As an integral element of the Congress Scientific Program, we are pleased to announce a series of full day and half day pre-Congress workshops that will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Sunday 30 April 2017, with an exception of one workshop that will be held at the SA Branch Office in Adelaide on Saturday 29 April 2017.

All workshops will provide valuable insights and discussions across a broad range of topics.

Registrations for the pre-Congress workshops are now available via the main Congress registration form.

Details of the workshop are as follows:

WORKSHOP 1: APPROACHING THE CRITICAL ESSAY QUESTION (CEQ) AND THE MODIFIED ESSAY QUESTIONS (MEQ) IN THE RANZCP ESSAY-STYLE EXAMINATION 

Time: Saturday 29 April 2017 (0930 – 1600)
Location: South Australian Branch Office (Training Room), 2/233-235 Greenhill Road, Dulwich SA 5065
Presenters: Lisa Lampe and Jill Reddan    

workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to prepare for the Critical Essay Question and the Modified Essay Question components of the RANZCP Essay-style examination.  This workshop is suitable for Trainees, SIMGs, supervisors and Directors of Training.


WORKSHOP 2: APPROACHING THE RANZCP SCHOLARLY PROJECT ASSESSMENT

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenter: Joanne Ferguson

workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to understand the nature and standard of the Scholarly Project submission and assessment.  This workshop is suitable for Trainees, Supervisors and Directors of Training.  This workshop may be of particular benefit for supervisors to develop familiarity with the format and process of this written assessment and develop their understanding of the Committee for Examinations standards for assessment.


WORKSHOP 3: MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: Karin Myhill, Catherine Mason and Brian Kelly

workshop details

There are significant clinical challenges facing the psychiatrist as a member of the interdisciplinary team in oncology and palliative care which involve not just specific patient care issues but also carer/family matters, team dynamics and competing paradigms.  

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to explore real clinical issues encountered in day to day practice. Participants will be invited to consider limitations, barriers and competing priorities associated with patient management and encouraged to engage in discourse and exchange of ideas regarding methods and strategies that may benefit their own clinical practice.


WORKSHOP 4: AN UPDATE – PAEDIATRIC PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY FOR 2017

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenter: Melanie Turner

workshop details

This workshop will cover changes is psychopharmacology for children, adolescents and youth.  Medication and its use in paediatric psychiatry has had its complexities and controversies. The WHO survey in 2006 shows that 50 % of all adult mental disorders have manifested by age 14; 85% by age 24.  Diagnosing and treating these illnesses early is a a key step to preventing disability and morbidity in adulthood. This workshop, run by a child and adolescent psychiatrist, is structured to help practitioners understand the recent evidence related to the use of

  • SSRs and SNRI’s in depression and anxiety
  • the use of cholinesterase inhibitors and SSRI’s and SNRI’s for severe OCD
  • insomnia in children and adolescents. What works and what doesn’t, including PTSD treatment
  • antipsychotics and their role in psychosis, autism and bipolar disorder.
  • mood stabilisers and early onset bpad. 

This will focus on evidence based, practice focussed guidelines.  Recent literature will be reviewed as well as international standards and guidelines.  

A discussion on recent psychopharmacogenetic testing and its role will also be discussed.


WORKSHOP 5: ‘SETTING UP PRIVATE PRACTICE – A SIMPLIFIED APPROACH FOR THE UNINITIATED’ – CANCELLED

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: Saibal Guha, Marina Costigan and Anthony Dinesh

workshop details

This workshop is mainly intended for:

  1. Psychiatrists who want to transition to Private Practice
  2. Private Practice Psychiatrists looking for a different model of care
  3. Psychiatric Registrars who are keen to understand the Private Psychiatric Practice model
  4. Other interested clinicians who would like to know more about private practice models and practice principles.

WORKSHOP 6: SUPERVISING THE PSYCHOTHERAPY WRITTEN CASE (PWC): A WORKSHOP ON THE “SHORT” LONG CASE

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: Loyola McLean, Jeffrey Streimer & Vlado Gojak

workshop details

This full day workshop is designed for RANZCP Supervisors of the Psychotherapy Written Case (PWC). This Faculty of Psychotherapy workshop aims to up-date participants and to offer an understanding of the PWC and associated process in order to improve pass rates, reframing the case as a “short” long psychotherapy, and offering a chance to reflect on supervisory experience. The workshop will provide a practical overview of the structure, process, and challenges of the revised PWC with input from several presenters.


