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"The goal of a CME AWAY® conference by Sea Courses is to provide the very best opportunity for health care professionals to not only LEARN but to CONNECT with peers in a stimulating yet RELAXING environment."

10-Night Great Barrier Reef CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board Celebrity Eclipse

Chronic PainEndocrinologyMoodPain Management

Sailing February 28th, 2023 - March 10th, 2023

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Lydia Hatcher

Dr. Lydia Hatcher


Pain Management

About The Speaker


Dr. Hatcher graduated with her MD in 1982 from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).  She received certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and holds a Diplomate with the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.

She has received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Mental Health Awareness Award.  As well, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded her a fellowship.

She has been a full-service rural family doctor, an emergency physician, full time academic and has a specialty in pain management and psychotherapy which she now does exclusively. Her focus is on a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management.   She uses pain-focused psychotherapy using CBT, ACT, Mindfulness and Positive Thinking.

She teaches chronic pain management across the country and internationally; this includes medical trainees, all health care providers, veterans and their families as well as many public lectures.

She is a medical inspector for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and an expert witness for the CMPA.   She Chairs a subcommittee for the National Opioid Use Guideline Group.  She is President of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management and a member of the Canadian Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain.

She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and a Clinical Associate Professor at MUN.

Dr. Carol Joyce

Dr. Carol Joyce



About The Speaker

Carol is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, and is in clinical practice at Proactive Wellness and Prevention, also in St. John’s.

Carol is a graduate of Dalhousie University Medical School in Halifax, NS, did an Internal Medicine residency at Memorial University, and then completed her fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto.

Carol has been on faculty at Memorial University since 1985. She is former Division Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Research interests have included: evaluation of new diabetes treatments, prevention of Type 2 diabetes, prevention and treatment of diabetes complications, the epidemiology of osteoporosis, and the genetics of multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes.

Carol is also past chair of the Royal College examination board in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

CME Topics

Diabetes, Mood and Sleep Disorders, Osteoporosis, Thyroid Disease & Pain Management

Dr. Hatcher
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD – what to do!!
  • Skills to Improve Communication & Avoid Lawsuits
  • Managing Sleep Disorders: Insomnia to Narcolepsy
  • Health Care Concerns in Older Adults and Frail Patients
  • Medical Cannabis- should it be in your toolbox?
  • Understanding Chronic Pain and Making the Diagnosis
  • Non-pharmacologic approaches to Chronic Pain
  • Opioids – the Good the Bad and the Ugly
Dr. Joyce
  • Thyroid function tests: how, when, why?
  • Endocrine disorders in pregnancy
  • Demystifying insulin
  • Osteoporosis- new guidelines and therapies
  • What in the world should we be eating?
  • What's new in type 2?
  • Pituitary/adrenal disorders in primary care
  • Endocrine Jeopardy

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Price
FP $1395
Specialist $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1195
Conference Tuition Book Before May 25th, 2022 Book After May 25th, 2022
FP $1245 $1395
Specialist $1245 $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1045 $1195

Venue Information

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world.  Stretching for an impressive 1,400 miles, it is the longest and largest reef in the world. Adding to its allure is a shocking array of bright colors, exotic sealife, and close proximity to ethereal beaches and thriving coastal cities. Once there you have several ways to experience the reef and many sites to marvel at even beyond the reef.

Always Included

Vacations should be effortless from the start. That’s why every Celebrity cruise includes drinks, Wi-Fi, and tips – always. It’s that simple!

Additional Noteworthy Features

Celebrity Cruises

For modern travelers, it’s about being fully immersed in new destinations and cultures without sacrificing comfort and style. We set the standard for modern luxury travel and now we’ve made the destination experience even more immersive, starting right on board. Predictability and convention are stripped away, returning luxury sea travel to its very essence: simple, beautiful, imaginative encounters that leave you relaxed, refreshed, and inspired by the world around you. We brought together teams of world-class architects, interior designers, stylists, and even landscape artists to create a showcase of the most inspiring spaces at sea, custom designed just for you.


More than a room. Exhilarating days of discovering the world deserve an equally wonderful place to recharge. Revel in stylish design. Sink into exquisite bedding. Bask in the breathtaking views. Our array of luxurious accommodations has been artfully created to make your stay warm and welcoming.


Our menus, crafted by Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher, are inspired by, and locally sourced from, the amazing  regions we visit. Choose casual or upscale, sushi or Italian, dining room or alfresco under the stars. With up to a dozen specialty restaurants, and an array of bars, lounges, and clubs, every experience takes you on a journey. And with Celebrity's Select Dining, when you dine, and with whom, is entirely up to you.


We're opening up the world with over 270 destinations. From the castles of Europe and the ancient civilizations of Asia, to the contrasting shores of the Americas, Australia, Antarctica, and the rugged beauty of Alaska—there's no limit to what you can do.

