Nepean Research Day 2016 - Thursday 27th October 2016


This important day in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District [NBMLHD] calendar is one not to be missed and is a fantastic way to be updated on local research that is having an impact on the way we prevent and treat disease both locally and globally and the broad variety of research being undertaken at Nepean.

Abstract Submissions are open

Closing date for Abstract submissions is Friday 16th September


Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic


Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic was invited as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Behavioural Addictions that took place in March 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. His work on behavioural addictions was published in the latest (August) issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and was discussed in an editorial, debate piece and commentary in the same issue.

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

OZWAC Ball Flyer and Booking Form


The Nepean Annual Scientific Day-13th November 2015

The 2015 Annual Nepean Scientific Day, which was organised by the Nepean Academic Department of Psychiatry, was a great success. The event took place on the 13th of November 2015 and was very well attended by both members of the Nepean Clinical School and the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD) clinicians and staff. Students from the Penrith High School were also in attendance, reflecting our community engagement. The Scientific Day showcased a variety of research conducted by clinicians, basic medical science researchers, PhD candidates, allied health staff and medical students. Almost all Disciplines were represented in this year’s programme, which consisted of almost 30 oral presentations, 17 poster presentations and 3 keynote lectures. The event was opened by Kay Hyman, Chief Executive Officer of the NBMLHD and A/Professor Steven Fuller, Head and Associate Dean of the Nepean Clinical School. This was followed by the first keynote presentation by Professor Philip Boyce, psychiatrist from the Westmead Clinical School. Other keynote lectures were delivered by Professor Steve Vucic, neurologist from the Westmead Clinical School, and A/Professor Guy Eslick, epidemiologist and scientist from the Nepean Clinical School and Director of Research of the NBMLHD. The Scientific Day was also an opportunity to launch the Nepean research node of the Marie Bashir Institute, which will promote and strengthen research collaboration across the University of Sydney and beyond. The event ended with the presentation of prizes and announcement of the recipients of research grants.
- Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic

NBMLHD Scientific Day Prizes for 2015

The NMRF Grant Recipients for 2015

The Isobel Corin Travel Grant Recipients for 2015

Art For OZWAC 20th-22nd November 2015

Art For Ozwac

‘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.

"The 2015 Project Magic Dinner"

The Project Magic Dinner
Project Magic Australia was launched at Nepean Hospital on 17th February 2015. This event was organised by Dr Adrian Sheen from the Discipline of General Practice at the Nepean Campus with the support of Dr Lawrence Chu from the Rehabilitation Department.

Jack Daniels, known as the Gentleman’s Magician, is the Australian representative for David Copperfield’s Project Magic. He has generously given of his time to develop the project.

Project Magic Australia is a program that aims to utilise the power of illusions and sleight of hand to therapeutically augment the rehabilitation process.
Read more:Project Magic Australia at Nepean
For more information Project Magic Australia, please contact Dr Adrian Sheen on 0402 753 764


Dr Adrian Sheen and Jack Daniels


Project Magic at Nepean - courtesy of The Nepean Press.

OZWAC Heroes and Villians Fundraiser Ball

Have you always wanted to save the world? Or maybe you want to get in touch with your inner dark side? Either way, your time is now!
Join us in the Chairman’s Lounge at Sportingbet Stadium for this year’s OZWAC Heroes and Villains Ball.
With Pre-dinner drinks on the hallowed footy stadium turf, entertainment by the talented Brittanie Shipway and The Veritable String Trio and hosted by the inimitable Tara Dennis, it’s time to get your fancy dress on and let your inner Hero of Villain loose!
OZWAC Calender of Events

The International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia


Dr Piumali Gunawardene

Dear Colleagues, please join me in congratulating Dr Piumali Gunawardene for her very successful oral presentation at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia ( last week in Boston (USA).
Piumali's Presentation
This is all Nepean-made research!
Congratulations Piumali

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.
Read More:Sarah Whereat



FRIDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2014 11:00AM - 5:00PM


Lise Mellor and Prof. Stephen Simpson


On Friday 14th November The Charles Perkins Centre Nepean held a strategic day of information sharing and networking at to hear the latest ideas in research, service provision and clinical practice for obesity in our region.

The one day forum was attended by representatives from Federal, State and Local Government, local service providers, education providers, local health representatives, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, Medicare Local, UWS, University of Sydney and other community organisations.

