BEYOND THE BET: Health Perspectives on Gambling and Party Drugs

Melbourne Cup 6 Day Cruise

Carnival Splendor | Departing Sydney

2 November – 8 November 2025
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Join us at “Beyond the Bet: Health Perspectives on Gambling and Party Drugs,” a conference designed for healthcare professionals and educators interested in exploring the significant issues surrounding gambling and party drug use.

Join us at “Beyond the Bet: Health Perspectives on Gambling and Party Drugs,” a conference designed for healthcare professionals and educators interested in exploring the significant issues surrounding gambling and party drug use.

This event presents a unique opportunity to investigate the intersection of health, addiction, and recovery through a multidisciplinary lens, discovering the latest research, treatment modalities, and recovery strategies.


These learning outcomes are designed to increase healthcare professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the complex issues surrounding gambling and party drug use and enhance their practical skills in dealing with these challenges, ultimately leading to better patient outcomes.

At this conference you will:

  • Enhanced Understanding of the Health Risks: Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the physical, mental, and social health risks associated with gambling and party drug use. This includes an in-depth look at how these behaviours can lead to substance abuse disorders, mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and the impact on physical health and wellbeing.
  • Improved Skills in Identifying and Assessing Gambling and Substance Use Disorders: Attendees will learn to better identify signs and symptoms of gambling and substance use disorders in patients. This includes developing skills in conducting effective patient assessments, recognizing early warning signs, and understanding the nuances of how these issues manifest differently across diverse populations.
  • Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies: The conference will equip healthcare professionals with evidence-based strategies and tools for intervening and providing care to individuals struggling with gambling and party drug use. This encompasses an overview of the latest research on effective treatment modalities, harm reduction strategies, and approaches for engaging patients in discussions about their gambling and substance use.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Resource Sharing: Participants will learn about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in the management and treatment of patients affected by gambling and party drug use. This outcome emphasizes building networks with other healthcare providers, understanding the roles of different specialists in treating these issues, and sharing resources and referrals to offer comprehensive support to patients.
  • Epidemiology of Gambling and Party Drug Use
  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • The co-occurrence of mental health disorders with gambling and substance use disorders
  • How cultural attitudes, social environment, and economic factors contribute to gambling and substance use behaviours
  • Illicit Drug Use in Australia
  • Pill Testing – A harm reduction initiative
  • Overview of the legal issues surrounding gambling and the use of party drugs
  • The impact of gambling and substance use on families and relationships
  • Technological Advances in Treatment and Prevention
  • Harm reduction principles and practices
  • Drug Laws in Australia a state-by-state review
  • Gambling Laws in Australia a state-by-state review
Our Presenters:


Sue is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network. Sue is a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development platform to assist Nurses in meeting their annual CPD requirements.

As a Registered Nurse, Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, and Training and Assessment. She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor.

Sue has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and senior manager. She has presented at local and international conferences on many topics including, key issues in healthcare, such as the psychological impact of the work that Nurses do and how the work requirements to deliver healthcare impact the health of the clinician. Other topics presented comprise of Nursing Leadership,
Emergency Management, Mental health, Aged Care, Advanced Life Support, Assertiveness, Grief and Loss, and Workplace Bullying.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community and Nurses experience the healthcare system.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system and work in difficult environments that can take advantage of their commitment to ensuring the best possible care is delivered. To continue to meet professional and community expectations Nurses and Midwives need to acknowledge their unique contribution to health care delivery and assert their collective strength to safeguard the community and ensure their ongoing professional needs are recognised and met.

Healthcare should be delivered by competent, knowledgeable individuals to ensure the best possible experience for the recipient of that care. Nursing is a fabulous profession. The knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client”.

Sue is excited to offer her extensive clinical experience and also create a space for attendees to connect and discuss their experiences and challenges. The learning environment will be enjoyable and engaging for all participants.


The Cruise Ship: Carnival Splendor

It’s hard to tell which onboard space best represents Carnival Splendor — they all seem to hint at the amazing time you’re going to have. El Morocco Lounge hosts comedy shows, musical performances, karaoke and more… and wears its 1930s namesake clearly on its nameplate. The words “Royal Flush Casino” incite visions of winning, while our onboard jazz club — The Cool — simply says it all without saying a word. And Fahrenheit 555 can be found not only at the height of elegant dining, but at the actual apex of the ship.

