Shifting Sands: Understanding the Forces Shaping Healthcare Delivery Today and Into the Future

Germany, Iceland, & Scotland

MSC Preziosa - Departs Hamburg, Germany

21 August – 1 September 2025
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“Shifting Sands: Understanding the Forces Shaping Healthcare Delivery Today and Into the Future” is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together healthcare professionals to explore the multifaceted factors impacting healthcare delivery in the modern world.
Outline
SYNOPSIS:

This comprehensive forum aims to dissect and understand the convergence of technological advances, workforce dynamics, digital transformation, and the pressing issue of environmental warming on our healthcare system today and into the future.

The conference will delve into how digital innovation is transforming patient access, care experiences, and operational efficiencies, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges these technologies present. Participants will engage with the evolving needs and expectations of the healthcare workforce, discussing strategies to address labour shortages, workload issues, and burnout.

A significant focus will be placed on the health implications of global warming, including the increase in climate-related illnesses, the disruption of food systems and water sources, and the mental health challenges posed by climate crises. The conference seeks to foster a dialogue on creating practices capable of adapting to these environmental changes and promoting sustainable healthcare practices.

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and networking events, “Shifting Sands” aims to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge, tools, and connections needed to navigate and influence the dynamic landscape of healthcare delivery. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the external forces shaping healthcare, innovative solutions to the challenges faced, and a renewed commitment to advancing health equity and environmental stewardship within their professional practice.

CONFERENCE THEMES:

Technological Advances: The deployment of new technologies is essential for improving healthcare quality, access, and cost containment. The shift toward predictive medical data mining and value-based care models is encouraging the adoption of health-enhancing technologies, emphasizing the importance of investment in technologies that prove to be financially viable and enhance the quality of care delivered.​

Workforce Dynamics: The evolving needs and expectations of the healthcare workforce and the increasing shortage of healthcare professionals to deliver services is a major concern. There are complex issues as to why individuals leave the health professions including burnout and why individuals are not choosing to enter the professions. This will require change – not only in how health professionals are trained but also in the culture of health service delivery and the leadership required to navigate this path.

Digital Transformation and Virtual Care: Digital innovation transforms patient access, care experiences, and healthcare operations. Telehealth and digital health investments continue to grow, demonstrating the sector’s movement towards more integrated and consumer-focused care delivery models.​

Healthcare Quality and Disparities: Despite advancements, significant disparities remain in healthcare quality and access, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities. Efforts to address these disparities are ongoing, focusing on improving overall health outcomes and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services​​.

Advancements in Pharmacology, including biologics and nanotechnology, have expanded the possibilities for personalized medicine and targeted therapies and improved patient outcomes across a wide range of medical conditions.

Global warming significantly impacts health worldwide, posing a complex array of challenges that affect everything from air quality and nutrition to the spread of infectious diseases and human migration patterns. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights between 2030 and 2050, it is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from undernutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress alone, with direct damage costs to health estimated to be between US$ 2–4 billion per year by 2030.

The CDC outlines specific health impacts related to climate change, including air pollution, allergens, and pollen, diseases carried by vectors like mosquitoes and ticks, food and waterborne diarrheal diseases, food security, mental health and stress-related disorders, and the direct effects of floods, temperature extremes, and wildfires.

The broad and deep impacts of global warming on health identify the importance of immediate and sustained action to mitigate these effects and adapt to a changing climate.

The changing health consumer profile reflects several significant shifts in demographics, healthcare needs, and consumer behaviours.

Aging Population: The aging population presents unique healthcare challenges, such as a higher prevalence of chronic conditions, increased demand for long-term care services, and the need for specialized geriatric care. Healthcare systems must adapt to cater to the specific needs of older adults, including preventive care, geriatric medicine, palliative care, and support for caregivers.

Mental Health: There’s a growing awareness and recognition of mental health issues worldwide, leading to reduced stigma and increased seeking of mental health services. Factors like stress, social isolation, economic instability, and traumatic events contribute to the rising prevalence of mental health disorders. The integration of mental health services into primary care settings, teletherapy options, and the use of digital mental health platforms are emerging trends. Consumer demand for holistic approaches to mental health care, including mindfulness practices, lifestyle interventions, and alternative therapies, is increasing.

