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19-Night Intensive Australia CME AWAY® Cruise

On Board Silversea Silver Explorer

Domestic ViolenceNeurologyPain Management

Sailing August 19th, 2022 - September 7th, 2022

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Kathryn Giles

Dr. Kathryn Giles



About The Speaker

Dr. Kathryn Giles completed her medical school and neurology residency at the University of Toronto and moved straight to Cambridge Ontario. She has been a solo community neurologist, seeing both adult and pediatric patients for over 29 years. In addition to a busy full time clinical practice, she does clinical research in the area of multiple sclerosis and has authored numerous scientific posters presented at international MS and neurology meetings. She has sat as a volunteer on the Ontario board of the MS Society of Canada, completing a 6 year tenure. She is an active member of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization with a mandate to promote and support women in leadership around the globe. She is a passionate educator, and although not formally associated with a teaching university position, is an active teacher to medical trainees and practicing physicians. She has spoken internationally, and has toured Asia and Sweden in the area of MS. Her strength is her practical approach to neurological disease. Dr. Giles has been a faculty member at Sea Courses for 7 years and joined the medical advisory board 4 years ago. She helps guide Sea Courses in appropriate educational content to meet the needs of specialists, who comprise approximately half of Sea Courses attendees. Dr. Giles is an enthusiastic traveler and an enthusiastic lecturer, and hopes you will join her soon on a CME AWAY® adventure!

Dr. Roman Jovey

Dr. Roman Jovey


Chronic Pain Management

About The Speaker

Dr. Jovey, a family physician and emergency physician for 20 years, closed his practice in 1999, to focus on his twin interests of chronic pain management and addiction medicine. From 1991 – 2014 he was the Physician Director of the Credit Valley Hospital, Addictions and Concurrent Disorders Centre. Since 2005 he has been the Medical Director at CPM Centres for Pain Management, the largest, outpatient chronic pain management organization in Canada. He is also a staff physician at the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre in Hamilton. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society, a medico-legal expert for the Canadian Medical Protective Association and a provincial Coroner. For over 30 years, Dr. Jovey has been treating patients with chronic non-cancer pain in an outpatient practice setting. He has presented educational workshops and seminars on pain to health care professionals in Canada and internationally.

Dr. Anne Niec

Dr. Anne Niec



About The Speaker

As a full Professor at McMaster in the department of Pediatrics and associate in Child Psychiatry, Dr. Niec has been privileged to focus her career clinically in the area of child maltreatment and family violence and in the education of a variety of learners at all stages of their development. She has been in leadership positions in the university with the Senate and Board of Governors; Adjudicating Student Appeals; being a Lead in Professionalism and Directing the Gender and Health Initiative for the Faculty of Health Sciences. In the community she is on a number of boards, including a local Child Protection agency and nationally with the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. Spending time with family, meditating, recognizing with gratitude each day, and enjoying time with four legged friends help round out her days.

CME Topics

Neurology, Pain Management & the Role of the Coroner

Dr. Giles
  • Practical Approach to Neurologic History & Examination
  • Parkinson’s Primer
  • Pearls in the Diagnosis & Management of Headaches
  • Concussion: Approach to Diagnosis & Management
  • Multiple Sclerosis: What’s New Since Med School
  • Epilepsy Essentials
Dr. Jovey
  • Practical Pain Assessment
  • Non-Pharmacological Treatment of Pain – Physical and Psychological Approaches
  • Optimizing Non-Opioid Pharmacotherapy for Pain
  • Is There a Role for Cannabinoids in Pain Treatment?
  • Current Views on Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
  • The Role of a Coroner
  • Completing a Medical Certificate of Death

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 $1345
Specialist $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1145
Conference Tuition Book Before November 17th, 2021 Book After November 17th, 2021
FP $1195 $1345
Specialist $1195 $1345
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $995 $1145

Venue Information

To say that Australia is a region of extremes is no understatement. Silent fjords and thundering waterfalls. Sandy shores and abundant wildlife. The oldest indigenous lands in the world, with some of the youngest cities.


