Conference Schedule 2018

Day 1 – 6th September



08h00 – 08h45 REGISTRATION
Tea and coffee reception
08h45 – 09h15

Welcoming and Conference Opening

09h15 – 10h15

Medical comorbidity and mortality in psychiatric populations: Professor Steve Kisely- Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Queensland and Dalhousie University, Canada


Epidemiology of medical comorbidity in psychiatric populations.

Approaches to improving physical health outcomes in psychiatric populations 

10h15 – 11h15

Parkinson's Disease: Dr Alison Charleston - Consultant Neurogeriatrician, Auckland 


The clinical diagnosis, management and common neuropsychiatric manifestations of Parkinson’s Disease


11h15 – 11h30 Break

11h30 – 12h30

Cardiology: Dr Myanna Lund - Consultant Cardiologist, Auckland


Basic cardiology assessment and when to refer to a specialist

Assessment and monitoring cardiac effects of psychotropic medication, including QT prolongation

The contemporary understanding of cardiovascular risk 

12h30 – 13h30 Lunch
13h30 – 14h30

Endocrinology: Dr Brandon Orr-Walker - Consultant Endocrinologist, Auckland 


Update on diagnosis and treatment of diabetes

Learn how to conduct a basic assessment and monitoring of vascular risk factors and metabolic syndrome 

14h30 – 14h45 Break
14h45 – 15h45


Chronic Pain: Dr Paul Vroegop – Consultant Psychiatrist and Pain Specialist, Counties Manukau District Health Board



Contemporary approach to the management of chronic pain with specific reference to comorbid psychiatric illness 

Close of Day 1

Day 2 – 7th September

08h30 – 09h15 Coffee and tea reception

09h15 – 10h15

Nephrology: Professor Rob Walker - Consulant Nephrologist, University of Otago


The basic interpretation of renal function tests, including eGFR.

The contemporary evidence of the renal effects of Lithium


10h15 – 11h15

Epilepsy: Dr Nicholas Child, Consultant Neurologist, Auckland City Hospital

Neuropathophysiology of epilepsy and psychiatric comorbidity
Diagnosis and management of Non Epileptic Attack Disorder

Pesentation will be published after editing

11h15 – 11h30


11h30 – 12h30

Gastro-enterology: Dr John Perry, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Waitemata District Health Board


Basics of hepatology and interpretation of liver function tests

Psychotropic medications and the liver 


12h30 – 13h30


13h30 – 14h30

Gynaecological Endocrinology: Professor Beverley Lawton, Director Centre for Women’s Health Research | Te Tātai Hauora O Hine , Victoria University 


Review of the endocrinology of menopause and the menstrual cycle.
Medical management with reference to psychiatric manifestations and comorbidity. 

14h30 – 14h45


14h45 – 15h45

Stroke Medicine: Dr Ajay Kumar - Stroke Physician, Auckland


The basic manifestations and risk factors of Cerebrovascular Disease.

Assessment and triage of suspected manifestations of Cerebrovascular Disease and when to refer to a relevant specialist service. 

Conference close


About Us

The programme and learning goals have been developed by Australasian based consultant psychiatrists of varying subspecialties. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists have reviewed the programme and learning goals and has given formal CPD endorsement.

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Medicine for Psychiatrists
Continuing Medical Education Ltd