The Ship

On a Celebrity vacation, you're not just sailing with our ships—you're sailing with our service. For 25 years that's been our calling card—the main reason why our guests cruise with us year after year. From your stateroom attendant to our attentive pool butlers, we're always there with a smile and a helping hand. Our outstanding customer service and on board services are intuitive, so you can enjoy your vacation to its fullest." Our crew is as diverse and captivating as the places to which we travel. And each one of them believes that modern luxury means providing service that's intuitive about what would make you happiest before you've even requested it. The chocolate on your pillow each night? That's just the icing on the cake. Set sail on Celebrity Eclipse® and discover amazing enhancements at every turn. You’ll relax in transformed staterooms that are so gorgeous, you may never want to leave your room. Gather for a toast at the newly reimagined Passport Bar or the new Craft Social Bar, a cool and casual spot. Shop in exciting new boutiques featuring the hottest designers. And, The Spa on Eclipse is taking rejuvenation to new heights with new spa treatment rooms, new flooring throughout, and much more. Your next vacation aboard Celebrity Eclipse is bound to be even more stunning now than ever before. Discover how the world’s best premium cruise line becomes more incredible than ever.
  • Knowledgeable, personalized, genuine service
  • Suite class butlers
  • Certified sommeliers in every restaurant
  • Twice daily makeup and turn down service
  • Nearly 2:1 guest to crew ratio
  • Crew from over 50 diverse cultures dedicated to creating a world class experience for each guest, every time

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
February 28th Sydney, Australia 6:45 PM
March 1st Eden, Australia 9:00 AM 4:00 PM
March 2nd At Sea 8:00 AM—12:30 PM
March 3rd At Sea 1:00 PM—4:00 PM
March 4th Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
March 5th Cairns (Yorkey's Knob), Australia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 6th Port Douglas, Australia 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
March 7th Willis Island (Cruising), Australia 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 8:00 AM—10:00 AM
March 8th At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM; 1:00 PM—4:15 PM
March 9th At Sea
March 10th Sydney, Australia 6:30 AM

Detailed Port Descriptions

Sydney, Australia

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney offers so much—from beaches and wineries to stunning landmarks and world-class shopping. Tour architectural marvels like the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, view life below the surface from Sydney Aquarium’s underwater walkways, or take it all in from above on a tour of the Sydney Tower. You’re never far from nature in this thriving urban center. Well-known surf beaches, zoos, national parks, whale watching tours, bush tours, and the Royal Botanic Gardens—featuring over 7,500 plants—offer visitors a chance to enjoy the area’s sunshine, lush greenery, wildlife, and clear blue oceans. Sydney is not only Australia’s oldest city, it is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities on the globe, offering a wealth of cuisines, unique museums, and cultural opportunities.  Explore lively pubs, shops, and historic  buildings at The Rocks, located on Sydney harbor.

Eden, Australia

Eden means "a delightful place," which is what you can expect to see in New South Wales' most southerly town. Eden is known as one of Australia's best whale watching locations. Humpback and southern right whales can be spotted in Eden's Twofold Bay from September to November, as they migrate back to those chilly Antarctic waters. Natural attractions are the aim of the game in delightful Eden as well. Cruise to Eden to visit Ben Boyd National Park and walk along its rugged cliffs to Boyd Tower and Red Point Lookout.

 Airlie Beach, Qld, Australia

On your cruise to the Great Barrier Reef, this is the perfect departure point for local excursions. The coral reef is the largest  living thing on the planet—so big you can see it from space—but made of billions of tiny organisms known as polyps. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef supports a vast diversity of marine life, with 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1,625 types of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers 133,000 square miles, including 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands. The snorkeling and diving here are unmatched. Airlie Beach is popular with backpackers, yachtsmen, and other lovers of the tropical lifestyle. Sailing among the calm, protected waters of the Witsunday Islands and skydiving over the pristine shorelines are a couple of the must-do adventures for many visitors. When it's time for some shopping during your Airlie Beach cruise, you'll find lovelyseaside markets and galleries with friendly artists, handmade jewelry, colorful paintings, stunning photos, and tropical beachwear—perfect for a leisurely browse after breakfast.

Cairns (Yorkey's Knob), Australia

In tropical North Queensland, surrounded on three sides by lush rainforest, your Cairns cruise makes the perfect launchpad for excursions to the Great Barrier Reef. This reef is the largest living thing on the planet—so big you can see it from space—but it's made up of billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the reef supports a vast diversity of marine life, with 600 types of soft and hard corals, 1,625 types of fish, and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers 133,000 square miles, including 3,000 coral reefs and 900 islands. The snorkeling and diving here are unmatched. Inland, explore the rainforest by cable car and scenic railway, soaring above treetops, peering into gorges, and  observing jungle waterfalls. Join a whitewater rafting adventure in Barron Gorge National Park. Stop at a rainforest village to see kangaroos, birds, butterflies, and reptiles. Hold a koala in your arms and feed a wallaby. Watch traditional Aboriginal dancers perform and artisans create their pottery, paintings, glass works, jewelry, and fabrics. You can shop for these original keepsakes to take back aboard your Cairns cruise. Back in town, stroll the lovely native flowers, plants, and trees at Cairns Botanic Gardens. You might even get lucky in the local casino. What a way to top off your cruise to Cairns.

Port Douglas, Australia

The once-sleepy, now-bustling seaside village of Port Douglas will be your hub to the Great Barrier Reef, home to some 1,500 species of fish, 5,000 species of mollusk and 400 species of coral for your exploration. During your Cruisetour, you'll enjoy a full day of marine adventure with opportunities to swim, snorkel, dive or view the reef from an underwater observatory.

Willis Island (Cruising), Australia

We will be arriving along Willis Island around 11 am, so why not get 2 hours in of CME beforehand? After that, you can enjoy the scenery while sitting out on your verandah or out on one of the decks. The only humans that make their home on this tiny island—just 1,600 feet long and 490 feet wide—are meteorologists manning a weather monitoring station. From the ship’s deck you'll see thousands of seabirds such as Boobies, wedge-tailed shearwaters and sooty terns. Other highlights include a nearby coral reef and turtle nesting ground.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There are no Sea Courses pre or post tours for this CME AWAY. Please click here to design your own!

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