Midwives on board:

Improving the Outcomes for our Birthing Families
15-22 October 2022 | Cruising Alaska departing Seattle
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Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Improving the Outcomes of Birthing in Families Conference information below.

If you’d like to secure your place or have any further questions  regarding the travel component of this event please complete the enquiry form or call Education at Sea on 02 7908 7774.

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This conference will give midwives the opportunities to grow and develop their knowledge and skill to improve the outcomes for our birthing families.

Midwifery practice is increasingly complex due to the demands of the organisations they work for, community expectations, expanding social implications, and rising clinical complexities. The broad range of topics provided at this conference will assist the midwife in their day-to-day practice.

who is this conference for?

This conference is for all Midwifery professionals who want to explore the challenges facing Midwives today and how we can still work together to improve outcomes for our birthing families.

Learning Outcomes

At this conference you will:

  • Gain an understanding of challenges facing midwives today across the country
  • Explore how we as individual midwives can still make a difference
  • Review current literature and use this to guide best practice
  • Investigate ways to challenge the status quo to improve the birth experience for our Birthing families

you will also Learn

  • Mental health in midwifery practice
  • Modern life impacts on the birthing woman’s mental health and the mental health of midwives themselves
  • Modern parent without historical support systems
  • Increasing demands of complex patients
  • Workloads, skill mix and a pandemic
  • How the environment women birth their babies in impacts on the birth process and a woman’s perspective on their experiences
  • Supporting Junior midwives
  • Breastfeeding assessment
  • The anatomy and physiology of both the perineum and anterior compartment, how to protect them, and long term effects if injuries do occur
  • Self-care, reflect and switch off after that busy shift at work

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenter:

Sue Lawton

BNSc, Grad Dip Mid, Cert IV TAE, IBCLC

Sue is the Midwifery Educator and a Lactation Consultant at Townsville University Hospital and is the Chair of the Statewide Midwifery Educators Group in Queensland. She has worked in the field of midwifery for over 20 years and brings experience across the pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal continuum having worked in the public and private sectors, rural and city.

Sue formed the Queensland Maternity Educators Group in 2020 with the aim of working together and sharing resources across Queensland and trying to standardise education across the state. Her passion is to give midwives the opportunities to grow and develop, which allows them to be the best midwife they can be to improve the outcomes for our birthing families.

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by an expert Educator with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

The Nurses for Nurses Network combines great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

In the spirit of adult learning, the Conference is delivered in two formats. The live presentations delivered in the Conference Room and there is the online library which is open one month prior to 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 presentation form part of the Continuing Professional Development activities but are delivered to you prior to the commencement date so that 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.

Day one: 15 Oct 2022 | Seattle

Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to port.

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

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Day two: 16 Oct 2022 | at sea | Conference Day

This is a full Conference day. Topics covered today:

  • Mental Health in Midwifery & the complexities of modern times
  • The Birthing Environment
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Day three: 17 Oct 2022 | Juneau

Explore at your leisure

Juneau’s lively downtown is compact, easy to navigate on foot and always a favourite with visitors and has many things to see within walking distance of the ship.

Topics covered today:

  • Supporting our Junior Midwives
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Day four: 18 Oct 2022 | Skagway

Explore at your leisure

Today Skagway survives almost entirely on tourism, as bus tours and more than 400 cruise ships a year turn this small town into a boomtown again every summer.

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Day five: 19 Oct 2022 | Glacier Bay

Grab a great seat

With its spectacular glaciers and abundance of marine wildlife, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has become the crown jewel in the itinerary of many cruise-ship and independent travellers.

Topics covered today:

  • Breastfeeding Assessment – It’s more than just the latch
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Day six: 20 Oct 2022 | Ketchikan

This morning explore that amazing town of Ketchikan.

Set at the bottom of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage, this gorgeous town is the Salmon Capital of the World.  While in port take the opportunity to check out the feisty salmon, idyllic scenery, and an incredibly rich Alaska Native culture.

Topics covered today:

  • The Perineum and the Anterior Compartment

Day Seven: 21 Oct 2022 | Victoria, British Colombia | conference day

Topics covered today:

  • Midwifery Education & Keeping Up with the Times
  • The Importance of You

Evening: Tonight we say our final goodbyes to new friends as we enjoy a farewell function.

This evening explore Victoria Canada

This evening you can roam the spacious lawns of stunning Butchart Gardens with its exotic flora, unusual topiary and exquisite fountains.

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Day eight: 22 Oct May 2022 | Seattle

Disembark in Seattle, Safe travels!


The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses.

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Our affiliation with ACN provides you with the opportunity to grow your career and tap into your individual potential.
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The Venue:

Norwegian Bliss

Custom-built for the spectacular, Norwegian Bliss features a revolutionary Observation Lounge for you to soak in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to dolphins splashing through warm turquoise waters. Come aboard and experience the best dining, entertainment, and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivalled natural beauty. Whether you choose to go tropical or a little wild, there’s one word to describe the experiences awaiting you on Norwegian’s newest ship: Bliss.

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Let's talk about your accommodation

Relax in a lively style and 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.

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Dining Options

Serving a wide variety of culinary delights to please every palate, our complimentary dining options include three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. Plus, our Main Dining Rooms offer a menu that changes daily, Chef’s Signature Dishes and carefully selected wine recommendations, guaranteeing a different culinary adventure with every visit.

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Relax and unwind

Enjoy some much-needed relaxation – When you want some “me” time, look no further than Mandara Spa®. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered. At our onboard spas, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let our pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

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take in a stage show

When it comes to the entertainment on our newest ships, you won’t believe your eyes or even your ears. Bask in the bright lights of Broadway with performances like Burn the Floor and Million Dollar Quartet. Or tickle your funny bone with hilarious comedic performances.

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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 only want to mix with adults most ships have an adults only 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 out 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 people at Education at Sea on 02 7908 7774 for more information.

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Costs & Inclusions

  • 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 their field and is 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 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 and 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
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 Cost


All conference payments including registrations, accommodation options and deposits are being handled by our Conference Partner – Education at Sea.
This is a fabulous program – to secure your place at this Conference you need to 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.

Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.

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