Additional Noteworthy Features

Silversea Cruises

Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Our intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore. And for those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea Expeditions can transport you to the further most boundaries of the planet. Enjoy the ease, convenience and value of an all-inclusive cruise fare that includes almost all of your discretionary onboard expenses. With Silversea cruises you enjoy free-flowing premium wines and spirits, delicious gourmet cuisine, in-suite dining, full butler service for every suite and of course all gratuities. Savour the peace of mind of knowing that there is no salient price-tag at the end of a wonderful night of entertainment. Which is also complimentary, by the way. Whether you long to mingle in the Med, swim with the turtles of the Galapagos or embrace the glaciers of Alaska, there is something special about knowing that this cruising is all inclusive.


Silversea cruises have been voted the best luxury cruise line, so it is no surprise that our suites offer one of the highest space-per-guest ratios of any luxury cruise accommodations. All of our suites feature ocean views, and most with a private teak veranda. Regardless of the ship or suite, all guests will be pampered by the personalised services of an attentive butler, sailing in style aboard the best luxury cruise line.


When dining aboard Silversea ships, gastronomic excellence is a given, thanks to our partnership with the prestigious Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea’s luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues. No matter where you dine, there will be great diversity and freshness in your selections. Dine amid sparkling crystal, silver and sweeping ocean views in our main dining room. Join friends or find a table for two, and enjoy Continental or regional specialities impeccably presented and graciously served. The Restaurant is an open-seating dining room, which means there are no assigned times, no assigned tables. You are free to arrive at your leisure and dine with whomever you choose. For a more casual dining experience, enjoy a meal at the Grill for soft breezes and ocean views, especially as the sun goes down. Cruise guests can gather at the outdoor bar and talk about the day’s events. Complimentary room service is also available for all guests.


Imagine exploring the history and culture of captivating destinations before you ever step foot off your ship. Our knowledgeable team of onboard Destination Consultants is delighted to share their regional expertise to Silversea guests, with informal discussions throughout your voyage and commentaries from the bridge. Elevating your cruise travel adventure to more stimulating heights. Gain an insider’s perspective on your voyage’s destinations. From where to shop, to top-rated eateries, and the area’s must-see sights. Ensuring you will journey ashore like a true native. While on your luxury cruise, embark on a personal journey of wellness to complement your global adventures. Work out in the well-equipped Fitness Centre, take a class in circuit training or Pilates in the aerobics room, and let the sauna and steam rooms work their magic to soothe every muscle. Silversea offers seminars ranging from aromatherapy and nutrition to how to burn fat. A holistic approach to wellness fully integrates exercise, fitness and spa therapies with health lectures and nutritious dining to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, even while away from home.

The Ship

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.
  • Select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Complimentary room service
  • Gratuities
  • Open-seating dining options
  • Complimentary WIFI

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Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / CME Details
August 19th Fremantle (Perth)
August 20th Fremantle (Perth) 5:30 PM
August 21st Abrolhos Islands 1:30 PM 6:30 PM
August 22nd Dirk Hartog Island 7:30 AM 8:30 PM
August 23rd At Sea 8:00 AM—12:30 PM
August 24th Exmouth 6:00 AM 7:00 PM
August 25th Expedition Montebello Islands 6:30 AM 10:00 PM
August 26th Expedition Dampier Archipelago 6:00 AM 7:00 PM
August 27th At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM
August 28th Lacepedes Islands 5:30 AM 6:00 PM
August 29th Buccaneer Archipelago Region 5:30 AM
August 30th Hunter River Region
August 31st Hunter River Region
September 1st King George River (Kimberley)
September 2nd Wyndham 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
September 3rd At Sea 8:00 AM—12:00 PM
September 4th Matakus Island, Indonesia 12:30 PM 7:30 PM
September 5th At Sea 8:00 AM—11:15 AM
September 6th Darwin 8:30 AM
September 7th Darwin

Detailed Port Descriptions

Fremantle (Perth)

