Optimising Wellness in Health Care Workers 2022

New Zealand

Royal Caribbean – Ovation of the Seas | Departing Sydney

30 March – 10 April 2022
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“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.

The Cruise Ship: Ovation of the Seas

Welcome to one of the world’s most innovative ships, filled with game changers, edge-of-your-seat entertainment and dining that defies the imagination. Score 390-metre high views from the North Star, order up a cocktail in binary at the Bionic Bar and enjoy a full-sensory aerial adventure in Live. Love. Legs.


Royal Suite Class – It’s about unforgettable experiences – moments that inspire, service that exceeds expectations and one-of-a-kind adventures that give you stories to bring home. You’ll discover all that and more when you sail in Royal Suite Class.

Interior Rooms – The interior staterooms include a wide array of facilities for your whole family to enjoy.

Ocean View – Savour the seaside and snapshots of landscapes from shore to shore.

Balcony – Claim your slice of paradise with balcony views just outside your door.

Virtual Balcony – Cutting-edge technology delivers a view in every room with real-time, floor-to-ceiling displays.

Dining Options:

Treat your taste buds to a whirlwind tour around the world with family-style Italian dishes at Jamie’s Italian by Jamie Oliver, American steakhouse classics with contemporary flair at Chops Grille, and over-the-top culinary creations that blur the line between dreams and reality at Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine.

Enjoy Fabulous On-Board Entertainment:

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving – and on the RipCord simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck. Take adventure to new heights on the rock climbing wall, then experience the thrill of buckling up and taking the wheel for non-stop fun on the only dodgem cars at sea. Or catch a wave on the FlowRider surf simulator before ascending over 91 metres above sea level in North Star.

You can score a front-row seat to jaw-dropping acrobatics and mesmerising visual effects in Live. Love. Legs. Or watch what happens when music, cinematography and tech combine in Pixels.

The Program:

The program content is provided by expert Nurse 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 combines quality 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.

For information relating to the conference program and content please contact the Nurses for Nurses Network on 07 4151 3884 or via email at info@nursesfornurses.com.au 

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: Wed 30th March 22
Departure: Sydney

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

Evening: Enjoy a chance to mingle and have a drink with the other attendees at the Conference Registration.

Day 2:Thu 31st March 22
Cruising: At Sea
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: Fri 1st April 22
Cruising: At Sea

The Biology of Chronic Stress, Burnout and WellnessThis 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

We will also reflect on the influence of team dynamics on workplace wellness.

Day 4: Sat 2nd April 22
Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sound

Find yourself a fabulous vantage point as today we visit Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, and Dusky Sound.

Take the time to reflect on the lessons learnt in the past few days and how they relate to you personally and professionally..

Day 5: Sun 3rd April 22
Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Explore Dunedin’s Victorian and Edwardian architecture, get close to rare wildlife and soak up the quirky city vibe.
Day 6: Mon 4th April 22
Christchurch, New Zealand
Visit Christchurch and stroll through beautifully manicured Hagley Park or see Maori artifacts at the Canterbury Museum.
Day 7: Tue 5th April 22
Wellington, New Zealand
Wellington, situated at the southern end of the North Island, New Zealand offers a great mix of art, culture, history and nature. Enjoy activities like kayaking, stroll the waterfront and a visit Te papa, New Zealand’s national museum while in Wellington.
Day 8: Wed 6th April 22
Napier, New Zealand
On the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island sits Napier, in Hawke’s Bay. The entire city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style following an earthquake in 1931, giving Napier the best collection of authentic Art Deco buildings on the planet. Known for its wine, Napier boasts a cafe culture enjoyed year-round thanks to its sunny, Mediterranean-like climate. Nearby you can find the world’s largest colony of gannets – a sleek, white sea bird known for its dramatic plunge-dive fish-catching technique – which can be viewed on a hike or a tractor ride on the beach.
Day 9: Thur 7th April 22
Picton, New Zealand

Picton – The heart of the Marlborough Sounds, this picturesque port town is home to great cafes, restaurants, galleries and speciality shops.

Day 10: Fri 8th April 22
Cruising: At Sea
A Scientific Basis for Enhancing Your Wellness and Performance

The morning 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 11: Sat 9th April 22
Cruising: At Sea

Translating Ideas into Action: From Individual to Organisational Wellness

A brainstorming and planning session on how to take what has been learned, and to map out how to implement action at a personal and professional level, including within workplaces.
There will also be opportunity to revisit topics already presented, and to discuss delegates’ reflections.  Delegates will be given a guide to available resources.

Day 10: Sun 10th April 22
Arrive, Sydney, Australia
Disembark – have a safe trip home

Please click here for the itinerary PDF

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


Make the most of your day in Dunedin, the oldest city in New Zealand. This comprehensive full day itinerary takes you to some of the finest lookouts and must-see places in the city of Dunedin and ventures out to explore remote parts of the Otago Peninsula with its stunning coast, rolling sand dunes and a beautifully architected castle.

The tour will include lunch in the Ballroom of Larnach Castle

Tour Day & Time
Sunday 3rd April 2022
Departs 9.00am
Tour Price



Enjoy views of the city, the harbour and coast from the most stunning vantage points, including the cable car terminal. Visit the Wellington Botanic Garden, the famous Beehive and Parliament buildings and take a ride on Wellington’s iconic cable car. Enjoy the rugged southern bays and coastline and amazing 360° panoramic views from Mount Victoria lookout.

The tour will conclude with a 3 course lunch on the stunning Wellington Waterfront near Te Papa, New Zealands National Museum.

Tour Day & Time
Tuesday 5th April
Departs 9.00am
Tour Price


The stunning Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and home of the world-renowned sauvignon blanc. This fun filled tour will include cellar door tastings at Framingham Winery, Giesen Winery, Allan Scott Winery followed by a magnificent 3 course lunch which matching wine at the renowned St Claire Winery.

Tour Day & Time
Thursday 7th April
Departs 9.00am
Tour Price

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.

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. In the event the cruise ship is unable to dock or tender at the nominated port we will attempt to offer alternative tour arrangements. However, we can not guarantee full refund of tour costs. We recommend all attendees and their guests obtain travel insurance at the time of booking.

Cabin Selection Twin Share per person
Inside Cabin Starts from $1913 per person 
Ocean View Cabin Starts from $2162 per person 
Balcony Cabin Starts from $2425 per person 
Single Occupancy Starts from $3568 per person 
Conference Attendance Fee $990 
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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 cruise 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 4th January 2022 . 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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