Psych Matters

"Sheroes" in Psychiatry - A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio

March 08, 2024
Psych Matters
"Sheroes" in Psychiatry - A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio
Show Notes

"Sheroes in Psychiatry" is an initiative of the Women in Psychiatry (WIP group). Sairee Chahal coined SHEROES in 1999 to denote "woman entrepreneur." WIP group selected the term "Sheroes" as a fitting term for every FRANZCP woman psychiatrist. By doing this podcast series, WIP aims to support and celebrate the work of Women psychiatrists. Their mission is to share the unique stories of this extraordinary group of women with the audience. The podcast plans to focus on who they are, where they come from, and where they are heading.

A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio is well known for her work in women’s mental health and for introducing a feminist and gender analysis to mainstream psychiatry in Australia with her research on women in psychiatry - as patients and as practitioners and as victims of therapist abuse. In the forensic field, she is well known for her work on the abuse of children in religious institutions, the long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse, and psychiatric issues in domestic violence, including situations of domestic homicide.   

Dr Padmini Howpage, a consultant psychiatrist based in Sydney, is an author, mentor, community leader and philanthropist. She has fervently worked to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental illness and is the chair of the Mind Connections Foundation, a registered charity. 

She has fervently worked to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental illness, now steering the Mind Connections Foundation, an ACNC-registered charity providing vital programs to the vulnerable. As the founding chair of Women's Shed - Hills Shire and a former founding chair of the Positive Vibes Foundation, Dr Howpage's influence extends beyond psychiatry. Collaborating with her husband, Daya, she initiated an annual scholar award for medical students promoting mental health awareness. 

Her career, spanning both public and private sectors, showcases her versatility in senior clinical, administrative, and academic positions. Dr Howpage's literary contributions include "Mindful Coco" for children and "7 Magic Minutes for Today" for adults, reflecting her commitment to diverse audiences. Her philanthropy hasn't gone unnoticed, earning her the 'Woman of the West 2019' award from Western Sydney University and nominations as a Citizen of the Year finalist by the Hills Shire Council in 2020 and 2022. 

Dr Howpage leaves an indelible mark in every facet of her journey, a compassionate force reshaping mental health advocacy. Her accolades and initiatives underscore a career dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating the barriers that surround mental illness and well-being.

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