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Victoria NP Connect 'Victorious Victoria'
Apr 29

Victoria NP Connect 'Victorious Victoria'

Date & Time
29 April 2022 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
(UTC+10:00) Australia/Sydney

I Victoria NP Connect 'Victorious Victoria'

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ACNP is pleased to host the first face-to-face educational day for 2022 to facilitate networking and delivery of educational material which is targeting the Nurse Practitioners skill set. There will be trade tables and lots of current clinical resources for all attendees.

We are trying to address some gaps in the systems, along with setting the scene for future Victorian NP educational sessions which have been interrupted due to COVID lock downs across Victoria.

I Dates and Time

  • Friday, 29 April 2022
  • 10am - 4:30pm 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.


I Location

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch) 

Level 8/535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000 

Room: M.1 Room - Mezzanine Floor


I Who can attend

All Nurse Practitioners, Candidate/Transitional Nurse Practitioners, NP Masters Students and Advanced Practice Nurses.


I Program Content

  • Clinical Application of Pharmacokinetic & Pharmacodynamic Principles
  • Hep C Diagnosis and Management 
  • Injecting Room and Long Action Buprenorphine Injectables
  • Physical Observations from a GP perspective
  • Pain management and use of opioids in sector


I Cost

  • $99 Members 
  • $220 Non-members

I Presenters

  • Adj Assoc Prof Ann Maree Keenan, Victorian CNMO 
  • Dr Richard de Boer, St Vincent’s Private Hospital 
  • Dr Chris Olszewski, Access Health Care Hawthorn
  • Sally Watkinson, Nurse Practitioner, Royal Melbourne Hospital 
  • Viviane Khalil, Assistant Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Monash Health
  • Dr Laura Booth, Palliative Care Consultant


I About the Presenters

Adj Assoc Prof Ann Maree Keenan, Victorian Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer

Adj. Associate Professor Ann Maree Keenan is the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer at Safer Care Victoria, the States lead agency for safety and quality.

The role of the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer is to provide leadership to the nursing and midwifery sector. Ann Maree provides a link between Safer Care Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services, the private and public health sector and health education providers. Ann Maree also provides strategic advice to the Minister for Health on nursing, midwifery and clinical matters. Ann Maree also develops policies and initiatives to support quality, safety and best practice within the Victorian health sector.

Ann Maree has been a senior healthcare executive where she has combined nursing professional leadership with operational accountability. She has experience in health service capital programs and has led the development and implementation of patient models of care. Ann Maree has worked in a variety of clinical areas, including renal nursing and infection control.

Ann Maree holds post graduate nursing qualifications, is a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, holds a Master of Enterprise and is a Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ann Maree is passionate about nursing and midwifery and the absolute critical role that nurses, and midwives have in providing quality, safe and compassionate care. She is determined to continue to advance the professions of nursing and midwifery in the pursuit of outstanding care for all Victorians, always.

The Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer represents the interests of nursing and midwifery as the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nurses and Midwifery Officers.


Viviane Khalil, Assistant Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Monash Health. Lecturer – Monash University

Viviane Khalil is a consultant pharmacist accredited to provide medication reviews in the community and aged care settings. She is currently working as the Assistant Deputy Director of pharmacy at Monash Health setting up the pharmacy department of the new Victorian Heart hospital. Viviane is a lecturer at Monash university where she teaches Pharmacotherapy as part of the Master of Advanced Clinical Nursing and Bachelor of pharmacy degrees. Viviane also teaches at Latrobe University as part of the Master of Health Administration degree. 


Richard de Boer, MBBS, FRACP Consultant Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Center (VCCC), Epworth-Freemason’s and St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Richard de Boer completed his basic medical and oncology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and in 1997 undertook a 3-year breast and lung cancer clinical research fellowship at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, working with Professors Ian Smith and Stephen Johnston.

