Birth Matters: Innovations and Insights in Midwifery

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow: Advancing Maternal Health
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24 Nov-05 Dec 2024 | Cruising to PnG from Brisbane | 24 CPD HRS

Phone: 07 4151 3884
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Phone: 02 7908 7774
Email: [email protected]

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Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Conference information below.

If you would like to secure your place or have any further questions please complete the enquiry form or contact the team from Education at Sea, our conference partners, on 02 7908 7774 or [email protected].

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The aim of the conference is to explore the concept of innovation in Midwifery. This conference bridges the historical, holistic practices of midwifery with modern advancements in maternal and neonatal health.

We will explore midwifery practice with our Papua New Guinea colleagues – visiting their hospitals and learning from their traditional, cultural, and current midwifery practices. Whilst in the conference room we will explore innovations in midwifery practice in the Australian context.

This approach not only honours the rich legacy of midwifery but also underscores the profession’s dynamic and evolving nature in the face of contemporary challenges and scientific progress.

The conference will serve as a platform for midwives from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences, learn from one another, and strengthen the global midwifery community. The hospital visits, presentations, session discussions, and networking opportunities are designed to foster collaboration, mentorship, and professional development.


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Conference Learning Outcomes

At this conference, you will:

  • Explore the Integration of Traditional and Modern Practices
  • Gain advanced knowledge and skills in providing comprehensive maternal and neonatal care
  • Develop stronger advocacy skills to support women’s health rights, informed choice, and access to quality care
  • Enhance professional development and contribute to the growth of a supportive, global midwifery community
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You Will Also Learn

  • The history of Australia’s influence in Papua New Guinea
  • Daily Life and Social Customs of Papua New Guinea
  • The Health Care System in PNG
  • About our past visits to Alotau and Rabaul Hospitals
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Want to donate products to our PNG colleagues?

Over the years we have been visiting the hospitals, we have found that well-meaning people donate large amounts of products that cannot be used at the health facilities.

This can be due to any of the following:

  • The product is unknown to local staff and therefore they require education to use it and there is no ongoing supply. So when it runs out what do they do then?
  • The products supplied are out of date.
  • The products are not suitable to use in a tropical location.
  • The items are well worn and not suitable for reuse.
  • The products are culturally inappropriate.
  • Too many items in large suitcases that are difficult to get off the boat and through customs. 

“Closer to the sail date we will be in touch with you to identify what products the staff at both hospitals and the Kiriwina Health centre have requested we bring for them. If you would like to donate, we will provide you the information you require to do so easily and without causing any issues with the local authorities.”

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenters:

Jason Dawson Education at Sea

Cate Nagle

Cate holds an Honorary Professor role (Deakin) and an Adjunct Professor role at James Cook University.

A Midwife for nearly 30 years, Cate has practised nationally and internationally in acute and primary care settings. Cate led the NMBA Midwife standards for practice and her research has informed midwifery practice, education, and policy. Cate has 8 PhD students and serves on a number of state and federal committees.

With a Master of Public Health and a PhD in perinatal epidemiology, Cate is looking forward to meeting you all and to what will be a culturally and professionally enriching experience.

Sue Walker Nurses for Nurses

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 & Health Administration, a Masters Degree in Public Health, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, & Training & Assessment. She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer, Mindfulness Practitioner, & Clinical Supervisor.

Sue has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, & senior manager. She has presented at local & international conferences on many topics including, key issues in healthcare, such as the psychological impact of the work that Nurses do & 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 & Loss, & Workplace Bullying.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in how the community & Nurses experience the healthcare system.

“Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system & work in difficult environments that can take advantage of their commitment to ensuring the best possible care is delivered. To continue to meet professional & community expectations Nurses & Midwives need to acknowledge their unique contribution to health care delivery & assert their collective strength to safeguard the community & ensure their ongoing professional needs are recognised & 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 & skill of the individual Nurse will have the greatest influence on the happiness & health outcomes of each & every client”.

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.

Depart Brisbane

1600: We set sail
Make sure you are on deck for the set-sail festivities.
Nurses for Nurses CPD Travel Evening: Conference Registration and Drinks
Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

Conference Day

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Sessions included today:

  • The History of Australia’s Influence in Papua New Guinea
  • Daily Life and Social Customs of Papua New Guinea
  • The Health Care System
  • A reflection on our past visits to Alotau and Rabaul Hospitals


Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Embracing Traditions, Envisioning the Future: A Comprehensive Immersion into Midwifery
  • Cultural Sensitivity in Midwifery Care

Conflict Islands | Explore at your Leisure

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 an incredible array of marine wildlife.


Alotau | Explore at your Leisure

Today you will be spending the day visiting colleagues at Alotau Hospital in Papua New Guinea (PNG). You will gain exposure to different cultural perspectives on childbirth and postnatal care. Understanding how different culture’s view and manage childbirth can enrich your professional practice and provide a more holistic approach to midwifery.

