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.

Shift work

Fiona Johnston discusses how to thrive when working shifts, including strategies to optimise your sleep quality and quantity.

Substance use and taiohi (youth)

This module aims to support you with your skills and knowledge development to identify and support the treatment of substance use and other issues that affect the mental wellbeing of taiohi/young people.

The transition from childhood to adulthood is a time of immense change, physically, mentally and socially. It is a time of experimentation when most taiohi will be exposed to new ideas and experiences. It is natural to be curious, and some will choose to try substances, with or without the knowledge of their whānau during this time.

Managing depressed and anxious patients

Dr Zuzana Wheeler discusses a case of anxiety and depression. She discusses how this case would be addressed using a lifestyle model (LSM). She overviews where you go to learn more and how to refer on to a LSM colleague.

Alzheimer's Disease: Metabolic strategies to slow and reverse progression

Dr Matthew Phillips discusses metabolic strategies for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, including both fasting and the ketogenic diet. He also discusses results from his Waikato trials.

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