The Deteriorating Patient Respiratory and Cardiac Assessment Conference

Plus Bonus ECG Interpretation Workshop

Port Douglas - Queensland

30 January – 4 February 2022
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In this Conference we are going to explore the significance of advanced respiratory assessment by the Registered Nurse/Paramedic.


The Deteriorating Patient Respiratory and Cardiac Assessment Conference

*Plus Bonus ECG Interpretation Workshop

In this Conference we are going to explore the significance of advanced respiratory assessment by the Registered Nurse /Paramedic. We will examine the chest landmarks and demonstrate the auscultation technique. The general respiratory assessment of a deteriorating patient with respiratory compromise will be explained. We will also explore a variety of uncommon respiratory disorders which many of them are life-threatening.

Chest auscultation, interpretation of chest x-rays and interpretation of arterial blood gases will be explained in an easy to follow format with clinical hints and scenarios.

The second focus of the conference will be aimed at empowering all nurses to perform expert clinical assessment of a patient deteriorating with cardiac disorders.

Two vital subjects will be addressed at length, interpretation of 12 lead ECG’s and life-threatening Long QT interval syndrome – with time allowed for exercises and workbooks. Cardiac auscultation will be demonstrated and the link to deterioration and scenarios will be explained.

“The importance of expert nurses being able to interpret deterioration in ABG samples not only in the  critical care and ED but also the ward cannot be underestimated.”

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss the general respiratory assessment of a deteriorating patient with respiratory compromise.
  • Explore the general cardiac assessment of a deteriorating patient with cardiac compromise.
  • Gain expert knowledge and skills in the interpretation of arrythmias and 12-lead ECG
  • Investigate communication skills and tips that will obtain immediate action for your patient from other members of the health care team

You will learn:

  • How to recognise a patient deteriorating with a respiratory disorder or condition
  • How to recognise a patient deteriorating with a cardiac disorder
  • How to interpret deterioration of a monitored patient
  • Interesting respiratory conditions such as silicosis, psittacosis and, legionnaires disease, COVID 19, and the deadly emerging C.auris
  • How to read a chest xray
  • The presentation on the chest xray of a variety of disorders such as: heart failuire, pneumothorax, pneumonia and placement of various catheters
  • Of Becks Triad and relate to the deteriorating patient with a pericardiac effusion
  • The anatomy of the lung fields, examining the lobes and landmarks for auscultation
  • How to auscultate both the lungs and the heart
  • The significance of a post- operative patient who develops crackles and shortness of breath
  • The assessment of a patient who is developing life-threatening anaphylaxis
  • The effects of Illicit drugs on the heart.
  • How syncope or mild fitting can be misdiagnosed and relate this to the LQT interval syndrome
  • The vital role ward nurses have in managing a patient after an antidepressant overdose and the required knowledge of all nurses in this serious disorder of long QT
  • The difference between of ruptured aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection
  • The assessment of chest pain in a pregnant woman or in the post-partum period
  • How to perform the clinical assessment of a collapsed patient
  • The ANZCORs Resuscitation guidelines relating to PEA cardiac arrest
  • The common arrhythmia associated with a post op haemorrhage or trauma.
  • First aid technique of a patient with a snake bites
  • The effects of venom from the three common dangerous snakes in Australia


Anne Evans-Murray

Anne Evans-Murray, Registered Nurse; Registered Counsellor; Certificate 1V in Assessment and Workplace Training; Upgraded certificate 1V in Training and Assessment; Diploma of Counselling (Grief and Loss, Relationship Counselling); Bachelor of Health Science; Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Tertiary); Masters in Education (Curriculum Development); Graduate Certificate in Critical Care.

Anne has a passion for teaching which she does in an unpretentious way that ensures you will not only understand and retain what she presents,  but will enjoy this learning experience. She has extensive experience of over 26 years lecturing for Gold Coast Health District and Griffith University.

