31 August 2020: Challenges in Mental Health 2020

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Splendor

Dates: 31 Aug – 8 Sept 2020

Duration: 8 nights from Sydney

Destination: South Pacific

CPD Hours: 20

Suitable For: Nurses, Paramedics, GPs, Social Workers

Cruise to the South Pacific on Carnival Splendor while participating in this 20-hour CPD event – Challenges in Mental Health 2020. This conference is suitable for nurses, paramedics, GPs, social workers and many other allied health care professionals. All education sessions will occur during the sea days, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the cruise and spectacular islands of the South Pacific.


Yejele Beach

Challenges in Mental Health 2020

Challenges in Mental Health 2020 is a 20-hour professional development opportunity offering a practical, hands-on, no-holds-barred approach to embracing contemporary views and principles on one of Australia’s leading health burdens. See health care from a different perspective and embrace person-centred, recovery oriented, best practice health care provision in the effort of reducing the prevalence of mental illness and the burden of this disease.

Up to 20 CPD hours of education is available for nurses and paramedics (if attending all education sessions).

For more information, please click the “CPD & Cruise Itinerary” tab.

Key Learning Objectives (click to expand..)

At the end of the workshop the participant should be able to:

• Identify personal values, beliefs, opinions and attitudes surrounding mental health and mental illness, and reflect on potential impacts of providing recovery-oriented, person-centred best practice care delivery.

• Explore current best practice principles in contemporary mental health care including a focus on pre-hospital care.

• Develop knowledge and skill base surrounding care provision, assessment and planning, therapeutic milieu, treatment considerations with potentially contentious issues such as law and ethics, aggression and de-escalation.

• Explore cultural safety as the professional concept of understanding our own identity. Accepting that how we see the world and how we experience it, impacts on the decisions we make in everyday life and in our clinical practice.

• Gain a greater awareness of caring for the self as a professional and as a person.


  • Nurses/Paramedics: Achieve up to 20 CPD hours
  • Certificate issued outlining sessions and total hours attended
  • 8-night cruise from Sydney to the South Pacific
  • Complimentary tote bag, lanyard, pen and notepad
  • Complimentary and exclusive cocktail party
  • Complimentary group photo and farewell dinner (subject to availability)

Challenges in Mental Health 2020

Carnival Cruise Line Australia
Carnival Splendor

8-Night Cruise & Conference

Visiting Noumea, Maré and Isle of Pines

31 Aug – 8 Sept 2020


31 August 2020 | Monday


Embarkation: Welcome Aboard!

Guest Welcome Reception and Conference Registration (click to expand)

Upon boarding the ship, meet your Cruise Seminars host and conference presenters at our Welcome Desk to register for the event. You’ll also receive a complimentary Cruise Seminars tote bag, lanyard, notepad and pen! Now settle in, explore the ship and enjoy our departure from Sydney as we set sail for the South Pacific islands.

16:00 Carnival Splendor departs Sydney

21:00 Social meet ‘n’ mingle for all guests and their cruising companions

At sea

1 September 2020 | Tuesday


09:00-10:30 Mental Health and Mental Illness - 1.5 CPD hours (click to expand)

This session will explore common misperceptions about mental health and mental illness particularly values, attitudes and beliefs surrounding prevalent mental illnesses and discuss the effects of stigma and discrimination on people with mental illness and their health care journey. Participants will be challenged to embrace the concept of cultural safety and examine their own values, attitudes, opinions and beliefs surrounding mental health and illness and consider how the biggest barrier to effective mental health treatment may in fact be in the practice of the health care provider.

In this session we’ll discuss:

• Mental health, mental illness, the disease burden and determinants of health
• Mental distress, we’ve all had it
• Stigma, discrimination and stereotypes, the baggage we all carry and the possible implications on care provision
• Personal values, beliefs and opinions how these are formed and how to prevent them impacting negatively on your practice
• Contemporary language, person first disease second approach changing culture one sentence at a time
• True self-care is not all about meditation, warm baths and chocolate cake
• Practicing professional self-care, growth and reflection

10:30-12:00 Suicide Prevention and Postvention - 1.5 CPD hours (click to expand)

One death every 40 seconds is accountable directly to suicide. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds globally (WHO 2018). Suicide is a subject that we are at times uncomfortable in discussing and often this is due to our lack of understanding and contemporary knowledge base, this is exemplified when we do not have the skill set to engage in helpful and healthy conversations about suicide.

In this session we’ll discuss:

• Suicidality, current facts in relation to the Australian health care system and population
• Factors that may contribute to suicide, warning signs and how you can assist with the prevention of suicide
• The difference between self-harm and suicide
• How to talk about suicide in a way that is healthy and helpful
• Suicide risk assessment, dynamic and static risk factors, mitigating factors and considerations, vulnerable populations and the interpretation of intent

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch Break

13:00-15:00 New and Novel Drugs - 2 CPD hours (click to expand)

Substance use and abuse and its correlation with mental health and well-being is widely accepted although frequently this acceptance is misguided and ill-informed. Best practice sees a plethora of differing views on containment and management of intoxication and withdrawal, and often practitioners are confused with current trends of health care provision for people engaged in substance use and abuse in Australia. Effective substance use-and-abuse health care provision requires all health care providers to stay abreast of social, environmental and emotional determinants impacting consumers and services including national address in ICE management, the alarming emergence of “pharma parties” and the increase of “zombies” on our streets.