Chronic Disease Management: Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and respiratory conditions are major contributors to morbidity and mortality. Lifestyle factors like poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption contribute significantly to the rise in chronic diseases. Patient empowerment and engagement are emphasized, with an emphasis on shared decision-making, patient education, and support networks to improve adherence to treatment plans and overall health outcomes.

CONFERENCE LEARNING OUTCOMES:
  • Explore the convergence of technological advances, workforce dynamics, digital transformation, and the pressing issue of environmental warming on our healthcare system today and into the future
  • Investigate how digital innovation is transforming patient access, care experiences, and operational efficiencies, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges these technologies present
  • Review the evolving needs and expectations of the healthcare workforce
  • Understand the health implications of global warming, including the increase in climate-related illnesses, the disruption of food systems and water sources, and the mental health challenges posed by climate crises the importance of addressing public health in the context of climate change
YOU WILL ALSO LEARN:
  • The needs and expectations of today’s healthcare workers
  • Why it is so hard to provide mental health services in the current environment and what the future might look like
  • adapting to climate-related health challenges, building resilient healthcare systems
  • Why Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessments (QMRA) are utilised to guide water and wastewater system design
  • Despite Australia’s robust healthcare system, several disparities in quality and access persist, affecting various population groups
  • Why the consumer health profile is undergoing significant changes due to a combination of demographic shifts, advancements in technology, evolving lifestyle choices, and increased awareness about health and wellness.
  • Why advances in vaccine technology are crucial to limit and prevent infectious diseases around the world
  • Why vaccines also have the potential to be used to treat diseases, rather than prevent them
  • The 5 Cs (Context, Consistency, Clarity, Congruence and Categories of Concern) and the 5 Fs of the limbic system (Flight, Flight, Faint, Fawn and Freeze) in relation to professional boundaries
  • The emergence of new terms such as ‘eco-anxiety’ and ‘solastalgia’
  • The intersectionality of climate change and mental health, the repercussions on vulnerable populations while also proposing strategies for mitigation.
  • The ‘experience of care’ – care which is kind, respectful, dignified? Is this arm of care an ‘optional extra’ or an intricate component of quality maternity care?
  • the impact, effectiveness, and challenges of digital transformation in the healthcare sector.
  • a range of physiological changes as individuals age, which have an impact on the pharmacological properties of medicines
  • the possibilities for personalized medicine and targeted therapies and improved patient outcomes across a wide range of medical conditions
  • the critical issue of suicide within the Australian context
  • Why drivers such as climate shifts, globalisation, land exploitation and wildlife trade have directly affected the re emergence of viral zoonotic disease
  • The uncertainty and ferocity of global warming is affecting the way the water industry adapts to protect human and environmental health
  • The concept of “Brief Interventions” and their potential to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Trauma Informed Approach to health care
  • The importance of postcodes to assess the risk of Adverse Childhood Events (ACE’s) and the link between childhood trauma and poor life expectancy.
  • the multifaceted challenges posed by an aging population and the strategies required to address them
  • an intervention that didn’t just reduce your risk of the leading killers, but also arthritis, osteoporosis, sensory impairments.

CPD hours: 24


CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

The Conference is delivered in two formats in the spirit of adult learning. The live presentations are delivered in the Conference Room, and the online library is open one month before the actual Conference dates. The library is an essential component of the entire Conference program. The library consists of Conference material supplied by the Presenter/s, which can include any of the following:

  • Research documents
  • Links to external information
  • Recorded Conference presentations
  • Electronic Notepads

The research documents and recorded Conference presentations form part of the Continuing Professional Development activities. They are delivered to you before the commencement date so you can start your Conference Program early. If you choose not to undertake these activities prior, there is a two-week window post the Conference where the library remains open to you. You can also undertake the library activities during the actual Conference. Below is a snapshot of the Conference Program – full conference program still to be finalised.


PRESENTERS:

Gail Aylmer

Gail has worked for the last 10 years as a Public Health Nurse within the Communicable Disease team of a Queensland Public Health Unit. Gail has a diverse employment history working primarily in Australia plus also spent 18mths working as an Agency Nurse in England.

