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The Fabulous World of Wounds - The South Pacific

A conference for Nurses who have a passion for wound care | #woundcare #nurse

16 July - 24 July 2018

02 6674 2577 [email protected]

In this conference, we will explore modules one, five, six, and seven. The content of each module stands alone as a continuing professional development (CPD) activity and the completion of each module will be awarded a CPD Certificate as evidence of the education activity. There is a total of 26 CPD hours allocated in this Conference program.

The Carnival Spirit has a dedicated conference venue where the conference will be held during the days we are at sea. Travel with your family and friends – while you are attending an exceptional Nursing Conference they can explore the ship and get involved in onboard activities. Then each day after the conference sessions you can kick back and relax with them – what a great way to mix your need to keep up to date with best practice Nursing education and spend time with your family and friends in a spectacular location.

The Presenter: Cheryl Dezotti

Cheryl Dezotti is a Director, a Nurse Education Consultant, and a Wound Care Specialist at the Nurses for Nurses Network. Cheryl co-created and administers this Network to provide an online platform for Nurses to meet their continuing professional development requirements. She is also the editor, and major contributor, of the Nursing News Blog associated with this Network.

Cheryl has worked extensively in the field of wound care management over the last 30 years. This passion for wound care has seen her lecture widely on the topic both in Australia and internationally and has led her to author a wound assessment book, multiple wound management documents, as well as creating a postgraduate wound care course.

Recently Cheryl has launched the Nurses for Nurses Wound Assessment Tool that was created based on her extensive experience in the field and her continued interaction with nursing colleagues, mentoring and assisting them to achieve the best possible wound management outcome for their clients. Cheryl continues her research into best practice wound assessment by overseeing a trial of the assessment tool in multiple clinical settings. 

As an author, Cheryl’s aim is to provide the reader information that can be easily and practically applied in the clinical setting. As a presenter, Cheryl is known for her ability to deliver the complexities of wound management in a straightforward and easily understood format that allows attendees to easily apply the content to their individual clinical practice.

Cheryl’s aim is to make a difference to the recipients of health care and she believes that a positive outcome for the patient can only be achieved if Nurses keep up to date with best practice guidelines and their practical application in the workplace.

The Modules included in this Conference Program

  • Module One: Physiology and best Practice Wound Assessment (8 CPD Hours in total)
  • Module Five: Complex and Hard to Heal Wounds (6 CPD Hours)
  • Module Six: Wound Products and Best Practice application (6 CPD Hours)
  • Module Seven: Wound Therapies (6 CPD Hours)

The Nurses for Nurses Network has created a nine-module Wound Management Program that provides the Nurse with the skill and knowledge to assess, plan, and manage wounds in the clinical setting to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

Click here to find out more about the full Nursing Wound Management Program>>

You don’t have to be a member to attend this Cruise Conference but if you are then you get so much more – click to see our Member Rewards

The Venue: The Carnival Spirit

Cruising aboard the Carnival Spirit will elevate this Nursing conference experience, to that unforgettable trip you will be longing to relive. You’ll be on a ship that’s nearly the length of three footy fields and 12 decks tall of things to do, see, taste and try.

Let's talk about your accommodation - 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 will be spoilt for choice and you can eat 24 hours a day if you want to.  From first-class restaurants to poolside dining the Chefs on this ship aim to provide you with an exceptional culinary experience...Read More


Dive headfirst into the fun - there are so many fabulous choices on offer when it comes to onboard activities, from gorgeous Stage Shows, stand-up comics, karaoke in the piano bar to relaxing by the pool or getting pampered at the amazing day spa. If you are into fitness there is a fully equipped gym and a number of fitness tutorials provided by the expert trainers onboard.

The Carnival Spirit has grown to become one of Australians' favourite cruise ships. Like a true Aussie, it's laid-back, fun and friendly - and that describes the crew, your fellow passengers and the atmosphere onboard. 

Have a sneak peek at some of the dining options and one of the ports of call:


Can I Bring the Family?

Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your Travel CPD adventure. Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program. 

Just talk to the Team at Education at Sea and they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements 02 6674 2577.

What if I need kid-free time?

If you only want to mix with adults this ship has an adults only area including a pool, bar, and relaxation areas, with entry only available to people over the age of 18.

This area is called Serenity and can be found on Deck 9 at the front of the ship.


What's included in your Conference registration?

