Information session

TAS One-day workshop with Professor Jackie Curtis

Date

21 February 2024
9 am

Location

The Old Woolstore Hotel
1 Macquarie Street
Hobart Tasmania

Organised by

RANZCP

Delivery

In-person

Program

You are invited to join Professor Jackie Curtis, Professor David Castle, Professor Philip Ward, Dr Scott Teasdale, and Shannon Harwood for this one-day workshop which aims to raise awareness around the NHMRC project and will also be a learning opportunity for clinicians to be aware of screening, monitoring and intervention.

Professor Jackie Curtis in collaboration with Professor David Castle has been awarded an NHMRC grant for their co-produced Integrated Peer-Supported Physical Health Service (IPPHS). IPPHS is designed so that no-one misses out on holistic, person-centred healthcare by meeting the person wherever they are at in the healthcare system. IPPHS offers support through peer-worker health coaching, General Practitioner/Nurse Practitioner support and mobile phone application. Importantly, IPPHS will facilitate transition to a Medicare-supported General Practitioner in the community for long-term physical health care.

Speakers

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Conjoint Professor Jackie Curtis

Conjoint Professor Jackie Curtis (MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP) is the inaugural Executive Director of Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, which brings together the strengths of founding Members UNSW Sydney, Black Dog Institute, NeuRA and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) to develop integrated research and clinical responses to mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders. Conjoint Professor Curtis is a psychiatrist and is the Clinical Lead of Youth Mental Health at SESLHD. Her research and clinical work over several decades has focused on early psychosis and youth mental health, including improving the cardiometabolic health of people living with serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia, with the aim of reducing health inequalities and increasing life expectancy. Professor Curtis developed and implemented the internationally recognised Keeping the Body in Mind program, demonstrating that antipsychotic-induced weight gain can be prevented with lifestyle intervention, and is the co-founder and Co-Chair of the iphYs international working group advocating for improved physical health for youth experiencing psychosis. An invited committee member of the World Health Organisation working group for the international guidelines: management of physical health conditions in adults with severe mental disorders.

Conjoint Professor Jackie Curtis (MBBS (Hons), FRANZCP) is the inaugural Executive Director of Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, which brings together the strengths of founding Members UNSW Sydney, Black Dog Institute, NeuRA and the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) to develop integrated research and clinical responses to mental health, drug and alcohol and neurological disorders. Conjoint Professor Curtis is a psychiatrist and is the Clinical Lead of Youth Mental Health at SESLHD. Her research and clinical work over several decades has focused on early psychosis and youth mental health, including improving the cardiometabolic health of people living with serious mental disorders such as schizophrenia, with the aim of reducing health inequalities and increasing life expectancy. Professor Curtis developed and implemented the internationally recognised Keeping the Body in Mind program, demonstrating that antipsychotic-induced weight gain can be prevented with lifestyle intervention, and is the co-founder and Co-Chair of the iphYs international working group advocating for improved physical health for youth experiencing psychosis. An invited committee member of the World Health Organisation working group for the international guidelines: management of physical health conditions in adults with severe mental disorders.

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Professor Philip Ward

Professor Phil Ward is a professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health, UNSW Sydney. He is also the Director of the Schizophrenia Research Unit, based at Liverpool Hospital, a part of South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Professor Ward provided expert research and evaluation oversight for the Keeping the Body in Mind Program, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), to improve physical health outcomes in people living with severe mental illness (SMI), and was a strong advocate for the development of a physical health service in the SWSLHD mental health service, which commenced in 2021.

Professor Ward is a clinical neuroscientist, with an extensive record in the application of cutting-edge brain imaging and neuropsychological methods to understanding the cognitive and sensory deficits observed in people with schizophrenia, depression and first episode psychosis. Over the last twelve years he has also developed a strong portfolio of translational research, focused on identifying the cardiometabolic health impacts of antipsychotic medications in people with severe mental illness, and the development and implementation of effective treatments to ameliorate them.

Professor Ward chaired symposia on this topic at the RANZCP annual meeting (Perth, WA, May 2014), and the Society for Mental Health Research Annual Meeting (Noosa, November 2018). Professor Ward has published over 250 Scopus-indexed scientific publications and has a Scopus Author h-index of 67. His work has received over 17,000 citations, and he has been awarded grants totalling more than $12.5million. He was selected as highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics for the past five years (2019-2023), demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™.