He returned to Melbourne in 2000 and since then has been a consultant medical oncologist working in both public and private practice. His primary breast cancer interests focus on endocrine therapy and mechanisms of resistance, neo-adjuvant therapy, real world patient outcomes and treatment-induced bone loss and bone metastases, He is actively involved in clinical research, and is the principal investigator in both local and international studies. He is a member of the Australian New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group, and was previously the head of the Breast Trials Group of Cancer Trials Australia. He has authored articles appearing in journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Oncology, The Breast and British Journal of Cancer.


Sally Watkinson, Nurse Practitioner - Viral Hepatitis, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Sally was endorsed as a nurse practitioner (NP) in 2020 and became the first viral hepatitis in Victoria at that time.  The Viral Hepatitis NP model builds on the community based Integrated Hepatitis C Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH).  This was developed to provide accessible, timely and stigma sensitive care to people living with or at risk of viral hepatitis in a range of healthcare settings.  Sally delivers viral hepatitis care in primary care, community health, drug and alcohol and homeless person’s services.  Sally is a passionate NP participant in Australia’s Hep C elimination efforts and in supporting the wider NP network to provide viral hepatitis care within their practice.  Sally is also an accredited Hepatitis B s100 prescriber and most recently as a MATOD provider.


Dr Chris Olszewski, Medical Director, Access Health and community (AccessHC)

Dr Chris Olszewski graduated from Monash University and has been working in general practice for over 30 years. As well as being a full time GP, he is the Medical Director of Access Health and community (AccessHC) and is responsible for clinical governance of the medical practices.

AccessHC ( was established in 1859 as the Richmond Free Dispensary and is the longest running community health service and general practice in Victoria. It is now a not for profit multidisciplinary service including general practice, community houses, men’s shed, child and family services, NDIS, Camcare, dental health, allied health, psychology, mental health counselling and AOD services all under the one umbrella in multiple locations in the east of Melbourne.

AccessHC currently has 5 GP practices with over 16 doctors, the two larger ones in Hawthorn and Richmond, headspaces in Hawthorn and Malvern and the GP respiratory clinic (GPRC) in Ashburton.


Dellie McKenzie, AOD Nurse Practitioner, Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR)

Dellie McKenzie is a Nurse Practitioner who has worked in the area of alcohol and other drugs for over 20 years, both in the public and private sector, in Victoria and the Northern Territory. She has experience working in emergency departments, hospital consultation liaison, project management, case management, forensic treatment, both inpatient and outpatient withdrawal services and community-based clinics.

Dellie has presented at national and international conferences, lectured in higher education, and produced several educational resources.

Dellie currently works at the medically supervised injecting rooms (MSIR) in Richmond in the consulting area, predominantly providing opiate pharmacotherapy.


Meg McKechnie, Nurse Practitioner, North Richmond Community Health

Meg McKechnie is an addiction psychiatry nurse practitioner who currently coordinates the Alfred Health Addictions Consultation and Liaison service, as well as, working within the Medically Supervised Injecting Rooms (MSIR) consulting area. 

She has experience across both acute and community services in mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment, including within emergency departments, acute psychiatric inpatient units, consultation and liaison, homeless outreach and project management.  In 2015, Meg was awarded Nurse of the Year for her work improving access to alcohol and other drug treatment for those presenting to emergency departments with substance use disorders.   

More recently, Meg has been involved in multiple projects aimed at improving the outcomes of people who inject drugs who require lengthy admissions to hospital for invasive bacterial infections.    


Dr Laura Booth, Consult Service Palliative Care Physician, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne

Dr Laura Booth is a UK trained palliative care physician who has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2011.  She has been working with the St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne palliative care consult service since 2017. With her non-clinical hat on, she is the Medical Training Coordinator of the Victorian Palliative Medicine Training Program (VPMTP). At home, she is mum to three busy boys and a crazy labrador puppy.



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Event Type
NP Connect
Event Location
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch)
Level 8/535 Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Contact Details
Events Coordinator Lydia Lazar
1300 433 660

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