Explore Ship Life

Free Day

Take the day to explore what this fabulous ship has to offer.

Time TBA: This afternoon, join us for a fundraiser for the Global Nurses and Midwives Rotary Club.

Time TBA: Tonight, we will meet and Network to reflect on our visits to the Alotau hospital and explore clinical practice lessons learnt.


Rabaul | Explore at your Leisure

Located on Papua New Guinea's north eastern tip, this province - blessed with natural beauty but plagued with an unlucky past - has literally risen from the ashes.

Optional Tour: Visit to Rabaul Hospital and surrounding sites – includes lunch


Kiriwina Island | Explore at your Leisure

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.

Tour: Visit to Kiriwina Health Centre


Revisit the Conflict Islands – it is gorgeous!

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Reflection on Alotau Hospital: Shared Stories of Discovery
  • The Science Behind the Practice: Advancing Midwifery through Evidence-Based Care

Conference Day

Free Day:

Take this day to relax and continue to enjoy all the ship has to offer.

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Evening: Conference Farewell

Share a drink and say farewell to friends and colleagues.

Arrive Brisbane

0630: Disembark - safe travels!

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The Venue:

Carnival Luminosa

If you're hopping aboard Carnival Luminosa, get ready for a blast of genuine Carnival vibes and loads of fun! Picture this: sipping on creative concoctions at Alchemy Bar®, indulging in a fancy feast at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse™, and soaking up the lively atmosphere at RedFrog® Rum Bar.

The entertainment scene is on point with Playlist Productions™, Piano Bar 88, and the belly laugh-inducing Punchliner™ Comedy Club. Need to unwind? Cloud 9 Spa™ and the peaceful Serenity™ are your havens.

Oh, and did I mention the ship's got tons of windows, so even indoors, you're in for killer views and lots of natural light? It's basically a floating paradise!

Let's talk about your accommodation

Unwind in a blend of style and intelligent sophistication. Our contemporary interior staterooms feature amenities such as a TV, a comfortable sitting area, and more.

Simply unpack and let the relaxation begin. Your dedicated room steward will ensure your space is cleaned and organized daily, leaving you with the simple task of getting dressed, grabbing your bag, and embarking on your adventure.

Dining Options

The foodie in you is just waiting to be awakened and delighted, and what better way than on this cruise filled with mouth-watering main dishes, irresistible desserts, and deliciousness at every turn.

With plenty of choices, the only question is: where do you even begin?

unwind And De-Stress

There are moments when you crave an escape, even from the joys of vacation. We get it – it might be a bit tricky to grasp while lounging at home, but take our word for it – having a dedicated space to unwind after a day of adventures is truly a blissful experience.

Step into a realm meticulously crafted for relaxation, from the very foundation. The Cloud 9 Spa team consists of experts (or perhaps, more fittingly, artists) skilled in the art of simply helping you chill out.

Experience a live show

Seize the opportunity to sample the array of onboard entertainment, activities, bars, and more, ensuring that when you embark on your cruise, you're fully prepared to immerse yourself in the excitement.

From captivating stage shows and laughter-filled comedy bars to vibrant live music and lively karaoke sessions, the onboard entertainment options are as diverse as they are delightful.

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Education at Sea is an Australian business founded by experienced Nurses who wanted to offer a better alternative for CPD education for their fellow Nurses.
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Can I Bring the Family?

Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your CPD Travel adventure.

Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid’s club program.

Simply talk to the Team at Education at Sea, they can organise all your and your travelling companion’s travel arrangements.

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What if I need kid-free time?

If you want to mix only with adults, most ships have an area with entry only available to people over the age of 18..

Guests will jump for joy upon discovering this private retreat where they can connect with the ocean – and disconnect from everything else.

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Can you give me some tips on Cruising?

We sure can……whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship our Ultimate Guide to Cruising is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure.

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Can you organise for me to share a room with someone?

We can’t promise – but we can pop your name on a waiting list and if another person asks the same question we can put you in contact with each other and you can decide if you are both compatible to share a cabin.

Contact the fabulous team at Education at Sea on 02 7908 7774 for more information.

Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.
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A worthwhile and humbling experience to explore healthcare in PNG by immersing yourself in their culture and way of life!


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  • 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 who are knowledgeable 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
  • 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) 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 Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
  • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session including the session synopsis and session presenter
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
Disclaimer: The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.
The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommends customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them attending and thus incur any financial loss.

Registration Costs


Please Note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.
Conference registration and deposits are being handled by our Conference Partner – Education at Sea.
This is a fabulous program – to secure your place at this Conference simply contact Education at Sea to find out about all the cabin options available.

Once you have paid your deposit, your registration is confirmed, and you can start planning your Conference getaway.

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