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Topics in child and adolescent mental health

  • Program

    The Royal Children’s Hospital is proud to host a program that brings together leading practitioners and researchers to discuss developments in infant, child and adolescent mental health. The Topics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health program is designed for allied health and medical practitioners, government representatives and all those interested in the latest evidence on infant, child and adolescent mental health, and the practical implications of the evidence.

    Monday 7 March 2016

    Time and location Topic Speaker(s)

    Cost

    1:30–2:30pm*

    Ella Latham Auditorium

    *Please arrive early to secure a seat.

    Keynote presentation
    Mental health literacy

    The presentation will cover prevention and early intervention of mental health problems in adolescents and young adults, with a focus on common mental disorders and substance use problems.

    Dr Nicola Reavley

    Free

    2:45–5:30pm 

    Adolescence and mental health

    Adolescence is a critical period in the lifecourse characterised by a major upswing in mental disorders that can profoundly disrupt normal development. This session will showcase:

    • innovative multidisciplinary clinical responses to disorders that require both mental health and medical input (eating disorders, gender concerns, somatic symptom disorders), and 
    • new population research around pain and its relationship to emotional wellbeing and educational outcomes; adolescent risk taking; and diet in relation to mental health.

    Dr Michele Yeo 

    Mr Martin Pradel

    Dr Libby Hughes

    Dr Catherine Mollica

    Dr Michelle Tollit 

    Ms Donna Eade 

    Dr Andrew Court

    Dr Lisa Mundy

    Dr Silja Kosola

    Dr Rohan Borschmann

    Dr Felice Jacka

    $60

    Tuesday 8 March 2016

    Time and location Topic Speaker(s)

    Cost

    9:00am–12:00pm
    Ella Latham Auditorium

    Infant mental health

    This session will discuss infant mental health from multi-disciplinary perspectives, including conceptual models, risk and protective factors, long-term outcomes, and treatment approaches.

    Associate Professor Brigid Jordan

    Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock

    Dr Megan Chapman

    Ms Meredith Banks

    Professor Campbell Paul

    $60

    3:00–5:00pm
    Ella Latham Auditorium

    Chronic illness and mental health

    Mental health outcomes for children with chronic paediatric illnesses are variable. While there is evidence for increased risk of emotional, behavioural and psychiatric symptoms for children and adolescents, resilience is also common. This session will showcase current  research examining psychological outcomes across a range of chronic medical conditions.

    Dr Sarah Knight

    Dr Alice Burnett

    Dr Cinzia De Luca

    Dr Alice Morgan

    Associate Professor Lis Northam

    $60

    Wednesday 9 March 2016

    Time and location Topic Speaker(s)

    Cost

     9:00am–12:00pm
     RCH Foundation Boardroom, Larwill Hotel
     Level 2, 48 Flemington Road Parkville

    Dual disability: The landscape on service delivery, a master class on medication use

    Dr Kate Thomson Bowe

    Dr Prakash Chidambaram 

    Ms Victoria Letts

    Professor Nick Lennox 

      $60

      12:30–1:30pm*

      Ella Latham Auditorium

      *Please arrive early to secure a seat.

      Keynote presentation
      Child psychiatry: To the evidence and beyond

      While it is often assumed that there is little in the way of evidence to guide practice in child psychiatry, the truth is somewhat more complex. Our evidence base has in fact developed considerably over the last 20 years and while there are still many gaps in our understanding it is now possible to practice evidence based healthcare for many developmental mental health problems that affect both children and adolescents. Unfortunately it is still taking much too long to get this evidence routinely implemented into daily practice. This grand round will review the field, focus on several examples of good practice and think about the potential role that RCH can play in moving things forward.

      Professor David Coghill 

      Free 

      2:00–5:00pm
      Ella Latham Auditorium 

      Trauma and child health

      Multi-disciplinary perspectives on relationships between trauma exposure and children’s physical and mental health.

      Professor Justin Kenardy

      Associate Professor Stephanie Brown

      RCH Immigrant Health Clinic Paediatricians

      $60

      Thursday 10 March 2016

      Time and location Topic Speaker(s)

      Cost

      9:00am–12:00pm
      Ella Latham Auditorium

      ADHD: Understanding neurodevelopmental trajectories, and testing interventions to improve function

      In this session, major current MCRI ADHD research projects will be presented including the Children’s Attention Project (CAP – community-based controlled cohort study), longitudinal neuroimaging in CAP, Sleeping Sound with ADHD (RCT of treatment of sleep problems in ADHD) and Calm Kids (RCT of treatment of anxiety in ADHD).

      Dr Daryl Efron

      Dr Tim Silk

      Associate Professor Harriet Hiscock

      Dr Emma Sciberras

      $60 

      12:30–1:30pm*

      Ella Latham Auditorium

      *Please arrive early to secure a seat. 

      Keynote presentation
      Like father like son? Targeting fathers, mothers and parenting systems to maximise child outcomes in early intervention

      Most early intervention programs for child mental health are enacted by female therapists working with mothers: Can we and should we do more to include fathers?

      Professor Mark Dadds

      Free 

      2:00–5:00pm
      Ella Latham Auditorium

      Evidence-informed psychosocial interventions for children and families 

      This session will present three examples of innovative psychosocial interventions developed on the Melbourne Children's campus for children and families. Each of these interventions utilises cutting-edge, family-focused approaches, that facilitate family engagement.


      Dr Frank Muscara

      Dr Karli Treyvaud

      Associate Professor Jordana Bayer 

      $60

      Friday 11 March 2016

      Time and location Topic Speaker(s)

      Cost

      9:00am–12:00pm
      Ella Latham Auditorium

      Autism research challenges and opportunities

      This session will highlight recent autism research, including challenges and promising research areas.

      Dr Lawrence Bartak

      Professor Katrina Williams 

      Ms Charmaine Bernie

      Associate Professor Jeff Craig

      Dr Marc Seal

      Dr Tamara May

      $60

      12:30–1:30pm*

      Ella Latham Auditorium

      *Please arrive early to secure a seat.

      Keynote presentation

      Autism spectrum disorders are increasingly recognised in the community. Until relatively recently, little was understood of the aetiology of these disorders but molecular genetics has revolutionised our understanding of the causes of this severe group of disorders. These insights are shedding light on the mechanisms, framing the way forward to novel therapies. 

      Professor Ingrid Scheffer 

       Free

      1:45–4:30pm
      Ella Latham Auditorium

      Key clinical considerations in autism

      This session will focus on important topics for clinicians who work with children with autism and their families. 

      Ms Amanda Brignell

      Professor Nicole Rinehart

      Dr Rowena Conroy

      Dr Catherine Marrafa

      Associate Professor Susana Gavidia-Payne 

      $60


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    The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.