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Towards Equilibrium: Optimising Wellness in Healthcare Workers - The South Pacific

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9 April - 17 April 2019

Wellness matters, not just in its own right, but because it affects performance. As clinicians, we have the following expectations within our workplace:

“We expect that our work day is going to consist of a series of interactions that are geared towards the goal of achieving the best care for our patients. We expect that we will do this by working together, each to our own strengths, and within our own role until we get the patient what they need and to where they need to go.”

“We expect that we will be respected for our knowledge, our skill and our experience. We expect that we will be supported should we run into trouble – if there is a gap in our knowledge, or if we need assistance with a procedure, or if there is a process or system issue with which we are not familiar. We expect that we will be given feedback that is constructive and useful, in order that we may enhance and improve our skills, individually and collectively.”

However, the complexities of healthcare organisations, our workloads, targets and other factors can challenge these expectations and erode our wellness, resulting in stress, burnout, and mental illness.

This interactive Conference invites attendees to reflect on four key themes that will introduce them to a number of strategies to enhance their own wellness and performance. At the end of this Conference, attendees will have a personal toolkit containing strategies that they can use to enhance their professional and personal life.

Four themes will be examined in this Conference:

  1. The Landscape of Clinician Wellness - where we explore Wellness within the health profession.
  2. The Science of Wellness - under this theme the Anatomy of Mental Wellbeing is investigated. We will discover the concept of Legitimising the Wellness Agenda - how wellness affects our performance, individually and collectively.
  3. Equipping the Wellness Toolbox - which is an introductory mindfulness workshop –  in this experiential workshop, we explore the practice of mindfulness, including brief, low-intensity practices that are embeddable in the healthcare workplace. We also investigate the concept of work/life balance – this is an interactive workshop delving into the tools for "recharging batteries", based on our own strengths and interests.
  4. Translating Ideas into Action - From Individual to Team Wellness. Under this theme, we explore how to take what has been learnt and implement actions in local workplaces.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the “Creative Corner” if they choose, where the use of art for wellness will be introduced and delegates will be invited to commence work on a creative project. Over four sessions, the Creative Corner will involve the symbolism of the tree, and how our own ability to grow and thrive is dependent on many things – support, strength, nurturing, space to grow, resilience, and the ability to withstand the “storms”. (Reference Shahina Braganza  click here to read more>>

The expert presenters who will guide Conference attendees through the four themes are:

Shahina Braganza is a senior emergency physician in Queensland, Australia. She has previously also been a Director of Clinical Training, supporting hospital-wide prevocational doctors.  

She is passionate about “non-technical” skills in medicine and has a particular interest in professionalism, communication and emotional situational awareness. Her work will be done when such skills and attributes are no longer considered optional extras, but as core qualities demanded by the healthcare profession.

She also has a keen interest in wellbeing, resilience and balance. She is outspoken about sharing stories...Read More>> Click here to read Shahina's blog>>

See how the concept of mindfulness translates into Clinical Practice in Shahina’s own ED.

Click here to read more about Shahina >>

Chris Stapelberg is the Professor for Mental Health at Bond University and the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland, Australia. He is a medical doctor and senior staff specialist in psychiatry, working at the Gold Coast University Hospital as a consultation liaison psychiatrist. Chris is the Mental Health and Specialist Services Director of Research at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Chris has been researching stress and major depression since 2009. He has undertaken work mapping the network of physiological pathways in stress and.....Read More>>

Helen Mason has been working within the mental health setting for over 20 years providing creative activities as a tool for dealing with complex emotions and as a means of self-expression. Her programs promote self-worth through meaningful activity, learning new skills and building on existing ones.

Helen works with many individuals in various stages of mental wellness, currently employed as the Creative Artisan for Gold Coast University Hospital Mental Health Recovery Services, providing her programs in conjunction with the client's medical treatment.  Creative Art is well known for its therapeutic benefits which....Read More>>

Stuart Mason has been nursing in psychiatry for over 25 years, working in many areas of the public and private sector throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.  Stuart has held positions from ‘hands-on’ clinician to senior management. 

Stuart is an international speaker with his special interest areas in Acute Mental Health, Psychiatric Assessment, Drug and Alcohol (dual diagnosis), Medications in Mental Health and Physical and Mental Health impacts. Currently, Stuart is working in the public health system. In this setting, he manages a mental health specialty....Read More>>

What's included in your Conference Registration?

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice information equating to 24 CPD Hours
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • Conference Presenters that are recognised experts in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
  • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
  • Editable presentation-note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice or printed, whichever you choose
  • A Conference satchel that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • The opportunity to meet as a group in various open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
  • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis, session presenter, and CPD allocation
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

The Destination: The South Pacific

The Venue: Ovation of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas is packed with all of bells and whistles that will elevate this Nursing conference experience, to that unforgettable trip you will be longing to relive.  Click here for a virtual tour>>

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 and you can eat 24 hours a day if you want to.  From first-class restaurants to poolside dining the Chefs on this ship aim to provide you with an exceptional culinary experience...Read More>>


Dive headfirst into the fun -  This ship really shook up recreation on the ocean waves with a number of first-at-sea innovations, the largest of which is SeaPlex. The largest sports complex at sea is a huge, versatile area that offers a non-stop program of fun and games for all ages. The heart of SeaPlex is the arena; depending on the time of day, it undergoes a metamorphosis from a basketball court into a roller-skating rink and, most novel of all, a bumper-car circuit. For passengers who want to fly through the air with the greatest of ease, there is also a circus school with trapeze classes held over an air-filled mat.

