07:27pm Tuesday 07 April 2020

Spotlight on mental illness

Director of the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, will be joined by leading experts to discuss new approaches to treatment for women experiencing mental illness, as well as the impacts hormones can have on mental well-being, at a free public forum in Melbourne this Sunday.

Cutting-edge research by Professor Kulkarni and colleagues at the MAPrc is uncovering new treatments to improve the quality of life and performance of the women affected by depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues.

“Mother’s Day serves as a timely reminder for women to make their own health a high priority,” Professor Kulkarni said

“Women face different mental health challenges to men and until recently, these differences went unnoticed leading to inadequate treatment and negative impact on these women and their families.

“The delineation of women’s mental health as a separate and important endeavour raises hope for progress in the twenty-first century that will enable new female sensitive, tailored approaches to the understanding and management of women’s mental health.”

The forum will deliver insightful presentations by leading researchers on topics including hormones and mental health, menopause, weight gain, depression, and the oral contraceptive pill, as well as discussion about borderline personality disorder.

Professor Kulkarni is internationally recognised for her expertise in the treatment of mental illness, particularly in women’s mental health. Researching the impact of sex hormones on a person’s mental state has led to new hormonal treatments for mental disorders, including the use of estrogen as a treatment in schizophrenia.

The Women’s Mental Health Forum will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday 12 May at the Melbourne Town Hall, Yarra Room.

The Women’s Mental Health Forum is a precursor to the Australasian Schizophrenia Conference in Melbourne, where experts from around the world will share the latest neuroscience discoveries in schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

The Australasian Schizophrenia Conference will be held from 13-14 May at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne.

For more information and to register visit www.asc2013.com

For more information or to request interviews please contact Courtney Karayannis, Monash Media & Communications on +61 3 9903 4841 or [email protected]

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