WORKSHOP 7: MAINTENANCE ECT: CURRENT BEST PRACTICE

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: Alan Weiss, Charles Kellner and Shane Gill

workshop details

The target audience of the workshop is ECT practitioners and/or psychiatrists working in a service in which maintenance ECT is provided.


WORKSHOP 8: TRANSFORMING THE “HEARTSINK” PATIENT: A ROLE FOR LIAISON PSYCHIATRISTS? – CANCELLED

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1600)
Presenter: Paul Pun, Roger Mulder, Phillipa Hay and Caroline Silberberg

workshop details

The pre-Congress workshop “Transforming The Heartsink Patient” will be of interest to CL psychiatrists and trainees, as well as mental health professionals working at the interface of medicine and psychiatry.


WORKSHOP 9: WORKSHOP FOR THE ACCREDITATION AND RE-ACCREDITATION OF SUBSTANTIAL COMPARABILITY ASSESSORS

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: John Condon and Lynette Rose

workshop details

This workshop is aimed at:

  • Fellows who have been approved to become Substantial Comparability Assessors and require the appropriate accreditation
  • Existing Substantial Comparability Assessors who wish to refresh their skills in order to maintain their accreditation.

This workshop is not suitable for potential Substantial Comparability candidates, who are encouraged to attend other sessions provided by the Committee for Specialist International Medical Graduate Education (CSIMGE) members.

Fellows who are interested in becoming a Substantial Comparability assessor and have at least three years post-Fellowship experience should contact the Specialist International Medical Graduate team by emailing comparability@ranzcp.org for details on the approval and accreditation process.

The workshop involves pre-reading and self-calibration using resources which will be provided.


WORKSHOP 10: SPEAKING OUR MINDS AND TELLING OUR STORIES ABOUT THE IMPACT OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND RECOVERY IN OUR FAMILIES – CANCELLED

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1600)
Presenters: Nick Kowalenko, Mary Jessop, Adrian Falkov, Bronwyn Dubbachie, Hiran Thabrew, Brad Morgan and Louise Salmon

workshop details

Ten to twenty percent of all children live in families affected by parental mental illness and addictions. Psychiatrists are in a unique position to identify their patients who are parents, support their families and assist parents’ recovery.

The aims of the workshop will be to introduce, and demonstrate approaches in practice to expand family-centred  care to address the impact of mental illness on family members.

Participants will learn:

  • Skills to support Clinical work with parents, and their family members to reduce the family impact of mental illness.
  • Approaches to Children of Parents with Mental Illness

WORKSHOP 11: RISK ASSESSMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT FOR BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenter: Sathya Rao

workshop details

The workshop is aimed at all general psychiatrists who assess or treat people with Borderline Personality Disorders.


WORKSHOP 12: LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: TRAINEE AND EARLY CAREER PSYCHIATRIST WORKSHOP

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenter: Nick O’Connor

workshop details

The Leadership and Management workshop is aimed at early career psychiatrists and Stage 3 trainees who are interested in developing leadership skills. Five senior psychiatrists with a wealth of leadership and management experience will facilitate discussion of case vignettes which participants will work on in small groups. Attendees will have an opportunity to see the facilitators demonstrate their approach to complex and challenging situations. The practical experience of the facilitators will ensure that each exercise is grounded in the art and science of leading and managing in the realpolitik.


WORKSHOP 13: APPROACHING THE RANZCP PSYCHOTHERAPY WRITTEN CASE ASSESSMENT

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenter: Andrew Pethebridge

workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to understand the nature and standard of the Psychotherapy Written Case assessment.  This workshop is suitable for Trainees, Supervisors and Directors of Training.  This workshop will be of particular benefit for supervisors to develop familiarity with the format and process of this written assessment and develop their understanding of the Committee for Examinations expectations of trainees.


WORKSHOP 14: APPROACHING THE RANZCP OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION (“OSCE”) ASSESSMENT (CLINICAL EXAMINATION)

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenter:  Gail Robinson and Suzanne Luty

workshop details

This workshop is designed to assist candidates to understand the nature and standard of the OSCE examination.  This workshop is suitable for trainees, SIMG’s, supervisors and Directors of Training.  This workshop will be of particular benefit for supervisors to develop familiarity with the format and process of the OSCE assessment and develop their understanding of the Committee for Examinations expectations of examination candidates.


