelming. Survivorship care aims to be educative and collaborative where patient goals are set through a partnership model (goal setting with the patient) and provides support in self management strategies. Motivational interviewing is a technique that can be used to assist the health professional work collaboratively with patients.
A central concept of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach is the identification, examination, and resolution of ambivalence about changing behaviour.
This interactive half day workshop aims to provide participants with introductory skills to being attuned to patient/client ambivalence and 'readiness for change' and thoughtfully utilises techniques and strategies that are responsive to the client.



WORKSHOP 2: Antineoplastic Drug Administration: Developing and Assessing Competency in the Workplace

Sponsored by eviQ and EdCaN
Date: Thursday 26 July 2012

Time:  0900 - 1630
Presenters: Professor Patsy Yates, Professor Sanchia Aranda, Chris Sargeant, Kylie Ash

WORKSHOP 3: New Research and Advances in Caring for Older People

Date: Thursday 26 July 2012

Time:  1300 - 1700
Presenters: Dr Michal Boyd, Jane Davis and Louise Nicholson

Aim:   This workshop will review the latest evidence about clinical care of older people.  The purpose is to provide clinical updates to help improve care for older people with cancer. 


  1. Review the components of a comprehensive geriatric assessment
  2. Discuss the current best practice for treatment for older people with delirium
  3. Provide an update dementia differential diagnoses and treatment
  4. Discuss prevention of functional decline in hospital and at home
  5. Review the latest international guidelines for the prevention of falls
  6. Review the latest nutrition and hydration best practice guidelines
  7. Review medication and pain treatment considerations for older people
  8. Discuss best practice guidelines for urinary incontinence and constipation

WORKSHOP 4: Wound Management Under the 'Banyan Tree'

Date: Thursday 26 July 2012

Time:  1300 - 1700
Presenters: Keryln Carville RN PhD, Professor Primary Health Care & Community Nursing, Silver Chain Nursing Association and Curtin University, Western Australia

The care of palliative patients frequently involves the management of complex draining wounds and stomas. The primary challenge for the clinician is to contain exudate or effluent in a manner that optimises quality of life and reduces fatigue for patients and their families. The ongoing challenge however, is to employ strategies that do this in the most cost-effective manner. Unfortunately, there are times when clinicians don't have access to all the necessary manufactured devices and dressings. It could be proposed that there are times when we all have to practice under the 'banyan tree' and adapt practice to meet clinical demands with the resources we have available. The  innovations for managing complex draining wounds outlined in this workshop have been honed with  experience and born out of a need to devise alternative means of containment when access to commercial devices is restricted.

Case studies will be used to highlight a problem-solving approach and a creative skills workshop will allow participants an opportunity to explore options for wound management when one has little at hand than a willingness to try.