Newcastle 2009


4 February 2009 – 6 February 2009

2009 Program

2009 Participants

University of Newcastle

Organised by

  • The Modelling and Simulation in Toxicology Group
  • Calvary Mater Newcastle

Contact details

PAGANZ Conference Secretariat
PO Box 180, Morisset NSW 2264
Tel: +61 2 4973 6573
Fax: +61 2 4973 6609
Email: [email protected]

Geoff Isbister
Department of Clinical Toxicology and Pharmacology
Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital
Email: [email protected]


The dates are Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th February 2009.

Who should attend?

The PAGANZ meeting is the Australasian forum for scientists with a research and professional interest in the use of the population approach in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. A strong focus of this meeting is the application of population modelling and simulation techniques in the experimental, clinical and regulatory settings of drug development.

This meeting is designed for scientists and clinicians working in basic or clinical pharmacology research, pharmaceutical industry, regulatory bodies and postgraduate students. The meeting combines a hands on workshop led by leaders in the field and a one day scientific meeting giving researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their own work. This is a very informal meeting and in the past has been very productive in helping and guiding researchers in this important area of pharmacology and drug development.

PAGANZ Workshop (1.5 days)

The courses will consist of lectures and hands-on exercises at a computer. During the hands-on exercises, tutors will be available for consultation and assistance. The Beginners Course for NONMEM and the Intermediate Course will be conducted as parallel sessions. Attendance at the Intermediate Course requires experience with the conduct of at least one population approach analysis.

PAGANZ Scientific Meeting (1.5 days)

The PAGANZ meeting will include a symposium highlighting recent advances in the application of the population approach to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in different clinical settings and in drug development. The symposium speakers will include international and local experts in the field and presents a unique opportunity for Australasian scientists to see the best in action. Two sessions will be dedicated to free communications and discussions providing a forum for researchers to present their work and receive feedback and advice from their peers in an informal setting.

Poster or oral abstract submission

Abstract submission has now closed for this meeting. Latest date for abstract submission was 13th January 2009.

Instructions: Abstracts may be posted via the ‘Register/submit abstract’ link to the left. After signing into your profile, the ‘post new abstract’ link at the bottom will take you to the submission form. Abstracts may be copied and pasted as formatted text from Word or submitted as HTML. You must also select on this form your preference for either a poster or oral presentation. Abstracts may be edited or removed after submission using the same form via your profile until the closing date.


Newcastle is Australia’s 7th largest city and one of its oldest. It has a fast growing reputation as a conference destination as it offers a unique blend of big city facilities and country town friendliness. It is the capital of the Hunter Region and the most popular tourist destination outside of Sydney in NSW.

Newcastle is the gateway to the attractions of the region including Hunter Valley Wine Country, Lake Macquarie, the wilderness of the Upper Hunter or the Shores of Port Stephens, renowned for its dolphin population and whale watching opportunities.

Getting there

Newcastle is an easy 2 hour drive from Sydney or 2.5 hours by rail. Alternatively, direct flights are available from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Canberra, into Newcastle (Williamtown Airport). It is then a 30 min taxi ride from the airport into the city centre of Newcastle. Click here for more information.


Workshops: University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus
Located on a 140-hectare site of natural bushland 12km west of the city of Newcastle, our Callaghan campus has a reputation for being one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in Australia. Callaghan is our original campus and the place where the majority (around 16,000) of our students are based.

Scientific meeting: Crowne Plaza, Cnr Merewether and Wharf Rd, Newcastle
Amongst the historical maritime buildings of the Honeysuckle Precinct, Crowne Plaza Newcastle has been built in sympathy with the environs and lies directly on the Newcastle foreshore reflecting the harbour’s excitement. The outdoor 25-metre pool is located direct on the Harbour Terrace overlooking Newcastle’s working harbour. Directly in front of the hotel is the foreshore promenade leading past Nobby’s Lighthouse and 5km of Newcastle Beaches walking path called Bather’s Way. For culture buffs, the Civic Theatre and Newcastle Region Art Gallery are 300 metres away.


Full registration and payment is now open. Once you have pre-registered on the PAGANZ website, please complete your registration by following the “Proceed to payment” link on the left. Note: you must be signed in to access the payment portal.

Registration fees: Standard $400, Student $250 (AUD, inclusive of GST).
Includes: scientific program, all official documentation, morning & afternoon teas and lunches and the social dinner on Thursday evening.


A selection of places to stay near the conference venue will be available ranging in price to suit your budget. Accommodation can be booked through the conference organisers with your registration or it can be booked separately at your leisure. The conference organisers are also happy to assist you in finding accommodation that will suit your needs and budget.

Crowne Plaza ★★★★1/2
City suite – $230 per room per night
The 175 one-bedroom suites contain a separate living area, dual modem connection, and breakfast bar. The Executive Floor of 38 guest suites offers continental breakfast, evening canape service, and extended business facilities. Also on the Executive Floor are Executive Spa Suites with King Beds and spa baths.

