Stress Management and Burnout:

The impact on Teachers, and the use of Mindfulness Strategies

A conference to support wellness for Teachers

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27 Sep – 05 Oct 2025 | Cruising The South Pacific
departs Sydney | 24 CPD Hrs

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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

Both stress and burnout impact Teachers. This conference explores the key issues surrounding stress and burnout. It also provides a Mindfulness workshop to enhance Teacher’s ability to manage stress and explore strategies to enhance their emotional well-being in their personal and professional lives.

Stress should be viewed as a process rather than a definitive diagnosis. It occurs when there is an issue between the demands placed upon us and our ability to handle them. How intensely and extensively stress affects an individual largely hinges on their perspective towards a given situation.

Burnout is a work-related stress syndrome resulting from chronic exposure to job stress. Psychoanalyst Freudenberger introduced the term in the early 1970s and subsequently defined it by Maslach et al. as consisting of three qualitative dimensions: emotional exhaustion, cynicism and depersonalisation, reduced professional efficacy, and personal accomplishment.

Mindfulness is more than a strategy to manage difficult situations. It is a way to cultivate a more balanced relationship with oneself in relation to the realities of life. Mindfulness can better be understood as a way of being and living rather than a tactic or strategy for life.

By providing the opportunity to devote attention to the processes that underlie mindfulness and explore scientific findings related to mindfulness, this training is different from other programs in many respects and provides attendees with the tools to enhance their well-being.

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Conference Learning Outcomes

At this conference, you will:

  • Explore what stress is and strategies to manage same
  • Discuss why workplace stress can lead to burnout
  • Review the consequences of burnout to the individual and the organisation
  • Undertake a mindfulness workshop that will provide strategies to assist in managing stress
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You Will Also Learn

  • What wellness is, and strategies to achieve same in your personal and professional life
  • What stress is and its impact on the individual
  • About burnout and the consequences for an individual’s personal and professional life
  • How what we think impacts how we feel which leads to how we behave
  • The issue of suicide in the professions
  • Key strategies to assist a suicidal person
  • The importance of sleep and how to achieve same
  • The latest research on gut health and mental health
  • One deep dive into a specific element of mindfulness per session
  • Integrating information and practice with scientific evidence and insights
  • Detailed explanations covering the reasons for certain practices
  • Small practices that aim to increase the integration of mindfulness into daily life
  • Examining mindfulness in the broader context of life and how we perceive things
  • Understanding the foundation of processes that mindfulness rests upon

Not your typical Teacher’s Conference

Our PresenterS:

Steph Wheeler

BSc, Dip Ed

Steph is a highly motivated and passionate high school Mathematics teacher of 32 years with incredible educational skills underpinned by experience in a variety of public and private schools both in Queensland and in New South Wales. She was a Head Teacher responsible for establishing the Mathematics and Science faculties at a new public high school in Sydney.

Steph was able to bring to the table her knowledge and people skills to implement the grounding for an outstanding work team environment. She is a team player, supportive, motivating and an approachable, helpful leader. 

Steph’s roles also involve mentoring beginning and training teachers. This has inspired her to share her many years experience and knowledge of applying mindfulness with fellow teachers. She has embraced in her own life all of the components covered in this course and believes that they enable her to have enjoyed the teaching profession for three decades in nine different schools in two different states and to still go to work with a genuine smile on her face and a sparkle in her heart.

Sue Walker


Sue Walker is the director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and a key contributor to the online education platform Nursing CPD – a Continuing Professional Development library.

As a Registered Nurse, Sue holds Degrees in both Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Health, 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, Mindfulness Practitioner, and Clinical Supervisor. 

Sue has presented at local and international conferences on many topics including the key issues impacting on the psychological impact of workers and how the work requirements and culture can impact on the physical and psychological health of the individual.

Sue is passionate about making a difference in the way in which people experience their professional and personal lives.

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.

Day one:
27 Sept 2025 | Depart Sydney

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

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

Day two:
28 Sept 2025 | Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • How did we get here?
  • Understanding Stress Burnout
  • Your Belief System
  • Personality Test

Day three:
29 Sept 2025 | Conference Day

Sessions included today:

  • Assertiveness Workshop
  • The Results of Unmanaged Stress: Depression, Anxiety, and
    the Risk of Suicide
  • Gut Health
  • Mindfulness Attention and the Now

    Day four:
    30 Sept 2025 | Mare Island, New Caledonia

    Wild by nature, the island’s landscapes effortlessly combine the spectacle of steep cliffs and dense, dark forests with fine sand coves and impressive rocky headlands. Quite unlike anywhere else, the scenery provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore what makes Maré Island so unique.

    Day Five:
    01 Oct 2025 | Lifou, New Caledonia

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    Day Six:
    02 Oct 2025 | Noumea, New Caledonia

    An understated and underappreciated cultural mixing pot, brimming with stunning views, rich food and a turbulent but fascinating history.

    The mix of both French and local Kanak culture, intermingled with aspects of Vietnamese and Indonesian influence, has created a unique travel experience in Nouméa and New Caledonia.

    Day Seven:
    03 Oct 2025 | Conference Day

    Sessions included today:

    The Issue with Automatic Behaviour

    • Judgement
    • Acceptance
    • Goals

      Day eight:
      04 Oct 2025 | Conference Day

      Sessions included today:

      • Compassion
      • The Ego
      • Integration
      • Your Stress Management and Mindfulness Plan

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

      Day Nine:
      05 Oct 2025 | Conference Day

      Arrive Sydney – safe travels!

      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.

      CPD Conference Partner

      Education at Sea

      Education at Sea is an Australian business who wanted to offer a better alternative for CPD education.

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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.

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      It’s a fantastic way to build on education in a relaxing and informative environment. There was still plenty of free time to spend with my partner, who came with me on the cruise, and new friendships formed with other classmates. A wonderful melting pot of experiences and stories.


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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 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.

      We strongly recommend 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 $1290.00

      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.
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