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NSW Symposium - Prescribing, Pharmacology and Mental Health
Oct 18

NSW Symposium - Prescribing, Pharmacology and Mental Health

Date & Time
18 October 2019 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM








| Overview

In 2019, the NSW Symposium will be running over two days and will cover the topics Prescribing, Pharmacology & Mental Health.  Taking place in Callaghan in NSW, the Symposium will be presented on the 18th & 19th October, 2019.  

Day 1: Prescribing and Pharmacology - 18 October, 2019

Day 2: Symposium - 19 October, 2019

The Symposium offers an exciting range of topics from nursing industry leaders that allows you the opportunity to explore with your peers and professionals the application of better solutions for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses.    

The Symposium will include interactive workshops on the following areas:

| Objectives

Spotlighting the NP scope of practice is designed to facilitate engagement between peers and professionals, stimulating discussion and involvement within the key areas of the latest issues.

The objectives of the Symposium are:

  1. Enhancing & Broadening NP Practice education is designed by and for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Practitioner Candidates and Advanced Practice Nurses.
  2. Interactive workshops where you get to do more than listen to a presenter and you are encouraged to participate.
  3. Earn 13 CPD Hours 

| Topics

The topics covered throughout the Symposium include:

  1. Neurology Assessment
  2. Neurological Cognition
  3. Drug & Alcohol
  4. Mental Health
  5. Best Practice in Prescribing & Pharmacology
  6. Virtual Reality Workshops


| Program 

Please download the NSW Symposium Program by clicking on the link below.

NSW Symposium Program


| Presenters

Anne Moehead

Anne Moehead, Nurse Practitioner Psychogeriatrics / Dementia
OAM, FACNP, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse
RN, RPN, MMental Health

Anne has been a nurse for 40 years. She has a Masters of Mental Health and was awarded an OAM for her contribution to dementia care. She has been authorized as a nurse practitioner since 2006 in the specialty of Psychogeriatrics/ Dementia, and is a fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners and is the lead clinician on the NSW Dementia Resource and Training Network team and a member of the ACSQHC Hospital Acquired Complications Curation Clinical Advisory Group and leads the Care of the Confused Hospitalised Older Person project in Lismore Base hospital.


Dr Donovan Jones

Dr Donovan Jones RN, RM, Mmid, PhD

As an early career researcher Donovan’s PhD “mindfulness for men with pregnant partners” has attracted international recognition receiving international publications and has gained him a position as a board advisor on the international forum for wellbeing in pregnancy   In Addition, Donovan’s PhD is being run in the UK in 2019 through the University of Leeds. Recently Donovan has been exploring the use and integration of transformative technologies such as virtual and augmented reality into the bachelor of midwifery curriculum at the University of Newcastle. Donovan has taken the lead forming inter-professional research collaborations across the University and the world (University of Surry, University of Atwerp and University of Illinois) to translate transformative technologies into clinical practice. To date Donovan’s team has developed a Neonatal Virtual Reality program designed to provide health professionals and students with accessible and repeatable neonatal resuscitation lifesaving skills.  In addition to this Donovan team released the Road to Birth education application, providing a non-invasive internal view of pregnancy progression utilising both virtual and augmented reality technology.

2019 will see the launch of more research and teaching prototypes including a world first conflict resolution using VR and real-time biofeedback to help undergraduate students learn about conflict resolution in health care. Internationally Donovan is a member of SMARTlab linked with Universities around the globe with the aim to create and research social inclusive, sustainable VR/AR projects for use to all.


Shanna Fealy

Shanna Fealy RN, RM, Mmid, Phd Candidate

Shanna is registered nurse and registered midwife, lecturer and early career researcher. She is a current PhD student investigating the application of mobile technologies for behaviour change for gestational weight gain. Shanna is committed to improving maternal and infant health through interdisciplinary collaboration and development and implementation of transformative technologies.

She has been a co-founder and team member on the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Compromised Neonate Virtuality Reality project and The Road to Birth Augmented Reality Project at the University of Newcastle led by Mr Donovan Jones. Additionally, is an alumni of the CSIRO OnPrime and OnAccelerate program enabling researchers to commercialise technologies from institutions such as universities.

Prof. Mike Hazelton

Professor Mike Hazelton RN CMHN MA PhD

Mike Hazelton is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle. He is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse, a Fellow and Life Member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, and an Honorary Fellow of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation of Ghana. Mike has published over 100 journal articles, books, book chapters, abstracts and keynote addresses. He is a past Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, a current member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, and was a member of the expert committee that guided the development of the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Borderline Personality Disorder. Professor Hazelton’s clinical work has included the delivery of psychosocial interventions such as dialectical behaviour therapy and group-based cognitive behaviour therapy. He is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Principal Master Instructor and has provided mental health first aid training to university students and staff, defence force personnel and community members since 2009. Mike has supervised over 20 PhD students to completion and received various awards for research. A particular area of interest in his work is mental health and human rights. Mike is the Australian Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Foundation appointed BPD Awareness Week 2019 Ambassador.


| Details

Date:                Friday 18 October & Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue:             University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308

Time:               8.30am- 4.30pm

Cost:               Symposium 2 days - 18 & 19 October $395.00

                        Day 1: Prescribing and Pharmacology - 18 October $ 275.00

                         Day 2: Symposium 1 Day - 19 October - $275.00


Parking:          Monday to Friday (8:00am to 5:30pm) parking is available with a valid permit or by purchasing a parking ticket at the parking meter. At all other times, parking is free.


Accommodation options: 

Budget accommodation options close to the University 

  1. Blue Gum Apartments Jesmond – Ph: 02 4955 7722  
  2. Hotel Ibis Budget Wallsend – Ph: 02 4950 0244
  3. Executive Villas at Jesmond – Ph: 02 4955 5888
  4. Travelodge Newcastle - Ph: 02 4926 3777

More upmarket but good to share if you have a car.

  1. Executive Inn, New Lambton - Ph: 02 4935 1100
  2. Crown on Darby (two bedroomed apartments) - Ph: 02 4941 6777

| Event Poster

NSW Poster

Event Location
University of Newcastle, University Drive,
Callaghan NSW 2308
Venue Phone
0436 398 145
Contact Details
Melinda Phillips
0436 398 145

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