5 August 2019: The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Spirit
5 – 13 August 2019
8-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific

Join your peers on board Carnival Spirit for our A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care conference, presented as you cruise to the beautiful South Pacific islands. This 20-hour CPD conference is designed for registered nurses and paramedics working in rural or high density areas who may be required to assess and manage patients with traumatic injuries. The presentations and interactive case studies will provide the participant with an understanding of the systematic approach involved in trauma assessment including the skills and core knowledge required to manage the severely injured patient.

Carnival Spirit at Mare

The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

Trauma remains the leading cause of death and disability for Australians under the age of 45 years. The majority of states and territories in Australia have mature Trauma systems and this provides health care professionals the ability to provide rapid assessment and treatment. This ensures the most appropriate patient care is delivered to improve patient outcomes. The overall goal is to decrease the incidence and severity of trauma, and to ensure equitable access to optimal trauma care to improve health outcomes for those who are injured. Participating in this conference will enhance your knowledge and skills in trauma care in order to improve the chances of survival and long-term quality of life of these patients.

Cruise and Conference Features:

  • Earn up to 20 CPD hours
  • CPD Certificate of Attendance issued
  • 8-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines
  • Complimentary tote bag, lanyard, pen and notepad
  • Complimentary and exclusive Cocktail Party
  • Complimentary group photo and farewell dinner (subject to availability)


This conference will feature graphic photographs and descriptions of traumatic injuries which some participants may find disturbing.

Fractured Femur
Hospital emergency

The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

The cruise itinerary and conference sessions are shown below*. Click on a session title to reveal more information on the topic. A total of 20 CPD hours may be achieved for attending all sessions of this conference. Your certificate will reflect the sessions you have attended and total CPD hours achieved.

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Spirit

8-night cruise & conference

Visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines

5 – 13 August 2019

Route map

5 August 2019 | Monday


Embarkation: Welcome Aboard!

Guest Welcome and Conference Registration

16:00: Carnival Spirit departs Sydney

Evening: Social meet ‘n’ mingle for all guests and their cruising companions

At sea

6 August 2019 | Tuesday


Conference Sessions:

09:00 - 12:00 An Introduction to Modern Trauma Care (3 CPD hours)

This session will focus on the burden of trauma in Australia and the trauma system structure that is designed to facilitate a multi-disciplinary response to provide optimal care to injured patients. We will review the foundations of trauma by exploring some of the fundamental concepts in trauma care such as the mechanism of injury, initial assessment and providing a systematic approach to managing complex trauma patients.

13:00 - 15:00 Managing Traumatic Shock - "What's New?" (2 CPD hours)

In this session we will review the principles of haemorrhagic shock and explore how its management has changed over the last decade. We will go on to explore the identification and management of traumatic shock through an interactive case study of a poly-trauma patient. The case study will follow the patient journey from initial injury, pre-hospital and emergency care through to definitive care and discharge.

Self-directed Learning Package (2 CPD hours)

You will be provided with self-directed learning material which may be completed at any time during the cruise.

Evening: Exclusive cocktail reception, food and beverages provided with our compliments!

At sea

7 August 2019 | Wednesday


Conference Sessions:

09:00 - 12:00 Considerations in the Paediatric and Geriatric Trauma Population (3 CPD hours)

Trauma remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality across all age groups. However, injuries in paediatric and geriatric patients can present unique challenges. This session will focus on the extremes of age and how this impacts on all areas of trauma management. We will discuss the complexities unique to this demographic and learn about special considerations in the assessment and management of traumatic injury.

13:00 - 15:00 Priorities in Trauma Care - “Competing Interests, Getting it Right” (2 CPD hours)

High-energy trauma patients are a unique and often challenging population and multiple injuries are common. We will present an interactive case study of a trauma patient with multiple body systems injured, treated in a major trauma centre. Pre-hospital and emergency department management and concepts such as adjuncts to the primary survey and decision making trees are also covered in the case.


8 August 2019 | Thursday


Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00

Noumea is the capital city of the French territory of New Caledonia and it is one of the largest ports in the South Pacific. It is situated on a peninsula in the south of New Caledonia’s main island, Grand Terre, and is home to the majority of the island’s European, Polynesian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese populations. The city lies on a protected deep-water harbour which serves as the chief port for New Caledonia.


9 August 2019 | Friday


Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00

The island of Maré is a commune in the Loyalty Islands Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. Maré is a raised coral atoll and is 42km long and 16-33km wide. It lies northeast of Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s mainland. The main village on Maré is Tadine, a peaceful little port village. Most cruise ship visitors take a day trip to nearby Yejele Beach for swimming and snorkelling.

Isle of Pines

10 August 2019 | Saturday


Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00

The Isle of Pines is an island located in the South Pacific, in the archipelago of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France. The island lies south-east of Grande Terre, New Caledonia’s main island, and south-east of the capital Noumea. It is well known for its snorkelling and scuba diving in and around the lagoon. Many different species of tropical fish and corals can be seen in the transparent water.

