Foundation Seminar in Mental Health

Foundation Seminar in Mental Health

The Foundation Seminar in Mental Health will be delivered by a combination of a 6 week 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. Knowledge-check questions will be utilised in the self-paced learning package to assist in cementing participants’ learning ahead of the live seminar day. 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 self-paced learning package comprises approximately 6.5 hours of learning materials and will be available from Friday 22nd April 2022. The live virtual component of this seminar will take place on Saturday 4th June 2022.

Please note: all attendees will have 18 weeks of access to the seminar self-paced learning package and resources from your date of enrolment into this page.  Enrolment details will be sent to registered attendees when available.

Please note: presentation recordings from the live virtual seminar will not be available.Unsure if this is the right level for you? View the seminar level descriptors.

Registration rates Member  Non-Member
Early bird (until COB 6 May 2022* ) $440 $550
Standard rate $560 $700

*COB is 11:59pm AEST

All registration rates include GST

This seminar is now sold out. Please contact to be added to the waitlist.

Seminar Lead

  • Amy Sieff, Senior Pharmacist - Medication Safety and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Mental Health, South Western Sydney Local Health District


  • Viandro Borja, Lead Pharmacist – Alfred Mental and Addiction Health (AMAH), SHPA Mental Health Leadership Committee
  • Alistair Meldrum, Senior Pharmacist, Mental Health, Rockhampton Hospital
  • Alice Wisdom, Senior PharmacistCommunity Mental Health, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Sathya Rao, Director, Spectrum
  • Stewart Bailey, Senior Pharmacist, Mental Health, Toowoomba Hospital, Darling Downs Health, Qld
  • Rita Brown, Carer Consultant, Spectrum – Personality Disorder Service for Victoria
  • Tash Swingler, Lived Experience Lead, Mental Health Program, The Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Dr Claire O’Reilly, Senior Lecturer, The University of Sydney School of Pharmacy
  • Dr Chris Alderman, A/Prof Pharmacy Practice, University of South Australia
  • Julian Tran, Advanced Resident Pharmacist, Mental Health, Alfred Health
  • Michael Hudson, Acting Senior Pharmacist - Concord Centre for Mental Health
  • Lil Vrklevski, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Psychology, Sydney Local Health District


  • Katie Ho, Psychiatric Pharmacy Service Manager, Western Health, VIC
  • Phillippa Scott, Mental Health Pharmacist, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Qld
  • George Ma, Team Leader Clinical Pharmacist – Mental Health, The Prince Charles Hospital, Qld

All times listed are in AEST

All registration rates include GST.

Early bird registration ends 1159pm AEST Friday 6 May 2022.

Competency Standards

  • Standard 1.5.1 Apply expert knowledge and skills
  • 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 2.1.2 Support and respect the rights of patients and other clients to contribute to decision-making
  • Standard 3.1.2 Assess medication management practices and needs
  • Standard 3.1.3 Collaborate to develop a medication management strategy or plan
  • Standard 3.2.1 Administer medicines
  • Standard 3.2.3 Dispense medicines (including compounded medicines) in consultation with the patient and/or prescriber
  • Standard 3.2.4 Prescribe medicines
  • Standard 3.2.5 Provide counselling and information for safe and effective medication management
  • Standard 3.3.1 Undertake a clinical review
  • Standard 3.3.2 Apply clinical review findings to improve health outcomes
  • Standard 3.3.3 Document clinical review findings and changes in medication management
  • Standard 3.5.2 Promote evidence-based medicine use
  • Standard 4.1.2 Apply reflective skills for self-assessment
  • Standard 5.2.3 Undertake critical evaluation activities


 This activity has been accredited for 7 hours of Group-1 CPD and 6 hours of Group-2 CPD (for a total of 19 CPD credits), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. The accreditation number is S2022/42.

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/Accessbility 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 responsilbility 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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