Event: Mental health seminar 2017

Saturday 14 October 2017

The Auckland Faculty of the RNZCGP, in conjunction with the Goodfellow Unit are pleased to present this years workshop on mental health.

The day will cover topics from depression and drug use, to communication skills and medication. We cover the lifespan, from childhood and family issues, to adolescence and adulthood. We also have presentations from GPs using targeted therapeutic techniques in their practice.

The aim is to provide clinical updates and guidance supporting excellence in practice, on the important issues faced in general practice.

Venue: University of Auckland Tamaki Campus, Bldg 730 Atrium , 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland.

CPD points: 7.









Mihi whakatau and housekeeping 

What we do a lot, and how to do it better


Anxiety, depression and the first consult

Bruce Arroll


Preventing relapse - drugs and talk

Rob Shieff

Mental health by age: start at the beginning


Maternal mental health

Aram Kim


Young children; ADHD and assessing children, managing parents (COPNIA), monitoring Ritalin use

Jamie Speeden


Morning tea


Mental health by age: youth panel



David Bettany


Eating disorders

Marion Roberts


Youth suicide

Linda Bowden


Early psychosis

Han Lim


Alcohol & addiction

Ben Birks



Mental health by age: getting older


Mental health in over 65s

Richard Worrall



Serious mental illness; what we do less often and why we should do it well


Serious mental illness and dying 20 years too soon, physical health, equally well

Sati Sembhi


Serious mental illness and mental health management in primary care

Debra Lampshire


Death by constipation: clozapine and important psychiatric medication for primary care

David Codyre



Mental health for ourselves (& others)


Self care & compassion

Fiona Moir


Gratitude and mindfulness: so trendy in 2017

Balveer Sikh





Bruce Arroll 

Bruce is Professor of General Practice at the University of Auckland and a GP in south Auckland. His current research interest is in rapid non-drug treatments of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Ben Birks 

Ben is a social worker and drug and alcohol practitioner, who has been working with Odyssey House since 2006, leading the development of community youth-centred alcohol and drug programmes.

Fiona Moir

Fiona Moir worked as a GP in Britain and New Zealand, and now is a part-time Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland, where she specialises in communication skills and student and practitioner well-being. She is also the co-head of the Personal and Professional Skills Domain for the medical programme.

 Since 2001, she has been a partner with Connect Communications, a business which teaches communication skills and burnout prevention to health professionals.Her interests are early interventions for stress, anxiety, depression and burnout; self-care; healthy workplaces, the health of health professionals; and communication. 

Debra Lampshire

Debra is employed by Auckland District Health Board as a Project Manager for the psychological interventions for enduring mental illness project. In this unique and innovative position Debra works in the clinical setting leading the development of psychological strategies for positive symptoms of psychosis and is the first non-clinician to do so.

Debra is also a professional teaching fellow with The University of Auckland.Debra has both an academic and research role. Her work has been presented as key notes and workshops/symposia at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.

Marion Roberts

Marion is a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in primary mental health at the University of Auckland. She began specialising in eating disorders during her doctoral training at the Maudsley Hospital, King's College London and has remained in the field as both a researcher and clinician over the past decade. She has a particular focus on the clinical applications of neurocognitive findings in eating disorders, and ongoing development/delivery of evidence-based treatment for eating disorders.

Rob Shieff
Psychiatrist / Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Vermont Street Specialists

Rob is a general adult psychiatrist. His main area of interest is the assessment and comprehensive management of mood and anxiety disorders using medication and short term skill-based forms of therapy including CBT and applications of mindfulness.

Aram Kim
Consultant Psychiatrist
Aram works across Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health (Matua Tuhononga) teams at Waitemata DHB. He completed his medical training at University of Auckland, and worked in New Zealand and Ireland before attaining MRCPsych and FRANZCP. He obtained Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PGDip in CBT) through Massey University. He is actively involved with teaching and training as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland. His special interests include peri-natal and infant mental health, cross-cultural psychiatry, and spirituality. He currently resides in Rodney area with his wife and their four children.

Han Chung Lim

Academic Registrar, University of Auckland, Integrated Care Pathway Registrar, Counties Manukau DHB.

 Han is currently an advanced trainee in psychiatry. He is currently working on a Delphi study to determine the key outcomes for mental healthcare integration with primary care. His role includes liaison with general practice and the development of the integrated care pathway within CMDHB.

David Codyre

Consultant Psychiatrist/Clinical lead Mental Health, East Tamaki Healthcare

David is a psychiatrist with 30 years experience working in the community mental health sector in New Zealand, in a range of clinical and leadership roles.  He has spent the past 13 years leading development of primary mental health programmes, and advocating at a regional and national level for strengthening of primary mental health capacity, along with better support for primary care from secondary mental health services.  David currently works with East Tamaki Healthcare, a network of clinics providing team-based primary care services to populations in high-needs areas of Auckland, NZ.

Jamie Speeden

Jamie is a child and adolescent psychiatrist / paediatrician working in Waitemata  at Marinoto West CAMHS, the Youth Hub (West Auckland) as well as having a private practice. He has a special interest in working with children, young people and their families around neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, ASD / Asperger’s and FASD.


David Bettany

David is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in consult liaison at Starship Children’s Hospital. His work focuses on the relationship between physical and emotional health. He also works part-time at Altered High, a youth alcohol and other drug service. He loves cycling and sometimes getting lost in the great outdoors.

Dr Balveer Sikh

Balveer is a senior Psychologist, currently working for ProCare Psychological Services. He is both a researcher and practitioner. His doctoral thesis explored mindfulness psychology from the Eastern and Western perspectives. Balveer has developed and published a research methodology, namely “mindfulness hermeneutics”, and continues to refine his research findings for publication. 

As a practitioner, Balveer is experienced in working in both primary and secondary mental healthcare settings. He utilizes an integrative psychological framework, mainly consisting of mindfulness, acceptance and CBT models, in formulating and treating psychological and emotional difficulties. 


This presentation is intended for qualified health practitioners professional development and should not be relied upon for any other purpose. Any opinions offered are those of the presenter or other speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of Goodfellow Unit.

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