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Living with Psychosis

Living with Psychosis

About three in every 100 Australians will experience psychosis at some time in their lives. It can be a confusing and sometimes frightening experience. However excellent treatments are available to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms. In this forum we will explore psychosis in depth including possible causes of psychosis, the use of medications and psychosocial treatments for psychosis. We will also hear from a person who has a lived experience of living with psychosis, and explore the subject of drugs and psychosis.

Psychosis: progress made and onward journey. Presented by Dr Frances Dark
Dr Frances Dark has been a psychiatrist specialising in psychosis for the last 26 years. She is currently Director of the Rehabilitation Academic Clinical Unit at Metro South Mental Health Services. In this position she manages 3 community residential rehabilitation units, 1 early psychosis team, 2 mobile intensive rehabilitation teams, transitional housing team and an extended care facility in Wynnum. She is also director of the Deafness and mental health team. She has a particular interest in psychosocial interventions to improve functional outcomes following a psychotic illness. She is completing a PhD in the implementation of cognitive therapies into routine psychosis care.

Dr Dark will talk on the progress made in understanding Psychosis, the causes and advances in treatments. She will also outline the challenges ahead. The talk will cover an update on the science of mental illness but also advances in healthcare delivery including the role of peer workers, technology and new service models.

Psychosis a Lived Experience. Presenter TBA.

Psychosocial Treatments for Psychosis. Presented by Anne Gordon
My name is Anne and I have worked as a Psychologist for the past 16 years. I currently work in the Early Psychosis Program and have previously worked in the Adult Mental Service and more briefly in a Drug and Alcohol services. Over the past seven years I have been involved in researching and facilitating various group therapy programs (SCIT (Social Cognition and Interaction Therapy) and CBTp (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis)). CBTp has more recently been introduced across the Metro North health service. CBTp therapy is an evidence-based intervention shown to be effective in reducing distressing experiences for people with psychosis. It helps improve functioning and wellbeing. I look forward to talking about CBTp soon!

Drugs and Psychosis. Presented by Dr Mark Daglish
This session will explore the overlapping neurobiology of substances, mental illness and medications; the neurobiology of addiction; treatments for addiction; current theories about substances causing or worsening mental illness, including depression, anxiety and psychosis.

Dr Mark Daglish is the Director of Addiction Psychiatry at RBWH and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Addiction Psychiatry at UQ. He has had a professional interest in substance use psychiatry since his undergraduate years at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After completing his basic training in Edinburgh, he moved to work in the Psychopharmacology Unit of the University of Bristol under Prof David Nutt researching the brain circuits of opioid dependence. During this time, he also completed advanced training in Substance Misuse Psychiatry. Mark came to Australia in 2007 to take up his current post running the Hospital Alcohol & Drug Service at RBWH and working in the community alcohol & drug services at Biala in the city centre

Event Registration
Event Date
Thu 28 Nov 2019
1:15 pm registration for a 1:30 pm start
3 hours
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Education Centre

Further Information

Facilitator: Imani Gunasekara
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Carers/Family Members, General Public, People with a Lived Experience/Consumers, Work Force