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Key Concepts of Public Health and Tropical Medicine - Papua New Guinea

Friday, 28 July, 10:00 AM » Monday, 7 August, 5:05 PM

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Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations, locally and globally.

The greatest advances in healthcare this century have stemmed from public health initiatives, sanitation, immunisation, infection control, and the management of communicable diseases to name a few.

At this conference, we will not only explore the core concepts of public health and what the issues are now for Australia and our near neighbours we will also investigate what the future will look like. We will gain an understanding of remote health care delivery as we visit our colleagues at various locations in PNG and reflect on the implications for our own practice in Australia.

The Conference is being held aboard the P&O Pacific Aria as we sail to Papua New Guinea. Delegates will have the fabulous opportunity to explore the public health issues facing our near neighbour as we visit our colleagues at a number of health services during the optional shore tours at Alotau, Kitava, Rabaul, Kiriwana Island, and Conflict Islands.

The Program: (see a 1-page itinerary)

The sessions are provided as a mixture of face to face sessions (FF), self­directed reading material (SD), and recorded webinars (W). The webinars and the self­directed reading material are provided to attendees prior to the commencement of the conference. The attendee can view the webinars prior to the commencement of the conference as a self­directed CPD activity or the session will also be presented at the conference as per the program and the attendee can view the session in the conference room with a course facilitator present.

The CPD Shore excursions will be led by Shona Hubsher, an Australian Registered Nurse who has worked in PNG on a number of occasions. The group will benefit from Shona's knowledge on the cultural implications of health care delivery and her hands on experience of the politics and resources that impact service provision.

The full program will be available as speakers are confirmed but the following is an outline of the conference activities on offer:

Day 1: Friday 28th July | Depart Brisbane

Today we set sail north towards our destination. You will enjoy a Welcome reception where you can mingle and get to know the other Conference Delegates and Organisers.

Day 2: Saturday 29th July | At Sea | Full Day CPD

  • Why Public Health Matters – 1
  • Health Orientation to PNG
  • Why Public Health Matters – 2: Challenges in the 21st century
  • Tuberculosis
  • Displaced People
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases Part One

Zika Virus

Day 3: Sunday 30th July | At Sea | Full Day CPD

  • The Health Effects of Climate Change from a Global and Ecological Perspective
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship The Global Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Case Studies
  • Vaccine Preventable Diseases Part Two
  • Chronic diseases in Low and MiddleMiddle-Incomeries

Day 4: Monday 31st July | On Shore in Alotau

Today we will explore Alotau which will include a visit to a
health service.

Capital of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, Alotau is steeped in history, rich in culture and blessed with natural beauty.

The gateway to some of the most remote island communities remaining in the world today, this is a place that is enriched with age-old culture and traditions.

There will be a Network and Discussion session in the evening.

Day 5: Tuesday 1st August  | On Shore in Kitava

Today we will explore Kitava which will include a visit to a
health service.

Located in PNG’s Milne Bay Province, here life remains as it was thousands of years ago with very little external influence. This truly is a slice of heaven .

There will be a Network and Discussion session in the evening.



Day 6:  Wednesday 2nd August | On Shore in Rabaul

Today we will explore Rabaul which will include a visit to a
health service.
Rabaul is popular for its volcanoes, scuba diving and for snorkeling sites, spectacular harbour and other scenery, World War II history, flora and fauna, and, of course, the fascinating and colourful cultural life of the Tolai people.

There will be a Network and Discussion session in the evening.

Day 7: Thursday 3rd August | On Shore in Kiriwana

Today we will explore Kiriwana Island which will include a
visit to a health service.
Here, one of the world’s most intact island cultures resides on one of the world’s most untouched islands, and you are among the select few who are lucky enough to experience them both.

There will be a Network and Discussion session in the evening.

Day 8: Friday 4th August | On Shore in Conflict Islands

Today we will explore Conflict Islands which will include a

visit to a health service.

The Conflict Islands are a rare and untouched marvel of earth, made up of 21 pristine islands in Papua New Guinea. With spectacular reefs, palm trees and deep blue seas, the Conflict Islands are home an incredible array of marine wildlife.

Check out the website to see how stunning the scenery is -

Day 9: Saturday 5th August | At Sea | Full Day CPD

  • Reflections on a short visit to PNG Islands
  • Travel Health - Travel Assessment and General Advice
  • Travel Health – Vaccines
  • Travel Health – Malaria
  • Immunisation – Why do we do it and why the schedule is as it is
  • The story of Ebola virus 
  • Communicable Disease Quiz

Day 10: Sunday 6th August | At Sea | Full Day CPD

  • The Global Picture of Mental Health
  • The Global Picture of Mental Health – Case Study Reflection
  • The Global Picture of Mental Health – Suicide
  • Communicable Diseases of Global Concern
  • The impact of Social Media on Health Promotion
  • Public Health Challenges in the 21st Century

Day 11 - Mon 7th Aug 2017 | Disembark Brisbane


The Venue: On Board the P&O Aria

This ship has been recently refurbished and looks amazing. It features sixteen dining experiences, a movie theatre and of course a top deck pool – it’s open no matter the weather thanks to a climate controlled retractable roof! Here are a few photos from the Aria's website to whet your appetite.


Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we will send you an invitation to be a part of a closed Facebook group, to discuss and share info about the upcoming CPD adventure.

What's Included:


  • Private ensuite
  • Wardrobe
  • Air-conditioning with personal controls
  • Telephone
  • Flat screen TV
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hair dryer
  • Bath and pool towels


  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at various restaurants around the ship


  • Swimming pools
  • Organised pool games
  • Spas
  • Fitness centre
  • Jogging track
  • A range of dance classes
  • Trivia and game shows
  • Organised crew vs guest games
  • Karaoke
  • Deck games, table tennis, deck chess, quoits, golf putting
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Board games


  • Entry into all pubs, bars and nightclubs on board
  • Production shows
  • Guest entertainers and comedians
  • Live music
  • Cinema
  • Party nights
  • Big Screen (sports, recent release movies and more)
  • Adults-only Sit Down Comedy Club
  • Game shows

What's Not Included:

  • Airfares
  • Items of personal nature
  • Phone calls
  • Internet access
  • Visas
  • Passports
  • excess baggage
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Travel Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Optional Tours


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.

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, 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. NFN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.

Costs, Bookings and Payment:

Bookings and payments for the Travel Event are being handled by the Team at Travel Direct Australia (Education at Sea). Did you know that you can pay off any of our Travel CPD events, ask about it when you book?

Please contact Elita, Helen or Jason on 02 6674 2577, email for the most up to date pricing information:

Cabin Selection Price per person              Conference Registration Price
Inside from  $2029.00       Nurses for Nurses Member $845.00
Ocean View from $2249.00       Non-member $945.00
Balcony Cabin from  $3799.00       Guest -
includes attendance at all exclusive conference function events

* Remember education expenses including airfares, food and accommodation may be claimed as a tax deduction. Please consult your tax accountant for individual advice.