The next big shift in the way Nursing Services are delivered:

Trauma and Violence Informed Healthcare

Trust, Respect, Acceptance, Understanding, Meaning, Autonomy – Isn’t that what we all want?

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28 Mar – 04 Apr 2025 | Cruising The South Pacific

departing Brisbane | 24 CPD Hrs

Phone: 07 4151 3884
Email: [email protected]

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

The impact of trauma on people’s lives is all over social media at the present moment.

In this conference, you will learn about trauma and violence-informed care that has been gaining prominence since the 1990s as a framework for working with and relating to people who have experienced negative consequences after exposure to dangerous experiences.

Such experiences include and are not limited to child adverse experiences (CAE), accidents, war, displacement, incarceration, domestic violence, workplace bullying, and, for some, living through life-threatening illness and psychotic episodes.

In each session, you will explore and discuss content that will assist you in dealing with and managing the anxiety, fear, anger and shame of patients you find yourself providing care to.

You will get to experience several models of care, which, when explained, “make sense of” your interactions with other people – patients and colleagues! The presenters will demonstrate different “easy to integrate” interventions you can use wherever you nurse.

Your presenters, Wendy & Colleen, have over 60 years of experience working in mental health and providing care to individuals who have experienced a broad range of trauma and violence. They integrate compassion, respect, reflection and stories into their presentations.
Patients have an increasing expectation that healthcare professionals will be trauma-informed. How informed are you?

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Conference Learning Outcomes

In this conference you will:

  • Explore the importance of Trauma Informed Care in all areas of health care delivery
  • Discuss models which can assist us understand the dynamics in the relationship between nurses collegially and with patients
  • Review the clinical guidelines which support trauma informed care
  • Investigate appropriate interventions which demonstrate provision of care which is trauma-informed
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You Will Also Learn

  • Trauma – what does it mean for individuals, societies, global citizens
  • Principles of trauma informed care
  • Integrating trauma informed care into individual, team and organisational practice
  • Link between trauma and chronic medical conditions, mental illness and substance use
  • Your safety when working with patients in a trauma informed framework
  • Patient safety
  • Your duty of care to self
  • Why understanding the Limbic System is so important in the treatment process
  • The Window of Tolerance – what it is and why it is so important
  • Transference and where that fits in the therapeutic relationship
  • Parent Adult Child Model
  • The Third Space framework
  • Drama Triangle
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy
  • Focal conflict model
  • The importance of breathing
  • Chemicals and hormones in trauma
  • Professional boundaries – you’ll be surprised what you don’t know
  • The Four C’s of Boundaries – Context, Consistency, Congruence and Categories of Concern
  • Strategies and interventions (through demonstrations) of using trauma informed skills

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenters:

Colleen Reid

In 1974 Colleen thought she would become a nurse for a little while. Forty-five years later she finds herself working in Nursing education.

During those years she became increasingly drawn back to psychiatry, working with people who were experiencing life very differently and who were at risk of ever-increasing marginalisation.

For many years she had the privilege and challenge of working especially with people diagnosed with personality disorders and trauma-induced conditions. She maintains a lasting appreciation and respect for their journey and their resilience.

Colleen has worked in Public and Private Hospitals, Community settings, and Nursing Education.  

Colleen completed her Psychiatric training first, then her General and Obstetric training in the last cohort of hospital-trained nurses in Auckland. She has a BA Humanities and a Grad Certificate in Adult Education.

Dr Wendy McIntosh

RGN, RMHN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MRCNA, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years as a health professional (clinical, education and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness and workplace bullying.

Dr Wendy McIntosh

RGN, RMHN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MRCNA, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years of experience as a health professional (clinical, education, and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness, and workplace bullying.

Wendy has over 20 years of experience as a psychodrama trainee – lifelong learning. She is committed to using experiential learning in the work she does with individuals and groups.

Wendy maintains a full diary of workshops throughout Australia and London UK and consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge, and creativity as a presenter and facilitator.

Wendy is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does within professional boundaries. She has developed internet training tools and education packages for individuals/organisations and delivers webinars for organisations.

With the assistance of six podcast episodes titled ‘Professional Boundaries’, Wendy is exploring and guiding listeners on their own personal and reflective journey through boundaries. Further podcasts are currently in production.

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:

    • Introduction to Trauma
    • Model Transference
    • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    • Childhood Adverse Events and the Link to Chronic Medical Conditions, Mental Illness and Substance Use

    Evening: Optional social get together

Conference Day

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Sessions included today:

  • The Limbic System: A Different Approach to Calming Patients
  • Why the Vagus Nerve is Known as the Self-care Nerve
  • Those Essential Hormones and Chemicals: Cortisol, Serotonin, Adrenaline, GABA
  • The Power of Written Reflection for Self and as an Intervention with Patients

MYSTERY ISLAND, NEW CALEDONIA | Explore at your Leisure

Mystery Island is the South Pacific at its best. The water is crystal clear & the bluest of water, so grab your snorkel & swim with turtles & gorgeous tropical fish in this tropical paradise.

Port Villa, Vanuatu| Explore at your Leisure

With its picturesque scenery, crystal blue waters and friendly locals, this port is a must for travellers looking for an unforgettable adventure.

Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Let’s Explore the Learning & Insights Gained so Far
  • The Importance of Establishing and Maintaining Boundaries in Trauma-informed Care
  • Let’s Explore the Language of Professional Boundaries
  • Trauma-informed Care in your Practice

Evening: Optional social get together

Conference Day

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Sessions included today:

  • Implementing a Trauma-informed Process
  • Welcome Back to PAC, Drama Triangle and Transference
  • Professional Boundary Strategies
  • Bringing it all Together
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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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Do you have a way to ensure your CPD records are safe and always at hand?

CPD Portfolio is a fantastic online solution specifically designed to meet your AHPRA CPD requirements.

The online portfolio allows you to:

✔ Develop a learning plan
✔ Create & prioritise learning goals
✔ Record & reflect on your learning
✔ Upload & attach documents
✔ Manage & store 5 years data
✔ Print to PDF

The Venue:

Quantum of the seas

Cruising on the Quantum of the Seas is an excellent experience for those looking for a unique and high-tech cruise experience with plenty of amenities, dining options, and entertainment.

You will love the innovative amenities, high-tech features, dining options and the array of entertainment options available.  

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. Vitality℠ 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.

CPD Conference Partner

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.

Cruise your way
to professional development

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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 of cruise conferences

Well presented information (Wendy and Colleen), some new, some consolidating old knowledge. Had a great group which mostly gelled together both socially and with course content.


The Impact of Stress and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellness | Cambodia 2023

The CPD sessions were informative and based on evidence-based practice, research, and the expertise of the presenters (Wendy and Colleen) who were engaging and committed to sharing their stories while challenging the participants to reflect upon their own practice.


The Impact of Stress and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellness | Cambodia 2023

Wonderful to hear of Wendy’s experiences preceding mine by about 20 years. She gives incredible insights and makes a way moving forward to continue to ensure the best outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens here in Australia


Webinar: Thirty Years as a Psychiatric Nurse: What has changed, what has stayed the same


  • 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 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 Presenters
  • 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 presenters
  • 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 incurring 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 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.

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