Currently, she is a guest lecturer at Bond University medical school. Anne is a frequent presenter at workshops, conferences & seminars throughout Australia & New Zealand on subjects such as high dependency nursing, cardiac arrhythmias & ECG interpretation, chest x-rays interpretation, clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient, assertion training and leadership. She conducts accredited advanced life support training for nurses, doctors and paramedics.

Anne has a passionate commitment to empower all clinical staff through increased awareness and knowledge of the critically ill patient’s condition so that timely intervention is implemented, which will benefit patient outcomes.

She is the author of three books; “ECGs Simply”,  “Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply” and ‘Uncomplicating Life, Simply’.  Her ECG book is a textbook sold in many universities in Australia.

For information relating to the conference program and content please contact the Nurses for Nurses Network on 07 4151 3884 or via email at 

The Venue: Oaks Resort Port Douglas

Just moments away from the iconic Four Mile Beach…..

A lush tropical setting awaits your arrival at Oaks Port Douglas Resort, ideally located just moments away from the iconic Four Mile Beach. It also has close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, making the resort the first choice of holiday-makers staying in Port Douglas.

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: 30th January 2022                Port Douglas

Settle into your accommodation and relax.

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

DAY 2: 31st January 2022 CONFERENCE DAY

Today’s Session Include:

  • Pandemics and Coronavirus
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
  • Snake bite – recognition of respiratory deterioration
  • Interesting variety of Respiratory Disorders
  • Chest x-ray interpretation
DAY 3: 1st February 2022 CONFERENCE DAY

Morning Session Includes:

  • Lung Auscultation
  • Self-directed conference workbook
  • ABG
  • Lung Sounds
  • Chest x-ray

Afternoon – Take the opportunity to relax or join one of the two great tours we have to offer.

Optional Tours: Half Day

  1. River Drift Snorkelling Tour – It’s swimming, snorkelling, floating and a rainforest walk, all combined into the best rainforest experience in the region.
  2. Exclusive Low Islands and Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling/Sunset Tour

Additional information can be found on the Optional Tours section of this page.

DAY 4: 2nd February 2022  LET’S EXPLORE

Take today to explore this beautiful destination at your leisure.

Optional Tour – Full Day “Daintree Rainforest Tour” including lunch at High Falls Restaurant, and a visit to Shannonvale Winery.

Evening: Optional dinner and networking session this evening.

DAY 5: 3rd February 2022 CONFERENCE DAY

Today’s Session Include:

A Day Celebrating the Art and Skill of Communication – The Assertive Nurse

  • Telemetry/ECG Interpretation
  • Foundational principles of ECG monitoring
  • Monitoring a patient in critical care and ward telemetry units
  • Interpretation of a 12 lead ECG
  • Illicit drugs and the heart
  • Cardiac auscultation and the recognition of a deteriorating patient

Optional Event – A fabulous fundraising event for the Global Nursing and Midwives Rotary Club

DAY 6: 4th February 2022 CONFERENCE DAY

Today’s Session Include:

  • Interpretation of LQT interval syndrome
  • Aortic aneurysms and aortic and coronary dissection
  • Assessment of a collapsed patient
  • Self-directed conference workbook
  • Conference Conclusion and farewell

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.


Please click here for the itinerary PDF

For information relating to room pricing, bookings and 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 the Nurses for Nurses network reserves the right to use a suitably qualified substitute presenter.

Optional Tours
Exclusive Catamaran Sunset Tour

DATE: 1st February 2022 – 5pm to 6.30pm (Strictly limited spaces)

Enjoy the thrill of pure sailing!  A “must do” when visiting Port Douglas is to relax with a Sunset Sail on board a first class sailing catamaran.

Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast off Port Douglas. Take in the ambient music, relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the spectacular mountain views while enjoying unlimited drinks and delicious canapés. 

