"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."


Onboard the Celebrity Solstice

Chronic PainFamily Medicine

Sailing January 31st, 2019 - February 12th, 2019

Trip Characteristics

Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown


Family Medicine & Vaccines

About The Speaker

Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, holding the rank of Assistant Professor. She is the current President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, linking female physicians, students and residents throughout the country and serves on McGill’s Medical School Advisory Board as well as on the board of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative. Most recently, the College of Family Physicians of Ontario has named Dr Brown “Physician of the Year for the Region of Toronto”, awarded November 2012. Representing Family Medicine in Canada, she has been on the board of the Canadian Immunization Conference and currently is on the Board of “Immunize Canada”, an educational component of Public Health Canada. She is a certified Menopause Practitioner and has served as Consumer Education Chair for the North American Menopause Society. Recently she has been appointed Director of Women’s Health for HealthChoicesFirst, helping to create an online educational library for the public.

Mr. Shelley Brown

Mr. Shelley Brown



About The Speaker

Shelley Brian Brown is an employment lawyer, specializing in employment law and employment related human rights law at Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP in Toronto. Prior to joining Steinberg Title he was legal counsel at the Prudential Insurance Company of America in Canada. He then became its Director of Human Resources and ultimately, Ethics Officer (Canadian Operations). In addition to numerous speaking engagements sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Shelley has spoken in Turkey to Canadian physicians/entrepreneurs as well as to classes at the University of Western Ontario and the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia (Ethics in the Canadian Context). He also provides comment in the media on Weed in the Workplace for publications including The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper and Canadian HR Reporter, the voice of Canadian HR Professionals, related to Marijuana and the Workplace. Shelley has two law degrees from McGill. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Labor and Employment Law from York University Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dr. Joel Bordman

Dr. Joel Bordman


Chronic Pain & Addiction

About The Speaker

Dr. Bordman graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1985. He has achieved credentials in both addiction and pain from international societies. He is a mentor to other doctors as part of The College of Family Physicians of Ontario’s “Medical Mentorship in pain and addiction” program (MMAP). He has experience in Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Family Practice and Long Term Care. His main interest is in treating Opioid Addiction and assessing Chronic Pain treatment in the complex patient.

CME Topics

Mr. Brown
  • Essentials of Employment Law
Dr. Brown
  • Update in Women’s Health, Guidelines from NAMS
  • Review of Osteoporosis, Men and Women at Risk
  • Sexual Health for Women: Are there Options?
  • The Alphabet Soup, ABCs of Meningitis
  • HZ: New Options and New Guidelines
  • CAP and FLU, A One Two Punch
  • HPV, The Good, The Bad and Why We Won’t Accept the UGLY
  • Travel Vaccines, What Family Doctors Need to Know
Dr. Bordman
  • Chronic Pain Simplified Part 1: A Review of the 2017 Guidelines
  • Chronic Pain Simplified Part 2: A review of Treatment Options
  • Urine Drug Testing
  • Opioid Dependence Simplified
  • Medically Assisted Treatment in Problematic Opioid Use
  • Common Addictions in Our Society
  • The Doctor’s Role in the Opioid Crisis Part 1: How We Got Here
  • The Doctor’s Role in the Opioid Crisis Part 2: Possible Solutions
  • Cannabis For Medical Purposes

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 TuitionBook Before April 30th, 2018Book After April 30th, 2018
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other$845$995

Venue Information

Australia & New Zealand Cruises: are an especially good fit for those travellers who want to experience the history and eclectic culture along with the natural beauty of this region. Sunshine, history, and some of the most coveted ports of call in the world await you!

