GP PSYCHIATRY SUPPORT LINE

This service is operated by ProCare Mental Health Services

This service is supported by joint funding from Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN, Hunter New England and Central Coast PHN, Murrumbidgee PHN, Northern Sydney PHN, Western NSW PHN, North Coast PHN and Nepean Blue Mountains PHN through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.

 

 

For more information, please contact your local PHN or contact us on:

 

1800 16 17 18 - (02) 49 675 203

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WEBINARS

Webinar Volume 2: Mental Health &
Depression In Older People

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Lecture Series - Volume 2 TOPICS: Mental Health & Depression in Older People

This is a prerecorded video activity, with a brief quiz to confirm learning.  Participation of the activity takes 60 minutes, and earns 2 CPD points (Category 2).  CLICK HERE to enroll in the course for free (you will need your AHPRA MED number and RACGP number).

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Webinar Topics Mental Health & Depression in Older People

Almost half of Australians (45%) will experience a mental health illness in their lifetime.  The General Practice: Health of the Nation 2018 report published by the RACGP identifies that psychological issues are the most common health issue managed by GPs in 2018. The particular topics chosen for this activity is based on feedback from GPs and the community, which has been confirmed by research.

Webinar Lecture Chapters

PRESENTERS

The discussion is presented by ProCare Mental Health Services, a not for profit organisation based in Waratah NSW.  ProCare’s clinicians work with GPs to provide counselling, psychology, and psychiatry consultations.  Additionally, they provide the free “GP Psychiatry Support Line” service (1800 16 17 18) which is an initiative funded by 6 Primary Health Networks in NSW.

This video features Dr Martin Cohen and Prof Sadanand Rajkumar.

Dr Martin Cohen

(PhD, MBBS; FRANZCP)

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.

Professor Sadanand Rajkumar

(MBBS, MD, FRCPSYCH, FRANZCP)

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.

​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. He has expertise in dealing with a spectrum of mental health issues such as major depression, bipolar disorders, with focus on preventive strategies.