Rest and Relax - for those of you who would like to take it a little easier and treat your self to some much-need relaxation, then the Vitality Spa is the place for you....Read More>>


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.

This area is called The Solarium and can be found on Deck 14 at the front of the ship.


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. 

Click here to download your copy >>

The Program:  

(Click for a copy of the full program) (Click for a copy of the condensed program)

The program content is provided by expert Nurse Educators with extensive clinical and educational 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.


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

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

DAY 2 -  10 APRIL 2019 | AT SEA

A full day of CPD sessions focused on the wellness of Nurses and equipping them with the tools to be able to "recharge their batteries".

DAY 3 -  11 APRIL 2019 | AT SEA

A full day of CPD sessions focused on the wellness of Nurses and equipping them with the tools to be able to "recharge their batteries".

0900 - 1800: Explore this beautiful port of call at your leisure.

New Caledonia is home to the world’s largest lagoon, spectacular reefs, beaches, mountains and more. The casual-chic capital of Noumea blends Melanesian tradition, Asian-Pacific influences and French style in a stunning hillside setting.

0800 - 1700: Enjoy a leisurely day on the gorgeous Mystery Island.

Uninhabited Mystery Island is a tiny islet at the southernmost end of the Vanuatu archipelago, less than a kilometre from Aneityum Island. White sands fringed with palm trees and crystal-clear seas make it an idyllic beach getaway.

DAY 6 -  14 APRIL 2019 | AT SEA

A full day of reflection and renewal. Take the time to put into practice the lessons you learnt about self-reflection, mindfulness and recharging your batteries while you enjoy networking with your peers.

DAY 7 -   15 APRIL 2019 | AT SEA

A full day of CPD sessions focused on the wellness of Nurses and equipping them with the tools to be able to "recharge their batteries".

DAY 8 -  16 APRIL 2019 | AT SEA

A full day of CPD sessions focused on the wellness of Nurses and equipping them with the tools to be able to "recharge their batteries".

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.

0630: Disembark in Sydney - Safe travels!

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.


Towards Equilibrium: Optimising Wellness in Healthcare Workers - The South Pacific

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Location / Venue
Royal Caribbean's
Ovation of the Seas
Cruising the South Pacific

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
24 CPD hours

Date / Time (QLD time)
9 April - 17 April 2019

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Conference Registration $860.00
Members: $
Non-Members: $
Students: $

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 »

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 »

Shahina Braganza, MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FACEM

Presenter: Shahina Braganza, MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FACEM
Shahina Braganza is a senior emergency physician in Queensland, Australia. She has previously also been a Director of C ... Read more »

Chris Stapelberg, BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRANZCP

Presenter: Chris Stapelberg, BSc (Hons), MBBS, FRANZCP
Chris Stapelberg is the Professor for Mental Health at Bond University and the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queens ... Read more »

Helen Mason, Artist, BA Social Science

Presenter: Helen Mason, Artist, BA Social Science
Helen has been working within the mental health setting for over 20 years providing creative activities as a tool for d ... Read more »

Stuart Mason, BA Nursing, CMHN, RN

Presenter: Stuart Mason, BA Nursing, CMHN, RN
Stuart has been nursing in psychiatry for over 25 years, working in many areas of the public and private sector through ... Read more »

What you need to do now....

This is a fabulous program - to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Education at Sea to find out about all the cabin options available. Once you have paid your deposit your registration is confirmed and you can start planning your Conference getaway. 

What are you waiting for? 

Send Education at Sea a no obligation enquiry by simply filling in your contact details in the box at the top of the column. 


Conference Registration

Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel cost.


All bookings for this event are being handled by Education at Sea 
Please contact Helen or Jason on 02 6674 2577



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.

The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommends customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them attending and thus incur any financial loss.

Here is a sneak peak of the gorgeous ship to whet your appetite.



Things to do onboard


Experience the thrill of free falling at Ripcord

Visit Vitality Spa at Sea.

Indulgence begins here – at the full-service VitalitySM Spa, featuring a luxurious line-up of signature treatments, massages, medi-spa services and salon to make you glow from the inside out.


Step into the jewel-like observation capsule and see the world from a breathtaking 90 metres above sea-level.


Surf your way across the Pacific on the FlowRider®, the 40-foot-long on-board surf simulator.

Fancy a cocktail made by a robot? You can have one in the Bionic Bar.

Remember education expenses including airfares, food and accommodation may be claimed as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax accountant for individual advice.