Cruise Seminars Event

The Deteriorating Patient

Event date 12 February 2023 - 22 February 2023    
Event time New Zealand
Ship Ovation of the Seas
Nights 10 Nights

The awe-inspiring beauty of New Zealand awaits as you cruise for 10 nights on board Royal Caribbean International 'Ovation of the Seas' while participating in our course - The Deteriorating Patient – Detection, Assessment and Treatment.

A deteriorating patient is often preceded by observable physiological and clinical abnormalities. This CPD course will cover many aspects of common medical emergencies including the most effective way to detect, assess and treat them while also escalating care appropriately.


A total of 20 CPD HOURS is available in this course for nurses and paramedics


This course is recommended for nurses and paramedics and will provide the participant with the required knowledge and skills to manage a deteriorating patient. Education sessions include interactive presentations, case studies and simulations.


Key Learning Objectives:


At the end of this course the participant should be able to:


• Explain the importance of the early detection, assessment and treatment of a deteriorating patient.


• Systematically assess a patient during a medical emergency using the ABCDE approach.


Develop a systematic approach to assessment of a patient presenting with symptoms of stroke, sepsis, anaphylaxis, asthma, delirium, shock or respiratory failure.


Recognise the importance of teamwork, leadership and communication during a medical emergency.


Listed below is the cruise itinerary and CPD course session information. For detailed information on each session, please download the full brochure.



12 FEBRUARY 2023 (Sunday) - Sydney 


Embarkation. Welcome Aboard!

Upon boarding the ship, meet your Cruise Seminars host and 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 this magnificent ship and enjoy our departure from Sydney as we set sail to spectacular New Zealand.


18:45 Ovation of the Seas departs Sydney. Bon voyage!



13 FEBRUARY 2023 (Monday) - At sea


09:00-12:00 (3 CPD hours)

• Welcome and Introduction

Between The Flags

The A-E Approach to a Deteriorating Patient

Teamwork, Communication and Leadership in Health Care


12:00-13:00 LUNCH


13:00-15:00 (2 CPD hours)

Cardiac Monitoring and ECG Analysis
Acute Coronary Syndrome



14 FEBRUARY 2023 (Tuesday) - At sea 


09:00-12:00 (3 CPD hours)

• Sepsis

• Delirium

• Asthma


12:00-13:00 LUNCH


13:00-15:00 (2 CPD hours)

• Arterial Blood Gases 101

Between the Flags: 12 Years in Practice


Self-Directed Learning (4 CPD hours)

You will be provided with readings and activities to be completed at your own pace during the next few days.


EVENING: Exclusive and complimentary cocktail party for all course participants. Food and drinks provided (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), courtesy of Cruise Seminars!



15 FEBRUARY 2023 (Wednesday)

Milford Sound, New Zealand (cruising)

Doubtful Sound, New Zealand  (cruising)

Dusky Sound, New Zealand (cruising)



16 FEBRUARY 2023 (Thursday)

Dunedin, New Zealand



17 FEBRUARY 2023 (Friday)

Lyttelton (Christchurch), New Zealand



18 FEBRUARY 2023 (Saturday)

Picton, New Zealand



19 FEBRUARY 2023 (Sunday)

Wellington, New Zealand



20 FEBRUARY 2023 (Monday) - At sea


09:00-12:00 (3 CPD hours)

• Case Studies: Coroner’s Court

Acute Stroke



21 FEBRUARY 2023 (Tuesday) - At sea 


09:00-12:00 (3 CPD hours)

Advance Life Support (theory only)


• Shock



Evening: Farewell group dinner (subject to restaurant availability)



22 FEBRUARY 2023 (Wednesday)


06:30 (approx): Arrival in Sydney


We trust you have enjoyed this Cruise Seminars event and we wish you a safe onward journey home.



Cruise Seminars is proud to introduce Colette Foudy and Gail Forrest as presenters for our Deteriorating Patient course. Both are highly accomplished and dedicated healthcare professionals who together will bring their knowledge and experience to this event to ensure a thoroughly educational, interactive and enjoyable experience for all participants.


COLETTE FOUDY BNProfHons, RN, MClinNurs, Cert IV Education and Teaching


 Colette is a Critical Care Nurse Educator at St George Private Hospital Sydney and has 25 years critical care experience in Australia and the UK. Within this role she has been responsible for the development and implementation of education programs including Critical Care Nursing Foundation, NSQHS Standard 8 Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration education, Basic and Advanced Life Support and Resus4Kids.


Colette is also an experienced Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) Course Director, regularly teaching BLS, ALS1 and ALS2 courses.  Colette is passionate on educating staff of the early detection and management of clinical deterioration to improve patient outcomes. In her current role as ICU Educator, Colette is also able to positively influence clinical practice at the bedside and is a fierce advocate for patient-centred care.



GAIL FORREST BN, MResEd, GradCertHEd, Cert IV in Training & Assessment


Gail is an experienced leader and educator in interdisciplinary healthcare education. Her experience in health care education spans more than two decades and involves multi-professional education across a variety of tertiary higher education and clinical health sector settings. Gail is passionate about improving the quality and safety of patient care through developing and delivering excellence in clinical education and believes in creating a culture of learning in healthcare.


Gail initially trained as a Registered Nurse in the UK and has worked in a variety of critical care settings including Emergency, Intensive Care, and Coronary Care. She has been an Instructor for the Australian Resuscitation Council for many years and remains a Course Director for the ARC ALS level 1 and 2 courses.  Gail currently works as Senior Manager Clinical Education Strategy, Research and Evaluation at the Health Education and Training Institute, NSW Health.   Gail’s qualifications include a Masters of Research in Educational Research, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and Cert IV in Training & Assessment and is currently studying her PhD at Deakin University.




Marvel at one of Royal Caribbean International's newest ships - Ovation of the Seas. Launched in 2016, the Ovation of the Seas offers guests a variety of unique activities, entertainment and dining options. Experience the North Star for panoramic views 90m above the water, be amazed at the Bionic Bar as robotic arms mix your favourite drink or indulge in mouth-watering food at Jamie's Italian restaurant. Ovation of the Seas has it all!



• Multiple dining options including Jamie's Italian, American Icon Grill, Coastal Kitchen, Chops Grill plus much more!


More than 7 bars including the Bionic Bar powered by Makr Shakr®, multiple lounges and entertainment venues


North Star: Take yourself to new heights with the jewel-shaped capsule that gently ascends over 90 metres above sea level giving breathtaking 360° views of the sea


A choice of pools including an adults-only solarium pool - a glass canopied retreat


Indoor pool with retractable roof


67 metre outdoor poolside cinema screen 




*Some dining options and activities may incur an additional fee