Coming in at number seven on Lonely Planet’s list of best places to live is Fremantle. Once know as Australia’s hidden gem, today Perth/Fremantle is gaining international appeal as a cruise destination. As the capital of Western Australia, Perth is both a sweeping metropolis and a haven for green spaces, home to the famous Bell Tower and the sprawling Kings Park and Botanic Gardens for nature lovers.  There’s everything from live music rooms, hipster bars, left-field bookshops, craft-beer breweries and Indian Ocean seafood shacks amid the buskers and beaches.  If that doesn’t sound like your glass of beer, we guarantee a stroll along the wooden riverside walkway will change your mind.  The city also enjoys another, rather different status.  Fremantle was one of Australia’s penal cities, vestiges of which can still be found in Fremantle Prison.  Almost 10,000 convicts were condemned to life imprisonment here between 1850 and 1868, but the prison remained in use until 1991. Today, the memorable sandstone building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and just 15 minutes from port, it’s well worth a visit. Just don’t forget your get out of jail free card.

Abrolhos Islands

Human drama and nature rival each other to be the most fascinating drawcards of the Houtman Abrolhos or Abrolhos Islands. In 1629 the Dutch ship Batavia was wrecked, with most crew and passengers reaching dry inhospitable Beacon Island. Thus, began a horror story of mutiny, betrayal, rape, murder of children and survival. On one island, soldiers built a stone stockade which is the first European structure in Australia. Eventually the remaining survivors were rescued, and the murderers were hung on one island or marooned on the mainland (Australia’s first European settlers). A century later, desperate survivors of another wrecked Dutch ship Zeewijk lived (or died) for ten months on the islands. Life in the sea is an unusual mix. The warm southward-flowing Leeuwin Current meets cool southern waters at Abrolhos creating homes for both tropical and temperate marine life. A diverse coral reef grows beside cool water algae. Two thirds of the 400 fish species are tropical, while cool water-favouring Australian Sea-lions and Western Rock Lobsters (Australia’s most valuable fishery) are close to their northern limit. Seabirds, like the cooler climate Pacific Gulls, mix with tropical species like Bridled and Roseate Terns. The only colony of the Australian Lesser Noddy breeds here, along with two million Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. On land, amongst the Nitre shrubs and Saltbushes, are Abrolhos Painted Quails and Dwarf Bearded Dragons and shy Tammar Wallabies. Their ancestors survived the hungry castaways.

Dirk Hartog Island

It was 400 years ago when Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog on the Eendraft landed on this large island off the westernmost point of the Australian Mainland. At first glance little has changed at this lonely remote landscape of rock and sand clothed in low arid vegetation. But introduced animals over the years have caused the disappearance of native fauna. An ambitious program of pest eradication and native animal reintroduction titled ‘Return to 1616’ is restoring the island to its original biological state. It is close to succeeding. Shark Bay on the eastern shores of the Dirk Hartog Island is a magnificent marine ecosystem with the largest and most varied seagrass bed in the world. It supports healthy herds of dugongs with estimates of 10,000 animals present. Look at the sea for rounded grey shapes, snorting nostrils and slowly lifting tails that reveal dugongs. Shark Bay also supports many Loggerhead and Green Turtles, pods of Indo-pacific Bottlenose Dolphins and plenty of stingrays and eagle rays. As the name suggests, sharks are a feature, maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Dirk Hartog Island is large and remote enough to have its own bird. The Dirk Hartog Fairy-wren, also called Black and White Fairy-wren is a small bird with a tall upright tail, which bobs about in groups amongst the shrubs. Several other rare small birds live in the arid vegetation. More visible are flying birds of prey with Spotted Harriers, Brown Falcons and Brown Goshawks. Dirk Hartog would still recognise his Island of 1616.


Ningaloo coral reef is a fringing reef that abuts the mainland shoreline south of the town of Exmouth. At 300 km (185 miles) long, it is the longest and most pristine fringing reef in the world. The coral even extends into the intertidal zone. Much of the limestone coast is in the arid Cape Range National Park. This is where the desert meets the coral, and both are included in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area. An arid climate means little rain and soil runs off from the land, leaving the sea turquoise clear and making snorkelling a dream. Within Cape Range National Park, you will appreciate wave-cut limestone escarpments and rugged gorges like Yardie Creek. Cape Range has a diversity of eco-systems including eucalypt woodlands, acacia scrublands and spinifex grasslands. Australia is a land of lizards and here skinks, dragons, monitors and geckos are in their element. Euros (Hill Kangaroos) are common although they, and their smaller cousins the Black-flanked Rock-wallabies, hide in the shade on hot days. It is a busy calendar at Exmouth. During January/February thousands of sea turtles come ashore to nest. In March to July Whale Sharks gather offshore. From June to October migrating Humpback Whales heading south pass close to shore. June to August is the peak time for a colourful variety of wildflowers like the green Bird Flower, crimson Sturts Desert Pea and purple Yardie Morning Glory which is found nowhere else. There is always something to see where the wet and dry paradises meet.

