20 May 2019: Foundations of Cardiac Care

P&O Cruises
Pacific Explorer

20 – 28 May 2019

8 night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific

The beautiful P&O Pacific Explorer is the venue for our Foundations of Cardiac Care seminar. This educational and interactive seminar is presented by DIBS Education and combines the principles of cardiac pathophysiology with clinical care and is suitable for Registered Nurses, Paramedics and other health care professionals who manage cardiac patients. Achieve 15 CPD hours attending this event during the cruise. Departing from Sydney on 20th May 2019, this 8-night cruise will visit Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the islands, enjoy the onboard entertainment and you can also bring your family and friends!


Your education experience begins with cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and we’ll then explore how this knowledge impacts in the clinical setting. The 7 interactive, face-to-face sessions combine the principles of cardiac pathophysiology with clinical care and includes ECG analysis (including 12-lead), dysrhythmia recognition and treatment, managing patients with heart failure, the deteriorating patient, thrombolysis, acute coronary syndrome and cardiac arrest. The cardiovascular effects of alcohol, ecstasy and ice will be examined along with the challenges that these illicit drugs are presenting in the clinical arena. To complete this event, an Advanced Life Support refresher/theory session will be presented.

  • 8 night South Pacific cruise
  • Foundations of Cardiac Care seminar
  • Recommended for Nurses and Paramedics
  • 15 CPD hours


This seminar will be presented only during the sea days of the cruise, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the islands and the entertainment on board. There will be a 2-hour session in the morning (the first session is 3 hours) and a 2-hour session in the afternoon on each sea day for a total of 15 CPD hours.  The topics, objectives and learning outcomes of the seminar are shown below.  Click on a title to reveal more detail about the session:

Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology

To commence our Foundations of Cardiac Care seminar, our first presentation will be an overview of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology. This knowledge will form the building blocks for our education experience as you sail to the South Pacific and enjoy being reminded of the amazing way our body systems interact and adapt to changing conditions. (3 hours)

Acute and Chronic Heart Failure

In this session we’ll take an in-depth look at the issues of both acute and chronic heart failure along with the recent changes in patient management principles for these conditions. We’ll also discuss implantable defibrillators and how magnets are used to control these devices. (2 hours)

Acute Coronary Syndrome

We will look at the presentation, assessment and clinical management of patients with chest pain. This includes treatment principles and evidence-based practice regarding the use of oxygen with these patients. We’ll provide an introduction to ECGs including identifying an AMI on a 12-lead ECG plus discussions about STEMI mimics and atypical ACS. Also included in this session will be discussions on thrombolysis, with this procedure now carried out by many Paramedics in the pre-hospital care environment. (2 hours)


Continuing from our morning session, we will now look further into ECGs and common dysrhythmias such as AF, SVT, VT, heart blocks and more. This session includes assessment and management of patients with these conditions. (2 hours)

Cardiovascular Effects of Ecstasy and ICE

Let’s examine the cardiovascular effects of alcohol, and then turn our attention to the cardiovascular effects of the street drugs ecstasy and ice. The acute and chronic effects of these substances are taking their toll and placing a strain on our limited resources in both rural and metropolitan areas.. (2 hours)

Principles of Advanced Life Support

In this session we will present the most current BLS and ALS algorithms including the COACHED method. We will also discuss both common and unusual presentations of patients in cardiac arrest. Please note this session is intended only as a theory/refresher session and does not replace an Advanced Life Support course. (2 hours)

Seminar Conclusion, Q&A and Reflection

We’ll now summarise all the sessions, provide an open Q&A forum, plus you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your own interesting experiences. We’ll include time for CPD reflection and conclude with the presentation of your well-earned certificates. (2 hours)


Introducing Liana Vandervelden and Nicola Churms – two highly experienced clinicians and well-respected presenters who are dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of other health care professionals. Their passion for cardiac care education and strive for evidence-based practice is the perfect combination to provide an informative, interactive and enjoyable seminar for all.

Liana Vandervelden

Liana Vandervelden

Liana is a Nurse Educator for DIBS Education (“Don’t Ignore the BasicS”). Liana’s achievements include a Masters in Advanced Clinical Education (University of New England), College of Nursing certificates in Advanced Generalist Nursing and Coronary Care Nursing, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. To complement her qualifications, Liana has extensive clinical experience in both cardiac care and emergency care. This includes 15 years’ experience as a Rapid Response (MET) coordinator which has given her a passion for early recognition of the deteriorating patient. Liana is an advocate for good communication which builds teamwork and respect at every level. Communication within a team environment enhances patient care in both acute scenarios and chronic long-standing care issues. Liana has extensive experience working in Australian rural centres such as Balranald, Dubbo, Coonabarabran and Baradine. She believes that patient assessment should be taught and practiced more regularly, whether you are a clinician in a rural environment (often with no on-site doctor), or in a larger metropolitan facility.

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Nicola Churms

Nicola Churms is the Site Nurse Manager of Dungog Hospital – a rural hospital in the Lower Hunter Sector, NSW. Nicola started her nursing career in the UK over 25 years ago, specialising in acute care and emergency nursing since moving to Australia in 2002. Over the years Nicola has gained experience in nurse education, consultancy roles, as well as management, quality, governance, and project management positions. In her current role Nicola is able to positively influence clinical practice at the bedside and is a passionate advocate for patient-focused care. Nicola is a Conjoint Fellow with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle and strives to enhance this relationship whenever possible. Nicola is due to complete her Masters of Health Management through the University of New England which she hopes will support her ongoing passions of advocacy, compassionate care and clinical leadership.


