The Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School invites you to participate in the upcoming live webinar entitled "RANZCP Mood Disorders Guidelines, Rating Evidence, Meta-analysis, and Agomelatine".

Access to this webinar is free of charge, and you can access it via a desktop/laptop computer, a tablet computer or a smart phone. During the webinar, you can submit your questions for the presenter to answer.

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Date and time:

Wednesday 27 April 2016 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (Sydney Time)

Presenter:

Professor Philip Boyce
Discipline of Psychiatry
The University of Sydney

Philip Boyce is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Academic Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital where he also heads the Perinatal Psychiatry Unit. He has a long clinical and research interest in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, psychosomatic disorders and perinatal psychiatry. He has also taken leadership roles in the profession as President of the RANZCP and the international Marcé society, in the development of clinical practice guidelines and in the development of a competency based training program for the College.

Philip has had considerable involvement with the RANZCP as a Federal Counsellor, Chair of the Board of Research and President. In the latter role he introduced many reforms within the College to make it become more effective in informing and leading mental health policy. After his term as President he took on the role of developing a new competency based curriculum for trainee psychiatrists that will be fully implemented in 2013. Much of the work involved with this has been at the forefront of international educational research.

From 2000-2003 he was a member of the Strategic Research Development Health Research Partnership Committees. He was a member of a Grant Review Panel for three years and Deputy Chair for one. He is a regularly reviewer for the NHMRC.

Cost:

Free, with registration required

Registration:

http://bit.ly/1VkBqbQ

Contact:

Richard He | Program Manager
T +61 2 9845 7798
E richard.he@sydney.edu.au

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The Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School invites you to participate in the upcoming live webinar on second generation antipsychotics as part of the Schizophrenia Series.

Access to this webinar is free of charge, and you can access it via a desktop/laptop computer, a tablet computer or a smart phone. During the webinar, you can submit your questions for the presenter to answer.

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to secure your seat for the webinar.

Date and time:

Wednesday 24 February 2016 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (Sydney Time)

Presenter:

Associate Professor Grant Blashki
Nossal Institute for Global Health
The University of Melbourne

Grant Blashki is a practicing GP and an Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. His three themes of research are Mental Health, Environmental Health and Global Health. He has co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications, 4 books, over 30 peer reviewed conference abstracts, more than 20 government/policy reports. He is the lead editor of the text book General Practice Psychiatry which has been translated into Italian, and is currently undergoing translation into Mandarin. He is co-editor of a new book for patients, Life Surfing Life Dancing published by Future Leaders. He has been a chief investigator on numerous reseach projects and he was the lead developer of the Monash University and University of Melbourne Masters of General Practice Psychiatry that trained over 150 doctors by distance education and for which he received a Monash University Silver Jubilee Prize for Teaching. In 2012, he was invited to give the Inaugural Eric Dark Memorial Lecture.

He has been actively engaged with community work including as The Chair of the Environmental Working Party of the World Organisation of Family Doctors, as Board Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation, a clinical advisor to beyondblue, as a mentor in the Al Gore Climate Leadership Project, as a cofounder of Doctors for the Environment Australia, as Member of the Strategic Advisory Group of the Climate Institute, and he was a participant in the Australia 2020 summit participant. In 2008, he was a co-recipient of the Fundraisers Institute of Australia’s Major Grants fundraising award for philanthropic work. In 2009 he was co recipient of an Australian Evaluation Society Award for Excellence in Evaluation in relation to evaluation of major primary health care reforms in Australia.

Cost:

Free, with registration required

Registration:

http://bit.ly/1RWNpKO

Contact:

Richard He | Program Manager
T +61 2 9845 7798
E richard.he@sydney.edu.au

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The Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School invites you to participate in the upcoming live webinar on second generation antipsychotics as part of the Schizophrenia Series.

Access to this webinar is free of charge, and you can access it via a desktop/laptop computer, a tablet computer or a smart phone. During the webinar, you can submit your questions for the presenter to answer.

Click here to secure your seat for the webinar.

Date and time:

Wednesday 17 February 2016 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM (Sydney Time)

Presenter:

Associate Professor Anthony Harris
Sydney Medical School
The University of Sydney

Anthony Harris is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, a senior staff specialist psychiatrist for the Prevention Early Intervention and Recovery Service in the Western Sydney Area Mental Health Service and the Director of the Clinical Disorders Unit at the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Hospital. After completing training as a psychiatrist in Sydney, Anthony worked as a consultant in the area of psychogeriatrics in the United Kingdom before completing research work at the Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit in Mannheim, Germany in the field of psychophysiology. On return to Australia he has worked in clinical and administrative positions in the Wentworth and Western Area Mental Health Services in Sydney before specialising in the field of early intervention in psychosis. His principle research interests centre on the psychophysiology, neuroimaging and treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia. This work, which he has principally carried out in the Brain Dynamics Centre at Westmead Hospital, has included establishing a large database in the psychophysiology of people with psychosis (first episode psychosis and chronic schizophrenia) and functional magnetic resonance imaging research into the perception of facial emotion in schizophrenia.

Cost:

Free, with registration required

Registration:

http://bit.ly/1VEpMVr

Contact:

Richard He | Program Manager
T +61 2 9845 7798
E richard.he@sydney.edu.au

Clozapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of schizophrenia, and is also sometimes used off-label for the treatment of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

We would like to invite you to join guest speaker Dr Dan Siskind from the University of Queensland for a live webinar and explore the use of clozapine in schizophrenia.