Expedition Montebello Islands

Montebello is Italian for ‘beautiful mountain’. What a misnomer! The islands are low, flat and arid. They were named by French Explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1801 after a battle in Italy. The war-like name may suit, as the British used the islands for three nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s. Today visitors must avoid two radioactive islands. Other islands are okay to explore. Two endangered mammals—the Mala (Rufous Hare-Wallaby) and the Djoongari (Shark Bay Mouse)— thrive here. They were almost wiped out by introduced cats and foxes on the mainland and were brought to this island ark for safety. The 170 islands are 120 kilometres (75 miles) off mainland Australia. Aboriginal people visited until eight thousand years ago, when rising sea levels after the last ice age made them too far offshore to reach. The next visitors were in 1622 when survivors of the wrecked British ship Tryall reached the arid islands. Porcupine Grass or Spinifex grows on rocky areas while wattle shrubs favour sand. The islands are an important seabird breeding colony. Look for Roseate and Greater Crested Terns. Sooty Oystercatchers forage on the rocks while Beach Stone-curlews roam beaches. Coral reefs and lagoons surround the islands in the Montebello Marine Park. One hundred and fifty species of hard coral, 450 species of fish and 170 species of echinoderms (sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) keep snorkellers happy. Green, Hawksbill and Flatback Turtles nest on beaches and provide highlights when seen in the water.

Expedition Dampier Archipelago

Rust coloured rocks contrasting with pale Spinifex grass, white beaches and aquamarine seas create a scenic kaleidoscope in the Dampier Archipelago. Forty-two islands lie around the similarly coloured Burrup Peninsula. The archipelago is named after William Dampier, the English pirate turned explorer, who was the first European visitor in 1699. But the occupation of the area is ancient. The archipelago and peninsula are known as Murujuga by the Aboriginal people. The area contains the greatest concentration of rock engravings in the world. Clearly recognisable are animals and people, while mythical beings and geometric patterns require more interpretation. Engravings are in excellent condition and date back 20,000 years, a hard time span to comprehend. The Dampier Marine Park protects the archipelago’s coral reefs, sponge gardens and seagrass meadows. A five-metre tidal range adds rocky shores and sand flats to this list of habitats. A high biodiversity of corals and fish are matched by 1200 molluscs. Four turtle species live in these waters including Flatback and Hawksbill Turtles. Snorkelling here reveals a rich sample of this treasure trove of life. Flora and fauna on the arid rocky islands require good adaptations. Reptiles and the shy Rothschild’s Rock Wallaby escape the midday sun in rocky overhangs. Much of the birdlife, like Ospreys and Sea-eagles, rely on the sea for food. Look for their huge stick nests on seaside rocks. Some nests are decades old, an easier time span to grasp.

Lacepedes Islands

The Lacepede Islands, sometimes referred to simply as the Lacepedes, are a group of four islands nominally located in the Indian Ocean off the north-west coast of Western Australia, about 120 kilometres north of Broome. They are about 30 kilometres off the coast of the Dampier Peninsula, from which they are separated by the Lacepede Channel. The four islands are named West Island, Middle Island, East Island and Sandy Island. They are all small, low spits of coarse sand and coral rubble, lying atop a platform reef. They are Western Australia's most important breeding ground for the Green Turtle, and they also support of breeding colonies of Lesser Frigatebirds, Brown Boobies, Crested Terns, Sandpipers and Ruddy Turnstones.

