Optimising Wellness and Performance in Health Care Workers 18 – 25 September 2021 | Queenstown, New Zealand

New Zealand

Queenstown | QT Hotel

18 September – 25 September 2021

“Wellness Matters”


Optimising Wellness in Health Care Workers

Wellness for clinicians 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 environment will be physically and psychologically safe; we expect that we will be resourced and enabled to do an effective job; we expect that we will be supported and given the opportunity to develop our professional skills.

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 some key themes that will shift their frame on why clinician wellness matters.

We will explain the hard science behind stress and wellness, including the biology of stress and burnout, and introduce them to a number of strategies to enhance their own wellness and performance.

Strategies will be discussed at the level of individual wellness, team wellness and also what can be implemented at an organisational level to enhance overall performance.

At the end of this Conference, attendees will have gained a broad and deep understanding of their personal and professional wellness. They will be equipped with the language and science to communicate their own ideas and reflections. Finally, they will have explored strategies that they may modify and implement individually or within their workplaces.


The Conference Themes:

  • Explore the rationale for Clinical Wellness
  • Understand the pathophysiology of Stress, Depression and Wellness
  • Examine the scientific basis for Enhancing your Wellness and Performance
  • Identify the process for translating Ideas into Actions : from Individual to Organisational Wellness



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 of vulnerability, imperfection and courage. Her portfolio in the ED includes coordinating inter-professional education, ED-mental health service liaison, various commitments with the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, and the oneED wellness project.

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 has been researching stress and major depression since 2009. He has undertaken work mapping the network of physiological pathways in stress and depression, using a systems biology framework. He is also studying biomarkers in the context of stress and major depression.

He completed his PhD studying the impact of depression on heart rate variability in people with, and without, coronary heart disease. He is the principal investigator, or a co-investigator on a number of research projects in this area.

He also leads the evaluation of the Gold Coast Health Suicide Prevention Strategy, one of the largest implementations of the Zero Suicide Framework in Australia. Chris is also an invited Expert on depression for the Global Burden of Disease Project with the World Health Organisation since 2013.

When he is not doing work in clinical health and research, Chris spends time with his wife and two daughters. When he has spare time, Chris does digital art and loves to cook.


Sue Walker, R.N. Bach Nursing (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care), M.A.C.N., is the Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Nurse Education Consultant Sue is a member of the Education Governance Committee of the Institute as well as a key contributor to the online education platform Continuing Professional Development library.

As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Sue has extensive experience both as a clinician, educator, and senior manager in the acute, aged care, community, and palliative care settings. Sue is passionate about making a difference to the way in which people experience the health care system.

“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 backbone of the healthcare system, it is the knowledge and skill of the individual Nurse that will have the greatest influence on the happiness and health outcomes of each and every client.

Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NFN 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: 18th September
Arrive: Queenstown

Arriving in Queenstown today – take the opportunity to orientate yourself to your new surroundings.

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

Day 2: Sunday 19th September
Conference Day

Why Wellness? Wellness in Healthcare Workers Matters for More Than the
Obvious Reasons.

This session explores the rationale for clinician wellness, at individual, workplace and
organisational level. The neuroscientific and social science evidence base for wellness and
performance will be presented, as will the evolution of clinician wellness over recent times.
This session seeks to legitimise the clinician wellness agenda.

The session will then look at sources of Stress and the Patient-Clinician Contract, as well as
the Myths of experiencing illness in healthcare workers.

Sessions will consist of presentations and interactive sections.

Day 3: Monday 20th September
Optional Tours

The optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Onsen hot pools
  • Bungy jumping
  • A ride on a jetboat
  • Travel to Milford Sound
  • Check our the Canyon Swing
  • Skiing or Boarding at Cornet Peak or the Remarkables
Day 4: Tuesday 21st September
Conference Day

The Biology of Chronic Stress, Burnout and Wellness

This session presents the pathophysiology of Stress, Depression and Wellness, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring individual, workplace and organisational stressors. We will look at stress tolerances by profession and the most current research and statistical data in regards to health professionals and their health.

The language of workplace wellness – compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, burnout will be delved into, followed by a look into the neurobiology around maintaining wellness, including how stress-reducing activities, including artistic and creative activities, affect us biologically. We will also reflect on the influence of team dynamics on workplace wellness.