Our conference venue:
P&O Cruises
Pacific Explorer

The P&O Pacific Explorer is the perfect match for Australia’s fun and sun loving lifestyle. Complete with spacious outdoor areas plus a huge range of lounges, bars and live music venues, the Pacific Explorer has something for everyone. When it comes to dining, guests will be spoilt for choice with 12 dining experiences all included in the cruise fare. All this combined with P&O’s stylish yet relaxed modern Australian interior designs.


  • 12 dining options included in the cruise fare


  • Alternative dining venues such as the casual alfresco outlet Luke’s by Luke Mangan and 400 Gradi by award-wining Melbourne pizza chef Johnny Di Francesco


  • A huge range of inviting lounges and bars such as the new Explorer Hotel, The Bonded Store and the Blue Room


  • Exciting stage shows including the new adults-only show Lets Misbehave


  • Outdoor activities such as barefoot bowls, ziplining, rock-climbing, water slides and more


  • Multiple pools, hot tubs and spa facilities


  • Rooms feature full facilities (shower, toilet and vanity), TVs, writing desk and twin beds that can convert to a double bed.


Guest Capacity: 1,998

Decks: 11

Length: 260m / 853ft

Tonnage: 77,441 GT

*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge. Please refer to the P&O Cruises website for additional information.


P&O Cruises
Pacific Explorer

20 – 28 May 2019
8 night cruise

Visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines


20 May 2019 | Monday

Embarkation – Welcome Aboard!
Guest welcome and seminar registration
16:00 Pacific Explorer departs Sydney
Evening: Informal meet & mingle for all seminar guests

At sea

21 May 2019 | Tuesday

09:00 – 12:00 Education session (3h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
PM: Exclusive cocktail party, with our compliments!

At sea

22 May 2019 | Wednesday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
Evening: At your leisure


23 May 2019 | Thursday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:30
At your leisure
Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A


24 May 2019 | Friday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00
Day in port: At your leisure
Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A

Isle of Pines

25 May 2019 | Saturday

Arrive 08:00 / Depart 16:00
Day in port: At your leisure
Evening: Optional informal reflection and Q&A

At sea

26 May 2019 | Sunday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
14:00 – 16:00 Education session (2h)
Evening: At your leisure

At sea

27 May 2019 | Monday

10:00 – 12:00 Education session (2h)
Plus: Group farewell lunch or dinner (subject to availability)


28 May 2019 | Tuesday

07:00 Arrive Sydney

ˆCruise itinerary, seminar schedule, and times are subject to change due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars and Ecruising.Travel


We have selected a limited number of rooms on board the ship in various categories. Choose an inside room for the best value, an ocean-view room for panoramic vistas, or indulge in a balcony room and relax in your own private sitting area.

Fares indicated are for 2-person occupancy. Solo occupancy rooms may be available and are generally double the cruise fares indicated below.  Rooms for 3- and 4-person occupancy may be available and can be requested on the booking form. You can also bring your family and friends! Accompanying guests not participating in the conference only pay the cruise fare (at least one person per room must be booked in the conference).

Payment is not immediately required upon placing your booking. Our partners at Ecruising will email you an invoice outlining the fares, fees and deposit requirements. A deposit of $275 per person for the cruise plus a $250 deposit for each person attending the conference must be paid within 2 days to confirm your booking.


Inside rooms feature two single beds that can convert to a double, a private bathroom, TV and writing desk. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.

Twin-bed Inside Rooms:



Oceanview rooms feature a window, two single beds that can convert to a double, bathroom, TV and writing desk. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.

Twin-bed Oceanview Rooms:



Balcony rooms feature your own private balcony, two single beds that can convert to a double, bathroom, TV and writing desk. DISCLAIMER: Room images are for illustration purposes only. Actual room layout and design may vary.

Twin-bed Balcony Rooms:

Category BE: $1,549^ pp

+ Seminar Fee: $599^ pp
(Early bird rate)

TOTAL: from $2,148^ pp
(Cruise + seminar)

+BONUS $100 Onboard Credit Per Cabin!


Additional room categories and configurations (solo, triple, quad, suite) may also be available.  Please request your preferred room category on the Booking Form and we will contact you with the relevant fares and options.

ˆAll prices are quoted in Australian dollars, per person in complete cabin unless otherwise indicated, and inclusive of all taxes. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required to confirm your seminar registration and a $275 deposit per person is required to confirm the cruise component. Cruise deposit is non-refundable within 181 days of departure. A $25 fee per person applies to all cancelled bookings. Deposit must be paid by the due date stated on your invoice to avoid auto-cancellation. Seminar early-bird rate expires 6th November 2018 and will increase after this date. Seminar places and cabin availability is limited. The seminar must be booked in conjunction with the advertised cruise and all bookings and payments are to be made exclusively through Ecruising. A surcharge of 1% applies to payments made by Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal. Direct-deposit options also available. Final payment due dates as per invoice. Cancellation penalties apply. Conditions apply.