The Legal Implications of Nursing Practice

Papua New Guinea

P&O Pacific Aria | Departs Brisbane

19 November – 29 November 2019
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Explore the Key Legal Concepts that Impact Nursing Practice.


The Legal Implication of Nursing Practice

Papua New Guinea – Departing Brisbane

In this conference, we will explore the key legal concepts that impact Nursing practice and gain the knowledge and skill to make effective decisions for patient and staff safety with confidence.

Dr Pam Savage has a formidable reputation, as a Registered Nurse and Barrister, in her ability to translate the legal ramifications of health service delivery to the practical application in the Nursing setting.


Conference Learning Outcomes

  • Assess how the legal system influences the provision of health services and professional practice in Australia through health care legislation and common law.
  • Analyse aspects of health practice and policy from an ethical and legal standpoint
  • Discuss how various laws, professional standards, and legislative requirements are incorporated into daily Nursing practice.
  • Apply legal and professional standards to situations in order to make safe and effective decisions for safe practice.



Dr Pam Savage, RN, Dip N (Lon), BA, MHPEd, Dip Law, EdDoc

Pam has an extensive background in clinical nursing, education, and remote area Nursing both in Australia and overseas.

As a Lawyer and Clinician, this background is brought to her role as adjunct Lecturer to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as Aboriginal Health Workers.

Pam is a Barrister at Bar (NSW) and a published author and her book “Law for Student Nurses: applied principles” is now in its third edition.

Designing undergraduate and postgraduate law courses for nurses and community health workers has been a major focus of her work.  As a regular contributor to Nurses for Nurses network her blogs and webinars address issues of professional and legal governance that have relevance to nurses working in many environments.

The Venue:

This exceptional Conference is being held on the P&O Pacific Aria as we cruise the pristine blue seas of the South Pacific where sunshine and smiles meet. You can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, be welcomed by the locals as you check out the markets and immerse yourself in village life, feel the white sand between your toes and just relax in this laid-back island paradise.

The P&O Pacific Aria has a dedicated conference venue where the conference will be held during the days we are at sea. Travel with your family and friends – while you are attending an exceptional Nursing Conference they can explore the ship and get involved in on board activities. Then each day after the conference sessions you can kick back and relax with them – what a great way to mix your need to keep up to date with best practice Nursing education and spend time with your family and friends in a spectacular location.

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: Tues 19th Nov
Departure: Brisbane

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: Wed 20th Nov
At Sea

An opportunity to review and explore prior learning, experience and policies governing out nursing careers. thus session will gather your specific issues and matters to ensure these will be addressed throughout the conference.

Session 1 : What are the key areas of law that can affect Nurses?
This session will define and explain common law, civil law, criminal law, statute law, coronial enquiries, employment law and professional indemnity insurance. Discussion will address how and when these might give rise to actions against a Nurse.

Session 2 : Why we need to Understand the Tort of Negligence
Negligence has over the last two decades broadened to include claims of damage that were once outside the realms of the common law. At its core, the approach to determining if there is a case in negligence are the elements of negligence. This session will explain these concepts and discuss how, in practice the Nurse can use them in assessing a situation that carries risks.

Session 3 : Applying Concepts of Negligence to real-world Experiences
This is an interactive session where participants can relate their own pracice situations and explore hoe these might be interpreted against elements of negligence. Legal cases will be examined.

Session 4 : Consent
Every nurse believes that adhere to the rules but the law of consent is evolving and the obligations on health professionals have become broader and expectations about the informed consent have become higher.

Day 3: Thurs 21st Nov
At Sea

Session 1 : Fraudulent and Criminal Nursing Actions
What makes something a crime and how both the legal and professional bodies respond to and sanction such behaviours will be discussed. We will consider the various legal regulatory strategies which may be used to control such conduct with a view to matching appropriate strategies with the various forms of dishonest conduct which may take place.

Session 2 : What are the Legal, Cultural requirements and Nursing Responsibilities after a Death
For many nurses it has been a long time since they were taught the procedures of caring for the deceased client. Over time the protocols for preparation have altered in line with requirements for autopsy, coronial and police investigations.

Session 3 : Scope of Practice
This session aims to clarify the professional and legal interpretation of Scope of Practice to ensure, as clinicians, we have the capacity to judge and relate real world situations to these boundaries and understand the consequences of failing to work within them.

Session 4 : Coronial Enquiries and Investigations
A perennial anxiety for Nurses is being called to provide information or be a witness at a Coroner’s Inquest. The procedures and expectations of the system will be explained and the responsibilities of health professionals who may be involved will be discussed.

Session 5 : Professional Boundaries and Boundary Crossings
This session will explore the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses and the concept of professional boundaries. Recognising just what constitutes transgressions and likely professional consequences will be the main focus.

Day 4: Fri 22nd Nov
Conflict Islands

Today’s stop gives you the opportunity to experience untouched natural beauty.

Don’t be fooled by the name, this is paradise in the Coral Sea! The Conflict Islands are made up of 21 untouched islands in Papua New Guinea. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home to an incredible array of marine wildlife.

Evening: Join us an open forum discussion.

Day 5: Sat 23rd Nov

Located on Papua New Guinea’s northeastern tip, this province – blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past – has literally risen from the ashes.

Day 6: Sun 24th Nov

Optional Hospital Tour

Join us on a tour of the local hospital where will tour the facility with our Nursing colleagues and discuss the delivery of Nursing services reviewing the similarities and differences – this is an opportunity to learn from each other.

Day 7: Mon 25th Nov
Kiriwina Island

Spend the day exploring this stunning port of call.

Located in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Kiriwina is the largest and by far the most populous of the Trobriand Islands, and home to one of the most colourful and fascinating cultures on earth.

Evening: Join us an open forum discussion.

