Optimising Wellness and Performance in Health Care Workers

18 – 25 September 2021 | Queenstown, New Zealand


Phone: 07 4153 4215
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 02 6674 2577
Email: [email protected]

Optimising Wellness and Performance in Health Care Workers

26 CPD Hours

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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 call Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577.

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Wellness for clinicians matters, not just in its own right, but because it affects performance. As clinicians, we have the following expectations within our workplace. We expect that our environment will be physically and psychologically safe; we expect that we will be resourced and enabled to do an effective job; we expect that we will be supported and given the opportunity to develop our professional skills.

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Join us and our Conference Partners, Education at Sea, in beautiful Queenstown New Zealand for the Optimising Wellness in Health Care Workers Conference. This destination has so much to offer – do you want to hit the snow, throw yourself off a canyon, or bungy off a bridge?

Or are fabulous wines sipped in gorgeous locations while you nibble on spectacular cheeses more your style? There are also impressive antique shops to explore and exceptionally priced art and sculptures to find. This destination has something to offer everyone not to mention a superb conference program delivered by exceptional presenters.

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The complexities of healthcare organisations, our workloads, targets and other factors can challenge these expectations and erode our wellness, resulting in stress, burnout, and mental illness. This interactive Conference invites attendees to reflect on some key themes that will shift their frame on why clinician wellness matters.

We will explain the hard science behind stress and wellness, including the biology of stress and burnout, and introduce them to a number of strategies to enhance their own wellness and performance.

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Strategies will be discussed at the level of individual wellness, team wellness and also what can be implemented at an organisational level to enhance overall performance.

At the end of this Conference, attendees will have gained a broad and deep understanding of their personal and professional wellness. They will be equipped with the language and science to communicate their own ideas and reflections. Finally, they will have explored strategies that they may modify and implement individually or within their workplaces.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the rationale for clinician wellness
  • Understand the pathophysiology of Stress, Depression and Wellness
  • Examine the Scientific Basis for Enhancing Your Wellness and Performance
  • Identify the process for translating Ideas into Action: From Individual to Organisational Wellness

Our Presenters:

Shahina Braganza

MBBS (Hons), BMedSci, FACEM
Senior Emergency Physician and creator of oneED

Shahina Braganza is a senior emergency physician in Queensland, Australia. She has previously also been a Director of Clinical Training, supporting hospital-wide prevocational doctors.She is passionate about “non-technical” skills in medicine and has a particular interest in professionalism, communication and emotional situational awareness. Her work will be done when such skills and attributes are no longer considered optional extras, but as core qualities demanded by the healthcare profession.

Chris Stapelberg

Professor for Mental Health at Bond University and the Gold Coast University Hospital

Chris Stapelberg is the Professor for Mental Health at Bond University and the Gold Coast University Hospital in Queensland, Australia. He is a medical doctor and senior staff specialist in psychiatry, working at the Gold Coast University Hospital as a psychiatrist. Chris is the Mental Health and Specialist Services Director of Research at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Chris has been researching stress and major depression since 2009. He has undertaken work mapping the network of physiological pathways in stress and depression, using a systems biology framework. He is also studying biomarkers in the context of stress and major depression. He completed his PhD studying the impact of depression on heart rate variability in people with, and without, coronary heart disease.

Sue Walker

R.N., BACH NURSING (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care), MACN 

Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by expert Educators with extensive clinical and education 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:

18 sept 2021 | queenstown

Arriving in Queenstown today – take the opportunity to orientate yourself to your new surroundings.

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

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day two:

19 sept 2021 | Conference Day

Why Wellness? Wellness in Healthcare Workers Matters for More Than the Obvious Reasons.
This session explores the rationale for clinician wellness, at the individual, workplace and organisational level. The neuroscientific and social science evidence base for wellness and performance will be presented, as will the evolution of clinician wellness over recent times. This session seeks to legitimise the clinician wellness agenda. The session will then look at sources of Stress and the Patient-Clinician Contract, as well as the Myths of experiencing illness in healthcare workers. Sessions will consist of presentations and interactive sections.

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day three:

20 sept 2021 | optional tours

The optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Onsen hot pools
  • Bungy jumping
  • A ride on a jetboat
  • Travel to Milford Sound
  • Check our the Canyon Swing
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day four:

21 sept 2021 | conference day

The Biology of Chronic Stress, Burnout and Wellness
This session presents the pathophysiology of Stress, Depression and Wellness, followed by a facilitated discussion exploring individual, workplace and organisational stressors. We will look at stress tolerances by profession and the most current research and statistical data in regards to health professionals and their health.
The language of workplace wellness – compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, burnout will be delved into, followed by a look into the neurobiology around maintaining wellness, including how stress-reducing activities, including artistic and creative activities, affect us biologically. We will also reflect on the influence of team dynamics on workplace wellness.

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day five:

22 sept 2021 | conference activities | optional tours

The conference activities today include:

  • An Exploration of Mindfulness Practice
  • Science Focus: The science that underpins the mind-body connection of mental health in detail

 The optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Visiting Glenorchy
  • A trip on the Skyline
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day six:

23 Sept 2021 | Conference Day

A Scientific Basis for Enhancing Your Wellness and Performance
Today will be spent on an experiential workshop which explores the practice of mindfulness, including brief, low-intensity practices that are embeddable in the healthcare workplace.  Delegates will have the opportunity to trial some of these techniques, to enhance their awareness of the present moment, and to develop some skills and practice that may be transferable to their day-to-day work lives.
Workplace-based wellness strategies will be presented.

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day seven:

24 Sept 2021 | Conference Activities | Optional tours

The conference activities today include:

  • Creating a Business Case for Wellness
  • Panel Q&A Discussion

The optional tours are yet to be finalised but may include:

  • Visiting an Art Gallery
  • Enjoying a tour of a vineyard

Evening: Take this opportunity to enjoy complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues – safe travels home.

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day eight:

25 Sept 2021 | Goodbye Queenstown

Today we say goodbye to beautiful Queenstown – safe travels!

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The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient's experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

Click here to find out more about the NCI Education Governance Committee>>

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Conference  Conveners

Sue Walker

Jason Dawson

Our Sponsors

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

Look what others have said…

A Great opportunity to combine education with travel. It was an interesting program with good presenters. There was plenty of time to network and meet new and interesting people.

Towards Equilibrium Wellness Conference | South Pacific

This is the best conference I’ve attended in at least 10 years. I appreciated the level at which the information was pitched, the confidence and respect from the presenters, their generosity in sharing their personal stories, the ‘realness’ of the work they do and the fun of the conference in general. Really appreciated the networking opportunities too. Thank you. I’d like to see more opportunities for resilience and mental health conferences.

Towards Equilibrium Wellness Conference | South Pacific

Educational, invigorating and enjoyable. U come home packed with self-help tips on how to develop and/or maintain well-being while working in healthcare.

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Can I bring the family?

Because Queenstown is such a fabulous holiday destination, 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 in and around this gorgeous location.  Simply talk to the Team at Education at Sea, they can organise all your and your travelling companion’s travel arrangements. 

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 accommodation. Contact the fabulous people at Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577 for more information.

Costs and 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 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 pack that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard, and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
  • The opportunity to meet as a group in various networking sessions
  • 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
  • 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


Accommodation Package and Optional Tours


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 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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