Over the last 3 decades, she has held positions as a Nurse Academic, Nurse Educator, Infection Control CNC, Surgical Unit Clinical Nurse and Clinical Nurse at Tuberculosis Control Units both in Brisbane and London. During her career, Gail worked in nursing administration as an (acting) Nursing Director for a period in excess of one year. Gail holds a Bachelor of Nursing Degree, a Master of Nursing Degree (Advanced Practice) and a Master of Mental Health Nursing Degree. Gail is an authorised Immunisation Program Nurse and has a Certificate in Training and Assessment.

Gail has travelled extensively over the last 4 decades and in 2016 developed and led a Nurses for Nurses Study Tour to India. This tour was bursting with fabulous experiences and attendees ‘saw the real India’ encountering some of the more interesting and important public health issues within India.

Gail’s other special interests include immunisation across the lifespan, communicable and infectious diseases. She feels strongly about supporting and advocating for the nursing profession, in particular, frontline nurses believing they are the absolute heroes of healthcare.

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Dr Jenni Judd, Professorial Research Fellow, Central Queensland University

Jenni holds a Doctor of Health Science (DHSc -Deakin), a Master of Public Health (MPH -JCU), a Master of Education (Deakin) and a 4-year Diploma of Health and Physical Education (Wollongong).

Jenni is an applied health promotion and public health researcher and is recognised for her research in rural, remote, and regional health, First Nations health and education, mental health, health services and emerging infectious diseases. Before joining the university in 2006, Jenni spent over 27 years in the public sector in the Departments of Health and Education in the Northern Territory.

She has been successful in over $5.9m in competitive research funding and published over 100 publications, including 4 Edited Books, 5 book chapters and more than 90 peer-reviewed publications in national/international journals. She has completed over 21 Higher-degree research students (15 PhDs, 4 Masters of Research students and 2 Graduate Certificates in Research).

She mentors and supports supervisors of Indigenous Scholars.

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Louise Scanlan

Louise is an occupational therapist and mental health clinician committed to promoting psychological recovery and resilience in communities impacted by disasters. As a regional adversity clinician, Louise collaborates with affected communities to build mental health literacy, and develop tailored interventions that prioritise psychological well-being, fostering healing and hope in the wake of trauma. She holds a Masters in Public Health, and lives in Queensland, Australia with her wife and their spoilt rescue cat, Mischief.

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Mark Wiltshire

Mark is an environmental engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the water industry. He has worked in technical, business development, project and managerial capacities in water utilities and the private sector. Over this time, he has been involved in the many different aspects of the water industry including stakeholder engagement, managing water infrastructure, delivering water
recycling schemes and other water technologies.

Mark’s work in community engagement, spans decades and he has been responsible for delivering community change programs to reduce water consumption and environmental pollution. He is an avid traveler, a lover of cruising and has a keen interest for human health through water.

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Rukhsana Aziz

Rukhsana is a Pakistani, Scottish Australian AND a Midwife who completed her Nursing and Midwifery trainings by 1987 in Scotland. In 38 years; Midwifery has taken her from Glasgow to London, USA, The Channel Island, to 3 different regions of Saudi Arabia, to Brisbane (tertiary and regional) as well as remote Northern Territory and remote Queensland. During 27 years of practice in Australia, Rukhsana completed Rural and Isolated Practice Nursing R.I.P.R.N., Sexual Health Practice, Immunisation for nurses and then took a BIG leap of faith and entered university study and has achieved a Master of Clinical Health Practice degree at Griffith University.

After 19 years with Queensland Health amongst the most treasured moments include the development of and sustained Midwifery Group Practice in Goondiwindi now running for 17 years enabling rural women to birth and receive care closer to home, achieving Midwifery Unit Manger status and experiencing the role of Director of Midwifery in FNQ. Of all the locations that Rukhsana has practiced in the last 27 years Goondiwindi, Thursday Island, Doomadgee and Borroloola will always rank in the top 5!

Rukhsana has been invited to speak at a variety of Australian College Of midwives (ACM)conferences over the years, Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club (GNMRC) and has participated in expert clinician panels for Perineal Injury during birth and Induction of labour as well as a variety of Maternity and Neonatal Guidelines with the Queensland Clinical Guidelines team.

Rukhsana is part of the LEAPP (Living Evidence for Australian Pregnancy & Postnatal Care)) team developing evidence based clinical recommendations for pregnancy and postnatal care.