In this session we’ll explore:

• Principles of harm minimisation
• Rapid Sedation and the implementation of non-pharmacological de-escalation
• Intoxication management
• Keeping up with the conversation

Self-Directed Learning - 2 CPD hours (click to expand)

You will be provided with self-directed activities to complete during the conference.

17:00: Exclusive cocktail reception, food and beverages provided with our compliments!

At sea

2 September 2020 | Wednesday


09:00-12:00 De-escalation: Safe Practice & Effective Communication - 3 CPD hours (click to expand)

There is increasing recognition of the critical role that effective calming and de-escalation skills can play in many working environments. This session will equip you with the skills to identify and de-escalate
a situation where a person may be distressed to the point of agitation and pending aggression. You will gain confidence in managing distress and aggression and strategies for self-control.

In this interactive session you will be provided with the opportunity to:

• Identify why people become angry or defensive, and recognise the early warning signs
• Describe a range of assertive techniques in order to help people regain control
• Identify strategies for self-control in the face of aggressive and/or distressed behaviour
• Discuss the importance of debriefing following challenging situations

This session is comprehensive and interactive and requires a full morning to complete. A short morning tea break will be provided.

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch Break

13:00-15:00 Restraint and Containment - 2 CPD hours (click to expand)

There are numerous ways in which health care providers apply restraint and containment in the course of therapeutic interventions in mental health care. Often the use of restraint and containment
carries a heavy burden of stigma and historically has long been associated with not only unethical practice but also tortuous and cruel methods that have resulted in patient death.

In this session you will explore:

• Restraint and containment types and indications
• When hands on is the only option
• Legal implications


3 September 2020 | Thursday

Noumea, New Caledonia - Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00 (click to expand)

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.


4 September 2020 | Friday

Maré, New Caledonia - Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00 (click to expand)

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 north east 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.

OPTIONAL SHORE EXCURSION: Take in the sights of Maré and visit the Natural Aquarium, Turtle Bay, and then take a dip at spectacular Yejele Beach. Plus, we’ll also have a guided tour of the nearby Tadine Hospital including the wards and facilities.

Isle of Pines

5 September 2020 | Saturday

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia - Arrive 08:00 / Depart 17:00 (click to expand)

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

6 September 2020 | Sunday


09:00-12:00 Coronial Inquest - 3 CPD hours (click to expand)

We never think that it will happen to us – yet deaths in health care and custody are an all too regular occurrence. Here we examine a coroner’s report from a death of a young Australian person who was receiving mental health care and treatment in the community. The first half of this session explores the contents of the report and all facets of the treatment provided, the second half of the session will be examining the actions of those involved and the recommendations using a mock trial scenario.

In this session you will explore:

• Patient rights and responsibilities
• Health care provider rights and responsibilities
• Patient consent, capacity and advocacy
• Collaborative, person-centred care

This session will include a short morning tea break

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch Break

13:00-15:00 Mental Health Symptoms, Treatments and Interactions - 2 CPD hours (click to expand)

The poor physical health outcomes of people with severe mental illness is well documented with a recorded reduced life expectancy of around 17 years when compared to the general population (Chadwick et al. 2012; De Hert et al. 2009; Ezell et al. 2013; Happell et al. 2013a; Pastore et al. 2013). Adverse reaction identification is often dismissed and attributed to symptoms of illness and symptoms of illness are often minimised and attributed to “personality”. The ability to objectively identify, report and act on adverse symptoms of illness and treatment is integral to the role of a mental health care provider.

In this session you will explore:

• Non-pharmacological interventions for mental distress
• Mindful eating and exercise
• Evoking change using motivational interviewing
• Screening for metabolic syndrome
• Reporting, documentation and advocacy
• Implementing health promotion using practical and readily adaptable interventions targeting social and behavioural determinants of health

This session will include a short morning tea break.

At sea

7 September 2020 | Monday


09:00-10:30 Team-Based Approaches in the Community - 1.5 CPD hours (click to expand)

Communities prosper when the mental health needs of community members are met. Unaddressed mental health issues can have a negative influence on poverty, homelessness, community safety,
employment, and local economies. Support from mental health services does not always have to involve medication or specialist forms of therapy. It is well known that the frequent mental health
attenders at emergency departments can impact multiple service levels. A collaborative approach between multiple community services/organisations enables the design of best practice initiatives for
frequent attenders requiring mental health care, lessening the need for long and sometimes distressing hospital admissions.

