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Perioperative Nursing - Papua New Guinea

Scrub the Deck and Hoist the Drape | #perioperative #nurse

9 October - 19 October 2018

This Perioperative Conference is intended to provide the Nurse with an opportunity to enhance and develop their skills and knowledge relating to key areas of the perioperative environment. The conference program presents current perioperative topics of significance and explores the latest nursing research to create a conference experience that the perioperative Nurse will find both interesting and relevant.

Perioperative Nursing is practised in an intense, fast-paced environment, and this conference aims to improve Nursing knowledge and healthcare outcomes through expert teaching sessions with a focus on evidence-based practice.

The Presenters: 

Dr Osborne, senior Implementation Scientist, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has a clinical background of almost 30 years in Nursing, over 10 in all aspects of perioperative Nursing. 

She is internationally recognised for professional work in perioperative Nursing, most recently (2013-present) for work as the inaugural Editor for the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses’ Standards for Perioperative Nursing Practice in Australia and raising the quality and credibility of the standards by ensuring they are evidence-based and reflect contemporary perioperative Nursing practice.....Read More>>

Alana has a background in Perioperative Nursing, predominately in a scrub scout role and has worked at multiple tertiary healthcare facilities.

Currently, she is working as a quality coordinator for blood management at Mater Health Services. She maintains her clinical currency by completing casual shifts at the Wesley Hospital.

Alana is also actively involved with ACORN both at state and national levels and acts as an education chair for QLD. Alana completed her Masters with USQ and Grad Cert in Perioperative Nursing at the University of Tasmania.

She is currently undertaking her Ph.D. through the University....Read More>>

Jason is a Sydney trained Orthopaedic Surgeon having recently returned from completing subspecialty postgraduate training in hip and knee arthroplasty, ligament reconstruction and joint preservation surgery.

His primary professional goal is to provide a comprehensive elective and trauma orthopaedic service to the community of the Tweed and Northern Rivers area with a focus on adult joint reconstruction and replacement of the hip and knee.

In keeping with this, Jason has a strong sense of obligation for continuing medical education and professional development to maintain the best evidence-based current orthopaedic practice. The natural extension of this is a focus on teaching to junior medical, nursing and allied health staff in a collegiate...Read More>>

Dr. Judy Munday’s background is in post-anaesthetic care Nursing, and she is currently a Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, combining a career in teaching and clinical research. Judy has over 17 years’ experience in Perioperative Nursing, both in Australia and the UK.

Judy’s doctoral thesis – for which she was awarded a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award (2017) – focused upon perioperative temperature management for women undergoing caesarean section. 

Her track record of research focuses on improving care for perioperative patients and their families, and she continues to research in the area of perioperative hypothermia, believing that we must continue.....Read More>>

Lilliana Levada has over 30 years of experience in perioperative nursing; and whilst her experiences have led her to become a subject matter expert in perioperative Nursing, Lilliana has also gained a substantial experience in diverse health care arenas including patient safety, after-hours hospital management, staffing, quality improvement, patient liaison.

Lilliana has developed a strong interest in healthcare standards; she is a past member of ACORN Senior Faculty where she has reviewed a number of individual ACORN Standards between 2012 and 2018 and has represented ACORN at national and international professional forums.....Read More>>

Conference Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the latest research updates that will influence the area of perioperative Nursing practice
  • Investigate how communication, leadership, and team building can impact the perioperative environment for both the Nurse and the patient
  • Re-examine the ACORN standards and apply the principles to real-world situations
  • Consider the wellbeing of the perioperative Nurse and identify strategies to enhance the work experience of this specialist Nursing cohort

You don’t have to be a member to attend this Cruise Conference but if you are then you get so much more –  click to see our Member Rewards

The Venue: P&O Pacific Aria

Cruising aboard the opulent Pacific Aria will elevate this Nursing conference experience, to that unforgettable trip you will be longing to relive. 

This 219m-long ship has the capacity for 1,500 guests and boasts a top deck pool, premium cinema, Marquee Theatre, spa and fitness centre, a casino, tennis and basketball courts and more. The Pacifica Aria has become one of P&O’s most popular cruise ships, for it is without a doubt a cut above the rest of the fleet! 



