SAGE Psychology & Psychiatry

Leadership and management in Australasian Psychiatry - the Australasian psychiatric fraternity has long provided leadership in understanding the mechanisms, treating the symptoms, and managing the problems associated with mental illness. An early innovator was John Cade, the Australian psychiatrist who first reported the mood stabilising properties of lithium in the late 1940s. The Australasian Psychiatry podcast has interviewed many psychiatric leaders active in our region, from Professor John McGrath constructing a self-perpetuating framework for performing clinical trials while training the next generation of psychiatrist scientists; to Professor Ernest Hunter’s inspiring endeavours to improve mental health care and training for indigenous people in remote Australia and the Pacific Islands; to President-elect of the World Psychiatric Association Helen Herrman’s ambitions to identify, develop, and disseminate knowledge and resources appropriate for improving mental health across all the diverse peoples of the world.

In a wide-ranging interview, Dr O’Connor discusses the need for a new generation of leaders among Australasian psychiatrists, and opportunities for psychiatrists and registrars such as the Leadership Workshops at the College Congress in Hong Kong in May this year. While acknowledging that not every psychiatrist would be interested in pursuing particular leadership roles such as College President, company CEO, or Clinical Director, Dr O’Connor describes the need for many different types of leader in modern mental health, from clinical leadership of individual treating teams, through academic leadership in research and training, to active liaison between the mental health system and other institutions such as government, business, and NGOs. 

Direct download: Nick_OConnor_Final.mp3
Category:Psychology & Psychiatry -- posted at: 7:51am EDT

Most doctors derive their sense of worth and identity from meeting the intellectual, emotional, and professional challenges of their demanding but rewarding careers. Psychiatrists in particular rely upon the confidence of their patients to trust us with their intimate thoughts and emotions in pursuit of mental wellness. In the April 2016 Australasian Psychiatry podcast, Professor Carmelle Peisah explores adaptive and less adaptive means used by psychiatrists to manage anxiety about declining capacity as retirement approaches.

Professor Peisah draws upon the articles in the special April issue on successful ageing to illustrate the advantages of continual self-evaluation to allow for the early identification of problems and opportunities associated with changing capacities. The podcast and these eight articles convincingly demonstrate that the decision to retire is highly personalised and related to a considered balance between workload and resilience that changes over time.


Direct download: Peisah_-_Final.mp3
Category:Psychology & Psychiatry -- posted at: 5:39am EDT

PWQ Editor, Mary Brabeck, speaks with author Linda Carli about her article, "Stereotypes About Gender and Science: Women Do Not Equal Scientists." 

Direct download: 04.26.16_PWQ_CarliLinda.mp3
Category:Psychology & Psychiatry -- posted at: 1:24pm EDT

Steven T. Levy, Editor of JAPA, interviews Jeanine M. Vivona, College of New Jersey, about her article "Is There a Nonverbal Period of Development?"

Direct download: APA.Jeanine_Vivona.IsThereANonverbal.mp3
Category:Psychology & Psychiatry -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

Steven T. Levy, Editor of JAPA, interviews Lewis Kirshner about his article "Towards an Ethics of Psychoanalysis: A Critical Reading of Lacan's Ethics."

Direct download: APA.Kirshner_Lacan.TowardsAnEthics.mp3
Category:Psychology & Psychiatry -- posted at: 6:34pm EDT