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Felicity Veal

Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice

Room 4008 , Pharmacy Building

+61 3 6226 2312 (phone)

Felicity.Veal@utas.edu.au

Dr Veal is a lecturer in Pharmacy Practice in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.  She teaches third year pharmacy practice and is Academic Placement Co-ordiantor for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.  Dr Veal's research interests include the pharmacological management of pain, particularly in older people as well as paracetamol toxicity.

Biography

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. Felicity commenced teaching in the Division of Pharmacy in 2013 as Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and Academic Placement Co-ordinator. Felicity completed her PhD in 2016 evaluating the pharmacological management of pain in older Australians and continues to work in this research area.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • 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

Teaching

Pharmacy Practice, Pharmacy Law

Teaching expertise

Dr Veal'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; the management of pain in residents of aged care facilities and factors assocaited with paracetamol toxicity.

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Expertise

  • Pain management
  • Pain in the elderly
  • Pain in aged care
  • Paracetamol toxicity
  • Acute to chronic pain transistion

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.

Collaboration

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

Paracetamol toxicity in older people
Education of surgical patients and the development of persistent post-surgical pain
Post-partum contraception choices

Fields of Research

  • Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice (321403)
  • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (321402)
  • Sport and exercise nutrition (321006)
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences (321499)
  • Aged health care (420301)
  • Pharmaceutical sciences (321405)
  • Geriatrics and gerontology (320210)
  • Bioassays (340102)
  • Other health sciences (429999)

Research Objectives

  • Human pain management (200103)
  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Other health (209999)
  • Health related to ageing (200502)
  • Health policy evaluation (200205)
  • Human biological preventatives (240801)
  • Mental health (200409)
  • Prevention of human diseases and conditions (200104)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)
  • Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) (200301)
  • Nursing (200307)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)
  • Inpatient hospital care (200304)

Publications

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

  • Age and Ageing
  • Drugs and Ageing
  • Pain Medicine

Total publications

36

Journal Article

(17 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Dowd LA, Reynolds L, Cross AJ, Veal F, Steeper M, et al., 'A systematic review of opioid prevalence in Australian residential aged care facilities', Australasian Journal on Ageing pp. 1-12. ISSN 1440-6381 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajag.13071 [eCite] [Details]

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2022Mirkazemi C, Williams M, Berbecaru M, Stubbings T, Murray S, et al., 'Practising pharmacists want more nutrition education', Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 14, (11) pp. 1420-1430. ISSN 1877-1297 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cptl.2022.09.024 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Mirkazemi C; Williams M; Berbecaru M; Murray S; Cooper N; Bereznicki L

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2021Dowd LA, Cross AJ, Veal F, Ooi CE, Bell JS, 'A systematic review of interventions to improve analgesic use and appropriateness in long-term care facilities', Journal of The American Medical Directors Association ISSN 1525-8610 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.09.024 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

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2020Veal F, Thompson A, Halliday S, Boyles P, Orlikowski C, et al., 'The Persistence of opioid use following surgical admission: an Australian single-site retrospective cohort study', Journal of Pain Research, 13 pp. 703-708. ISSN 1178-7090 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2147/JPR.S235764 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki L

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2019Veal F, Thompson A, Halliday S, Boyles P, Orlikowski C, et al., 'Does prescribing of immediate release oxycodone by emergency medicine physicians result in persistence of Schedule 8 opioids following discharge?', Emergency medicine Australasia pp. 1-5. ISSN 1742-6731 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.13442 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki L

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2019Veal F, Williams M, Bereznicki L, Cummings E, Winzenberg T, 'A retrospective review of pain management in Tasmanian residential aged care facilities', BJGP Open, 3, (1) pp. 1-8. ISSN 2398-3795 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3399/bjgpopen18X101629 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Williams M; Bereznicki L; Cummings E; Winzenberg T