Quest Apartments ★★★★
2 bedroom apartment – $345 per night
Located in central Newcastle and a short walk to the conference venue, this hotel offers apartments with fully equipped kitchens, laundry and choice of bedrooms. Other facilities include an indoor pool, gym and complimentary off-street parking.

Ibis Hotel ★★★
Standard queen room – $155 per room per night
Located in the West end of the CBD, the Ibis offers value for money accommodation. Restaurant & Bar and complimentary off-street parking.

Organizing Committee

Bruce Charles
Associate Professor
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Stephen Duffull
School of Pharmacy
University of Otago
New Zealand

Bruce Green
Model Answers Pty Ltd.

Nick Holford
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
School of Medicine, University of Auckland
New Zealand

Carl Kirkpatrick
Senior Lecturer
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Glynn Morrish
Research Fellow
School of Pharmacy
University of Queensland

Diane R Mould
Projections Research Inc.
Phoenixville, PA

Other information

Things to do in and around Newcastle

The Hunter Valley is only an hour South of Newcastle and whilst Hunter Valley Wine Country’s main attraction is the wine, it isn’t the only thing you will be able to discover. From beautiful art galleries, gardens, bicycle tours & hot air ballooning, you won’t be lost for things to do. There are full day and half day wine tours that you can book which will take you to a number of different wineries for tastings and some even include a trip to the Chocolate and Cheese Factories! The Hunter Valley Gardens is a must to see if you are visiting the Hunter Valley. The property spans over 300 hectares and includes Harrigans Irish pub and Accommodation, Roche Wines, Grapeview Villa’s,BBQ and picnic grounds and of course, the Gardens themselves. For more information or

The Newcastle Region Art Gallery is located directly behind civic park, only a 2min walk from the conference venue. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The major exhibits that will be on during the ANZSN Conference are John Turier: Songs from the night train and Face to Face: digital portraiture. For more information on this gallery, visit . There are also many boutique galleries to discover around Newcastle – most within walking distance from the conference venue.

Port Stephens is only a short 45min drive north of Newcastle. There are many wonderful bays and beaches along the coastline hosting beautiful landscape views. There is much to see and do here, including a dolphin or whale watching cruise, fishing tours, dining in one of the many seafood restaurants or even parasailing for the brave.
For more information about things to do and see in Port Stephens visit or phone their information office on 02 4980 6900

Discover what makes Newcastle unique and discover Newcastle’s best hidden treasures with Carole Frazer’s Walks and Talks. You may be surprised that Newcastle has many fascinating walks in and around Newcastle city. Included are the spectacular Bogey Hole, Leadlight Tower and historic houses, Art Gallery and cultural buildings. All walks include commentary on many city topics and especially of local Newcastle history. There are a number of different types of walks you can do catering for a diverse range of areas and interesting locations.
Prices start at $10 per person for a 1 hour tour.
For more information visit or phone Carole on 02 4952 1537

Blackbutt Reserve provides nature trails, wildlife exhibits, children’s playgrounds and recreational facilities. It is the perfect place for a relaxing family picnic or to explore the wonders of nature. Wildlife Exhibits open 9.00am to 5.00pm every day of the year.Picnic and recreation facilities open from 7.00am to 5.00pm and entry is free.
For more information log onto the website or phone 02 4904 3344

Everything about Newcastle’s Famous Tram is unique. Built from scratch in 1994, the tram is a genuine replica of the original Newcastle working tram, which was in service in 1923. Newcastle’s Famous Tram is a very novel and nostalgic way to visit the historical city of Newcastle. The Newcastle tour is a 45 minute tour of our city, beaches and historical sites. A full commentary is provided. This service in the heart of Newcastle reveals to its passengers the beauty of the city and beach areas as well as an astonishing blend of history and current changes to the city lifestyle. Detailed information is provided about many historic sites. The tour is great value at $12 an adult and $6 and operates weekday tours from Newcastle’s Railway Station and the Crown Plaza in Wharf Road. The Tram operates at 11am and 1pm, with a special pick up at the Brewery Wharf Rd at 12.55pm, and during school holidays between 10am 11am 12 noon and 1pm, but please ring to confirm operating times.
No Service on Weekends or Public Holidays
For more information visit or phone 02 4977 2270

Conveniently situated and only 5 minutes from Newcastle Harbour and Foreshore, Darby St Precinct offers a diverse, friendly, and relaxed cosmopolitan destination. Consisting of over 20 cafes, outdoor dining and cosy retreats. Including some award winning restaurants that boast the fine cuisine with friendly prices. Shoppers lookout for unique fashion boutiques, art and gift galleries. You also have photography studios, home-wares, everyday living, music and professional services.
For more information visit or phone 02 4929 6883

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[Last updated 4th November 2008]