Psych Matters

Old Age Psychiatry

January 05, 2024 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Old Age Psychiatry
Show Notes

This Podcast recorded live at the Perth RANZCP Congress discusses research in Old Age Psychiatry presented in a free paper session. A/Prof Gary Cheung (Dementia prevalence and treatment in Maori and non-Maori), Dr Alok Rana and Dr Sandeep Reelh (Assessing dementia underdiagnosis: screening, diagnosis, and management of cognitive impairment/dementia at the Mackay Base Hospital) discuss their respective research projects, findings, clinical and policy implications with the host, A/Prof Jeffrey Looi.

A/ Prof Gary Cheung (PhD FRANZCP MBChB BSc) is an academic old age psychiatrist at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the current Chair of RANZCP’s Subcommittee of Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age.  He was awarded the 2021 Alzheimers New Zealand Fellowship to recognise his contribution to psychosocial dementia research. He is an interRAI fellow and the Chair of New Zealand interRAI Research Network.

Dr Alok Rana MBBS, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, MBA is a Consultant Psychiatrist (Consultation Liaison) and Psychogeriatrician based in Mackay Queensland. He has special interest in Clinical Research, Neuropsychiatry and Neurostimulation. He finished his training in General Psychiatry with Membership of Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) before completing the specialist training in Old Age Psychiatry in UK. Dr Rana moved to Australia in 2016 to set up specialists services in Mackay including Consultation Liaison and Old Age Psychiatry services. He holds a Fellowship of the RANZCP with Advanced Certificate in Old Age Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He was awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK (FRCPsych) in 2019.

A/Prof Jeffrey Looi, MBBS Syd, MD ANU, DMedSc Melb, FRANZCP, AFRACMA, is a clinical academic neuropsychiatrist, in private and public practice, and Head of the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine at the Australian National University Medical School. Jeffrey leads the Australian, United States, Scandinavian-Spanish Imaging Exchange (AUSSIE) and the Consortium of Australian-Academic Psychiatrists for Independent Policy and Research Analysis (CAPIPRA). He has received multiple research and leadership awards including: a Fulbright Scholarship and Australian-Davos-Connection Future Summit Leadership Award. 

Dr Sandeep Reelh, MD, MRCPsych (UK), Advance Trainee in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (Australia), currently working in Addiction medicine and Older Person’s Mental Health at Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, Mackay Hospital and Health Services, Queensland Health. He is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. He has been a former Psychiatry Teaching Fellow of the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and was awarded the best Undergraduate Formal Teacher of the year at Newcastle University (UK).

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