Psych Matters

Challenges for Early Career Psychiatrists

August 20, 2021 RANZCP
Psych Matters
Challenges for Early Career Psychiatrists
Show Notes

This Psych Matters podcast discusses the challenges faced by early career psychiatrists as they transition into a consultant psychiatrist role in the public or private sectors. Drawing on the experiences of early-career, early-mid-career and mid-later-career psychiatrists, Associate Professor Jeffrey Looi, Dr Samantha Loi and Dr Daniel Heard discuss issues including: clinical, leadership, supervision, academic, and work-life balance.

Associate Professor 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. He is an co-author on more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, including research at the UCLA Medical School, Karolinska Institute and University of Melbourne.

Dr Samantha Loi, MBBS, BMedSc, MPsych, FRANZCP, GradCertPOA, PhD. is a neuropsychiatrist and old age psychiatrist, involved in clinical research at Neuropsychiatry, Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne.  She is an advocate for early career psychiatrists and women in academia and leads a longitudinal study of people with younger-onset neurocognitive disorders (BeYOND).  She is currently funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and is a past recipient of the RANZCP early Career Psychiatrist award.  She has over 60 peer reviewed publications and is first author in 30.

Dr Daniel Heard, BSc/LLB, MBBS(Hons) ANU, MPsych Melb, FRANZCP, Cert. Old Age Psych, is an early career old age psychiatrist working in the Older Person’s Mental Health Community Team, Canberra Health Services. He trained in psychiatry at NorthWestern Mental Health, Melbourne, and has co-authored four peer reviewed publications, including two systematic literature reviews on the topic of repurposing drugs for the treatment of dementia.

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