Extension Seminar in Mental Health

Extension Seminar in Mental Health

The Extension Seminar in Mental Health will be delivered by a combination of a self-paced learning package covering the fundamentals of Mental Health conditions and therapeutic principles, followed by a one day live virtual seminar where this knowledge will be expanded upon and applied practically.

Participants will reflect upon overcoming common stigmas and challenges associated with Mental Health and the provision of equitable, holistic and consumer-centred care. The seminar will cover Mental Health conditions and pharmacological management options, including long-acting injections and clozapine. Aspects of Mental Health which are unique to the specialty and setting and specific psychotropic medicines information resources will be explored.

Participants will explore key concepts in greater detail in live case study sessions. There will be opportunity to engage in Q&A with expert presenters during the live seminar day.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Psychosis over the lifespan  
  • Understanding inpatient psychiatry
  • Community mental health
  • Complex areas

The self-paced learning package will be available from Friday 15 March 2024. The live virtual component of this seminar will take place on Saturday 27 April 2024.

Please note: presentation recordings from the live virtual seminar will not be available. 

Target audience
The target audience for this seminar is pharmacists who work in the specialty practice area of mental health and are looking to extend or consolidate their practice.  This may include pharmacists who are more established practitioners in a specialist mental health area, those in their second year of the SHPA General Residency Program or those considering or starting a specialist residency.

Unsure if this is the right level for you? View the seminar level descriptors.



Intern members

Intern non-members

Early bird*   










All registration rates include GST.

*Early bird registration ends 11:59pm AEST Tuesday 16 April 2024.

View the program.

All times listed are in AEST.

Seminar Lead:

Belinda Barrett, Clinical Pharmacist, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Mental Health Unit, Wagga Wagga, NSW


Jessica Chen, Advanced Training Resident Pharmacist, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH), Melbourne, Vic
Caitlin Sue, Registered Nurse, Community Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Service, Health Services Hub, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, Wagga Wagga, NSW 
Hester Wilson, Clinical Director, MLHD - Drug & Alcohol, Medical Advisor, SELHD PaCH, Sydney, NSW
Dr Judith Clark, Consultation Liaison and Mental Health Emergency Consultation Service Psychiatrist, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Dr Adam Horvat, Advanced Trainee Psychiatry, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Bonnie Mpofu, Social Worker - Older Person's Mental Health & Dementia, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Dr Joel Armstrong, Psychiatric Registrar​, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Dr Kirsten Dukes, Psychiatric Registrar, Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Live day tutors:

Sarah An, Mental Health Pharmacist/Clozapine Coordinator, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital; Professor Marie Bashir Centre (Mental Health Facility), Camperdown, Vic
Amy Sieff, Senior Pharmacist Medication Safety and Quality Use of Medicines, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Mental Health Services, Sydney, Qld
Nathan Chahoud, Clinical Pharmacist, Orange Health Service, Orange, NSW
Jessie Chen, Senior Mental Health Pharmacist, Hornsby Hospital, Sydney, NSW

 This activity has been accredited for 9 hours of Group-1 CPD and 4.5 hours of Group-2 CPD (for a total of 18 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.

The accreditation number is S2024/27.

The program addresses pharmacist competency standards, including:

  • Standard 2.1.1 Respect the personal characteristics, rights, preferences, values, beliefs, needs and cultural and linguistic diversity of patients and other clients, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Standard 3.1.1 Obtain relevant health and medicines information
  • Standard 3.1.2 Assess medication management practices and needs
  • Standard 3.1.3 Collaborate to develop a medication management strategy or plan
  • Standard 3.2.2 Provide primary care and promote judicious use of medicines
  • Standard 3.2.3 Dispense medicines (including compounded medicines) in consultation with the patient and/or prescriber
  • Standard 3.2.5 Provide counselling and information for safe and effective medication management
  • Standard 3.2.6 Facilitate continuity of care including during transitions of care
  • Standard 3.3.1 Undertake a clinical review
  • Standard 3.3.2 Apply clinical review findings to improve health outcomes
  • Standard 3.5.1 Review trends in medicine use
  • Standard 3.6.3 Support evidence based public health programs
  • Standard 5.1.4 Link practice and education

(National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia, 2016)

All registration rates include GST

Early bird registration ends 1159pm AEST Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Cancellation policy

  • Membership rate is only applicable if you are a member at the time of the seminar. Should your membership lapse, or if you resign you will be invoiced for the difference in registration.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing.
  • Cancellations received before 6 weeks prior to the event will receive a full refund. Non-members will be charged a $50 handling fee.
  • Cancellations received between 6 weeks and 1 week prior to the event will receive a 50% refund of the registration fee.
  • Cancellations received less than a week prior to the event will NOT be refunded.
  • SHPA reserve the right to cancel a seminar or make changes to the program
  • If SHPA cancels or defers the event you will receive 100% of the registration fee but SHPA bears no responsibility for any costs incurred  (such as flights, accommodation, travel or expenses) or loss of income.
  • It is recommended that participants obtain adequate insurance cover for travel and accommodation.
  • Transfer of registration – as an alternative to cancellation your registration may be transferred to another member of your organisation or another event (if the chosen seminar is a higher cost you will be subject to further charges). A request MUST be made in writing to the Federal Secretariat prior to the event.
  • If you are unable to attend SHPA policy is that handouts can not be made available as ‘stand alone’ materials

Venue/Accessibility requirements

  • For special accessibility requirements for in-person events please complete the relevant section when registering online and this information will be forwarded to third parties.
  • SHPA are in no way responsible for any connectivity issues as a result of the participants internet connection or hardware issues or other external factors impacting the internet, that are out of SHPA’s control.

Catering/Dietary requirements

  • Please complete the necessary section when registering online. SHPA will notify third parties such as caterers/suppliers of any dietary requirements.
  • Whilst every care is taken to notify venues of dietary requirements, SHPA cannot guarantee completely allergy free meals, nor be held responsible for any adverse reaction. Any registrant who has notified SHPA of a dietary requirement should make themselves known to the seminar coordinator and/or venue staff upon their arrival.
  • Some dietary requirements such as Kosher meals may incur an additional cost which is the responsibility of the delegate. SHPA will notify you in advance.


  • Recording and/or filming is not permitted by registrants. Please note this event may be recorded for the SHPA website and/or photos may be taken for use in SHPA resources and publications.
  • Registrants are not permitted to record or film any part of SHPA events in any format including audio recording or video recording or through use of mobile devices for filming


  • Numbers are capped so book early to avoid disappointment. Please note the only way to guarantee a space is to register online. Please ensure you register prior to booking your flights and accommodation.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email then you are not registered for the event and will not be able to be accommodated on the day of the event. If you are following up on registration please ensure you contact the Federal Secretariat at least a week prior to the event.

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