As Rukhsana transitions to retirement she has mixed emotions about the discombobulated state of Maternity Services in Australia because whilst there definitely has been progress – there is rising rates or birth trauma, disrespectful maternity care and women continue to have no local services or have to travel for miles to receive maternity services.

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Dr Wendy McIntosh, RGN, RMHN, GRAD. DIP MH, MN, CERT IV WORKPLACE ASSESSMENT & TRAINING, GROUP LEADERSHIP CERT, MRCNA, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years of experience as a health professional (clinical, education, and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness, and workplace bullying.

Wendy has over 20 years of experience as a psychodrama trainee – lifelong learning. She is committed to using experiential learning in the work she does with individuals and groups. Wendy maintains a full diary of workshops throughout Australia and London UK and consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge, and creativity as a presenter and facilitator.

Wendy is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does within professional boundaries. She has developed internet training tools and education packages for individuals/organisations and delivers webinars for organisations.

With the assistance of six podcast episodes titled ‘Professional Boundaries’, Wendy is exploring and guiding listeners on their own personal and reflective journey through boundaries. Further podcasts are currently in production.

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Sue Walker, RN, BN, BN (ADMIN), MPHC, MACN, Specialist Nurse Educator

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”.


The Cruise Ship: MSC Preziosa

The classic design of beautifully crafted MSC Preziosa includes spectacular features such as a real stone piazza ,sweeping Swarovski crystal staircases and a magical ‘infinity’ pool.  There’s all this and more to discover at your own pace on board, enjoying every moment to the full as you voyage to some of the world’s most beautiful destinations.

Get ready to dive into one of their pools, let your hair down at the themed parties, treat yourself to something delicious in one of their amazing restaurants, and much more!

The award-winning MSC Aurea Spa is a haven of peace and pampering on board, offering beauty and wellness treatments to melt the tension away. The solarium provides an open-air alternative, for complete relaxation while you soak up the sun.


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

Itinerary

 

Day and Location Events
Day 1: Thursday 21st August 2025 Depart Hamburg

 Evening – 5pm to 6pm: Conference Welcome and Registration Function

All delegates are required to attend the conference registration session in order to collect their study pack & confirm registration details to ensure the correct issuing of their CPD certificate.

Day 2: Friday 22nd August At sea

Morning: Sessions today include:

  • The Evolving Needs and Expectations of the Healthcare Workforce
  • Shifting from Intention to Impact: Why is it so hard to provide mental health?
  • Public Health and Climate Change: Understanding the Intersections and Implications
  • Everything you wanted to ask a Water Engineer but were afraid to Ask!
  • Disparities in the Australian Healthcare System: Quality and Access
  • Changing Consumer Health Profile

Afternoon: Self-directed CPD Activities | Access via the online library

6pm to 7pm: Optional Social Get Together – a bit of fun

Day 3: Saturday 23rd August  Lerwick, England See the Lerwick Harbour, visit the Shetland Museum and Archives to delve into the region’s rich history, and take in the picturesque views of the surrounding islands from the Clickimin Broch, an ancient stone tower.
Day 4: Sunday 24th August  At sea

Morning: Sessions today include:

  • The future of vaccines?
  • The 5 Cs and 5 Fs of Professional Boundaries
  • Climate Change and Mental Health: Understanding the Psychological Impact of Environmental Crises
  • Respectful Maternity Care and Birth Trauma
  • How Successful has the Digital Transformation that Supports Virtual Health Care Been?
  • Aged Care Polypharmacy

Afternoon: Self-directed CPD Activities | Access via the online library

6pm to 7pm: Optional Social Get Together – a bit of fun and get to know each other

Day 5: Monday 25th August  Reykjavík, Iceland

Discover the magic of Reykjavík, Iceland’s vibrant capital where nature meets culture. Wander through charming streets, visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja for panoramic views, and explore world-class museums. Enjoy the city’s dynamic culinary scene and legendary nightlife. Just a short drive away, marvel at the stunning landscapes of the Golden Circle. Whether you’re chasing the Northern Lights or enjoying the Midnight Sun, Reykjavík promises an unforgettable adventure.