Date and time:

Friday 6 November 2015 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Sydney Time)

Presenter:

Dr Dan Siskind
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research
The University of Queensland

Dr Siskind trained as a psychiatrist in Australia and the United States. He graduated MBBS from UQ in 1998. He moved to Boston in 2002, where he did his psychiatry training at Boston University and a Master of Public Health program at Harvard University. He spent two years undertaking research at the Harvard School of Public Health evaluating cost effective treatments for mental illness in developing countries. He returned to Brisbane in June 2008 to take a position as a clinical academic psychiatrist at Metro South Mental Health Service, working with the PAH Mobile Intensive Rehabilitation Team. His PhD thesis with the UQ Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research on “Supported Accommodation for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness” was conferred in Feb 2014. His research interests include supported accommodation, international and transcultural mental health, ECT, clozapine, physical health of people living with mental illness, assertive community treatment and mental health services research.

Cost:

Free, with registration required

Registration:

http://bit.ly/1Ms6N0r

Contact:

Richard He | Program Manager
T +61 2 9845 7798
E richard.he@sydney.edu.au


The Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School has recently launched its first handbook in the mental health series - The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders.

This book is edited by Professor Philip Boyce, Associate Professor Anthony Harris, Dr Juliette Drobny, Dr Lisa Lampe, Associate Professor Vladan Starcevic and Professor Richard Bryant, and presents a comprehensive guide to anxiety disorders, a major mental health concern in Australia. It uniquely explores a biopsychosocial model adopted by the University of Sydney.

Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric conditions with a devastating effect on quality of life that is often underestimated. Unfortunately, anxiety is as misunderstood among patients and health practitioners as it is common. While more than 14 percent of Australians exhibit symptoms of anxiety disorders, only half seek treatment. Of great concern is the fact that 40 percent of those who do seek treatment receive misguided advice.

Despite this alarming news, there is hope. The Australian mental health community, particularly the faculty of the University of Sydney, is rallying around anxiety research and clinical treatment. The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders presents the latest and most comprehensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety.

This guide clearly lays out a biopsychosocial model for understanding anxiety that involves biological activity of the brain, psychological theories on attachment, conditioning, cognition and recognition of social triggers. New and traditional psychological and pharmacological treatment options are meticulously analysed in simple language, while case studies give real-life examples of diagnosis and treatment plans.

The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders shares the experience and expertise of the best medical doctors and mental health specialists in Australia. The result is a must-read manual for anxiety sufferers and those who treat them.

Get your copy today via the following links:

Kindle e-book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00U1V1944

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0994214502

In collaboration with Professor Malcolm Hopwood and Professor David Castle from the University of Melbourne, Professor Philip Boyce has developed a brand new online course on the latest pharmacological treatment for depression based on the circadian model.

Depression is a biopsychosocial illness. Studies of global burden of disease suggest that by 2020, major depressive disorder will represent the second leading cause of Disability-Adjusted Life Years lost globally, just behind ischaemic heart disease. There are a number of theoretical models to understand why people get depressed. Each of these models has its own mechanism and treatments. This course will focus on the circadian model and teach you how we can use agomelatine to manipulate patients' circadian rhythm in order to achieve better treatment outcomes from both patients' perspective and medical practitioners' perspective.

This course accepts enrolments throughout the year and does not have any prerequisite requirements.

Find more information or enrol via the link below:
http://cce.sydney.edu.au/course/amdc

Bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality across all age groups and is one of the four most burdensome global problems in individuals under 25 years. In psychosis and depression, psychological interventions are viewed as effective low risk, high benefit approaches that can be used in combination with pharmacotherapy in individuals with medication refractory illnesses or as a single intervention for those with ‘at risk’ presentations (such as sub-threshold syndromes), first episode and other early onset cases. This paper reviews the state of the art with regard to the use of therapies for these different presentations of BD.

Overall, evidence is strongest for the use of psychological therapies for bipolar depression rather than mania and it seems to be more beneficial as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy rather than a single intervention. Post-hoc analyses and some a priori examinations of clinical trials suggest that these therapies are more beneficial if provided at an early stages of illness rather than as a treatment of the problems encountered by individuals with multiple co-morbidities and adverse consequences of prolonged bipolar disorder.

Join Professor Jan Scott for a webinar and explore more about psychological interventions for bipolar disorder on 5 November 2014 from 3pm to 3.30pm (Sydney time).

Jan Scott is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Newcastle, and has recently been appointed to the post of Chaire d'Excellence with Fondation Fondamental and the Center Expert Bipolaire with the Universite-Paris-Est-Creteil, in France. She is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry and a Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Professor Scott trained in psychiatry in Newcastle upon Tyne and was then a professor in Glasgow and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, before returning to Newcastle. Professor Scott also held visiting academic posts with Aaron Beck at the Penn State University in Philadelphia, Eugene Paykel at Cambridge University, and Eduard Vieta in Barcelona and was also awarded the RCPsych travelling scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

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Date and Time: 5 November 2014 3pm - 3.30pm (Sydney time)
Cost: Free
Registration: http://bit.ly/1tAF83h
Contact:
Richard He | Program Manager
T +61 2 9845 7798
E richard.he@sydney.edu.au