2017 Brain and Mind Centre Symposium

2017 Brain and Mind Centre Symposium
Leading research in brain and mind sciences

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the latest in mental health and neuroscience research, across the human lifespan. 13 October 2017.
The inaugural Brain and Mind Centre 2017 Symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians for a full day of presentations and conversations on child development and behaviour, youth mental health, and healthy ageing and neurodegeneration.

Hear new perspectives from international keynote speakers and local research teams and learn how Brain and Mind Centre’s multidisciplinary research is changing the way we approach global health problems.

Meet new collaborators and share ideas, contribute to discussions and get inspired to make a difference to the lives of people affected by disorders of the brain and mind.

If you are a researcher, academic, student, or clinician free to register for catering purposes

Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy Short Course 18th Nov 2017


"Getting Healthy Before Pregnancy Short Course 18th Nov 2017 - Registrations Now Open!!"
It is a multidisciplinary short course on preconception health care targeted to General Practitioners, medical specialists in the field of endocrinology and conception care (obstetrics and gynaecologists) as well as other health professionals (nurses, midwives, nutritionists, dieticians).

The program has been developed by some of the brightest researchers working here at the Charles Perkins Centre.
It includes presentations, interactive learning, case studies, and skills-based training on various aspects of preconception care: maternal nutrition, weight control, endocrine and PCOs, contraception, and referral pathways.

This is a great opportunity for medical professionals to further develop their knowledge to optimise patient outcomes, particularly in the context of pre-conception obesity and diabetes.

CPD points have been allocated by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as well as many other professional bodies.

Course website link (including detailed program and registration link)


2017 Nepean Research Day - Thursday 26th October 2017


Full program including abstracts

2017 Nepean Research Day full program including abstracts

Award Winners

Award Winners

Clinical supervision for Hoc Mai Program

Emily Hibbert and Sarah Whereat presented an interactive workshop on Effective Clinical Supervision to health professionals from Vietnam

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The Global Corporate Challenge


Nepean Allstars

The “Nepean Allstars” win the top team in Sydney University for the Global Challenge.
Each year, for 100 days, hundreds of thousands of employees around the world compete in teams of seven as the Global Challenge (formerly the GCC) to take them on a journey that will improve both their physical and psychological health and to motivate people to take 10,000 steps per day.
Nepean Clinical School has entered a team in this challenge since its beginning and this year the ‘Nepean Allstars” came first in the Sydney University teams.
This was helped by Dr Stuart Lane, who was training for his swim across the English Channel to raise funds for the post ICU discharge follow-up clinic, and Michelle Williams, who was training for her bike rides to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research.
From an individual participant perspective, Stuart Lane from Medicine took out the win with a daunting 40,374 daily step average!

“End Polio Now” bake sale

Over the past few months, I coordinated an Ongoing Bake Sale in the Clinical school to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio Campaign
Since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Polio cases worldwide have been reduced by 99.9%. Every year, 2.2 billion doses of vaccine are given to 430 million children worldwide. To date this year there are only 12 known cases of the wild poliovirus, a reduction from 74 cases in 2015 and 37 in 2016.
I visited the Rotary Club of The Ponds on Sunday 29th October to hand over the total raised from the bake sale - $916. The club was thrilled with this result and very thankful for all our support.
In addition, every dollar that Rotary donates to the Polio campaign is matched with two additional dollars from the Gates Foundation.
Thank you to everyone who baked delicious sweet and savoury treats and to all the staff, students and visitors who donated money to such a worthwhile cause. Well done Nepean!
Tegan Bellamy

Charles Perkins Centre partners with new Nepean Family Obesity Service


On 24 April 2017, the Nepean Family Obesity Service was officially launched by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard. The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) has partnered with the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre Nepean to provide the Service.

Here is the link to the first public-facing video promoting:
the Family Obesity Service
It is an introduction to the service from the perspective of a client (Jacqueline Moore). As such it only includes a few contributors and does not focus on the contribution of the various partner organisations or the research aims of the service. My intention for this video was to create something that can be used on the FOS website and shared via social media to generate interest among the general community.

The Nepean Family Obesity Service Opening

University of Sydney article

"Think Tanks” - a success at Charles Perkins Centre Nepean

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Nepean Research Day 2016 - Thursday 27th October 2016

The Nepean Research Day which was recently held on the 27th October in the Clinical School Building was a huge success.
Research Day Success!

The Nepean Research Day which was recently held on the 27th October in the Clinical School Building was a huge success. There were 130 people attending throughout the day, with 50 abstracts accepted as either oral or poster presentation.