6pm to 7pm: Optional Social Get Together – a bit of fun and get to know each other

Day 6: Tuesday 26th August  Reykjavík, Iceland

Continue to explore Reykjavík!

6pm to 7pm: Optional Social Get Together – a bit of fun and get to know each other

Day 7: Wednesday 27th August  Ísafjörður, Iceland Ísafjörður, Iceland, is known for its stunning fjord setting, offering breathtaking views and excellent hiking opportunities. Visitors can explore the charming town center with its historic buildings, local shops, and vibrant cultural scene.
Day 8: Thursday 28th August Akureyri, Iceland Akureyri, often called the “Capital of the North,” is Iceland’s second-largest city and a hub for culture and outdoor activities. Visitors can enjoy exploring the charming downtown area, visiting the impressive Akureyrarkirkja church, and taking excursions to nearby natural wonders such as the Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Mývatn.
Day 9: Friday 29th August  At sea

Morning: Self-directed CPD Activities | Access via the online library

Afternoon: Sessions today include:

  • The Future of Pharmacology
  • Suicide in Australia
  • Zoonatic Diseases: The Past and the Future Perspective
  • Climate Resilience in the Water Industry

6pm to 7pm: Optional Social Get Together – a bit of fun and get to know each other

Day 10: Saturday 30th August Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Kirkwall, located in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, is a historic town known for its well-preserved Norse heritage. Visitors can explore the impressive St. Magnus Cathedral, stroll along the picturesque harbor, and discover the rich history of the islands at the Orkney Museum.
Day 11: Sunday 31st August At sea

Morning: Sessions today include:

  • Brief Interventions: An Important Tool for Health Practitioners and Chronic Disease Management
  • Trauma Informed Approach: Health Professionals it is Time to Listen and Act
  • The Unique Challenges of an Aging Population for Healthcare
  • Getting Healthier as You Get Older

Afternoon: Self-directed CPD Activities | Access via the online library

Evening: Farewell reception

Day 12: Monday 1st September Arrive in Hamburg We say our final goodbyes – Safe travels!

For information relating to pricing, bookings and travel insurance please complete the booking enquiry box or email enquiries@educationatsea.com.au

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

Presenter Disclosure: Education at Sea & the NFNN makes every effort to ensure the advertised presenters deliver the program. However in the unlikely event a presenter is unavailable Education at Sea & NFNN reserves the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Shifting Sands: Understanding the Forces Shaping Healthcare Delivery Today and into the Future

We invite healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers, and students to submit abstracts for the upcoming conference focused on the evolving landscape of healthcare delivery.

This interdisciplinary forum seeks to explore the impacts of technological advancements, workforce challenges, digital transformations, environmental warming, and other critical factors on healthcare systems worldwide.


 

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES? MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT.


CONFERENCE THEMES:

Technological Advances: Deploying new technologies is essential for improving healthcare quality, access, and cost containment. The shift toward predictive medical data mining and value-based care models is encouraging the adoption of health-enhancing technologies, emphasizing the importance of investment in technologies that prove to be financially viable and enhance the quality of care delivered.​

Workforce Dynamics: The evolving needs and expectations of the healthcare workforce and the increasing shortage of healthcare professionals to deliver services is a significant concern. There are complex issues as to why individuals leave the health professions including burnout and why individuals are not choosing to enter the professions. This will require change – not only in how health professionals are trained but also in the culture of health service delivery and the leadership required to navigate this path.

Digital Transformation and Virtual Care: Digital innovation transforms patient access, care experiences, and healthcare operations. Telehealth and digital health investments continue to grow, demonstrating the sector’s movement towards more integrated and consumer-focused care delivery models.​

Healthcare Quality and Disparities: Despite advancements, significant disparities remain in healthcare quality and access, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities. Efforts to address these disparities are ongoing, focusing on improving overall health outcomes and ensuring equitable access to healthcare services.

Advancements in Pharmacology: Advances in pharmacology, including biologics and nanotechnology, have expanded the possibilities for personalized medicine and targeted therapies and improved patient outcomes across a wide range of medical conditions.

Global Warming: Global warming significantly impacts health worldwide, posing a complex array of challenges that affect everything from air quality and nutrition to the spread of infectious diseases and human migration patterns. The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights that between 2030 and 2050, it is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year from undernutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress alone, with direct damage costs to health estimated to be between US$2–4 billion per year by 2030.