All Attendees

  • Conference program presented by experts in their field
  • Opportunity to meet with Group Leaders (Conference Convenors) and Conference Presenter/s for networking and discussion
  • Access to the online Conference library so that you can create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
  • Editable presentation note handouts that can be downloaded to your device of choice
  • Note paper and pen
  • Conference satchel
  • Lanyard - important on a Cruiseship to attach your credit card room key and cruise money
  • Complimentary farewell drinks and canapes function
  • Access to the Conference closed Facebook group

NfN Member Extra Benefits

Conference pack valued from $185.00 that includes:

  • A complimentary (all you can drink cocktails), exclusive Member's only function during the Conference where NfN Members can relax together
  • NfN Cruise Reward Voucher starting at $100 - click for more info>>
  • Rikaro shopping tote as your Conference satchel
  • Limited edition NfN Pen
  • Limited edition NfN Lanyard
Not a member yet?

Note: In order to qualify for the NfN Member extras benefit you need to be a financial member at the time of booking and at the time the Event takes place. 

The Program: (Click to download a condensed program) 

The program content is provided by expert Nurse Educators 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. What we have done is marry best practice content with a cruise ship holiday to provide you with a Travel CPD experience, where the conference content is as important as your need for rest and relaxation. We have taken a holistic approach to Nursing continuing professional development to ensure you get the most out of the education experience.

Here is what the program looks like:

Evening: Enjoy a chance to mingle and share a drink with other attendees at the Conference Registration.

DAY 2 - 17 JULY 2018 | AT SEA
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • The Physiology of Wound Healing & the Identification and Categorisation of Wounds 
  • Complex Wounds – a melting pot of causes and types
  • Wound Biofilms and Wound Infection -  the what, where, why and best practice management strategies 


DAY 3 - 18 JULY 2018 | AT SEA
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • Problem Solving complex/hard to heal Wounds – enhancing assessment and problem-solving skills
  • What Information should be captured in a comprehensive Wound Assessment 
  • Bringing clarity & common sense to wound product Categories

DAY 4 - 19 JULY 2018 | NOUMEA
0900 - 1800: Explore this beautiful port of call at your leisure

  • How to Complete a Comprehensive Wound Assessment 

0800 - 1700: Enjoy a leisurely day on the gorgeous island of Lifou

  • How to Interpret the Assessment Data to Create the Plan of Care 

DAY 6 - 21 JULY 2018 | 
0800 - 1700: Go ashore and experience the sights of the Isle of Pines

1830 - 1930: NfN Member's drinks & canapes session - will be great to catch up.

DAY 7 - 22 JULY 2018 | AT SEA
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • Demystifying 3000+ wound care products currently available on the market
  • Wound Case Studies - Putting knowledge into practice 
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy -  Fundamentals & troubleshooting



DAY 8 - 23 JULY 2018 | AT SEA
CPD sessions presented today will include:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- history and current applications
  • Venous Ulcer Compression Therapy – combining theory with Practice
  • Maggot Therapy – back to the future with wound care
  • Bringing it all together

Evening: Farewell reception 

0630: Disembark in Sydney

What you need to know about the Modules

Module One: Physiology and best Practice Wound Assessment (8 CPD Hours in total)

Understanding the physiology of the integumentary system, as it relates to wound healing, is pivotal to successful wound management. The correct visual identification and categorisation of wounds is critical as this information provides valuable ‘clues’ for the astute Nurse who is assessing, reviewing and managing wounds.  Poor assessment can lead to inappropriate wound management, possibly slow to heal wounds, a waste of resources and significant patient concerns 

In this module, we will apply our knowledge of the wound healing process, along with the categorisation of wounds to the recommended assessment process, highlighting the key points from the Standards for Wound Prevention and Management. You will learn how to interpret the information you glean from the comprehensive wound assessment process and discover the clues the wound displays which will assist your wound care product selection and ongoing care plan.

Module Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the physiology of wound healing and the categorisation of wounds
  • Explore the information that should be captured in a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Investigate how to complete a comprehensive wound assessment
  • Examine how to interpret the assessment data to create a plan of care

Module 5 Complex and Hard to Heal Wounds (6 CPD Hours)

Complex and Hard to Heal wounds impact the individual, their family, society and the health economy. Inappropriate or delayed treatment adversely affects the time for the wound to heal.  Failure to recognise wounds not progressing towards healing increases the subsequent risk of non-healing and places the patient at unnecessary increased risk of wound complications.

We will explore the aetiology of hard to heal wounds and learn the clues for management that are hidden within a wound assessment. We will focus on the world of biofilms and identify biofilm management recommendations along with reviewing and problem-solving dressing choices for problem wounds.