Additional Noteworthy Features

Worthwhile Mentions 
All staterooms include:
Our signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1
Twice daily service (makeup and turndown)
Ice service on request
24 hour room service
Complimentary tote bag
Custom blended bath products (shampoo, conditioner and lotion), shower cap, cotton balls and cotton swabs
Water/wine glasses
Celebrity eXhale™ bedding featuring custom premium mattresses, plush duvets and pillows, and 100% cotton linens
Hair dryer
Private mini-bar*
Interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies*
Private safe
Dual voltage 110/220AC outlets
Extraordinary Service
Service that is smartly attentive not tediously formal. A staff person for nearly every two guests ensures you can fully escape your everyday.
Exceptional Dining
Savor favorites and soon to be favorites served in up to 10 distinctive restaurants.
The Lawn Club
A freshly manicured lawn where you can enjoy casual outdoor activities in a Country Club atmosphere & let the grass between your toes take you places no cruise has gone before.
Exhilarating Entertainment
Crowd-pleasing entertainment program to keep you captivated day and night. Whatever your entertainment preference - we've got a performance for you.
Celebrity’s Youth & Teen Program
Enjoy crafts, music, karaoke, treasure hunts, theme parties, movies & lots more. An assortment of interactive toys are available for check out for private use.
NEW VENUE serving craft beer and comfort food venue with more than 40 handcrafted, boutique beers all paired with a menu of elevated bar-fare creations.
Tuscan Grille
Now our Tuscan Grille steak house, the popular Solstice® Class restaurant, brings its dry aged steaks and freshly made pastas to Celebrity Infinity, too. In addition to its modern twist on traditional steaks and its wine list highlighting Italy, this incarnation presents a unique Italian cocktail menu—a first for Tuscan Grille. Attention taste buds: “You're welcome."
Qsine®, our one-of-a-kind specialty restaurant, features a uniquely unordinarySM approach to dining. At Qsine®, we strive to awaken your palate through a modern and whimsical approach to familiar dishes from around the world. Food is artfully presented, without traditional courses, and intended to be shared. And, to make it even more playful, the menu and wine list are creatively presented on an iPad®. Let your Culinary Tour Guide take you on an unforgettable journey.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub®
Relax and rejuvenate in our serene spa at sea. Experience the unique services of Canyon Ranch in a breathtaking setting—aboard Celebrity's modern luxury ships. Enhance your vacation with a complete wellness and lifestyle program that increases resilience, restores serenity, and helps you feel rejuvenated.
Rooftop Terrace
This venue is an invigorating way to experience the great outdoors on a modern luxury vacation. Intimate and inviting, the Rooftop Terrace features chic, cozy furniture, surprising artistic elements, and a large outdoor soundscape and movie screen that lets you kick back and catch Taste of Film—our unique way to experience movies. We pair playful snacks, inspired by the movie and served at the perfect moments, to elevate your movie-going experience to delicious new heights.
Celebrity iLounge
Keep in touch 24 hours a day in the Celebrity iLoungeSM, our one-of-a-kind hip Internet lounge that is the first Apple® Specialist at Sea. Celebrity iLoungeSM also offers various iLearn classes to help you master the latest photography, video and audio skills.
Michael's Club
A private lounge for those in Celebrity, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection Suites, as well as for Captain’s Club Zenith members. This luxurious club features a large-screen TV, reading areas stocked with magazines, newspapers, and books, a premium continental breakfast, light lunch, and self-service snacks. Pre-dinner drinks are complimentary between 5:30 and 8 PM daily. Its dedicated Concierge can help arrange your specialty dining, shore excursions, even handle inquiries about various ports of call. Desk hours vary by itinerary. Michael’s Club is available 24 hours a day.
As an AquaClass® guest, you can enjoy Blu, your own exclusive restaurant for breakfast and dinner. If the concept of "spa restaurant" causes you or your significant other to think you'll never see a steak or a rich dessert on the menu, that is definitely not the case. The cuisine at Blu is simply an imaginative way of preparing popular dishes without fussiness or pretense. Tender steak is served with a flavorful truffle vinaigrette instead of a heavy béarnaise. We call it "clean cuisine."
Concierge Class
Designed for the traveler who settles in nicely to veranda staterooms where little details make a big difference. Savor unexpected delights such as complimentary shoeshine service. The attention to detail will amaze you, even as you sleep on the perfect pillow you've selected from our pillow menu. If personalized Concierge service, priority check-in and early disembarkation appeal to you, Concierge Class is your clear choice.
These veranda staterooms offer spa elements infused into the stateroom experience and priority seating in the chic AquaClass restaurant, Blu. These spa-inspired staterooms, offer unlimited access to the AquaSpa® Persian Garden as well as a host of other soothing extras. If you love the spa, there's no finer way to travel.
Our spacious suites transform your vacation into a completely indulgent experience. Book this type of stateroom and enjoy special privileges plus an extensive list of amenities including European-style butler service (except Celebrity Xpedition).

