APS College of Health Psychologists

2013 Inaugural APS Health Psychology Conference


Registrations close at midnight on Sunday 24th March.


About the conference

5-6 April, 2013

Improving Community and Individual Health

The 2013 Inaugural APS Health Psychology conference will feature two days of keynote presentations; individual research papers, posters and symposia; half-day workshops and peer supervision sessions. It will be a great opportunity to gather all your continuing professional development hours, network with colleagues, and hear about recent research in clinical health psychology and health promotion.


The conference will be held at the Pullman International Cairns (previously the Sebel Cairns),
17 Abbott Street (PO Box 934) – Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: +61 7 4031 1300
Fax: +61 7 4031 1801

The Pullman International Cairns has world-class conferencing facilities and is one of the most beautiful hotels in Australia. We hope that in addition to the conference that you will be able to take some extra time off and either stay for a relaxing spa holiday at the Pullman International Cairns or see more of the beauty of Northern Queensland: beaches, rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef.


The Pullman International Cairns (previously the Sebel Cairns) is a beautiful five star heritage-style hotel, located right in the heart of the Cairns CBD. All rooms are very spacious, with floor spaces of over 40 square metres, and include private balconies. We have secured accommodation at the Sebel at the following rates (Rate Valid 3 April – 7 April 2013):

City / Mountain View - $149.00 ($169.00 with breakfast for one)
Harbour View - $169.00 ($189.00 with breakfast for one)
Premium Harbour View -  $199.00 ($219.00 with breakfast for one)

For accommodation bookings, please contact Graeme Wellings and quote  reference #977450

Phone: 07 4050 2152
Email: [email protected]

Keynote speakers

Professor Helen Winefield, 
School of Psychology and Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide

Chronic health conditions: The role of health psychology and a self-management plan

Helen Winefield is a Professor in the School of Psychology and the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Adelaide, and a registered Psychologist. She was a founding member of the College of Health Psychologists and also belongs to the Organisational and Clinical Colleges. Starting her career teaching behavioural science to medical students, she now spends most time coordinating a Master of Health Psychology. Helen has published extensively and supervised many postgraduate theses, in both roles often collaborating with other health professionals.

Professor Brian Oldenburg,
School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University

How 'soft touch' is ‘high tech’: New approaches to improve the prevention and control of chronic conditions

Brian Oldenburg is Professor of International Public Health and Associate Dean (Global Health and International Campuses) at Monash University in Australia. His research program focuses on health policy, global health and the primary and control of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. He has conducted research in health-care settings, work organisations, schools and other community settings in Australia and in countries such as China, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Finland. He holds Honorary Professorships in Finland and at University of Queensland and Beijing CDC.


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Workshop 1 - 5th April 2013, 1.30 to 5pm

Interprofessional collaboration between GPs and Psychologists 
Ms Melissa Opolski and Ms Erin Beilby
This workshop has been developed to provide psychologists with ideas for increasing effective interprofessional collaboration with GPs. Erin Beilby and Melissa Opolski will present information on GP and psychologist requirements in collaboration, effective communication, and discussion around implementation in practice.

Workshop 2 - 5th April 2013, 1.30 to 5pm

Managing persistent pain across the continuum: A biopsychosocial perspective, from community to specialist care and back
Dr Matthew Bryant and Ms Alison Beeden

The best practice approach to assisting people with persistent pain is within the context of a multidisciplinary team. This workshop will be presented by a pain specialist, a psychologist, and a physiotherapist, and will cover the assessment and treatment of people with persistent pain from the perspective of their primary health care provider, the GP.  It will outline the physiology and psychology of persistent pain, and the assessment and treatment options specific to each discipline. A brief overview of the North Queensland Persistent Pain Management Service will be provided.  Finally, small group discussions will be used to review hypothetical case studies in order to individualise and consolidate learnings.