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2018Veal F, Williams M, Bereznicki L, Cummings E, Thompson A, et al., 'Barriers to optimal pain management in aged care facilities: an Australian qualitative study', Pain Management Nursing, 19, (2) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1524-9042 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.pmn.2017.10.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Williams M; Bereznicki L; Cummings E; Thompson A; Peterson G; Winzenberg T

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2018Veal FC, Thompson AJ, Perry LJ, Bereznicki LR, Peterson GM, 'Pain intensity and pain self-management strategies following discharge after surgery: An Australian prospective observational study', Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 43, (1) pp. 8-14. ISSN 0269-4727 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jcpt.12584 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

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

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2017Veal FC, Thompson AJ, Bereznicki LRE, Peterson GM, 'Persistent pain management in Australian general practice', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23 pp. 105-106. ISSN 1836-7399 (2017) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1071/PY16141 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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

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2016Veal FC, Bereznicki LRE, Thompson AJ, Peterson GM, Orlikowski CE, 'Pain and functionality following sternotomy: a prospective 12-month observational study', Pain Medicine, 17, (6) pp. 1155-1162. ISSN 1526-2375 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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

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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]

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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: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 17

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

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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 - 30Web of Science - 27

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

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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 - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Peterson GM

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

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

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Thompson AJ

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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]

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Co-authors: Peterson G

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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 - 20Web of Science - 19

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

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Veal F, Ng K, 'The management of pain in older people', Features and Assessments of Pain, Anaesthesia, and Analgesia, Elsevier Ltd., R Rajendram, VR Preedy, VP Patel and CR Martin (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 27-35. ISBN 9780128189887 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-818988-7.00008-X [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Dowd L, Cross A, Veal F, Choon EO, Bell S, 'A systematic review of interventions to optimise analgesic use in residential aged care', 54th annual conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 9-12 November, Gold Coast, Australia (2021) [Conference Extract]

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2021Dowd L, Cross A, Veal F, Ooi CE, Bell S, 'Title: How do we improve the use of analgesics in residential aged care? A systematic review of prospective interventions', Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's National Conference, 30 July - 1 August, Sydney, Australia (2021) [Conference Extract]

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2021Pouranayatihosseinabad M, Bezabih Y, Hawrelak J, Peterson G, Williams M, et al., 'Antibiotic use and the development of depression: a systematic review', The Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Annual Conference, 6-8 September, Virtual Scientific meeting (2021) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hawrelak J; Peterson G; Williams M; Mirkazemi C

2020Thompson A, Ooi CJ, Veal F, Curtain C, Williams M, 'Laxative use amongst Tasmanian aged care residents receiving controlled released (CR) oxycodone products and other opioids', National Medicines Symposium, 7 December, Online Web Conference (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A; Curtain C; Williams M

2016Thompson A, Veal F, 'Ensuring the PBS remains optimally fit for purpose - the need for improved retrospective review of listing decisions', National Medicines Symposium, 19-20 May, Canberra, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A

2016Veal F, Thompson A, Bereznicki L, Peterson G, 'Persistent post-operative pain and its influence on preoperative pain management', International Association for the Study of Pain 16th biannual World Congress on Pain, 26-30 September, Yokohama, Japan (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki L; Peterson G

2014Thompson A, Bereznicki L, Francis H, Lee S, McKenzie D, et al., 'Adverse effects associated with gabapentinoids in persistent pain', Pharmacy Australia Congress, 10-12 October, Canberra, Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki L; Francis H; Lee S; Peterson G

2014Veal F, Thompson A, Perry L, Bereznicki L, Peterson G, 'Management of pain in surgical patients post discharge - who is responsible for the provision of advice?', International Association for the Study of Pain 16th biannual World Congress on Pain, 26-30 September, Yokohama, Japan (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki L; Peterson G

2013Thompson A, Bereznicki B, Francis H, Lee S, McKenzie D, et al., 'Patient experiences with gabapentinoid therapy for persistent pain', Proceedings of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Conference, 8-11 December, Dunedin, New Zealand (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson A; Bereznicki B; Francis H; Lee S; Peterson G; Peterson C

