Update on Australian Population Mental Health and Policy Research
This episode of Psych Matters discusses research conducted by the Consortium of Australian-Academic Psychiatrists for Independent Policy Research and Analysis (CAPIPRA), focused on improve mental healthcare delivery for patients and the community. The research addresses responses to various commissions and inquiries related to mental healthcare, as well as analysis of population datasets on mental healthcare.
Professors Jeffrey Looi and Tarun Bastiampillai present their collaborative research.
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 195 peer-reviewed papers, including research at the UCLA Medical School, Karolinska Institute and University of Melbourne.
Professor Tarun Bastiampillai, MBBS Adl, BMEDSc Adl, FRANZCP is a consultant psychiatrist and Clinical Professor at both Monash and Flinders University. Tarun is also a member of the Consortium of Australian-Academic Psychiatrists for Independent Policy and Research Analysis (CAPIPRA). He has served in several senior leadership roles, having been appointed SA Department of Health, Executive Director of Mental Health Strategy between 2015 to 2018. He is the recipient of the RANZCP 2020 Margaret Tobin Award for outstanding achievement in administrative psychiatry. He has published his research extensively including within, high-impact journals - JAMA, Lancet and Molecular Psychiatry.
Members login to RANZCP.org and access journals. Search for these titles on the Journals website:
- The productivity commission report on mental health: Recommendations with negative consequences for clinical care in public and private sectors
- Tertiary eating disorder services: is it time to integrate specialty care across the life span?
- National mental health policy and Australia’s ‘Deaths of despair’
- Headspace, an Australian Youth Mental Health Network:
Lessons for Canadian Mental Healthcare
- The COVID-19 pandemic and epidemiologic insights from recession-related suicide mortality
- When should governments increase the supply of psychiatric beds?
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