Let's talk about your accommodation

All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

Dining options - you will be spoilt for choice, the Pacific Aria has the largest variety of dining experiences yet with 16 speciality restaurants and dining establishments. Cruisers can explore a unique dining experience at ‘The Pantry’ which foregoes the traditional cruise ship buffet for a fresh marketplace of dining options, including a gourmet delicatessen and swathe of modern cuisine restaurants. Menus include modern Australian cuisine such as pulled pork burgers and fresh sandwiches, and tasty Asian broths and curries. ...Read More>>

Dive headfirst into the fun - there are so many fabulous choices on offer when it comes to onboard activities, from gorgeous Stage Show, stand-up comics, karaoke in the piano bar to relaxing by the pool or getting pampered at the amazing day spa. If you are into fitness there is a fully equipped gym and a number of fitness tutorials provided by the expert trainers onboard.

Can I Bring the Family?

Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your Travel CPD adventure.
Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program. 

Just talk to the Team at Education at Sea and they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements
02 6674 2577.

What if I need kid-free time?

If you only want to mix with adults this ship has an adults only area including a pool, bar, and relaxation areas, with entry only available to people over the age of 18.

Leave your worries behind when you enter The Oasis. It’s just like it sounds - a happy, peaceful escape that’s all about the downtime. The Oasis can be found on Deck 10.

NfN's Ultimate Guide to Cruising

Whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship this guide is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure. 

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What's included in your Conference registration?

All Attendees

  • Conference program presented by experts in their field
  • Opportunity to meet with Group Leaders (Conference Convenors) and Conference Presenter/s for networking and discussion
  • Access to the online Conference library so that you can create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • Editable presentation note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • Note paper and pen
  • Conference satchel
  • Lanyard - important on a Cruiseship to attach your credit card room key and cruise money
  • Complimentary farewell drinks and canapes function
  • Access to the Conference closed Facebook group

NfN Member Extra Benefits

Conference pack valued from $185.00 that includes:

  • A complimentary (all you can drink cocktails), exclusive Member's only function during the Conference where NfN Members can relax together
  • NfN Cruise Reward Voucher starting at $100 - click for more info>>
  • Rikaro shopping tote as your Conference satchel
  • Limited edition NfN Pen
  • Limited edition NfN Lanyard
Not a member yet?

Note: In order to qualify for the NfN Member extras benefit you need to be a financial member at the time of booking and at the time the Event takes place. 

The Program: (Click to download a condensed program) (Click to download the full program)

The program content is provided by an expert Nurse Educator with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program. What we have done is marry best practice content with a cruise ship holiday to provide you with a Travel CPD experience, where the conference content is as important as your need for rest and relaxation.  We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing continuing professional development to ensure you get the most out of the education experience.

Here is what the program looks like: 


Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the "setting sail" festivities as we say farewell to Brisbane.

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.


DAY 2: 10 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
This is a full conference day including the following CPD sessions:

  • Through the Years – A walk through Perioperative Nursing history
  • Evidence-based Perioperative Practice I – Update on ACORN’s Standards for the Profession
  • Learning Styles – Grab What You Need from the Toolbox 
  • Situation Awareness and Distractions in the Operating Room
  • Perioperative Care of the Elderly Patient 
  • Myths, Legends and Truths about Perioperative Attire  


DAY 3: 11 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
This is a full conference day including the following CPD sessions:

  • Horrible Histories:  Asepsis and Sterilization 
  • Patient Positioning – The Mechanics behind the Method 
  • Electrosurgery Unearthed: Principles and Technological Advances 
  • Drapes, Draping and Draped: Principles and Process
  • Sharpening your Non-Technical Skills in the Operating Room
  • Contemporary Issues in Wound Closure and Surgical Site Infection 


Optional Hospital Tour

The Capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Alotau is steeped in history, rich in culture and blessed with natural beauty.

1830 - 1930: Join us in the Dome for an open forum discussion about our hospital visit today.


Today we are onshore and you can explore at your leisure
Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kitava is a small island off the main Trobiand Island of Kiriwina. Here life remains as it was thousands of years ago with very little external influence. The landing site is surrounded by stunning white sand beaches lined with natural shade-trees, just offshore lies the picture perfect sand atoll Nuratu Island. This truly is a slice of heaven.

Evening: NfN Member's drinks & canapes session - will be great to catch up.


Optional Hospital Tour

Located on Papua New Guinea's northeastern tip, this province - blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past - has literally risen from the ashes.

1830 - 1930: Join us in the Dome for an open forum discussion about our hospital visit today.


Spend the day exploring this stunning port of call.
Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kiriwina is the largest and by far the most populous of the Trobriand Islands, and home to one of the most colourful and fascinating cultures on earth.