Workshop 3 - 6th April,  8.30am to 12.15pm

Working with Indigenous People to better health outcomes
Dr Tim White

This workshop will cover the pragmatics of working with indigenous persons to better health outcomes. Theories of health behaviour change such as Prochaska and DiClement’s stages of change model, the Health Belief Model and the Theories of Reasoned Action/Planned Behaviour will be discussed in terms of their applicability to indigenous health. Models of health program development, program implementation and evaluation will be covered. The workshop will cover indigenous health statistics and offer examples of health promotion programs within indigenous communities. The presenter brings a wealth of local north Queensland experiences to the workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to actively participate in the workshop on selected program aspects/issues.

Workshop 4 - 6th April, 8.30am to 12.15pm

Peer Consultation
Dr Allison Clarke

This session has been developed to give delegates the opportunity to provide and obtain peer consultation, and active CPD hours with other health psychologists. Delegates will be allocated to groups (max 3 persons) and each person will present and discuss 1-2 cases. Presentation of own cases/work can be counted towards the peer consultation requirement (one hour) and additional time in the group can be counted towards active CPD hours (2 hours).

Workshop 5 - 6th April, 1.15 to 4.30pm

Motivational Interviewing and Health Behaviour Change
Dr Helen Lindner

This half-day workshop will cover motivational interviewing (MI) skills needed by psychologists and other health professionals to support effective client adherence to recommended client-managed treatments for heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, such as medications, blood testing, dietary changes and physical activity requirements. Additionally, MI skills have been shown to support effective changes in health risk behaviours, such as smoking and alcohol abuse.

Workshop 6 - 6th April, 1.15 to 4.30pm

End of Life Issues
Dr Sue Burney and Ms Jane Fletcher

Patients with a life-limiting illness and their families will generally experience heightened psychological distress once they become aware that cure is not possible, active treatment is ceased, and the only option is symptom management. As the patient draws closer to the end of their life their distress can increase, and this is often more acute in their family members and friends. This workshop is intended to present psychologists working with such patients or who have an interest in this area with an overview of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are necessary to help maintain quality of life until the person dies and provide support to the family in their bereavement. A brief introduction to the physical, psychological, social, practical, health care system, and emotional issues confronting such patients and their families will be followed by exercises to develop the key evidence-based psychological strategies that can be used to maintain or enhance the quality of life of these patients and their family members.


Registrations now open.  Early bird registration closes midnight (AEDST) Monday 18 February 2013.

The Full (Two Day) Conference Registration fee includes access a maximum of 3 workshops. Day Only Conference Delegates can attend the workshops on the day they are registered for.

Conference Early Bird
closes 18 Feb 2013
CHP member $450 $550
APS member $530 $600
Non APS member $620 $700
APS Student $260 $300
Non APS Student/Concession $350 $400


Conference day attendees  
Day attendees APS Health College Member


Day attendees APS Member


Day attendees Other


Day attendees - student APS member


Day attendees - student non APS members


Non-Conference Delegate Workshop Registration - $150.00 per workshop


Book Launch

Wiley-Blackwell and APS College of Health Psychologists cordially invites you to attend the launch of

Applied Topics in Health Psychology

By Marie L. Caltabiano and Lina A. Ricciardelli

Book Launch details

Date: Saturday April 6th at 12.45pm

Location: Lunch Room – APS Inaugural Health Psychology Conference

Guest Speaker: Dr Bob Montgomery


Social functions

Welcome Function

Friday 5th April 2013, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Conference Delegates – Inclusive of Registration fee
Additional Guest Ticket - $50 each

Farewell Function

Saturday 6th April 2013, 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Conference Delegates – Inclusive of Registration fee
Additional Guest Ticket - $50 each

Conference Dinner

Friday 5th April 2013. 7.30pm

Fetta’s Greek Taverna
99 Grafton Street, Cairns
Ph: 07 4051 6966

Tickets cost $60 each, includes drinks, meal, dessert and coffee.



Program enquiries:

Lina Ricciardelli
Phone 61 3 92446866
Fax 61 3 92446858
Email: [email protected]

Registration queries:

APS events team email [email protected]