The Maze Phase Podcast

How can the GP help?

The Maze Phase is a podcast for primary health professionals working with teens, navigating life and the healthcare system. In each episode, GP and academic, Dr Bianca Forrester, has a chat with experts in the field of adolescent health and social care. Bringing tips from clinical practice, research and discussing best practice approaches to common and complex problems presenting to primary care.

Season 1 brings an overview of the Youth Friendly care, adolescent development and common mental health disorders. Aimed at GPs and nurses, this series is also accessible to anyone working with or caring for school aged teens.

Introduction About the Maze Phase podcast….(5 minutes)

Episode 1 - Youth Friendly Heath Care: How can the GP Help?

What is Youth Friendly Heath care?

We hear a lot about the mental health problems in Australian young people. However, as a group, teens present to primary care less than any other age group and the problems that they present with are often unrelated to their mental health.

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Episode 2 - Anxiety in teens

How can we help teens who are struggling with intense or uncomfortable feelings?

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester speaks with Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist A/Professor Sandra Radovini about best practice approaches to understanding anxiety in school aged teens.

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Episode 3 - Depression in Teens

“What is the impact of depression on school aged teens?”

GP, Dr Bianca Forrester, continues the conversation with Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist A/Prof Sandra Radovini about mental health problems in teens.

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Episode 4 - The Age of Adolescence

Professor Susan Sawyer, Paediatrician and expert in Adolescent Health, describes contemporary understandings about the beginnings and endpoints of "Adolescence".

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Episode 5 - Disruptive behaviour in teens

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist A/Prof Sandra Radovini have a conversation about disruptive behaviour in school aged teens.

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Episode 6 - Understanding self-harm and suicidal behaviours

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist A/Prof Sandra Radovini tackle the tricky topic of self-harming and suicidal behaviours.

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Episode 7 - Eating Disorders in teens

In this episode, Bianca speaks with paediatrician Dr Michele Yeo and GP expert Dr Jenny Conway about recognising, assessing and managing eating disorders in primary care.

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Episode 8 - Period Pain in teens

In this episode, Bianca speaks with gynaecologist Prof Sonia Grover about recognising, assessing and managing menstrual pain in primary care.

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Episode 9 - Old enough for a medicare card, too young to vote - the medico legal framework

GP, Bianca Forrester, speaks with Paediatrician, Prof Susan Sawyer, and child and adolescent Psychiatrist, Prof Sandra Radovini about working with independently help seeking teens and the relevant medicolegal and ethical frameworks at play in the consultation.

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Episode 10 - Working with Families

Continuing on from our last episode, Bianca speaks with Sandra Radovini about when it might be best practice to facilitate family involvement and how to navigate that fine balance between supporting young people's independence and choices with their best interests in supported health care.

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Episode 11 - Recovery and resilience in teens- how can the GP help?

In this episode, Bianca speaks with Professor of Public health Professor Lisa Gibbs Melbourne School of Population and Global Health about crises recovery in communities and how to build resilience in teens through the pandemic recovery phase.

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Episode 12 - Kids in out-of-home care - How can the GP help?

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester speaks with researcher Dr Susan Webster and Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean about the health needs of kids in out of home care and how we can bridge the gaps they face in accessing health care.

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Episode 13 - Part 2 -Young people in out of home care- How can the GP help?

In this episode, GP Bianca Forrester continues the conversation with researcher Dr Susan Webster and Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean about overcoming the barriers that young people in out-of-home care face in accessing health care and supporting their health, social and educational transitions.

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