PRE-CONGRESS WORKSHOPS

As an integral element of the Congress scientific program, a series of full-day and half-day pre-Congress workshops will be held on Sunday 19 May 2024 at the National Convention Centre, Canberra and the nearby Crowne Plaza Canberra. 

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

Registration for the workshops is now available via the Congress registration form

Places are strictly limited and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend booking early to ensure you don't miss out.

Please refer to the workshops below for their specific cost for attendance. 


Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: David Coghill, Roger Paterson, Karuppiah Jagadheesan
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - $265

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at all psychiatrists who are open to the idea of working with ADHD but do not feel that they have yet developed the expert knowledge and skills to do so. The content for this workshop will draw directly on the recently published Australian evidence-based ADHD Guideline and the Australian ADHD professional’s association ADHD Prescribing Manual. Using a combination of large group didactic teaching and small group exercises we will look in the morning session at assessing ADHD and initial clinical decision making and treatment planning. The afternoon will take a deep dive into the pharmacological management of ADHD. While the large group sessions will be aimed across the lifespan the small group sessions will give the opportunity for participants to focus on child, youth, or adult settings.

Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: Allan Young
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265

Workshop details
Mood disorders impose the largest disease related burden related to mental ill-health in adults. Although effective treatments exist, many patients are treatment resistant. New rapidly acting antidepressant treatments (RAATS) are becoming available but their place in the treatment pathway remains to be fully determined. This workshop will review the evidence base and science related to RAATS, principally (s)ketamine and psychedelics. This session will be an interactive, case and literature-based workshop. Time will be allowed for extensive, interactive discussion about RAATS in the treatment pathway for mood disorders. RAATS will play a part in our future treatment efforts. Target audience for this workshop is psychiatrists with an interest in the treatment of mood disorders. The learning objectives of the workshop include: a review the background related to treatment resistant mood disorders; a review the recent evidence for RAATs and discussion about the possible role of RAATs in treatment pathways.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Shane Gill, Ben Tallboys, Maryssa Portelli, Nicola Campbell
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This workshop is designed for RANZCP accredited supervisors who want to gain deeper insights into providing trainees with tough feedback. This session will be facilitated by College supervisors for College supervisors and the panel will provide insights into their lessons learned and give practical tips on communicating as a leader with your trainees. The panel members will discuss how to deal with the trepidation and uneasiness that comes with difficult conversations. This session will focus on the benefits of clear and authentic communication with an emphasis on understanding that difficult feedback is not a criticism but an opportunity for your trainee to grow and develop through your leadership. This workshop is designed in a way that is both engaging and informative. Attendees who complete this activity will earn additional CPD points.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Chad Bennett, Tareq Abuelroos
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Autism spectrum disorder is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. Problems with social interaction, odd and unusual behaviours and high rates of co-morbid mental health problems mean that many people with autism spectrum disorder are likely to come to the attention of mental health services. This workshop provides an introduction to autism spectrum and an overview of the principles and problems of assessment, diagnosis and management in adults presenting to mental health services.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Alison Yung, Shona Francey
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Introducing the CAARMS 2023: Comprehensive assessment of at-risk mental states

The Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS) is a semi-structured assessment tool used by mental health professionals and researchers to identify help-seeking people who are at ultra-high risk (UHR) of developing psychosis (possibly in the prodromal phase preceding a first episode of psychosis). The CAARMS can also be used to track a range of psychopathology over time and to identify the onset of first episode psychosis. A new version of the CAARMS, the CAARMS 2023 has been developed and will be launched at this workshop. The new version includes new scales, anchors, and prompts to assist with assessment of the full range of positive psychotic symptoms.

This half-day workshop is aimed at mental health professionals identifying and working with people who may at risk for developing psychosis.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: Michael Daubney, Michael Gardner
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This half day workshop will consider the Psychotherapy Written case (PWC) from the perspective of an assessment to be marked. Specific content will include a practical explanation of the relevant college by-laws. The workshop will specifically cover aspects from the wise selection of patients, responses to specific scenarios encountered during the course of therapy and what an examiner is considering when assessing the case report.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: George Blair-West, Michelle Atchison, Joe Varghese, Gary Galambos, Chris Garvey, Rebecca Graham, Deepa Singhal
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
This workshop has been developed, at the request of early career psychiatrists, to provide advice and address concerns about moving into private practice. Multiple speakers will address different kinds of private practice and the associated concerns, challenges and considerations involved in a world that is very different from the public psychiatry that young psychiatrists are primarily trained in. This workshop complements Workshop 21, for those already in private practice, such that both workshops may be of interest to many attendees.

Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: Sathya Rao, Natalie Barry
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265

Workshop details
This workshop will help untangle the complexities involved in working with patients whose presentation arises due to the interplay of childhood trauma, attachment issues, neurodiversity and personality pathologies. The workshop is designed to be interactive and will bring issues alive using case vignettes accompanied by clinical discussions.

Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: Andrew Ellis, Jacqueline Rakov, Calum Smith, Levi West
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265

Workshop details
So will he do it doc?

Terrorism, extremism and fixated grievance can cause terrible loss, and lead to a more fearful community. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals are frequently confronted with having to assess someone who has acted in a way that is disturbing and frightening to the community. Sometimes this is after a person has committed an act, and sometimes behaviour suggests they might. This can be vexing for professionals involved, as many persons who act this way may not have a ‘mental illness’ as conceived in law, or other psychiatric diagnosis. It might seem overwhelming or somehow unethical to get involved with what could be conceived as a law enforcement only problem.