Itinerary & Schedule

DatePort / LocationArrival TimeDeparture TimeNotes / CME Details
January 31stSydney, Australia
February 1stAt Sea8:00 am - 1:00 pm
February 2ndMelbourne, Australia8:00 am
February 3rdAt Sea8:30 am - 1:00 pm
February 4thAt Sea8:30 am - 1:00 pm
February 5thFiordland National Park, New Zealand8:00 am7:00 pm
February 6thDunedin, Port Chalmers, New Zealand9:00 am7:00 pm
February 7thAkaroa, New Zealand8:00 am6:00 pm
February 8thWellington, New Zealand8:00 am6:00 pm
February 9thAt Sea8:30 am - 1:15 pm
February 10thBay of Islands, New Zealand7:00 am6:00 pm
February 11thTauranga, Rotorua, New Zealand8:00 am7:00 pm
February 12thAuckland, New Zealand6:30 am

Detailed Port Descriptions

Sydney, Australia - Book a window seat for your flight to Sydney: day or night, this city sure is good-lookin’. Scratch the surface and it only gets better. After a lazy Saturday at the beach, urbane Sydneysiders have a disco nap, hit the showers and head out again. There's always a new restaurant to try, undercover bar to hunt down, hip band to check out, sports team to shout at, show to see or crazy party to attend. The city's pretensions to glamour are well balanced by a casualness that means a cool T-shirt and a tidy pair of jeans will get you in most places. But if you want to dress up and show off, there's plenty of opportunity for that among the sparkling lights of the harbour. National parks ring the city and penetrate right into its heart. Large chunks of the harbour are still edged with bush, while parks cut their way through the skyscrapers and suburbs. Consequently native critters turn up in the most surprising places. Great clouds of flying foxes pass overhead at twilight and spend the night rustling around in suburban fig trees, oversized spiders stake out the corners of lounge-room walls, possums rattle over the roofs of terrace houses, and sulphur-crested cockatoos bleat from the railings of urban balconies. At times Sydney's concrete jungle seems more like an actual one – and doesn't that just make it all the more exciting? Brash is the word that inevitably gets bandied around when it comes to describing the Harbour City, and let's face it, Sydney is one hot mess! Compared to its Australian sister cities, Sydney is loud, uncompromising and in-your-face. Fireworks displays are more dazzling here, heels are higher, bodies more buffed, contact sports more brutal, starlets shinier, drag queens glitzier and chefs more adventurous. Australia’s best musos, foodies, actors, stockbrokers, models, writers and architects flock to the city to make their mark, and the effect is dazzling: a hyperenergetic, ambitious marketplace of the soul, where anything goes and everything usually does. 

Melbourne, Australia - Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days, offering culture, art, fashion, and friendly sports-minded Australians. It is also easy to explore. At the city’s hear is the Golden Mile - home to shops, restaurants and theaters. Melbourne has nearly a dozen major markets. The huge Queen Victoria Market (the Vic) has more than 1,000 stalls. Others include the "foodie heaven" Prahran Market, and St. Kilda's Sunday market, awash with pottery and all things arty. Melbourne's dining scene is a vast smorgasbord of cuisines Chinese restaurants on Little Bourke Street are the equal of anything in Hong Kong. Richmond's Victoria Street convincingly incarnates Vietnam. 

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand  - New Zealand's largest national park was formed millennia ago by massive glacial flows that carved deep fiords into the coast. At the heart of Fiordland National Park lies Milford Sound. Lined by cliffs that soar above its surface, Rainforest clings to the cliffs & graceful waterfalls plummet into the void. 