WORKSHOP 15: PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH DYADIC RELATIONSHIPS WHERE EARLY RELATIONAL TRAUMA CONTRIBUTES TO CURRENT DISTRESS: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenters: Jackie Amos, Rebecca Wild and Charis Gauvin

workshop details

The workshop would be helpful for anyone working with mothers and children, parents,  couples or individuals who have experienced relational trauma, neglect and abuse in early childhood and are now struggling to understand the distressing patterns that recur in their intimate relationships despite their good intentions.


WORKSHOP 16: STARTING OUT IN PRIVATE PRACTICE – A PSYCHODYNAMIC PERSPECTIVE – CANCELLED

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (0930 – 1230)
Presenters: Jenny Randles, Paul Foulkes, Lynette Chazan and Amanda Rynie

workshop details

Do you feel prepared for starting out in private practice? This workshop will discuss some of the common concerns facing the psychiatrist who is setting up consulting rooms for the first time. It is particularly aimed at those who are interested to offer ongoing psychotherapeutic treatments as a part of their professional practice. The workshop aims to be practical and will cover issues like setting up the consulting room, billing practices, how to identify patients who are likely to be suitable for ongoing work (ill enough to need it but well enough to stand it), how to manage risk in your practice, maintaining patient confidentiality in the face of subpoenas, and how to find appropriate support.


WORKSHOP 17: ATTRACTING GOOD RTMS HABITS: A WORKSHOP IN THE PRACTICAL AND CLINICAL APPLICATION OF RTMS IN PSYCHIATRY

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenters: Cherrie Galletly, Shane Gill, Patrick Clarke, Tom Paterson and Lisa Hahn

workshop details

This workshop is aimed at psychiatrists who are interested in neurostimulation to practical aspects of setting up a rTMS service, including demonstrations of the technology and use of the machine.


WORKSHOP 18: HOW TO WORK WITH COMMUNITY – TO CHANGE CULTURE AND PRACTICE

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenter: Roderick McKay

workshop details

Despite multiple statements that community engagement (inclusive of consumers, families/whᾶnau and carers) is essential to enhance the quality, safety and effectiveness of mental health services, it is often perceived on the ground as ‘idealistic’ or ‘too difficult’.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Community Collaboration Committee (CCC) is designed to achieve genuine engagement with the  diverse needs, perspectives, concerns and values that community members bring and to influence the RANZCP and its members.

To that effect, a pre-Congress workshop is being organised to share successful strategies in which community and mental health professionals have collaborated to improve culture and practice, identify common obstacles to effective community engagement and share strategies to overcome these and workshop approaches to improve existing collaborative activities in services.


WORKSHOP 19: STRUCTURED CLINICAL MANAGEMENT: PSYCHIATRIC CARE FOR PERSONALITY DISORDER IN GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenter: Anthony Bateman

workshop details

The workshop is for all mental health professionals working in general mental health services, irrespective of setting. It is relevant to in-patient, community, outpatient, and crisis team staff.


WORKSHOP 20: PRACTICAL USE OF BRAIN IMAGING IN THOSE WITH SUSPECTED DEMENTIA

Time: Sunday, 30 April 2017 (1300 – 1600)
Presenter: John O’Brien

workshop details

This workshop will be divided into two parts. The first half will outline the imaging modalities available for clinical use, the situations in which they may be helpful, how they are used in applying clinical diagnostic criteria and finally, a review of current guidelines for when to use which imaging modality. A suggested evidence based algorithm for the use of imaging will be presented.

The second half of the workshop will focus more on the practical use of imaging, to enable attendees to gain experience of looking at and interpreting scans. In particular, a brief training module on how to rate medial temporal atrophy from MRI or coronal CT scans will be presented, as well as exemplars from Perfusion SPECT, FDG PET and Amyloid PET scans.

The aim is that those attending will become more familiar with which imaging modalities are available, when they might best be used clinically, and to gain skills and confidence in interpreting scans, most especially in relation to the presence or absence of medial temporal lobe atrophy.