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Virtual NP Connect
Sep 17

Virtual NP Connect

Sponsored By Bank First
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17 September 2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM



WHY COME ALONG               

The NP’s Connect events are a great opportunity to catch up with your fellow NP’s in a casual, friendly environment. Please join us for your chance to mingle and share in a fun evening with the NP’s in your State and hear from a local guest speaker on a topic close to an NP.  There is no easier way to connect with each other!     



Date: Thursday 17th September 2020

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm 

Venue: Virtual via Zoom                       



  • Navigating Medicinal Cannabis Prescribing - Clinical Update For Nurse Practitioners - Kate Reed - Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Canberra Health Services
  • Update PBS Opioids, Monitored Medicines - Melanie Proper Pain Management NP
  • Identifying Opioid-Related Problems: New Approaches to Screening and Outcome Monitoring - Associate Professor Suzanne Neilson - Deputy Director of The Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne. 
  • Bank First Sponsorship update - Doretta Chand
  • ACNP Update - Leanne Boase ACNP President

CPD Hours: 2.5 hours (including 2 hours Pharmacology)



This program is available to endorsed Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioner candidates and students, nurses, and health professionals.



  • ACNP Members:  $45.00
  • Non-Members: $67.00

Pricing includes: GST, Software used, Presenter fees

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Name: Melinda Phillips

Phone: 0436 398 145





Suzanne Nielsen (BPharmSc[Hons] PhD MPS)

  • Associate Professor, and Deputy Director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre in Melbourne.

Associate Professor Nielsen has published over 125 scientific publications that have helped to build a greater understanding of how to identify and respond to prescription and over-the-counter drug-related problems.

She is a current NHMRC Career Development Fellow.  Her current research focuses on understanding how to improve identification of prescribed opioid use disorder through imprroved screening approaches, facilitating naloxone supply for overdose prevention, and other strategies to reduce opioid-related harm.

Suzanne has been a registered pharmacist for over 20 years. Her clinical experience in the treatment of substance use disorders includes working in specialist drug treatment and community-based alcohol and drug treatment settings in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Kate Reed

  • Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Canberra Health Services
  • National Clinical Advisor, Palliative Care Australia
  • Advocacy Ambassador for the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Endorsed as a NP in 2008 with a background in critical care nursing in Australia and the UK, Kate transferred her skills into the specialty of Palliative Care. After 8 years working as a Nurse Practitioner in Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner delivering expert, specialist care to patients with a life limiting illness in the out-patient setting and in their homes, she now works clinically at Canberra Health Services in the acute specialist palliative care services providing inpatient and outpatient consultancy.

Kate has key interests in complex care management for unstable symptoms, chronic end-stage disease management and sustainable, equitable access to medications to reduce suffering. As National Clinical Advisor, at Palliative Care Australia, Kate is working to meet patient, carer and community needs by the provision of flexible, equitable models of care within appropriate service delivery frameworks and policy development. Working with government, Kate provides a clinical, point of care focus on the current issues and strategic development and implementation.

Kate has been appointed the Australian Advocacy Ambassador for the International Hospice and Palliative Care Association allowing her to translate the national work to the international stage and working with the World Health Organisation and the Australian government, is able to keep the palliative care agenda as a focus of Universal Health Care.

Kate was the Convener for the ACNP 2018 Conference held in the ACT and was formerly the Chapter Chairperson. She is a strong advocate for growing the NP role and working to provide a sustainable and consistent model for NPs in Australia that allows them to work to their full scope and potential for their communities.

As a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner in the community and acute settings and National Clinical Advisor, Kate’s key interest is the provision of equitable models of care to increase access to essential palliative care services, medication and expert clinician’s focusing on palliative care as part of universal health care delivery.


Melanie Proper (BNS, MNS (NP)

  • Pain Management Nurse Practitioner 

Melanie Proper graduated as a nurse practitioner in 2010 she has 22 year of pain management expereience. Melanie is the ACNP QLD Chapter Chair and the Focus on Pain Group QLD state chair. She is currently a member of the QLD Monitired Medications advisory group and two linked working groups. Melanie works in public, private and aged care sectors. 


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0436 398 145
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Melinda Phillips
0436 398 145

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