GP Psychiatry Support Line
MEET SOME OF OUR PSYCHIATRISTS
DR MARTIN COHEN PHD, MBBS; FRANZCP
CONJOINT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
SENIOR CONSULTING PSYCHIATRIST
A/Professor Martin Cohen completed his training in Medicine at The University of Sydney in 1996 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2002. He won the Dissertation Prize in 2002, awarded by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, for his work in better understanding the link between cannabis and mental illness.
He has over 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research experience in the fields of medical education, brain imaging and mental illness, population studies, and clinical research. He has published over 70 articles in scientific journals and presented papers at international conferences, as an invited speaker or as part of the scientific program.
His passion for serving the needs of the community to provide the highest quality mental health services have been demonstrated in his previous roles as RANZCP Director of Specialist Training and Executive Director of Hunter New England Mental Health Services. He is a conjoint Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle and a Director on the Boards of Hunter New England Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
His most recent appointment as Deputy Commissioner for the Mental Health Commission of NSW underpins his passion for advocacy and care for people with mental illness.
DR SALLY LAMBERT B.MEDICINE, FRANZCP
Dr. Lambert is a medical doctor and completed her medical training at the University of Newcastle. She is Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is trained as a General Adult Psychiatrist. Dr. Sally Lambert is a consultant psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in General Adult Psychiatry.
Dr. Lambert provides assessment and treatment services for Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, Drug and Alcohol issues, Psychotic disorders and Personality Disorders. Dr. Lambert primarily sees adult patients at Lakeside Clinic but she also has to admit privileges to Lakeside Clinic at Warners Bay Private Hospital, where Dr. Lambert is a Visiting Psychiatrist.
In addition to private psychiatric practice, Dr. Lambert holds a Staff Specialist position at the Hunter New England Local Health District, working with families and pregnant women with addiction and psychiatric problems.
DR MICHAEL BREAKSPEAR MBBS; FRANZCP
Michael Breakspear is an adult general psychiatrist with a broad interest in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, neuropsychiatry, ageing and addiction. After completing his Psychiatry training across different parts of Sydney and NSW, Michael moved to Queensland and built an extensive research background, with a particular interest in Translational Neuroscience.
As a psychiatrist, Michael’s aim is to contribute to our understanding of major mental illnesses such as mood disorders, schizophrenia, autism and dementia. These contribute strongly to the burden of illness in all societies and cause significant distress to those affected.
Michael comes to Newcastle to continue developments in research with the Hunter Medical Research Institute, and as a consulting psychiatrist for ProCare. He has also come for the surf, the balanced lifestyle, and community spirit that the Hunter offers.
DR ULRICH SCHALL FRANZCP, MD, PhD, DSc
CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist (Fellow if the Royal Australian, New Zealand College of Psychiatrists) and Professor of Psychiatry, Child & Youth Mental Health, The University of Newcastle (AHPRA Registrations: MED0001359898; PSY0001359899)
Dr Ulrich Schall has many years of experience working with young people affected by mental illness, which is complemented by a substantial track record in mental health research at the University of Newcastle’s Priority Centres for Brain & Mental Health Research and Grow Up Well. He specialises in the early detection and management of mental illness in young people.
Dr Schall also works in the public sector providing specialist services to the Hunter New England Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.
After studying in Germany, he graduated in Medicine at MD level and in Psychology at PhD and DSc level. He also completed his professional training in Psychiatry and Neurology in Germany.
He is a Fellow of the Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrist and accredited as Child & Adolescent and General Adult Psychiatrist for NSW Health. As a Psychologist, he specialises in cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, with a special interest in brain development.
DR NARAYANI NAIR BMED; FRANZCP
CONJOINT TEACHING FELLOW PSYCHIATRIST
Narayani is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Newcastle and completed her training in general adult psychiatry in the Hunter New England training network over the past seven years.
Her experience spans both inpatient and community settings. Additionally, Narayani has some experience in the private sector, undertaking part of her training in a mood disorders unit in Sydney. She has experience in undergraduate and registrar teaching as part of her role as a teaching fellow with the University of Newcastle, and she is currently actively involved in research projects with the University of Newcastle.
Narayani has a particular interest in anxiety disorders and incorporating psychotherapeutic approaches into psychiatric care. She is interested in the holistic care of the patient.
DR TARUN YADAV FRANZCP, MD Psychiatry, MBBS
CONJOINT LECTURER - UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Dr Tarun Yadav has been a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists after finishing his training requirement in QLD and Newcastle. He finished his MD, Psychiatry qualification from University of Delhi in 2010 before deciding to move to Australia to pursue his interest in field of Addiction Psychiatry.
His experience spans both inpatient and community settings and he is currently working part time with Hunter New England Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Services as Addiction Specialist. He is also a Conjoint Lecturer with the University of Newcastle, and he is currently actively involved in research projects in the field of addiction. He also has been involved with the Black Dog Institute in Sydney with their mood disorder unit.
In addition to Addiction Psychiatry, Tarun has a particular interest in Neuropsychiatry, Adult ADHD, Anxiety disorders, and incorporating TMS(neurostimulation) and CBT approaches into psychiatric care.
PROFESSOR SADANAND RAJKUMAR MBBS, MD, FRCPSYCH, FRANZCP
CONJOINT PROFESSOR SENIOR CONSULTING PSYCHIATRIST
Professor Sadanand Rajkumar (Raj) works as a VMO Senior Psychiatrist with Hunter Integrated Pain Service (HIPS) in John Hunter Hospital & a visiting locum Psychiatrist in The Canberra Hospital Acute Mental Health Unit (AMHU). He is a part-time NSW Panel Member with the Mental Health Review Tribunal.
Dr Raj has vast experience & training in diverse settings in India as well as Australia & contributes to the some of the working committees of RANZCP dealing with International Medical Graduates. Raj has an innate interest in cultural & psychosocial components of health & behaviour that deals with maladaptive coping & personality vulnerabilities.
Dr Raj has expertise in dealing with a spectrum of mental health issues such as major depression, bipolar disorders, with focus on preventive strategies
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