QeL2 Pressure Injury Prevention Conference:

Pressure Injury Prevention – Getting It Right

  • Pressure Injuries: what’s new, what’s not
  • Say no to pressure injuries, say yes to patient centred care
  • Finding the evidence and tips on using it to promote patient safety
  • Standard 8: making it work
  • The new international guidelines – what’s changed and what does it mean to us?

Why pressure injury prevention?

Pressure injuries are one of the top three causes of patient harm.  They are estimated to cost the Australian Government approximately $285,000,000 per year.   Pressure injuries are always painful and can be fatal.  They decrease a person’s enjoyment of life even after they are healed … often for the rest of their life.

Guess what else they usually are?  PREVENTABLE!

About our conference:

“Pressure injuries are permanent for me”.  This is how Lisa Cox sums up her experience of living with a pressure injury, even 10 years after the wounds have been deemed to be healed.  The day begins with Lisa sharing her real life story in which discusses the cold hard facts of how pressure injuries continue to plague both patient and family long after discharge.   Her passionate plea is for clinicians to partner with patients and their loved ones;  Lisa believes that would have been a big part of the solution in protecting her from this avoidable harm.­­­­­­­

Tracy Nowicki then shares the latest news in evidence based practice from the global Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline that was hot off the press in September 2014 (she contributed to writing them you know).

Tracy has had a special interest in pressure injury prevention for more than 15 years, so is bursting with information.  She has an ability to share her knowledge in a unique way that is easily understood and inspires everyone to embrace a patient safety culture and to truly put the patient first.  Her powerful stories that tell the real life experiences of those suffering the effects of pressure injuries are hard to forget.

Tracy clarifies the newest staging system, the use of prophylactic devices and the part continence management and good nutrition play in pressure injury prevention.  Woven throughout Tracy’s presentation are numerous tips to assist in meeting the requirements of Standard 8 (by the way, she is on the team that is currently reviewing the national standards).  Before you know it, half a day passes by and everyone is having so much fun that they can hardly believe they have been equipped with vital knowledge that has the ability to change lives.

Interspersed between the main presenters are short presentations by the companies represented at the day.  We rely on companies to conduct research and introduce innovation that helps us provide care more efficiently and effectively.  The company representatives will share information from their field of expertise and present on new products and equipment that will become the tools of our trade.

Céline Melican will finish the day by reminding everyone to concentrate on what each individual CAN do to reduce the likelihood of pressure injuries occurring, rather than concentrating on the hurdles.  She then discusses the practical application of theory at the clinical front, including positioning the patient in bed & chair, utilization of adjunct devices, and tips on how to reduce pressure & shear.  Guiding you through finding best practice resources online, Céline details how evidence is utilised to enhance individual practice as well as to effect sustainable organisational change (and meet Standard 8 at the same time!).  Céline’s focus is to help make it easy to get it right.

The day is interlaced with quality speakers who are connected with international leaders.  A variety of teaching modalities are utilised including interactive activities, DVDs of patient experiences, trade display and very passionate & motivating presentations.  QeL2 brings together decades of research to assist in improving practice and guarantees you fun in learning.  Do not underestimate the value of attending this course: it is life changing for you and your patients.

Who Should Attend?

Frontline health staff from acute, aged care and community – doctors, nurses, care workers, indigenous health workers
Specialised staff – Wound CNCs, Continence Advisors, Nurse Practitioners etc…
Allied Health staff – Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists, Dietitians, Physiotherapists
Leaders and innovators to take their staff forward in the latest evidenced base practice


QeL2 Bariatric Care Conference:

Looking Through a Bariatric Lens

  • Changing the mindset—caring for the Bariatric patient with care, dignity & respect
  • How do we mobilise the Bariatric patient safely?
  • Overcoming challenges with training, understanding and forward planning
  • Getting the right fit – let’s look at some of the equipment out there
  • One size doesn’t fit all – understanding bariatric room design
  • Understanding common psychosocial issues
  • Pressure injury prevention, falls prevention, continence management and skin care –special considerations in bariatric care
  • Come and explore with us – there’s more to this pandemic than sloth and gluttony…

Representatives from companies supplying pertinent equipment and products to help in providing patient care will be actively involved in all of our conferences.

We will be bringing the same high quality presenters and trade representatives to you wherever you are – from the big smoke to the bush!