Speakers and presentations included:

  • Professor Stephen Simpson FAA FRS, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, ARC Laureate Fellow Faculty of Science, the University of Sydney – Obesity from the global to local context.
  • Professor Ian Caterson, Boden Professor of Human Nutrition and Director, The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney – Best practice models of care for obese adults
  • Professor Louise Baur, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, Sydney Medical School (Westmead Clinical School), University of Sydney – Paediatric models of care
  • Associate Professor Tim Gill, Principal Research Fellow, The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, University of Sydney – Community efforts to address the obesity problem.
  • Professor Michael Peek, Sydney Medical School (Nepean Clinical School) and Director, Charles Perkins Centre Nepean – Embedding research and education into clinical services

The forum ended with a panel discussion to develop ideas for future action for obesity services in the Nepean area.
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The Falls and Fracture Clinic Sixth Anniversary


Jennie Hewitt , Prof. Duque and Prof. Papaioannou

The Celebration of the 6th Anniversary of the Falls and Fractures Clinic was held on Thursday 13 November 2014 at Sydney Medical School Nepean.
Guest speakers included Professor Alexandra Papaioannou from McMaster University, Canada who presented on the Treatment of Osteoporosis in Older Persons and Jennie Hewitt from the University of Sydney who presented on Exercise and Falls Prevention.

Preceding this the Musculoskeletal Ageing Research Program hosted a MEET THE EXPERT LUNCHEON where Professor Alexandra Papaioannou discussed Falls Prevention in Acute Care Hospitals

The Nepean Annual Scientific Day - 31st October 2014

The Nepean Annual Scientific Day 2014 Program
Scientific Day 2014 Awards
2014 NMRF Grant Recipients

The Nepean Scientific Day is an annual event where we showcase the work of our researchers (medical, nursing and allied health).
This year, we were delighted to host two internationally prominent scientists, Professor Derek Hart and Associate Professor David Booth.

Visit from Universitats Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia


Sydney Medical School has an ongoing relationship with UGM and in June, Dr Stuart Lane and Sarah Whereat welcomed a delegation consisting of 6-7 senior staff from their HPEQ Project (The Health Professional Education Quality Project), Department of Medical Education and Clinical Skills Laboratory.

The purpose of the visit was for the UGM academics to see the educational methods used by us, asking especially for clinical skills taught in our Skills Lab and general practice exposure.
Read More: UGM Visit

Midwives Conference


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Midwives training Group

Celebrating the Inaugural Nursing and Midwifery Research and Practice Development Conference

More than 90 people attended this conference which was a forum used to present Research and Practice Development initiatives speakers from NBMLHD staff, Nepean-Blue Mountains Medicare Local and University of Western Sydney and will now be an annual event…
Read More: Midwives Conference

Fundraising Events

High Tea For Hamlin

High Tea For Hamlin Flyer

On Tuesday 14th, 2014, Nepean Clinical School hosted a ‘High Tea for Hamlin’ morning tea to raise funds for Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia who treat and prevent obstetric fistula. This was the first year that Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia ran this fundraising initiative, with High Tea events being held across Australia during Spring.

Hamlin High Tea

OZWAC Events

Ozwac “Great River Walk and Penrith Pram Push" - Sunday 21st September 2014

OZWAC Calender of Events

NMRF Events

The Governor's Farewell Dinner February 14th 2014

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Her Excellency cutting her cake with Gwen McMaster-Fay

A farewell dinner for Her Excellency Marie Bashir was held by the Rotary Club of Penrith with all proceeds donated to the Nepean Medical Research Foundation.

Read More: The Governor's Farewell Dinner February 14th 2014 -NMRF


The 2014 GP Lunchtime Seminar Series of Case Presentations

The 2014 GP Lunchtime Seminar Series of Case Presentations

Research Seminars


The Charles Perkins Centre Nepean Opening - Wednesday 9th October 2013

L to R: Bart Basset MP, Member for Londonderry, Prof Bruce Robinson; Prof Michael Peek; Fiona Scott MP, Member for Lindsay; Prof Jill Trewhella; Prof Stephen Simpson, Councillor Ross Fowler OAM

The University of Sydney is bringing its most innovative and visionary multi-disciplinary research and education centre to Western Sydney to find real-world solutions to some of the most pressing health issues in the region: obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Charles Perkins Centre Nepean, based at Sydney Medical School's Nepean Clinical School,opened on 9th October 2013, will bring together internationally recognised health and medical researchers with experts from fields as diverse as architecture, social sciences and engineering to find practical approaches to help ease the burden of chronic disease.
Charles Perkins Centre Nepean Opening