Felicity Veal

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Felicity Veal

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Room 4004, level 4, Pharmacy Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2312 (phone)

+61 3 6226 7627 (fax)

Career summary


  • PhD, University of Tasmania 2016 Thesis: The pharmacological management of pain in older Australians
  • MSc, University of Edinburgh, UK. 2010 Thesis: Three fundamental features a health technology assessment organization should possess and how the pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee in Australia performs against each criterion
  • BPharm, University of Tasmania, Australia. 2007


Felicity graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Tasmania in 2007. After completing her intern year in community pharmacy she worked as the Pharmacist in Charge in a community pharmacy. She completed a Master of Science in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010 after which she commenced work with the Department of Health and Ageing in the Pharmaceutical Evaluation Section undertaking drug utilisation evaluations of medications. In 2011 she was also appointed as an examiner and validator of oral exams for the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Felicity commenced teaching in the Division of Pharmacy in 2013 as Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice. She also continues to practice in community pharmacy. Felicity completed her PhD in 2016 evaluating the pharmacological management of pain in older Australians

Research Themes

Felicity's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health. Her primary research interest is the management of pain including the use of opioids, identifying factors that affect the transition from acute pain to chronic pain after surgery and pain in aged care facilities. Current research projects include the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain in Tasmania; management of post-operative pain and the progression to persistent post-operative pain; the provision of pain management advice to surgical patients; and the management of pain in residents of aged care facilities.


Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Law

Teaching expertise

Felicity teaches 3rd year Pharmacy Skills in Practice (CSA355 and CSA357). She teaches a range of topics related to pharmacy practice including law, quality use of medicines, health promotion, communication, non-prescription medicines and the identification and resolution of drug-related problems both in simulated pharmacy scenarios and whilst attending professional experience placements. She also teaches content in other units in the degree related to therapeutics and pharmacoeconomics.

View more on Ms Felicity Veal in WARP


  • Pain management
  • Pain in the elderly
  • Acute to chronic pain transistion


Felicity is currently involved in several collaborative projects with staff from the Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania and other faculties and divisions of the University of Tasmania.

Current projects

  • Management of post-operative pain and the progression to persistent post-operative pain
  • The management of persistent pain in residents of aged care facilities in southern Tasmania

Research Fields

  • Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice (111503)
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (111502)
  • Clinical and Sports Nutrition (111101)
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (111599)

Research Impact

  • Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) (920199)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Health (929999)
  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Human Biological Preventatives (e.g. Vaccines) (860801)


Felicity has published a number of articles in peer reviewed journals as part of her research including:

  • Age and Ageing
  • Drugs and Ageing
  • Pain Medicine

She has also had a letter to the editor for the British Medical Journal published.

Total publications


Journal Article

(8 outputs)
2016Veal FC, Bereznicki LRE, Thompson AJ, Peterson GM, Orlikowski CE, 'Pain and Functionality Following Sternotomy: A Prospective 12-Month Observational Study', Pain Medicine, 17 pp. 1155-1162. ISSN 1526-2375 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnv066 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Thompson AJ; Peterson GM


2015Peterson GM, Veal FC, 'Author's Reply to Zekry and Inderjeeth: 'Pain in the Frail or Elderly Patient: Does Tapentadol Have a Role?'', Drugs Aging, 32, (10) pp. 875. ISSN 1179-1969 (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Peterson GM

2015Veal FC, Bereznicki LRE, Thompson AJ, Peterson GM, 'Use of opioid analgesics in older Australians', Pain Medicine, 16, (8) pp. 1519-27. ISSN 1526-4637 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/pme.12720 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Thompson AJ; Peterson GM


2015Veal FC, Bereznicki LRE, Thompson AJ, Peterson GM, Orlikowski C, 'Subacute pain as a predictor of long-term pain following orthopedic surgery: an Australian prospective 12 month observational cohort study', Medicine, 94, (36) Article e1498. ISSN 0025-7974 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000001498 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Bereznicki LRE; Thompson AJ; Peterson GM; Orlikowski C


2015Veal FC, Peterson GM, 'Pain in the frail or elderly patient: does tapentadol have a role?', Drugs and Aging, 32, (6) pp. 419-426. ISSN 1170-229X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s40266-015-0268-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Peterson GM


2015Veal FC, Thompson AJ, 'Paracetamol should remain the first line option for persistent pain', BMJ, 350 Article h2221. ISSN 0959-535X (2015) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.h2221 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Thompson AJ


2014Peterson G, Veal F, 'Pain should not be a normal part of ageing', Australian Pharmacist, 33, (3) pp. 34-7. ISSN 0728-4632 (2014) [Professional, Refereed Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Peterson G

2014Veal FC, Bereznicki LR, Thompson AJ, Peterson GM, 'Pharmacological management of pain in Australian Aged Care Facilities', Age and Ageing, 43, (6) pp. 851-856. ISSN 1468-2834 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afu072 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Bereznicki LR; Thompson AJ; Peterson GM


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



A review of complex drug processes for the Department of Human Services (2016 - 2017)$51,146
This consultancy work will review the restrictions and application/approval processes around the prescribing of complex drugs under the PBS.
Department of Human Services ($51,146)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Veal FC
2016 - 2017
Management of post-operative pain and the progression to persistent post-operative pain (2013)$8,634
This project is a prospective, cross sectional study designed to ascertain patient or management factors that increase the risk of developing PPP, with the objective of designing a predictive model to identify high risk PPP candidates. PPP will be defined as pain at the surgical site 3 months after surgery, with severe pain being defined as 5 or more on a 10-point scale. The project involves recruitment of patients, surveys, medical chart data collection, inclusion criteria, exclusion criteria, sample size, data analysis, and assessment of variables.
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($8,634)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Orlikowski C; Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM; Thompson AJ; Veal FC