The Impact of Stress and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellness

06-13 January 2023| Land Tour - Cambodia | 15 CPD Hours
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Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Impact of Stress and Trauma on Mental Health and Wellness study tour information below.

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Trauma is an experience of extreme stress or shock that is/or was, at some point, part of life. Traumatic events are often life-threatening and include events such as natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, the illness of a close friend or family member, sexual assault, or difficult childbirth experiences. Stress is a reaction to less dramatic and actual life events such as a job loss, exams, deadlines, finances, or divorcing a spouse. While stress is not always harmful, trauma nearly always is.” – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

This study tour will explore the impact of professional trauma on the Nurse and strategies for self-preservation. It will also explore the impact of trauma on client behaviour and their responses in health settings and how, by understanding the impact of trauma, Nurses develop the capacity to communicate better and provide an enhanced professional-client relationship.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Investigate the impact of trauma on mental health and wellbeing
  • Explore the physiological changes that can occur in traumatic experiences
  • Identify strategies for self-preservation
  • Review strategies for working with clients who are demonstrating behaviours associated with past and current traumatic experiences
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You will also learn

The language of trauma

  • When and how a diagnosis is made of post-traumatic stress disorder
  • The impact of childhood trauma on psychological, emotional, and physical development
  • The impact of trauma on the major systems of the body
  • How the body demonstrates the experience of trauma
  • The compass of shame
  • To understand the limbic system and behaviours
  • How fabulous the limbic system is and who would not want to know about it
  • Models to help us understand trauma – “the window of tolerance”
  • The importance of reflective practice to recognise and manage the stress associated with trauma
  • Transference of trauma between patient and nurse
  • How to decrease the risk of vicarious trauma
  • How professional boundaries is a way to look after Nurse’s wellbeing
  • The relationship between trauma and dissociation
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Who is this study tour for?

This study tour is for all Nursing professionals, irrespective of specialty area, who want to gain or enhance their knowledge in the areas of stress and trauma with the focus being the impact on the health status of their clients and/or their own professional response to issues that may be occurring in their workplace.

Our Presenters:

Jason Dawson Education at Sea

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.

Colleen Reid

Most of my professional nursing career was spent in adult mental health in public and private mental health hospitals and community settings. I managed a mental health special care unit for many years. The last five years of my professional life was spent teaching in the Diploma of Nursing TAFE.

I have now retired and like many of my fellow nurses – there came a time when it was right to do so. So now there is a little more time to reflect and read many of those articles that sat waiting for the elusive spare time. There have been many changes in our practice since I commenced training in 1974 (psychiatric then general and obstetrics) and our narrative about who we are and what we do has often been revised.

Whether in my clinical roles, in the hospital or community setting or in my teaching roles, our story and how this interacts with clinical practice has been both fascinating and frustrating. And fabulous and funny. Want to hear a good story?…ask a Nurse.”

Sue Walker

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

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 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.

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Day one: 06 Jan 2023 | Arriving phnom penh 

Poulo Wai Hotel will immerse you in the thriving and frantic street life of this fascinating city while simultaneously cocooning you in luxury and comfort, your home away from home from which to explore this captivating city.

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

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Day two: 07 Jan 2022

CPD Sessions included this Morning:

  • Defining Trauma: Where Stress and PTSD Fit
  • Impact of Trauma in the Workplace a Clinical Nurse’s Perspective


Phnom Penh History Half-day Tour (Included)


Optional Networking Tour (Additional Costs Apply)

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Day three: 08 Jan 2023

CPD Sessions included this Morning:

  • Explore How Trauma Impacts the Major Systems of the Body
  • Understanding the Interplay between Trauma, the Limbic System and Chronic Health Conditions


Explore at your leisure or

Optional Tour: Architecture Tour by Cyclo (Additional Costs Apply)


Sunset Cruise on the Mekong River (Included)

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Day four: 09 Jan 2023 | Transfer to Siem Reap

You will transfer by road which will take 6 hours. Along the way, we will stop for you to get some lunch and if you’re brave enough, try a famous fried spider! Once at your hotel take time to relax before your evening adventures.


Welcome to Siem Reap reception including cold drinks and canapes.

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Day five: 10 Jan 2023

CPD Sessions included this Morning:

  • Substance Use for Self-Care
  • Explaining the Dissociative State


A Tour of the Tonle Sap – The Largest Lake in Southeast Asia (Included)


Explore at your leisure

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Day six: 11 Jan 2023 

Full-day Tour: Temple Exploration


Explore at your leisure or

Optional Tour: Street Food Tour – A Progressive Degustation (Additional Costs Apply)


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Day seven: 12 Jan 2023

CPD Sessions included this Morning:

  • What is Transference
  • Psychodynamic Models: To Help us Understand our Response to Patient Trauma


A Village Walk and Talk (Included)


Dinner and the Phare Circus (Included)

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Day eight: 13 Jan 2023

CPD Sessions included this Morning:

  • Professional Boundaries
  • How does the Nurse look after themself?


Explore at your leisure or

Optional Tour: Behind the Scenes Siem Reap (Additional Costs Apply)


Farewell Dinner and Drinks in an Angkor Temple (Included)

Nursing CPD Conference Wellness Cardiac Patient Good Bye

Day Nine:
14 Jan 2023 

Today we depart Siem Reap – 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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The Accomodation:

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Poulo Wai Hotel | Phnom Penh

This brand new hotel has been built to international standards and has been designed to ensure a calming experience. It’s spacious and comfortable rooms, suites and apartments, were created with the modern traveller in mind. You will not be disappointed with as each has its own distinctive character and fabulous view overlooking Phnom Penh.

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FCC Angkor by avani | Siem Reap

Experience ultimate luxury and bask in the splendour of elegance at the FCC Angkor, the perfect base from which to explore the legendary Angkor temples and undiscovered treasures of Cambodia.

Sit back and relax in the central courtyard, where a gorgeous saltwater swimming pool is surrounded by centuries-old banyan trees and chat about today’s adventures over locally sourced French cuisine, tapas and cocktails.

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  • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
  • 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
  • 3-nights accommodation at the Poulo Wai Hotel, Phonm Penh
  • Half-day tour of Phnom Penh
  • Sunset cruise on the Mekong River
  • Transfer from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • 5-nights accommodation at the FCC Angkor by Avani, Siem Reap
  • Half-day tour to Tonle Sap, a floating village and health service, Siem Reap
  • Full-day- Exploration of the Temples
  • Tour of Peak Sneng Village – learn about the day-to-day life of rural Khmer
  • A visit to the Phare Circus including dinner
  • Farewell reception
  • 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

The Nurses for Nurses Network strongly recommend customers take out travel insurance at the time of registration for an event, to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may prevent them from attending and thus incurring any financial loss.

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.

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