At sea

11 August 2019 | Sunday


Conference Sessions:

09:00 - 12:00 A Focus on Chest and Abdominal Trauma (3 CPD hours)

This session will provide an overview of chest injuries. We will look at the future direction of rib fractures and flail chest management. In the second part of this session we will review abdominal injuries and explore the shift to non-operative management of solid organ injury and interventional radiology.

13:00 - 15:00 Let's Talk About Pelvic Fractures (2 CPD hours)

Pelvic fractures represent a wide spectrum of injury from causing a little pain and inconvenience to life-threatening haemorrhage and death. In this session we will review the different types of injury patterns and pelvic fractures. We’ll examine associated injures that may be possible with pelvic fractures, along with initial and definitive management strategies.

At sea

12 August 2019 | Monday


Conference Sessions:

09:00 - 10:00 Bariatric Trauma (1 CPD hour)

Obesity is increasing in Australia and we are faced with additional challenges and considerations in this group of trauma patients. To conclude the seminar we would like to give you the opportunity to ask any questions and share any feedback or discuss any of your own experiences in caring for trauma patients.

10:00 - 12:00 A Systematic Approach To Trauma Management (2 CPD hours)

We’ll conclude the seminar with an informative session on the systematic approach to trauma management. The initial assessment and management of seriously injured patients is a challenging task and requires a rapid and systematic approach. Patient management consists of rapid primary survey, which should focus on the identification and simultaneous treatment of immediately life-threatening injuries. The aim of good trauma care is to prevent early trauma mortality.

Evening: Farewell group dinner for all guests and their travelling companions (subject to availability)


13 August 2019 | Tuesday


06:30 Arrive Sydney

We trust you have enjoyed your conference and wish you a safe onward journey home.

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

The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

Our presenters for this conference are dedicated clinicians with a passion for trauma care. Debra and Kate have vast experience in presenting trauma-related conferences to nurses and paramedics. Their extensive knowledge of trauma management spans from pre-hospital care to the hospital bedside which translates to an interesting and interactive conference for all participants.

Deb McDougall

Debra McDougall

Debra is the area Clinical Nurse Consultant with the John Hunter Hospital Trauma Service, a position she has held for over twelve years. Debra has a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing and a Master in Advanced Practice, Emergency Nursing. Prior to her trauma role, Debra worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at the John Hunter Hospital emergency department.

Debra has a passion for trauma education and is very active in the development of trauma education courses. She is experienced in providing trauma education to multi-disciplinary health professionals including pre-hospital care providers.

Kate King

Kate King

Kate is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Trauma at the John Hunter Hospital where she has held this role for the past fourteen years. Prior to this, Kate worked as a full time academic at the University of Newcastle and continues her relationship as a Conjoint Lecturer.

Kate has also worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Emergency Departments in Newcastle, Sydney and London. She has a Master of Nursing in Trauma and Emergency from the University of Sydney. Kate regularly presents at national and international conferences on all things trauma. She is a published author in both trauma journals and textbooks and has a passion for sharing her knowledge of trauma.

The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

Our conference venue:

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Spirit

Carnival Spirit

You’ll be spoilt with so much to see and do on Carnival Spirit. Take a break from the books and laze by the pool or relax in one of the whirlpools. Or indulge in Serenity, Carnival Spirit’s adults-only retreat and watch the world go by from your deck chair.

If it’s night-time fun you’re looking for, Carnival Spirit has more than 6 bars and lounges to choose from featuring all kinds of games, shows and entertainment that’ll take you into the early hours!


  • Complimentary, multi-course breakfast, lunch and dinner in the main dining room plus additional included options in the Lido Restaurant, Guy’s Burger Joint, Pizza Pirate, Blue Iguana Cantina, Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ plus more!


  • Complimentary Broadway-style entertainment in the Pharaoh’s Palace Main Lounge


  • More than 6 bars and lounges including a Sports Bar with an energy-filled atmosphere, the Red Frog Rum Bar, Casino Bar, Piano Bar and the Blue Iguana Bar – the onboard spot to chill and enjoy a slushy tequila drink or an ice-cold Mexican cerveza


  • Additional venues include the Punchliner Comedy Club, Spa Carnival, Serenity – an adults-only retreat plus much more


  • Three pools, two whirlpools, the famous Green Thunder water slide and a mini-golf course


  • Rooms feature private facilities (shower, toilet and vanity), TVs, writing desk and twin beds that can convert to a queen. Some rooms can accommodate up to four guests.


Maiden Voyage: 2001

Enhanced: 2012

Guest Capacity: 2,124

Decks: 12

Length: 294m / 964ft

Tonnage: 80,286 GT

*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge. Please refer to the Carnival website for additional information.
Pool area
Stage show
Multiple food venues

The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

We have selected a limited number of rooms on board the ship in various categories. Choose an interior 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. Bring your family and friends! Guests who are not participating in the conference only pay the cruise fare component.


5 August 2019: The A-B-‘Seas’ of Trauma Care

Carnival Cruise Lines – Carnival Spirit

5 – 13 August 2019

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