The highlight of the day was a live Skype presentation by Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall from the University of Western Australia. Barry gave insights into the difficulties and benefits of undertaking research (other than a Nobel Prize), and the excitement of discovery! It was an inspirational and at times humorous presentation exploring the life of a Nobel Laureate and the importance of research and how for example in Barry’s case the discovery of a microscopic bug (Helicobacter pylori) in the stomach changed the course of medical history and the management of peptic ulcer disease. In addition, we had two wonderful keynote presentations by clinician researchers from Western Sydney University, Dr Evelyn Smith talking about eating disorders and Dr Marina Kalashnikova discussing the importance of language in infancy. It was very pleasing that one of our local high school’s (Richmond High School) had students attending the day and I hope that they were inspired by the research work being conducted at Nepean.

There were many awards presented at the end of the day for best oral and poster presentations along with the successful Nepean Medical Research Fund Grant awardees and the Isobel Corin award.

I would like to thank all our sponsors for the day and especially Maree Yabsley for all her excellent organisational skills and hard work. I look forward to next year’s research day highlighting all the amazing medical research being conducted at Nepean that provides insights into disease and improving outcomes for all patients attending our local hospitals.

Dr Guy D. Eslick
Director of Research, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD)
Professor of Cancer Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, The University of Sydney

Click here to view Award Winners 2016Nepean_Research_Day_Awards.pdf

2016 Nepean Medical Research Fund Grants

Congratulations to recipients of the 2016 Nepean Medical Research Fund Grants:
2016 NMRF Awards

Dr Allison (Sally) Poulton


Radio Interview on 2SER with Dr Sally Poulton - ADHD and Children - 'How to properly diagnose and treat'

Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic


Interview in the Sydney Morning Herald featuring Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic :
"Do screens make psychotic adults?"
SMH Interview

OCD Awareness Week Forum


"The fourth week of May was dedicated to OCD awareness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most disabling and distressing disorders in our community. People suffering from OCD often feel embarrassed by their symptoms and are reluctant to seek help. Unfortunately, OCD is also stigmatised and even trivialised by some members of our community. The purpose of OCD awareness week was to provide members of our community a better informed view of this disorder and to encourage sufferers to seek help. On the 25th of May, 2016, Mani Viswasam and Dr Vlasios Brakoulias travelled to Springwood to present at a community forum together with a sufferer of OCD and a carer. The event was attended by over 60 people and was well received. It also provided Dr Brakoulias an opportunity to highlight the internationally acclaimed research that has resulted from the Nepean OCD Study and to provide hope to sufferers by informing them of the new specialised Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders University Clinic of the Nepean Clinical School which will be a first of its kind in Australia."
Dr Brakoulias and Mani Viswasam

Web: Dr Brakoulias


St Mary's Band Club Special Guest MC - Tara Dennis Entertainment...
Saturday, 21st May 2016


‘High Tea for Hamlin’

Following the success of last year’s inaugural ‘High Tea for Hamlin’, Nepean Clinical School held a fundraising lunch on 28th October to raise vital funds for Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia who treat women with obstetric fistula. Our fundraising lunch was well supported by students and staff who enjoyed a delicious assortment of sweet and savoury dishes. We aimed to raise $600, the amount needed to fund one fistula surgery, but were overwhelmed with donations both on the day and in the weeks afterwards, raising an amazing $735.
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“An evening with OCD and Me”.


Mani Viswasam, Dr Brakoulias, Vicki Riley and A/Prof. Starcevic


On the 13th of October, the Department of Psychiatry celebrated “Mental Health Month” by hosting a special community event entitled “An evening with OCD and Me”. This event had the aim of increasing awareness of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the local community. It also enabled the Department of Psychiatry to showcase the high level of research conducted in the area of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and to inform patients and carers of the services and information materials that could assist them. The evening was a great success with approximately 50 attendees. The event commenced with individually wrapped gourmet sandwiches in the foyer of the South block lecture theatre among the ambiance of exquisite floral arrangements and a sea of conference posters and scientific papers. Presentations were given in the South block lecture theatre by hospital administration, clinicians, academics, patients and carers. There was also fruitful and interesting discussion that overflowed into the foyer where guests mingled whilst enjoying a fine desert menu. The event was well received with calls for it to be held again next year.

Team Based Learning Program

Sarah Whereat, Stage 2 coordinator for Nepean Clinical School, in her role as Rotary District Chair for National Youth Science Forum, attended the Forum for a week in late January at ANU.This forum is designed for year 11 students going into year 12 who are very interested in science.
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