Module Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of complex and hard to heal wounds
  • Explore the available strategies to manage biofilm and wound infection 
  • Investigate what is best practice wound assessment
  • Review the nursing strategies that can be applied to the management of complex and hard to heal wounds

Module 6 Wound Products and Best Practice application (6 CPD Hours)

With over 3000 wound care products on the market, appropriate product selection can be difficult. In this module, we will explore the key categories of products available and review national and international best practice wound management guidelines. A number of “clinical tips” will be shared by the presenter during this session. In recognition of the fact that not all workplaces are well resourced with wound care products, the session will also cover a baseline selection of products that would allow you to address the majority of wounds that you may see in your clinical practice.

Module learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the common-sense strategies that should underpin product selection
  • Review the large number of wound care products currently on the market
  • Determine how adequate assessment should drive product selection
  • Discuss examples of various wound types and explore the products best suited to the situation

Module 7 Wound Therapies (6 CPD Hours)

Science and innovation are advancing the world of modern wound therapy at a rapid rate. Products that have been embraced in the past, are now combined with state of the art technologies to form new healing modalities to apply to wounds that by tradition would not have been able to be resolved. We will unpack the therapies that are available in Australia and review their application. Wound care research is progressing rapidly and we will peruse the latest products available now and on the horizon. You will be fascinated!

Module learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the theory and application of negative pressure wound therapy
  • Explore hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Investigate maggot therapy and the application in the modern wound care environment
  • Consider the use of venous ulcer compression therapy as an effective management strategy

Disclaimer: The Nurses for Nurses Network has made every effort to ensure that, at the date of publication/presentation, the content is current, free from errors, and has been provided in good faith. The relevance and appropriateness of the information  is  subject to change over time. Neither the Nurses for Nurses Network nor any person associated with the preparation of the content accepts liability for any loss which a user of this information may incur, as a result of reliance on the content and in particular for: 
Use of the content for a purpose for which it was not intended; 
• Any errors or omissions in the content; 
• Any inaccuracy in the information or data on which the content is based or which are contained in presentations; or 
• Any interpretations or opinions stated in, or which may be inferred from, the content


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Location / Venue
Departing Sydney
Cruising on-board the Carnival Spirit

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
26 CPD hours

Date / Time (QLD time)
16 July - 24 July 2018

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Jason Dawson - Education at Sea

Conference Convenor: Jason Dawson - Education at Sea
Jason Dawson is a Registered Nurse from the Gold Coast Queensland. Whilst studying his bachelor of Nursing at Southe ... Read more »


Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Nurse Educ ... Read more »


Presenter: CHERYL DEZOTTI, R.N., M.Q.I.H.C., GRAD DIP Q.I.H.C., A.F.A.A.Q.H.C., M.A.C.N.
Cheryl Dezotti is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Nurse ... Read more »

You don’t have to be a member to attend this Cruise Conference but if you are then you get so much more – click to see our Member Rewards



Registration Cost

Conference Registration Price

Please note: Accommodation is not included in the registration fee, please contact Education at Sea in regards to cabin pricing.


All bookings for this fabulous
event are being handled by
the Team at Education at Sea

Helen or Jason

02 6674 2577

[email protected]



Shore Excursion:

When we travel it is great to explore the culture of the place we are visiting. The awesome team at Education at Sea (Travel Direct Australia) create optional shore excursions that explore the location to show you the best the destination has to offer. Don't forget to ask them about these options when you call.


NfN's Ultimate Guide
to Cruising


Whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship this guide is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure. 

Click to download your copy >>

Exclusive Online Library & Information Bank

We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. 

The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

Library content includes:

  • Webinars and their corresponding note pages
  • Self-directed learning activities and
  • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

This page will be available to you as an attendee from 4 weeks before we set sail and for 2 weeks post the Conference, should you want to refresh your knowledge.

Please Note: Due to travel weight restrictions and an attempt to help save the planet, paper-based handouts will not be provided on board.

We encourage you to download any documents from the online library to your device of choice, that you want to refer to during the conference program.
Writing paper will be provided in your Conference pack.

What you need
to do now....

This is a fabulous program - to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Education at Sea (Travel Direct Australia) 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.

What are you waiting for?

Send Education at Sea (Travel Direct Australia) a no obligation enquiry by clicking here>>  and filling in your details or

Contact Helen, Jason or Elita to book or for further details:

Phone: 02 6674 2577
[email protected]

Onboard Activites

  The Piano Bar


Stage Shows


The Casino


 The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar


Serenity Retreat

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.