Day 8 : Tues 26th Nov

Optional Hospital Tour

The Capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Alotau is steeped in history, rich in culture and blessed with natural beauty. Join us on a tour of the local hospital where will tour the facility with our Nursing colleagues and discuss the delivery of Nursing services reviewing the similarities and differences – this is an opportunity to learn from each other.

Day 9: Wed 27th Nov
At Sea

Session 1 : Legal Cases that Challenge Nurses
There are few cases but those that directly affected Nursing policies, Nursing education and Nursing Practice are worth examining. Documentation, medication, administration, discharge planning and management responsibilities will be among the issues raised.

Session 2 : Risk Management, Incident Reports and Defensive Documentation
The need for investigation into incidents is accepted. How to structure an incident report and the potential use of this document in legal proceeding has been controversial at times. However, these documents are used by lawyers so professional responsibility for generating these needs to be understood.

Session 3 : Good Samaritan Law
The duty to rescue and obligations on the professional faced with an emergency cause anxiety and the fear of negative outcomes leading to legal liability inhibit and dismay. This session will discuss the legal and professional obligations and explore the law in relation to rescuers and the injured.

Session 4 : The most common Nursing Errors
While not errors have legal consequences we all work hard to avoid mistakes, Research has shown not only the most likely errors but the circumstances that in real world situations give rise to them.

Session 5 : Professional Malpractice, Professional Misconduct, Unsatisfactory Conduct
The session will explore the law that governs Nurses, the systems that lead to investigations and the meaning of these labels. Cases and tribunal findings will be used to explore findings of negligence and conduct that have led to sanctions and penalties against Nurses.

Day 10: Thurs 28th Nov
At Sea

Session 1 : Dealing with Complaints
We are all familiar with conflict situations and aware if poorly handled these can move into legal and professional minefields. Strategies to defuse and respond to conflict are often learnt “on the job” but difficult situations are the norm for Nurses and understanding how our communication and approaches can resolve and avoid further actions can be valuable.

Session 2 : Behaviours that open the way for Tort Actions
Habits of practice and habits of Nursing communication can underpin accusations of bullying, defamation, slander and libel. Issues of confidentiality and trespass to person are minefields in practice. Examples from the workplace will be used to guide discussion.

Session 3 : Confusing Situations 
Legislation and social attitudes are constantly changing, The rules governing certification of death, organ donation, chemical and physical restraints are some of the areas that can arise in our clinical situations and cause anxiety.

Session 4 : Voluntary and Involuntary Admission
Legislation dictates just when and how consumers are admitted for mental health services. The rights of the client are paramount considerations but are often overlooked in general health services.

Session 5 : Oh no, not Another Student to Supervise
Many nurses fear the consequences of student errors and their capacity to delegate and manage student work. The rules governing responsibility and risks are the focus of this session.

Evening : Farewell Drinks and Canapes

Day 11: Fri 29th Nov
At Sea
Arrive in Brisbane and disembark – safe travels!

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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


PRICE: $240

• Date: Friday 22nd November
• Departure Time: TBA
• Duration: 7 hours approx.
• Meeting time and area to be advised on board.


We are proud to announce this tour is co-ordinated by Reeftours, which was founded by 20 year old Milne Bay local Shanniah Loih as a way of supporting her village.

. Learn about Health Care Delivery in PNG and meet local Nursing Colleagues during our escorted visit to Alotau Hospital
. Step back 50 years as we visit the local primary school. No electricity, water, fans or computers.
· Visit Battle of Milne Bay War Memorial and Milne Bay Look out
. Spend the afternoon at the village Shanniah grew up in. This is real PNG. We will experience traditional native dancing and a talk
from the Local Chief
. Enjoy a traditional lunch
. The tour will conclude at the Alotau International Hotel where you can enjoy a cold drink or local beer overlooking the bay,
before a short walk back the ship. *(Drinks not included)

Important notes:
This tour will include walking on uneven surfaces and trails. The temperature can be extremely humid. We recommend wearing appropriate clothing, footwear, hat, sunglasses and sun protection.



Price $190

• Date: Sunday 24th November
• Departure Time: TBA
• Duration: 7 hours approx.
• Meeting time and area to be advised on board.

. Learn about Health Care Delivery in PNG and meet Nursing colleagues during an escorted visit of Nonga Hospital
. Visit Rabaul Volcano Observatory where PNG”s 14 active volcanoes are monitored.
· Get up close to Mt Tavurvur Volcano. This is one of the most dangerous and active volcanoes in the region.
. View the boiling and bubbling Rabaul Hot Springs
. Rabaul old airport
. Rabaul Historical Museum
. Yamamoto Bunker
. Enjoy a buffet lunch at Rabaul Hotel

Important notes:
This tour will include walking on uneven surfaces and trails. The temperature can be extremely humid. We recommend wearing appropriate clothing, footwear, hat, sunglasses and sun protection.

Education at Sea tours are exclusive to seminar delegates and their guests. Tour participation numbers are limited. Tours are booked through Travel Direct Australia 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 from $1648      per person twin share  “Go Fare”
Ocean View Cabin from $1950      per person twin share  “Go Fare”
Balcony Cabin from $2596      per person twin share  “Go Fare”
Conference Attendance Fee $890 per attendee
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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 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 presentation-note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice or printed, whichever you choose
  • 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 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

Prices include exclusive conference activities, selected cabin accommodation, meals, entertainment, gratuities, fees and taxes. Guest price includes all of the above with the exception of the seminar fee. Gratuities, fees and taxes are subject to change without notice. P&O Cruise Lines has reserved the right to re-cost pricing in the event of significant currency fluctuations. A non refundable deposit of $300 pp is due at time of booking with the balance payable by 14th August 2019.

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