Dunedin, New Zealand - A Kiwi city with a Scottish heart. Dunedin, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, was founded in 1848 by settlers of the Free Church of Scotland, a breakaway group from the Presbyterian Church. The city's Scottish roots are still visible; you'll find New Zealand's first and only (legal) whisky distillery, a statue of Scottish poet Robert Burns, and more kilts, sporrans, and gillies than you can shake a stick at! The Scottish settlers and local Māori came together in relative peace, but this wasn't true of the European whalers who were here three decades before, as places with names such as Murdering Beach illustrate. The city boasts a distinguished architectural &  cultural history, a legacy of New Zealand's 1860s gold rush. Dunedin has always had a reputation for the eccentric. Wearing no shoes and a big beard here marks a man as bohemian rather than destitute, and the residents wouldn't have it any other way. 

Akaroa, New Zealand - A distinctly French flair with history steeped in legend. Akaroa harbour is home to a diverse array of marine life, including rare Hector's dolphins, and visitors are lured by the area's  secluded beaches and quaint boutiques. On the southern side of the peninsula, in a harbor created when the crater wall of an extinct volcano collapsed into the sea, nestles the fishing village of Akaroa (Māori for "long harbor"). Although Akaroa was chosen as the site for a French colony in 1838, the first French settlers arrived in 1840 only to find that the British had already established sovereignty over New Zealand by the Treaty of Waitangi. Less than 10 years later, the French abandoned their attempt at colonization, but the settlers remained and gradually intermarried with the local English community. 

Wellington, New Zealand - New Zealand's capital offers stunning views of forested peninsulas, dramatic cliff-side homes and fine Victorian buildings. The sophisticated metropolis boasts museums, winding streets and even a cable car - but nothing can beat its natural beauty. From the windswept green heights overlooking the capital, a crystal-clear morning reveals stunning views over the deceptively quiet waters of Cook Strait stretching to the mountains of the South Island; and on a mild summer night when a silver medallion of moon tops mysterious misty hillsides.  Wellington has developed a lively, friendly, and infectious spirit of a city coming into its own. Pleasant and compact enough to be a good walking city, you might find yourself content to laze around the harbor, perhaps sipping a chilled glass of Chardonnay from a nearby vineyard. The burgeoning film industry—thanks to the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) — has injected life into the local arts scene. 

Bay of Islands - The Bay of Islands is an area located on the east coast of Far North District of North Island, New Zealand. Currently, it is one of the most popular sailing, fishing and tourist destinations in the country. The Bay of Islands has been renowned worldwide for its big-game fishing since in the 1930s American author Zane Grey publicised it. The Bay of Islands is 60 kilometers north-west of Whangarei city. Cape Reinga, situated at country's northern tip, is about 210 km further to the north-west. The bay itself is irregularly-shaped 16 km-wide, 260 sq.km drowned valley system and natural harbour. It is composed of 144 islands, of which the biggest is Urupukapuka, and numerous inlets and peninsulas. 

Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand - Tauranga port is located on the eastern Bay of Plenty, at the head of a big harbour protected by Matakana Island. Tauranga is also the cruise port to Rotorua - a major tourist travel destination (both domestically and internationally) with the region's largest industry. Rotoruais best known for its geysers and geothermal hot mud pools. The city's name - Tauranga - comes from Maori. The word is roughly translated to "sheltered anchorage". Tauranga is the centre of a vast citrus and sub tropical fruit-growing area. It is also a favourite base for deep-sea anglers. In the 1830s an Anglican mission was established in Tauranga. The community then developed as a shipping port and also a defence post against the indigenous Maori people. In 1864 it was the site of the Battle of Gate Pa during New Zealand Wars (1845 - 1872). 

Auckland, New Zealand - Auckland is called the City of Sails, and visitors flying in will see why. On the East Coast is the Waitemata Harbour—a Māori word meaning sparkling waters—which is bordered by the Hauraki Gulf, an aquatic playground peppered with small islands where many Aucklanders can be found "mucking around in boats." Not surprisingly, Auckland has some 70,000 boats. About one in four households in Auckland has a sea craft of some kind, and there are 102 beaches within an hour's drive; during the week many are quite empty.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

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