Mental Health Workshop 2015

Primary care clinicians work with mental health presentations, in some form or another, on a daily basis. The Mental Health Skills for next Monday workshop has a focus on primary care; bringing together experts from a range of areas of 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.

Each presentation is relatively brief (around 45 minutes to 1 hour) and our goal is to give you an understanding of the most recent developments in each field, and for you to go away with useful and practical strategies that you can immediately implement in your day-to-day practice. 

Saturday 16th May 2015












Welcome and housekeeping


Bruce Arroll



Teenage depression: Medication update and SPARX

Sally Merry



Preventing recurrent depression


Rob Shieff



Morning tea



Update on Antidepressants

Rob Shieff

Update on antidepressants, how to use combinations and how to switch safely and any essential information about medication


ACT: What is this new treatment?


Bruce Arroll



Connecting by phone

William Ferguson, Lesley Clapshaw






Challenging consultations


Angela McNaught



Tips for talking better


Fiona Moir



Afternoon tea



Anxious families


Amy Bird



"Yea, but I can handle it” – Teenagers and substance use


Ben Birks




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.

Ben Birks
Social Worker

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.

Bruce Arroll
General Practitioner

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.

Sally Merry

Dr Sally Merry is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland and Director of the Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Angela McNaught
Clinical Psychologist

Angela is a Clinical Psychologist and a Director of Best Practice. Angela is also employed by Massey University as a Senior Lecturer in the Post-Graduate Diploma of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Prior to taking up this post she worked for several years at Counties Manukau District Health Board, specialising in adult mental health and working with combined medical and psychological problems.

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 specializes in communication skills and student and practitioner wellbeing.

Amy Bird
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Amy Bird is a Lecturer in Primary Mental Health at the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland. Amy’s research interests are parent-child interactions, and in particular the developmental origins of mental health difficulties. Amy is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with a particular interest in working with children and adolescents with anxiety difficulties.

William Ferguson
General Practitioner, MBChB, FRNZCGP

I have been in General Practice in Kumeu for 30 years. Over that time I have worked my way through a sequence of specialty interests, starting with GP Obstetrics and Maternity care, then Nutritional Medicine, followed by Mental health and (finally) Genomic Medicine. In Mental health I was  GP Clinical Leader of ProCare’s mental health program for over 5  years and for a similar period was a lecturer in the Post Grad Diploma in Mental health, focused  on developmental and  aetiological  aspects of mental illness. I also have been lecturing on Mental health for the Australasian College of  Nutritional and  Environmental Medicine, and for the last 2 years chairing the Mental and  Brain health streams of their international scientific meetings.

Lesley Clapshaw
Practice Nurse

I work with Dr William Ferguson as a practice nurse at Kumeu Village Medical Centre. We have been utilising phone follow up  with some of our patients suffering from depression/anxiety patients with great success for the past 8-9 years. I am also a member of the WDHB Quality Use of Medicines Steering Committee.

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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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