Professor Phil Ward is a professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health, UNSW Sydney. He is also the Director of the Schizophrenia Research Unit, based at Liverpool Hospital, a part of South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). Professor Ward provided expert research and evaluation oversight for the Keeping the Body in Mind Program, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), to improve physical health outcomes in people living with severe mental illness (SMI), and was a strong advocate for the development of a physical health service in the SWSLHD mental health service, which commenced in 2021.

Professor Ward is a clinical neuroscientist, with an extensive record in the application of cutting-edge brain imaging and neuropsychological methods to understanding the cognitive and sensory deficits observed in people with schizophrenia, depression and first episode psychosis. Over the last twelve years he has also developed a strong portfolio of translational research, focused on identifying the cardiometabolic health impacts of antipsychotic medications in people with severe mental illness, and the development and implementation of effective treatments to ameliorate them.

Professor Ward chaired symposia on this topic at the RANZCP annual meeting (Perth, WA, May 2014), and the Society for Mental Health Research Annual Meeting (Noosa, November 2018). Professor Ward has published over 250 Scopus-indexed scientific publications and has a Scopus Author h-index of 67. His work has received over 17,000 citations, and he has been awarded grants totalling more than $12.5million. He was selected as highly cited researcher by Clarivate Analytics for the past five years (2019-2023), demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science™.

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Dr Scott Teasdale

Dr Scott Teasdale is a Senior Research Fellow with the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health and Accredited Practising Dietitian. He holds a NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellowship focusing on reducing physical health comorbidities in people with serious mental illness. He was the original dietitian for Keeping the Body in Mind lifestyle program within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Service. Dr Teasdale has transitioned from clinical work to focuses on real world effectiveness and implementation research. His research program has helped drive a clear role for dietitians in preventing and managing physical health disparities in people living with severe mental illness.

Dr Scott Teasdale is a Senior Research Fellow with the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health and Accredited Practising Dietitian. He holds a NHMRC Emerging Leader Fellowship focusing on reducing physical health comorbidities in people with serious mental illness. He was the original dietitian for Keeping the Body in Mind lifestyle program within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Service. Dr Teasdale has transitioned from clinical work to focuses on real world effectiveness and implementation research. His research program has helped drive a clear role for dietitians in preventing and managing physical health disparities in people living with severe mental illness.

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Shannon Harwood

Shannon Harwood is employed as a lived experience peer in Tasmanian Public Mental Health Services with experience in both sub-acute and community teams. As well as engaging in direct peer practice she is passionate about promoting the development of the lived experience workforce within Public Mental Health Services. Other fields of interest are Metabolic Psychiatry and lifestyle mental health care, having managed her own Bipolar Disorder with lifestyle modifications and a ketogenic diet.

Shannon Harwood is employed as a lived experience peer in Tasmanian Public Mental Health Services with experience in both sub-acute and community teams. As well as engaging in direct peer practice she is passionate about promoting the development of the lived experience workforce within Public Mental Health Services. Other fields of interest are Metabolic Psychiatry and lifestyle mental health care, having managed her own Bipolar Disorder with lifestyle modifications and a ketogenic diet.

Registration

Registrations for this event have closed. To enquire please contact jennifer.wehnert@ranzcp.org

Directions

Parking options: on street parking, Dunn Place Car Park (corner Campbell and Davey Streets), Macquarie Point Car park (Evans St).

Contact

Please contact Jennifer Wehnert if you have any questions.
Email: ranzcp.tas@ranzcp.org
Phone: 03 6235 1804

Terms and conditions

Cancellation and refund policy

Change of mind cancellations must be made in writing and sent to ranzcp.tas@ranzcp.org for a full refund by 13 February 2024.

Cancellations made after 13 February 2024 will not be refunded, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

COVID-19 compliance

All participants attending in person will be required to comply with the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols in place with the venue/s and the event which will be aligned and compliant with all relevant Commonwealth and state government health advice at that time. By registering for this event, the RANZCP reserves the right to provide your contact details to authorities for the purposes of contact tracing and any other relevant government requirements.

Details of the protocols and requirements will be available on the website and all registrants will be bound by these requirements. The RANZCP reserves the right to update the COVID protocols to ensure the health and safety of participants, including but not limited to event entry requirements. Participants may be excluded if they do not comply with the requirements of the COVID Safety Guidelines and protocols.