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The GP’s Role in Assessment and Treatment of First Episode Psychosis

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn about the role of GP’s in the assessment and treatment of first-episode psychosis over a three-course dinner.

About this Event

Join the Psychiatry team at headspace Early Psychosis for dinner, to learn more about the role of GP’s in the assessment and treatment of first episode psychosis.

Presenters include headspace Early Psychosis Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Black Swan Health, Dr Gordon Shymko will be accompanied by Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Deepak Davis and Practice Nurse Louise Dobson.

Attending GP’s can accrue 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.

Expert Speakers

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Dr Gordon Shymko is a leading Consultant Psychiatrist in youth and early episode psychosis. He is the Clinical Director of the Black Swan Health headspace Early Psychosis program 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.

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Dr Deepak Davis has been Consultant Psychiatrist at Black Swan Health, within the headspace Early Psychosis program for over two years. He has worked across most major WA hospitals and community based mental health services during his training to become a fellow of the college 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.

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Louise Dobson is the Black Swan Health coordinator for the Continuing Care Team within the Early Psychosis program. She 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 presented at international conferences regarding the services findings related to weight gain and metabolic impacts of some antipsychotics.


Attendance is free.

A complimentary 3 course meal and refreshments are also provided.


Event Details

Register by May 18th, 2021

Numbers are strictly limited.

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Wembley Golf Course 200 The Boulevard Wembley Downs, WA 6019
200 The Boulevard
Wembley, WA 6019 Australia