Strengthening mental care to feature at Therapeutic Update Conference

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Advancing therapeutic knowledge and medication management will be the focus of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s 2016 NSW Annual Therapeutic Update Conference being held at Terrigal from March 4-6, 2016.

Leading Australian mental health advocate and former Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry, will be the keynote, presenting on the topic of strategies to strengthen mental health care in Australia.

Professor McGorry is Executive Director of Orygen Youth Health, a world-renowned youth mental health organisation, as well as being Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and founding member of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace) board.

He is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health, and has a strong interest in promoting the mental health of the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.

His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research into the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders. He has also played a major part in the transformational reform of mental health services to better serve the needs of vulnerable young people.

Prof McGorry was a key architect of the headspace model and has been successful in advocating with colleagues for its national expansion. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and the current President of the Society for Mental Health Research, and the President-Elect of the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

NSW Branch President of PSA, Dr Stephen Carter, says the ATU is widely regarded as the State’s premier pharmacist continuing professional development event and features a robust program.

“ATU provides delegates with valuable face to‑face learning opportunities with fellow health professionals assisting you in obtaining up-to-date clinical education,” Dr Carter says.

“The focus of the ATU is Advancing Clinical Knowledge and Medication Management and will engage key practitioners in the field of mental health, diabetes, dermatology, respiratory, ophthalmology, gastroenterology and nutrition – just to name a few!”

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