Day 5: Wednesday 22nd September
Optional Tours

The optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Onsen hot pools
  • Bungy jumping
  • A ride on a jetboat
  • Travel to Milford Sound
  • Check our the Canyon Swing
  • Skiing or Boarding at Cornet Peak or the Remarkables

Day 6: Thursday 23rd September
Conference Day


A Scientific Basis for Enhancing Your Wellness and Performance
Today will be spent on an experiential workshop which explores the practice of mindfulness, including brief, low-intensity practices that are embeddable in the healthcare workplace.  Delegates will have the opportunity to trial some of these techniques, to enhance their awareness of the present moment, and to develop some skills and practice that may be transferable to their day-to-day work lives.
Workplace-based wellness strategies will be presented.
Day 7: Friday 24th September

Morning conference activities today include:

  • Creating a Business Case for Wellness
  • Panel Q&A Discussion

Afternoon optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Onsen hot pools
  • Bungy jumping
  • A ride on a jetboat
  • Travel to Milford Sound
  • Check our the Canyon Swing
  • Skiing or Boarding at Cornet Peak or the Remarkables

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

Day 8: Saturday 25th September
Safe Travels Home

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For information relating to cabin pricing, bookings and travel requirements such as flights and travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry box or email info@traveldirectaustralia.com.au

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 the Nurses for Nurses network reserves the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Optional Tours

Skiing or Snowboarding | Coronet Peak or Remarkables

Enjoy a day of Skiing or Boarding at the stunning Coronet Peak or Remarkables Ski Fields. Approx 30mins from Queenstown both resorts have legendary terrain to suit everyone from the first timer to advanced skier.

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Milford Sound

A day tour to Milford Sound offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery to be viewed anywhere in the world. Travelling through Fiordland National Park, your coach-cruise-coach tour starts in Queenstown,  Board your coach and travel through stunning scenery along the Milford Road and into Fiordland, where your cruise boat awaits you. Milford Sound tours include a cruise around the fiord so you can experience its wonders up close and see landmarks like Mitre Peak and amazing wildlife such as dolphins and seals. Cruise the inmost reaches of Milford Sound to the open Tasman Sea and back. Tour includes Lunch

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Bungy Jumping & Jet Boat Combo

If you’re going to throw yourself off a perfectly good bridge, then you may as well take a leap of faith in Queenstown where it all began at the Kawarau Suspension Bridge, the world home of Bungy. This original 43 metre Bungy Jump is still the most famous of leaps. For that extra adrenaline rush, try a dunk in the mighty Kawarau River.

Then, get ready for an insane high speed 60 minute Jet boat ride thundering down the world famous Shotover and Kawarau Rivers. Go full throttle at speeds of 95kph on the fastest and meanest Jet boats in town. You’ll be screaming to go faster.

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Gondola & Dinner Package 

Join us for a wonderful evening at Skyline Restaurant. Located high above Queenstown with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, Skyline Queenstown’s restaurant is one of the most popular dining experiences in New Zealand

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Wine, Food and Arrowtown Tour

This half day Wine & Food Sampler tour takes an easygoing pace as we tour of three of Queenstown’s favourite vineyards. You will also enjoy a food and wine match lunch. On the way back we will stop at Arrowtown, the historic former gold mining town, rich in heritage and one of the South Island’s and New Zealand’s, iconic visitor destinations.

Education at Sea tours are exclusive to seminar delegates and their guests. Tour participation numbers are limited. Tours are booked through Travel Direct and will not appear on your ship itinerary.

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Optional Shore Tour Disclosure:

Optional tours are exclusive to conference delegates and their guests. All tour bookings must be paid in full by the nominated date prior to departure. CPD Cruises Pty Ltd trading as Education at Sea reserves the right to cancel or make changes to optional tours without notice. Tour prices are subject to change without notice. . We recommend all attendees and their guests obtain travel insurance at the time of booking.

Cabin Selection Twin Share per person
Rydges Lake Facing Room $994 per person twin share includes Breakfast
Rydges Lakeview Suite $1169 per person twin share includes Breakfast
QT Hotel King Room Lake view $2530 per person twin share includes Breakfast

Single Occupancy

From $1813 Includes Breakfast
Conference Attendance Fee $990
Nurses for Nurses Membership details Please click here

Accommodation Package : What’s Included

  • Seven Nights Accommodation at the adjoining Qt or Rydges Hotels. 
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • WI-FI

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 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 electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • 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 Conference 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
  • A dedicated Conference desk open daily to address any questions and provide information as required

Prices are subject to change & availability and include selected cabin accommodation, meals, entertainment, gratuities, fees and taxes. Gratuities, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non refundable deposit of $250 per person is due at time of booking with the final balance payable by 2nd January 2020. Air fares and Travel Insurance are available at an extra cost.

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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