If you like your fun to flow, there are options aplenty. If you list “splishing” and “splashing” among your favorite things to do, there’s Carnival WaterWorks. Carnival Splendor has pools all over the place, including the midship pool featuring a retractable roof that makes any day a pool day. So whether you splish or splash, you’ll find hydro-excitement galore.

If relaxation is your thing, Serenity Adult-Only Retreat is more your place. Or if you’re looking to take relaxation to the extreme, direct your attention to the Cloud 9 Spa, featuring more (and better) ways to kick back than just about anywhere else, on land or at sea. You haven’t lived until you’ve relaxed in a Thalassotherapy pool, or chilled — so to speak — in a dry heat chamber.

The Program:

The program content is provided by expert Midwife Educators 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.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive* accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

Education at Sea and The Nurses for Nurses Network combine great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

The Online Library

The Library has been created so that you have access to some of the Conference content prior to our sail date. The documents, including self-directed activities and webinars, from our Conference Presenter, are provided so that you can create your own conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Disclaimer: Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NFNN and EAS reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Day and Location Events
Day 1: Sunday, 2nd November 2025
Departure: Sydney, 4pm

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

Evening – 5pm to 6pm: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

Day 2: Monday, 3rd November 2025
At Sea

8.30am to 1pm –  Seminar sessions included today:

  • Neurobiology of Addiction
  • Mental Health and Dual Diagnosis
  • Cultural and Social Determinants
  • Illicit Drug Use in Australia
  • Pill Testing – A harm reduction initiative

6pm to 7pm: Social get together

Day 3: Tuesday, 4th November 2025
Today you will enjoy the race that stops a nation…The Melbourne Cup
Day 4: Wednesday, 5th November 2025

Explore Melbourne at your leisure.

6pm to 7pm: Social get together

Day 5: Thursday, 6th November 2025

Explore this Fabulous City at your Leisure.

6pm to 7pm: Social get together

Day 6: Friday, 7th November 2025
At Sea

8.30am to 1pm – Seminar sessions included today:

  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Family Dynamics and Support Systems
  • Technological Advances in Treatment and Prevention
  • Harm Reduction Strategies
  • Drug Laws in Australia a state-by-state Review
  • Gambling Laws in Australia a state-by-state Review

Evening – 6pm to 7pm: Conference Farewell Reception.

Day 12: Thursday, 8th November 2025
Disembark – Safe travels!

For information relating to cabin pricing, bookings and travel requirements such as travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry box or email

Itinerary Disclosure: Cruise Itinerary, Seminar topics and Seminar Education program are subject to change without notice.

Presenter Disclosure: Education at Sea and the Nurses for Nurses Network makes every effort to ensure the advertised presenters deliver the program. However in the unlikely event a presenter is unavailable we reserve the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Cabin Selection Twin Share per person 
Inside Cabin from $1205 per person twin share 
Ocean View Cabin from $1555 per person twin share  
Balcony Cabin  from $2020 per person twin share 
Single Occupancy Cabin  from $2094                      
Conference Attendance Fee $820 per delegate
  • Race day general admission ticket into Flemington Racecourse on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day.
  • Transport to and from the racecourse.
  • General admission entry into Kennedy Oaks Day (transfers included).

What’s included in your Conference Registration?

  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
  • Conference presenter who is excited to be able to share her 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 the Conference Presenter
  • A Conference pack 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 Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
  • A complimentary Farewell Drinks Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session including the session synopsis and session presenter
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

Prices include exclusive conference activities, selected cabin accommodation, meals, entertainment, gratuities, fees and taxes. Guest price includes all of the above with the exception of the seminar fee. Gratuities, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 20th July 2025. The balance is non-refundable after the final payment date has passed. 

Cancellation Penalties and Disclosure:
Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. All deposits and seminar registration fee’s are non refundable. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea and the Nurses for Nurses Network will not be responsible for any financial loss due to cancellation from unforeseen circumstances. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at time of booking your cruise conference.

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