The Deteriorating Patient Conference

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25 NOv-05 Dec 2024 | Cruising to NZ from Sydney | 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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Conference Synopsis

This conference will look at the care of the deteriorating patient using a ‘case history approach’, learning from past coronial and published cases. We do not look at such cases to scoff, but rather to see where greater understanding and learnings can be achieved to assist in safer patient care.

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Conference Learning Outcomes

At this conference, you will:

  • Explore the overall coronial process.
  • Learn about real cases of different types of patient deterioration to enhance procedural knowledge. Procedural knowledge may be defined as the knowledge we use to act, encompassing skills, techniques, and the ability to secure goals within the working environment.
  • Understand the importance of a firm process of escalation of care in your institution,
  • Increase your knowledge of the overall care of the deteriorating patient.
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You Will Also Learn

This conference will provide learnings from deteriorating patients including but not limited to:

  • Airway management,
  • Respiratory compromise,
  • Cardiovascular collapse,
  • Medication error,
  • Anaphylaxis,
  • Rare complications such as Malignant hyperthermia,
  • And much more!

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenter:



Dr. Paula Foran has a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education & Training awarded from the University of Melbourne, a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, a Master Degree in professional education and training and has received her Ph.D. for her doctoral thesis, “The Value of Guided Operating Theatre Experience for Undergraduate Nurses”, undertaken at Deakin University.

Paula has several publications and book chapters to her credit, has been a guest speaker, and presented Keynote presentations at National & International Conferences.

Paula has been awarded the ‘Most Popular Presenter’ for her keynote address at the International Collaboration of Perianaesthesia Nurses (ICPAN) and presented at the ICPAN conference in Cancun, Mexico 2019. Paula was also awarded the ‘Best Oral Presentation’ award at the European Operating Room Nurses (EORNA) conference in The Hague.

Paula is currently the Master Level Coordinator and the unit co-ordinator for the two master by coursework subjects at The University of Tasmania and the sub-editor for the Journal of Perioperative Nursing (formally the ACORN journal).

She has been a past senior lecturer for Medcast and Critical Care Education Services; past and inaugural National Education Officer for the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN); past and inaugural ‘Chief Examiner’ for the Australia College of Perianaesthesia Nurses (APCAN); and past board member of both ACORN and ACPAN. Paula has been awarded life membership in both the Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group (VPNG) and ACPAN.

Paula also currently sits on the Victorian Perioperative Council, and the Anaesthetic morbidity and mortality review sub-committee for the Safer Care Victoria / Department of Health. In her spare time she is a civil celebrant!

She is a delightfully relaxed and humorous presenter.


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.

Depart Sydney

1630: Depart Sydney

1700 - 1800: Welcome Drinks and Registration Function
Come along and meet the presenters and other conference attendees.
Pick up your conference pack and learn about the conference program and general information about conference cruising.

Conference Day

Conference Day

Free Day


Lyttelton (Christchurch)

Port Chalmers (Dunedin)

Cruising the Fiordlands

Conference Day

Conference Day

Arrive Sydney

Day One: 25/11/2024


1630: Depart Sydney

1700 – 1800: Welcome Drinks and Registration Function
Come along and meet the presenters and other conference attendees.
Pick up your conference pack and learn about the conference program and general information about conference cruising.

Day Two: 26/11/2024

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Deteriorating Patient Policy and Escalation of Care Plan
  • National Safety Standard ‘Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration’
  • Lessons Learned from Clinical Practice and the Coroner’s Court
  • Case Histories from Coronial Cases and Clinical Practice
  • Airway Management

Day Three: 27/11/2024

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Deterioration of a Urology Patient
  • Massive Rise in Temperature Post Operatively!

Day Four: 28/11/2024

Free day

  • Use this day to relax explore what this icon ship has to offer.

Day Five: 29/11/2024


A journey to NZ wouldn’t be truly fulfilled without exploring the breezy charm of Wellington. However, don’t let the name mislead you, as a voyage to Wellington offers access to some of the most breathtaking experiences imaginable. Embarking on a visit to Wellington entails indulging in the city’s renowned nature, culture, shopping, and exhilaration, ensuring an unforgettable adventure.

Optional Tour Available: Ask Education at Sea when you book.

Day Six: 30/11/2024


As you dock at the cruise port of Christchurch in the neighbouring Lyttelton, the awe-inspiring commencement of your Christchurch cruise will foreshadow the incredible day ahead. Immerse yourself in the city’s innate beauty, its pristine beaches, and charming bays, or opt for an iconic punt ride along the serene Avon River.

Optional Tour Available: Ask Education at Sea when you book.

Day Seven: 01/12/2024


Dunedin places you right in the centre of one of the largest cities on the South Island. It’s an ideal way to immerse yourself in the city’s culture, history, and architectural wonders. The moment you enter the Dunedin cruise port at Port Chalmers, our intention becomes vividly clear.

Optional Tour Available: Ask Education at Sea when you book.

Day Eight: 02/12/2024


Embarking on a cruise through Fiordland National Park will transport you into some of the most awe-inspiring and pristine wilderness regions and terrains globally. This journey ventures into the 1.2-million-hectare world heritage site of Fiordland National Park, characterized by picturesque mountains, lakes, fiords, and lush rainforests.

Day Nine: 03/12/2024

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Sudden Deterioration due to Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Normalising Abnormal
  • The Vital Importance of Escalation of Care
  • Non-technical Skills in the Deteriorating Patient Scenario

Day Ten: 04/12/2024

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Communication and Situational Awareness in the Deteriorating Patient
  • Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Pre-empting Deterioration with Monitoring
  • Putting it all together


Evening: Conference Farewell

Share a drink and say farewell to friends and colleagues.

Day Eleven: 04/12/2024


0630: Disembark – Safe travels!

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The Venue:

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor has it all! Being the length of 3 football fields it holds a huge amount of fun-filled activities onboard for you to enjoy.

Refurbished in 2019, including Fun-Ship 2.0 upgrades including the Green Thunder Waterslide & Waterpark, Guy’s Burger Joint, Blue Iguana Cantina and the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar.

Take time to relax, explore and have fun. 

Let's talk about your accommodation

Relax in a style & smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

Dining Options

You've got a foodie in you — everyone does! Awaken and delight yours on this cruise with delicious main dishes, tempting desserts and general yumminess everywhere you look.

There is plenty of choice but where to start? Including four new dining options - Masala Tiger, Fahrenheit 555, Pizzeria del Capitano and Seafood Shack.

Relax and unwind

Sometimes you just need to get away… from all that vacation. We know — sitting at home, it’s hard to imagine that, but trust us — it’s really, really nice to have a place to unwind from the day’s excitement.

Escape to a world designed, from the ground up, for relaxation. Cloud 9 Spa staff are masters (or, maybe more like artists) trained in the craft of simply helping you chill.

take in a stage show

Here's your chance to dip a toe into onboard entertainment, activities, bars and more… so that when you cruise, you're ready to dive headfirst into the fun.

There's stage shows, comedy bars, live music, and karaoke just to name a few of the entertainment choices you have to enjoy onboard.

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Education at Sea

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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Happy attendees

I loved many things about the trip. But one thing I did enjoy was the relaxed atmosphere and the way the presenter  [Paula] interacted with everybody and made the program interesting by her many stories and experiences.


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The talks were great. Just love Paula as a speaker and as a person…she entertaining but also professional.


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Very professional presentations and opportunity for learning while enjoying professional networking and a jolly good holiday together with old and new friends.


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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 Presenter who is a recognised expert in her field and is excited to be able to share her 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
  • 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 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, including the session synopsis and session presenter
  • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours 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.

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