In this session you will explore:

• A wider range of evidenced based responses to common mental health issues, tailored to individual needs and choices
• Individuals needs in order to build strategies to ensure safe and effective decision making and responses at a community level.
• The many intertwined factors that influence and impact the mental health of an individual and the resources available in a community to meet the needs of an individual.
• How to use a community focused framework for team collaboration in responding to individuals needs

10:30-12:00 Collaborative Communication and Conference Close - 1.5 CPD hours (click to expand)

It is long established that the words we use when communicating with others accounts for approximately 7% of the message conveyed, accounting for physical and environmental barriers the power of the spoken word is further reduced. As health care providers we are generally perspicacious in contemporary care provision about the communication barriers present between the person receiving care and the health care provider and the importance of effective communication in health outcomes, what we tend to overlook is our assumptive knowledge of the way in which other key stakeholders communicate often resulting in frustration, patient dissatisfaction and reduced health outcomes (Mehrabian 2007; WHO 2010).

In this session you will explore:

• Person-centredness
• Pathophysiology of distress
• Communicating inter-personally and inter-professionally
• Improving relationships and decreasing workloads
• Hearing the self

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


8 September 2020 | Tuesday

06:30 Arrive Sydney

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

Disclaimer: All views expressed by presenters in any Cruise Seminar event are those of the presenters, and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Cruise Seminars. The liability of Cruise Seminars is excluded where there are factual errors, misrepresentations or omissions in any presentation. Cruise itinerary, session times, presenters, and content are correct at time of publication and subject to change at any time due to circumstances outside the control of Cruise Seminars.

Challenges in Mental Health 2020

We’re proud to welcome back Amanda Smith and Gino Richter as presenters for our Challenges in Mental Health Conference 2020. This conference introduces two additional presenters – Dr Chris Taua and Gail Phillips. Their combined experience, passion and dedication to the field of mental health nursing is reflected in this educational and inspirational 20-hour CPD event.

AMANDA SMITH RN, Cert. IV TAE, Grad. Cert. MH, Grad. Cert. Tertiary Education

Amanda is a proud and vocal advocate of comprehensive health care with a passion for mental health nursing. Her experience spans all facets of mental health nursing from acute triage and assessment, emergency and special service co-response teams, high dependency and case management. For several years, Amanda has also worked as a sessional presenter, teaching undergraduate nursing and paramedic degree students in tertiary institutions. She is passionate about consumers receiving quality service from first contact through their entire mental health journey. Amanda strives to address the barriers of mental health stigma and discrimination which often prevents people from making that initial contact and receiving both accurate physical and mental health assessment.


Gino is a passionate and goal-oriented leader. He commenced his career in search & rescue, rural, and remote nursing. Additionally, he has extensive experience working in intensive care and is passionate about access to mental health care and practices. Gino’s philosophy is “there is no wrong door” and the moment a consumer begins their journey with a mental health service it is the services’ responsibility to ensure their needs are met. He has worked extensively in roles of emergency and acute mental health care, police liaison and management and is currently the Director of Nursing for Mental Health Services in Cairns, Far North Queensland.

DR CHRIS TAUA Phd, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and Primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around NZ and Australia.



Gail is a mental health nurse with over 30 years of experience in a variety of Mental Health settings ranging from long term care, community care to acute crisis response. Other roles undertaken include teaching and training with nursing students and members of the community on topics as wide ranging as pharmacology to de-escalation. Her current role is as Mental Health Consult Liaison Nurse in a busy urban NZ hospital. The topic of her master’s degree was ‘The physical health needs of people with enduring mental illness’.

Challenges in Mental Health 2020

Our conference venue:

Carnival Cruise Line Australia

Carnival Splendor

It’s hard to tell which onboard space best represents Carnival Splendor – they all seem to hint at the amazing time you’re going to have. The El Morocco Lounge hosts comedy shows, musical performances, karaoke and more. The Pinnacle Steakhouse can be found not only at the height of elegant dining, but at the actual apex of the ship. Carnival Splendor has pools all over the place, including the midship pool featuring a retractable roof that makes any day a pool day. If relaxation is more your thing, Serenity Adult- Only Retreat is more your place. Or if you’re looking to take relaxation to the extreme, direct your attention to the Cloud 9 Spa, featuring more ways to kick back than just about anywhere else, on land or at sea. Whatever your cruising style, Carnival Splendor has something for everyone!


  • Multiple dining options including The Carnival Deli, Bonsai Sushi, Nouveau Restaurant and more!

  • Many lounges, bars and live music venues such as the Piano Bar, Sports Bar, Punchliner Comedy Club and everyone’s favourite – the RedFrog Pub.

  • Additional onboard activities and venues include Serenity Adult Only Retreat, full-production stage shows, cooking demonstrations and Spa Carnival

  • A choice of pools and whirlpools

  • Staterooms feature twin beds that can covert to a queen bed, TV, private bathroom, wardrobe and writing desk.

*Some activities and dining options may incur an additional charge. Information correct at time of publishing. Please refer to the Carnival Cruise Line Australia website for additional information.


Maiden Voyage: 2007

Guest Capacity: 3,012

Decks: 14

Length: 290m / 952ft

Tonnage: 113,300 GT

Speed: 21 knots


Challenges in Mental Health 2020


31 August 2020: Challenges in Mental Health 2020

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