2013Veal F, Bereznicki L, Peterson G, Thompson A, 'Opioid use in community dwelling elderly in Australia', 5th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Conference, 2-5 May, Singapore (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bereznicki L; Peterson G; Thompson A

2013Veal F, Bereznicki L, Peterson G, Thompson A, 'Opioid use in elderly community and nursing home patients', 5th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Conference, 2-5 May, Singapore (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bereznicki L; Peterson G; Thompson A

2013Veal F, Bereznicki L, Peterson G, Thompson A, 'Opioid use in Australian nursing home residents', 5th Association of South-East Asian Pain Societies Conference, 2-5 May, Singapore (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bereznicki L; Peterson G; Thompson A

Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Veal FC, 'The pharmacological management of pain in older Australians' (2016) [PhD]

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2010Veal FC, 'Three fundamental features a Health Technology Assessment Organisation should possess and how the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee in Australia performs against each criterion' (2010) [Masters Coursework]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Veal FC, 'Paracetamol and paracetamol toxicity', Breakfast, ABC Radio Hobart, Australia, 8 March (2022) [Media Interview]

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2017Veal F, 'A clinical review of medications administered by the Complex Drugs Unit Tasmania', Consultant report, Department of Human Services, Tasmania (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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2013Veal F, 'Advertising Nurofen as 'targeted pain relief' no longer allowed by the Therapeutics Goods Administration', GPR Breakfast Radio, Perth, Western Australia (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Veal F, Breen J, 'Targeted pain relief or targeted marketing? The truth hurts', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Breen J

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Grants & Funding

Dr Veal has won two grants from the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Fund to support her work in the area of pain management.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$78,825

Projects

Development of a non-invasive blood sampling technique to assess paracetamol toxicity severity and response to treatment (2022)$9,812
Description
This project involves development of a simple, minimally invasive Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS) analysis of paracetamol and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels to provide easier and safer management of patients with paracetamol toxicity due to overdose.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($9,812)
Scheme
Grant-Incubator
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Veal FC; Patel RP; Jacobson GA; Nichols DS; Wanandy T; Handley S; Tran V
Year
2022
Does hospital opioid prescribing increase the risk of chronic opioid use? (2017)$9,233
Description
Chronic opioid use for persistent pain is skyrocketing and is associated with substantial patient harm. This study will review what the risk of chronic opioid use is following a supply of an opioid at discharge from the Royal Hobart Hospital and make recommendations to improve the way opioids are prescribed.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($9,233)
Scheme
Grant-Starter
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Veal FC; Bereznicki LRE; Thompson AJ; Orlikowski C; Boyles PJ; Halliday SW; Huckerby E
Year
2017
A review of complex drug processes for the Department of Human Services (2016 - 2017)$51,146
Description
This consultancy work will review the restrictions and application/approval processes around the prescribing of complex drugs under the PBS.
Funding
Department of Human Services ($51,146)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Veal FC
Period
2016 - 2017
Management of post-operative pain and the progression to persistent post-operative pain (2013)$8,634
Description
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.
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($8,634)
Scheme
Grant-Starter
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Orlikowski C; Bereznicki LRE; Peterson GM; Thompson AJ; Veal FC
Year
2013

Research Supervision

Dr Veal has supervised serveral Honours and Masters students in the area of pain management.  In Addition, she is supervising two PhD students currently, one in the area of persistent post-surigcal pain and the other in the area of post-partum contraception.Dr Veal is going to be undertaking a substantial project regarding paracetamol toxicity and will be seeking a potential PhD student to work on this project.  This project will include both clinical and laboratory based work.

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDDoes a Specifically Designed Educational Program About Pain Management, Provided by Healthcare Professionals to Surgical Patients During Their Hospital Admission Reduce the Risk of Developing Persistent Post-surgical Pain 12 Months Following Surgery?2017
PhDPost-Partum Contraception: Choices, suitability and adverse effects2020
PhDMaternal Antibiotic and Probiotic Exposure and the Risk of Postpartum Depression2020