The CDC outlines specific health impacts related to climate change, including air pollution, allergens, and pollen, diseases carried by vectors like mosquitoes and ticks, food and waterborne diarrheal diseases, food security, mental health and stress-related disorders, and the direct effects of floods, temperature extremes, and wildfires.

The broad and deep impacts of global warming on health identify the importance of immediate and sustained action to mitigate these effects and adapt to a changing climate.

The changing health consumer profile reflects several significant demographic shifts, healthcare needs, and consumer behaviours.

Aging Population: The aging population presents unique healthcare challenges, such as a higher prevalence of chronic conditions, increased demand for long-term care services, and the need for specialized geriatric care. Healthcare systems must adapt to cater to the specific needs of older adults, including preventive care, geriatric medicine, palliative care, and support for caregivers.

Mental Health: There’s a growing awareness and recognition of mental health issues worldwide, leading to reduced stigma and increased seeking of mental health services. Factors like stress, social isolation, economic instability, and traumatic events contribute to the rising prevalence of mental health disorders. Integrating mental health services into primary care settings, teletherapy options, and the use of digital mental health platforms are emerging trends. Consumer demand for holistic approaches to mental health care, including mindfulness practices, lifestyle interventions, and alternative therapies, is increasing.

Chronic Disease Management: Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and respiratory conditions are major contributors to morbidity and mortality. Lifestyle factors like poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption contribute significantly to the rise in chronic diseases. Patient empowerment and engagement are emphasised, emphasising shared decision-making, patient education, and support networks to improve adherence to treatment plans and overall health outcomes.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, written in English, and provide a clear outline of the objective, methods, findings, and implications.
  • Please indicate the theme most relevant to your submission.
  • Indicate the length of the presentation (30 or 60 minutes).
  • Submissions should include the title of the abstract, author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and a corresponding email address.
  • It is a condition of acceptance that all presenters must be registered delegates.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference and cruise before 5th of August 2024. NB: It’s a small deposit to register and the full payment is not required until 2nd of May 2025.
  • Papers will not be scheduled for presentation until registration has been received.
  • If paper is accepted, we will require a presenter headshot and bio which will be published in the conference program and on the website.

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract Submission Opens: 1st of MAY 2024

Abstract Submission Deadline: 12th of AUGUST 2024

Notification of Acceptance: 30th of AUGUST 2024

Submission Process:

Please submit your abstracts via NFNN online submission form. For detailed submission instructions and guidelines – Click here >>

Selected abstracts will have the opportunity to be presented in conference sessions or as part of panel discussions. This conference represents a unique chance to contribute to the discussion on pressing issues facing healthcare delivery and to share innovative solutions with a diverse audience.

We look forward to your submissions and the opportunity to highlight your work in the field of healthcare delivery.

Optional Tours
COMING SOON…

Education at Sea tours are exclusive to conference delegates and their guests. Tour participation numbers are limited. Tours are booked through Education at Sea or Travel Direct Australia 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.

Flights & Travel Insurance
FLIGHTS

Travel Direct Australia is a sister company of Education at Sea. So while Education at Sea organises all conference and seminar events (in conjunction with Nurses for Nurses Network) Travel Direct Australia books all your travel needs for your cruise seminar and cruise conference events.

Travel Direct Australia is an established travel agency based in Kingscliff, New South Wales. They are committed to providing the highest level of customer service, professionalism, and value in travel to customers. Travel Direct Australia provides a wide range of travel services for those travelling for business or pleasure. They can arrange airfares, pre- and post-cruise accommodation, travel insurance, and more – and not just for CPD events, either.

We are happy to provide airfare quotes upon request for any travel needs. There is no obligation, though due to the dynamic nature of airline booking these prices are subject to change.

Booking your airfare with Travel Direct Australia/Education At Sea provides the convenience of having all your travel plans organized under one roof. This also comes with the advantage of having all your associated travel costs on a single statement of account.

As airlines no longer provide commission on airfare bookings, Travel Direct Australia charges a flat service fee of $75 per person should you decide to move forward with this booking. Any amendment, cancellation, etc. fees are subject to carrier terms and conditions. Travel Direct Australia 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.