Today's stop gives you the opportunity to experience untouched natural beauty.
Don't be fooled by the name, this is paradise in the Coral Sea! The Conflict Islands are made up of 21 untouched islands in Papua New Guinea. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home an incredible array of marine wildlife.

DAY 9: 17 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
This is a full conference day including the following CPD sessions:

  • Reducing Patient and Family Anxiety 
  • Local Anaesthetic Toxicity – Practice Essentials
  • How to Save a Life – Optimising Patient Blood Management
  • “Not so Hot’ Hot Topic - Perioperative Hypothermia
  • Interpret Arterial Blood Gas like a Pro
  • Coroner’s Report – The Aftermath of Retained Surgical Items 

DAY 10: 18 OCT 2018 | AT SEA | CPD: 6 HRS
This is a full conference day including the following CPD sessions:

  • Evidence-Based Perioperative Practice II – Making the Evidence Stick
  • From freehand saws to robots: evolution of surgical techniques in arthroplasty 
  • Healing with steel: what goes where and why in orthopaedic trauma
  • Anaesthetic Emergencies: Awareness Under Anaesthesia and Failure to Wake
  • Clinical Images: Patients’ Rights and Your Responsibilities
  • That’s a Wrap: Bringing it all together

Evening: Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues - safe travels home.


Arrive in Brisbane and disembark - safe travels!

Disclaimer: The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.


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Location / Venue
On-board P&O's Pacific Aria
cruising to Papua New Guinea

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
30 CPD hours

Date / Time (QLD time)
9 October - 19 October 2018

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Cheryl Dezotti, R.N., M.Q.I.H.C., Grad Dip Q.I.H.C., A.F.A.A.Q.H.C., M.A.C.N.

Conference Convenor: Cheryl Dezotti, R.N., M.Q.I.H.C., Grad Dip Q.I.H.C., A.F.A.A.Q.H.C., M.A.C.N.
Cheryl Dezotti is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters Degree in Quality in Healthcare. Cheryl has worked in both the ... Read more »

Jason Dawson - Education at Sea

Conference Convenor: Jason Dawson - Education at Sea
Jason Dawson is a Registered Nurse from the Gold Coast Queensland. Whilst studying his bachelor of Nursing at Southe ... Read more »

Sue Walker R.N. Bach Nursing (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care)

Conference Convenor: Sue Walker R.N. Bach Nursing (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care)
Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. As a Nurse Education Consultant Sue is a memb ... Read more »

Dr Sonya Osborne RN, PhD, MN (Research), Grad Cert (HigherEduc), Grad Cert Nursing (Perioperative), BScPsych, BN, MACN, FACORN, Centaur Nursing Fellow

Presenter: Dr Sonya Osborne RN, PhD, MN (Research), Grad Cert (HigherEduc), Grad Cert Nursing (Perioperative), BScPsych, BN, MACN, FACORN, Centaur Nursing Fellow
Dr Osborne, senior Implementation Scientist, Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) at Queensland Un ... Read more »

Alana Delaforce

Presenter: Alana Delaforce
Alana has a background in Perioperative Nursing, predominately in a scrub scout role and has worked at multiple tertiar ... Read more »

Dr Jason Daniel Tsung FRACS (Orth) MB BS BSc (Hons)

Presenter: Dr Jason Daniel Tsung FRACS (Orth) MB BS BSc (Hons)
Jason is a Sydney trained orthopaedic surgeon having recently returned from completing subspecialty postgraduate traini ... Read more »

Dr Judy Munday

Presenter: Dr Judy Munday
Dr. Judy Munday’s background is in post-anaesthetic care Nursing, and she is currently a Lecturer at the Queensla ... Read more »

Lilliana Levada

Presenter: Lilliana Levada
Lilliana Levada has over 30 years of experience in perioperative nursing; and whilst her experiences have led her to be ... Read more »

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Exclusive Online Library & Information Bank:

We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. 

The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Library Content Includes:

  • Webinars and their corresponding note pages
  • Self-directed learning activities and
  • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

This page will be available to you as an attendee from 4 weeks before we set sail and for 2 weeks post the Conference, should you want to refresh your knowledge.

Please Note: Due to travel weight restrictions and an attempt to help save the planet, paper-based handouts will not be provided on board.
We encourage you to download any documents from the online library to your device of choice, that you want to refer to during the conference program.

Writing paper will be provided in your Conference pack.

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