2022 Academic Seminar Series

Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series

Prof. Chris Davey, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, is pleased to extend an invitation to our 2022 Academic Seminar Series.

The Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series is a joint presentation between the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, NorthWestern Mental Health, and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Upcoming 2022 Seminars

Seminars  in Semester 2, 2022

Wednesday, 27 July Prof. Olivia Carter
Wednesday, 10 August - Prof. Sarah Whittle
Wednesday, 24 August - Speaker TBC
Wednesday, 7 September - Prof. Michael Berk
Wednesday, 21 September - Prof. Marie Bismark
Wednesday, 5 October -Graduate Student Symposium: Mental Health PhD Program
Wednesday, 19 October Prof. Sophie Havighurst
Wednesday, 2 November Dr Vanessa Cropley
Wednesday, 16 November - Speaker TBC


Previous Seminars


22 June 2022

  • Title: ‘Eating and Body-image Disorders: An Update’
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Scott Griffiths
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Griffiths discussed novel manifestations of eating and body image disorders, together with current trends in appearance enhancement and appearance discrimination.
  • Video recording

8 June 2022

25 May 2022

11 May 2022

13 April 2022

30 March 2022

  • Title: 'The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study: A simple blood test to improve timely and accurate diagnosis of dementia (and other conditions of the mind and brain)?'
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Dhamidhu Eratne, BHB MCChB FRANZCP
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Eratne shared the challenges of getting an accurate diagnosis, and precision care and treatment, faced by many people with cognitive and psychiatric symptoms and disorders – such as younger onset dementia – with significant diagnostic delay, misdiagnosis, uncertainty, and negative outcomes, and the great need for simple, widely available tests. Dr Eratne presented findings from The Markers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Study (The MiND Study), with the ultimate aim of clinical translation, and the availability of a simple blood-screening test for neuronal injury, and other biomarkers, to dramatically improve diagnosis, care, treatment, and outcomes for patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms, their families, clinicians, clinical trials, and healthcare systems.
  • Video: Due to currently unreleased findings from Dr Eratne's research presented at this seminar, a recording is not available at this time.

16 March 2022

  • Title: Psychotherapy Update: Meeting acute and complex needs in real-world settings
  • Guest Presenter: Dr Paul Cammell MA MBBS (Hons) FRANZCP PhD
  • Topic: In this talk, Dr Cammell discussed his experiences of applying psychotherapeutic approaches in his roles in the public and private sectors as a clinical lead in emergency mental-health and post-discharge services, a research lead for a state-wide personality disorder service, and as a private practitioner. Building on this, he described a range of contexts in which psychiatrists can provide expert psychotherapeutic leadership, and champion contemporary, evidence-based approaches, giving examples of roles, approaches, and professional-development opportunities. Dr Cammell discussed a range of models of psychotherapy, including brief, structured therapies and contemporary models of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He described how this is all increasingly important in meeting the mental-health needs of the Australian and New Zealand communities and, in particular, the needs of what has been termed the ‘missing middle’.
  • Video: Please follow this link to view the recording of this session in our YouTube playlist.

The Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series is a joint presentation between the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, NorthWestern Mental Health, and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.