Bookings can be held for 24 hours. We will issue the ticket the same day payment is received.

For bookings or enquiries please phone Aaron on 02 8528 4939 or email travel@traveldirectaustralia.com.au


TRAVEL INSURANCE:

When it comes to protecting your trip, travel insurance needs to cover you in more ways than one. Why? On the same trip you could lose your bag, sprain your ankle, or miss a flight – and that’s just in the first 24 hours.

That’s why our Cover-More travel insurance plans are packed with useful benefits that may help support you when the unexpected occurs.

From cover for unforeseen overseas medical emergencies and repatriation costs to certain COVID-19 scenarios and lost luggage, our plans can protect you from a variety of out-of-pocket expenses.

Protect your cruise holiday from medical expenses and more:

Whether you’re on a cruise to the Pacific Islands, sailing through the Caribbean, or exploring the seas of Australia’s tropical north, cruise travel insurance benefits can help protect your trip from costs if something goes wrong.

Our goal is to provide you with quality cruise insurance benefits to help keep you safe. If you’re going on a multi-night cruise on the sea or ocean, you must tell us about your cruise for Cruise Cover to be added to your policy and an extra premium will apply. (This cover is not required for river cruises within Australia or international destinations.)

Why do I need cruise travel insurance benefits?

Cruises are a great way to relax, bask in the sun and enjoy the sea breeze while exploring new destinations. So, it may come as a shock if your cruise experience isn’t exactly smooth sailing.

From delayed luggage to falling seasick, it can be difficult to predict what will happen on board – let alone the money you may lose if you must cancel your cruise before you even leave home.

Cruise Cover benefits can provide cover for medical costs on board, help you if you need to be medically evacuated off the ship, and provide reimbursement for lost luggage and non-refundable expenses (up to the cancellation amount you have added to your policy).

To enjoy the cruise holiday you deserve, we recommend you consider travel insurance for cruising for extra peace of mind, and support when you need it most.

What happens if I get sick on a cruise?

Domestic and international cruise ships do offer onboard medical assistance, but the medical staff are only there to stabilise your condition.

If you require urgent medical attention while on a cruise, you may need to be evacuated from your cruise and taken to hospital – which can be extremely costly depending on where you are in the world.

That’s where cruise travel insurance benefits can help when cruise cover is added to your international plan.

With our partners, Cover-More, cruise insurance benefits included in your policy, they can not only assist with medical costs, but you’ll their expert 24-hour Emergency Assistance team on hand to help if you are hospitalised.

For bookings or enquiries please phone Aaron on 02 8528 4939 or email travel@traveldirectaustralia.com.au

 

Pricing

 

Cabin Selection Cabin Prices – Why not invite a friend or colleague to join you!

Twin Share

 

Interior cabins starting from $2457 per person

Ocean View cabins starting from $2897 per person

Balcony cabins starting from $3227 per person

 Twin Share (including drinks)

Interior cabins starting from $2847 per person

Ocean View cabins starting from $3387 per person

Balcony cabins starting from $3717 per person

 Single Occupancy 

Interior cabins starting from $4316 per person

Ocean View cabins starting from $5396 per person

Balcony cabins starting from $6056 per person

 Single Occupancy (including drinks)

 

Interior cabins starting from $5096 per person

Ocean View cabins starting from $6176 per person

Balcony cabins starting from $6836 per person

 Conference Attendance Fee  $1290 per delegate

**Prices are correct at the time of publication, however cruise costs are subject to change, so please take these prices as a guideline until you make a firm booking. Please email enquiries@educationatsea.com.au for the correct costs on the date of enquiry.

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 Presenter that is a recognised expert in her field & is excited to be able to share her skill, knowledge, & 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 & network with Conference Convenors & Conference Presenter/s
  • 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) & 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 & Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships & information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference, including the session synopsis & session presenter/s
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio

 A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 2nd May 2025.

Cancellation Penalties and Disclosure: All deposits and registration fee’s are non refundable. Cruise cancellation policies vary by supplier, you can review MSC terms and conditions here. CPD Cruises Pty limited trading as Education at Sea will not be responsible for any financial loss due to cancellation from unforeseen circumstances. We strongly recommend you take our travel insurance at the time of booking. 

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