COST: $110 per person


  • Transfers to and from hotel
  • Exclusive private charter for Education at Sea and Nurses for Nurses Network delegates and guests
  • All beverages included (Choice of beer, wine or sparkling wine)
  • A delicious selection of canapés
  • Spectacular sunset sail over the coral sea, with views of the Daintree Mountains
  • The experience of sailing on board a luxury sailing catamaran

Important notes:
This tour includes travelling on a boat, we recommend wearing appropriate clothing and bring a beach towel, swimwear, hat, sunglasses and sun protection.

River Drift Snorkelling Tour

DATE: 1st February 2022 – Half Day Tour – 1.30pm to 5pm (Strictly limited spaces)


It’s swimming, snorkelling, floating and a rainforest walk, the perfect tour through nature. Step into the cool, crystal-clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface.

A chance to see some of the most beautiful animals that live in the forest’s rivers and jungle, from fish to turtles, water dragons to colourful birds. Who knows what else you might see? Make sure to keep an eye out for the ever-elusive platypus.


  • River sled to float on (small children can share with an adult)
  • Wetsuit, boots and snorkel mask
  • Experienced guide
  • Light snacks after the tour

COST: $120 per person

Important notes:
There are no change rooms at the river, so please wear your swimmers underneath your clothes. Leave all valuables behind, including any loose fitting jewellery and rings that can be removed. Make sure to bring a towel and comfortable footwear.

Not suitable:

  • if you have limited mobility or injuries, e.g. difficulty walking, injured or limited movement of knees, ankle, shoulder etc.
  • for anyone who is pregnant.
  • Max recommended weight limit is 125kg/274lb

Daintree Rainforest Tour

DATE: 2nd  February 2022 – Full Day – 9am to 3pm





The tour group will depart Port Douglas at 9am and head to the Daintree Forest, where they will experience an exciting and informational walk at Mossman Gorge. With the option to swim at the gorge’s stunning main swimming area, what better way to cool down in the tropical jungle weather during the tour.

After cooling down in the water and exploring the Mossman Gorge, guests will next be following a full-loop trail walk, exploring the Daintree National Park at an easy pace, this interpretive 1.5hr walk, will leave you with a deeper understanding of this breath-taking rainforest.

From 12pm-1pm lunch will be served at the High Falls Restaurant, located in Whyanbeel Valley. Offering a delicious lunch, sitting next to a tranquil river, High Falls is a restaurant nestled amongst such beautiful surroundings which guests are sure to love.

After a delicious lunch, guests will experience a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at the Mossman Gorge; where you’ll be cleansed of any bad spirits and be painted with traditional rainforest body paint.

With one more activity on the list for the day before heading back, guests will really enjoy their trip to the Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery. This is a chance to taste any of the single fruit wines available at the winery and see if you will be converted to a fruit-wine drinker, a perfect drink to celebrate the succulent tastes of tropical fruits grown in a pristine North Queensland location.


  • Return transfers from The Oaks Port Douglas Resort
  • Traditional Welcome Ceremony
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • BPA-Free water bottle for the walk
  • Lunch at High Falls Restaurant
  • Tropical fruit wine tasting at Shannonvale Winery

COST: $260 per person

Important notes:
This tour will include walking on uneven surfaces and trails. We recommend wearing appropriate clothing, hat, sunglasses and sun protection. There are no change rooms at the river, so please wear your swimmers underneath your clothes. Make sure to bring a towel and comfortable footwear.


Room Selection Twin Share per person
Single occupancy from $858
Double/Twin sharing room from $429 per person
One or Two bedroom apartment from $570 per person
Conference Attendance Fee $1090

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

A deposit of $100 per person is due at time of booking with the final balance for the conference fee payable by 17th December 2022.

**PLEASE NOTE deposits for accommodation and  the final payment dates for this will vary depending on your final choice of hotel. 

Cancellation Penalties and Disclosure:  If you choose to cancel but the conference still goes ahead as planned, no refund will be given however a credit for your delegate fee will be offered. Any cancellation fees applied by this parties such as accommodation and tour companies are not the responsibility of Education at Sea. 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 conference and travel requirements.

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