Mental health

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.

Clozapine. Malignant constipation can kill

Clozapine is used for treatment-resistant schizophrenia. Agranulocytosis and neutropenia are the usual concerns but there are more deaths from ileus/megacolon.

Stillborn children: photographs may help the healing

How clinicians’ handling of this can traumatise the parents or when done well, can lead to a valued experience.

Managing stuck or distressed patients

Professor Bruce Arroll suggests ways to identify stress and stressors, and why it’s important to do so.

Dementia in Māori - optimising care

Understanding and incorporating Māori world views of health care in a dementia setting with inclusive development of pathways promotes a Māori responsive approach. Dr Makarena Dudley will discuss her recent research into constructs of Mate ware ware (becoming forgetful and unwell) from a Māori understanding of dementia.

Dementia: diagnosis and management

Dr Grace Lee talks with Dr Diana North FRNZCGP about the key components of assessment that a practitioner may incorporate into their personalized framework for evaluating dementia.

Topics covered include:

Goals of care in end-stage dementia

Dr Michal Boyd talks about goals of care in end-stage dementia.

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