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Black Swan Health GP dinner: The role of GPs in the assessment and treatment of first episode psychosis

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Black Swan Health is inviting GPs to attend the Early Psychosis dinner with presenters Dr Gordon Shymko, Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Director Black Swan Health, Dr Deepak Davis, Consultant Psychiatrist and Practice Nurse, Louise Dobson.

The training session will cover the role of GPs in the assessment and treatment of first episode psychosis.

GPs who attend the event will receive 4 RACGP CPD points.

Learning Outcomes
• Understand the role of a GP in assessing and treating a young person with psychosis using a clinical staging model.
• Assess and classify clinically relevant diagnostic markers for first episode psychosis.
• Identify key signs that place young people at Ultra High Risk (UHR) of psychosis, warranting further assessment by a specialist.
• Utilise information provided in the training to select appropriate referral pathways for young people experiencing psychosis.
• Select appropriate physical health management and metabolic monitoring interventions in young people treated on anti-psychotic medication.
• Understand best practice guidelines set out by the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Psychosis in relation to physical health management.

Dr Deepak Davis is a WA trained consultant psychiatrist. He completed his MBBS at the University of Western Australia and has worked across most major WA hospitals and community based mental health services during his training to become a fellow of the collage of psychiatry. Dr Davis has been the consultant psychiatrist for headspace early psychosis team since Jan 2019. He also works as a consultant psychiatrist for the North Metropolitan mental health services and has been providing a perinatal psychiatry consultation service for Osborne park hospital. Dr Davis is passionate about youth mental health, early intervention and the physical health of his patients. He has been involved in quality improvement projects aimed at improving the physical health care of patients attending community based mental health services.

Louise Dobson is a UK trained mental health nurse with 17 years’ experience mostly within the inpatient, crisis and forensic services. She obtained her MSc in Health Professional Education and has a passion for teaching and education. Louise has been working at headspace Early Psychosis for almost 2.5 years in the role of Practice Nurse; and has a real passion and interest in monitoring and maintaining the physical health and wellbeing of individuals in mental health settings. Louise has recently returned from a psychiatry conference in Lisbon when she presented the services recent finding related to weight gain and metabolic impacts of some antipscychotics.

Dr Gordon Shymko is a leading Consultant Psychiatrist in youth and early episode psychosis. He is the Clinical Director of the Black Swan Health run headspace Early Psychosis in Perth and Co-Director at the Peel, Rockingham and Kwinana Mental Health Service (PaRK MHS). With over 25 years of experience Dr Shymko’s clinical practice and interests are now focused on managing psychosis, the role of clozapine in the treatment of psychotic disorders, and managing the physical health of patients with mental illness. Throughout his career, Dr Shymko has maintained a strong interest in supervision and teaching, he is both published and cited extensively and has been an inspiration to those he has mentored.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday 29th October
Venue: Acqua Viva on the Swan, Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm

RSVP by October 21st, 2019
Numbers strictly limited
Please RSVP with your full name, practice and contact details to:
Catherine Yates |0456002977|9201 0044|Catherine.Yates@headspacejoondalup.com.au

Please advise of any dietary requirements. You will receive confirmation of your place via email.


October 29, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Acqua Viva on the Swan, Broadway, Nedlands WA 6009