Buccaneer Archipelago Region

Set off the coast of Western Australia, the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of the Kimberley’s finest secrets. The Archipelago, 50 k2 (19 sq mi), is made up of around 800 islands and protect the mainland from the huge 12 metre tides and astonishing speed of the Yampi (or, in traditional Aborigine, “Yampee”) Sound. The speed and power of the water many not make for pleasant bathing, but do however result in fantastic natural phenomena. One fine example is the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay. The tidal pull is responsible for the “reversible” nature of the falls, however, this also hides narrow gaps between the islands, making for treacherous sailing conditions. Isolated graves of sailors and divers are testimony to the danger. William Dampier sighted the Archipelago in 1688 but it would not be until 1821 that the Archipelago would become known as Buccaneer (a term coined by Captain Phillip Parker King) "in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit to this part of the coast ". Commander John Lort Stokes also noted the area in his 1838 record. Enterprising individuals were initially attracted to the Buccaneer Archipelago in the 1800s due to the superior pearling as well as the rich iron ore deposits. Pearling conducted by luggers in the 1880s was concentrated in Cygnet Bay, Cascade Bay, Cone Bay and Strickland Bay. More recently, mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day.

Hunter River Region

The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River. The headwaters of the falls are cool and a dip in the fresh water is a welcome reprieve from the heat of the heartland.

King George River (Kimberley)

The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.


Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels Wyndham is a gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site. In excess of 350 million years have shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground into a landscape unlike any other. Known to the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid-1980s. Conversely, cruising the peaceful and tree-lined Ord River is a chance to look for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones. Please note: All destinations on voyages in the Kimberley region, and the order in which they are visited, are subject to tidal variations and weather conditions.

Matakus Island, Indonesia

The eastern part of Indonesia is a true paradise on Earth. Home to countless beautiful, unexplored destinations that have not enjoyed the tourism boom that many other parts of the country have. Matakus Island is one such destination. This makes it a perfect place for those who have a sense of adventure and truly want to explore off the beaten path. Matakus is a small island and part of the Tanimbar archipelago. At just over two miles in length and less than a mile across, it is one of the smaller islands but, despite its small size, its proximity to the regional capital city of Saumlaki just to the north ensures that the island is inhabited (current population 100). The tourism infrastructure is practically inexistent, so don’t expect to be souvenir shopping here – ordering a lunch of delicious freshly caught and grilled fish from one of the local fishermen that line the shore is about the maximum! The island is surrounded by fine, white-sand beaches and is a marine paradise, with fields of staghorn coral and schools of cardinalfish visible in its crystal clear waters. Grab your underwater cameras and snorkels and dive in! Wildlife is not limited to below the water however. Birds including the Tanimbar starling, Moluccan masked owl, Fawn-breasted thrush and Blue-streaked lorry all call the island home.


"Australia's capital of the north is a uniquely tropical city, and a historically isolated outpost of this vast, diverse country. Reaching up towards the equator, a full 2,000 miles from Sydney and Melbourne, the city was named in honour of Charles Darwin by the British settlers who established a frontier outpost here. With a unique history, beautiful islands nearby, and a palette of sizzling Pacific flavours, colourful Darwin is an enchanting and exotic Australian destination. Crocodiles patrol the jungled waterways and tropical rainforests around Australia's gateway to the Top End. Explore via airboat to look down on the veiny waterways of the mist-laced Kakadu National Park. The sounds of chattering birdlife and the gentle splash of fountains and waterfalls will fill your ears in George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Soak it all in, before kicking back and relaxing with a picnic and a crackling barbecue. The sunshine and famous tropical pink sunsets mean many visitors naturally gravitate to the city's soft sands to relax at spots like pretty Mindil Beach, as evening approaches. The adjoining market is filled with souvenirs and crafts stands and is the perfect great place to enjoy some fiery Asian flavours. Stroll the stalls, grab some food, and crack open an ice-frosted beer as the sunset show begins. It may be remote, but Darwin found itself on the front line during the Pacific War, as the Japanese air force unloaded their bombs onto the city in 1942. This relaxed unassuming city has a deeply resilient backbone, however, and you can explore the museums to learn more of the war's impact on Darwin, as well as the devastating effects of one of Australia's worst natural disasters, Cyclone Tracy in 1973."

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