This workshop aims to educate on the types of grievance fuelled violence and how psychiatric conditions can play into them. A particular focus will be on careful examination of the mental state, within a full assessment as the mental phenomena behind extreme acts will be crucial to affording effective management. A review of risk assessment approaches (and the controversies within) will be offered, but more importantly steps for effective management and working with the various agencies that may be involved will be covered.

Advanced trainees in forensic psychiatry are welcome and some of the activities in the workshop could constitute WBAs if discussed first with your supervisor and DOAT.

Terrorism? Don’t be afraid!

Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: Nicholas Keks, Judith Hope, David Castle, David Copolov
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265

Workshop details
The workshop will focus on effective and safe use of antidepressants, anxiolytics and mood stabilizers in treatment of major psychiatric disorders in adults. Drugs in each category will be compared on efficacy, adverse effects and characteristics. Core information, prescribing practicalities and clinical cases will be presented.

Time: 0930-1630
Presenters: Sue Lutton, Mariam Tokhi, Fiona Reilly
Cost: Standard - A$510 | Registrar - A$265

Workshop details
Delve into the world of Narrative Medicine and explore its impact on practice and personal creativity. In this interactive workshop tailored specifically for psychiatrists, you will explore this new field, with its intersection between art, literature, storytelling and clinical practice.

This workshop is an opportunity to connect with like-minded psychiatrists interested in creativity, communication and story, and the ways in which this can lead to more imaginative, empathetic and impactful patient care.

Through hands-on exercises and guided discussions, you’ll learn how to enhance your own creativity and self-expression, as you discover the therapeutic potential of storytelling and learn about innovative narrative medicine approaches to care. Guided by experienced facilitators, both doctors well experienced in narrative medicine, creative writing and working in hands on clinical fields, you will develop creative techniques to integrate narrative medicine in your psychiatric practice and embrace creativity as a personal and professional resource. You will leave with a renewed sense of purpose and joy in your work, and a toolbox of creative interventions to apply immediately both personally and professionally.

Time: 0930-1230
Presenters: George Halasz
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Advances in mother-infant research, child developmental studies and neuroscience provide trauma informed psychotherapists with new and safer techniques to provide effective ‘trauma informed’ clinical care. The workshop provides a setting to update, explore and examine how pressures arising from ‘messy’ clinical experiences, vicarious trauma, can be managed more effectively with benefits for both patient and therapist.

Time: 1300-1630
Presenters: Shane Gill, Anthony Dinesh, Neeraj Gupta
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at psychiatrists who manage patients with ECT, and those credentialed to deliver ECT in their service. Knowledge in ECT prescribing will be enhanced, by presenting current evidence about the effect of electrode placement, pulse width and stimulus dose on ECT efficacy and side effects. Participants will be asked to discuss their preferred prescription in a series of hypothetical case vignettes. Skills in ictal EEG interpretation will then be enhanced, by summarizing evidence about EEG predictors of seizure efficacy, introducing participants to a new EEG rating scale and leading participants through an interactive session rating ictal EEGs.

Time: 1300-1630
Presenters: Denise Riordan
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This half day 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 accreditation.
  • The workshop involves pre-reading and self-calibration using resources which will be provided.
Attendance is by invitation only - previous accreditation or an approved nomination to become a Substantial Comparability assessor is required for Fellows who wish to attend this workshop.

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 simgehelp@ranzcp.org for details on the approval and accreditation process.

Time: 1300-1630
Presenters: David Barison
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Transition to fellowship is a time when we face a steep learning curve in how to apply what we know about psychotherapy to day to day clinical practice. This workshop aims to enhance skills and develop confidence in psychotherapy practice for registrars and early career psychiatrists. Specific areas covered include:

  • tailoring psychotherapy to the personality style of the patient
  • weighing up differing paradigms and approaches, taking into account patient trajectory and treatment history
  • working with dreams and nightmares
  • working with existential themes when they arise in therapy
  • working with patients in difficult social circumstances who seek your "advice'
  • techniques for overcoming "stuckness" in psychotherapy
By exploring case scenarios, brief readings and our collective experiences this workshop aims to stimulate your reflection on psychotherapy and provide some new frameworks for working with complex patients. Cases will cover addictions, eating disorders, complex PTSD, and psychotic illness as well as other conditions.

Time: 1300-1630
Presenters: Choong-Siew Yong, Richard Harvey and David Mitchell
Cost: $25

Workshop details
This workshop is aimed at Fellows, new Fellows and trainees in the last stages of training. This workshop will provide participants with the understanding and skills to conduct audit activities to meet the requirements of the CPD program.

Time: 1300-1630
Presenters: Padmini Howpage, Michelle Atchison, Suneel Chamoli, Nishad Samad, Nathan Jacobs
Cost: Standard - A$395 | Registrar - $195

Workshop details
Despite being experienced private practitioners; operational and business aspects continually challenge the clinician. Five private practitioners will deliver topics on medicolegal report writing & attendance at court; interventional psychiatry such as rTMS, ketamine and psychedelics; Medicare Australia guidelines for MBS items; models of care in inpatient/outpatient settings and the future of private psychiatry and clinical/administrative governance for a sustainable practice. This workshop aims to provide practical tools and strategies about how to excel in this rewarding field and complements Workshop 8.


 


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