The Sunshine network recently discussed addiction with a panel of two psychiatrist guest speakers, Dr Rajnarayan Mahasuar, Consultant Psychiatrist, who gave a presentation on Treatment of addictive disorders: What works and what doesn’t, followed by Dr Nitin Shukla, Addiction Psychiatrist who spoke on Pathways to care: Drug and Alcohol services in Victoria. The lively conversation continued with questions from attendees, after the presentations.
Pooja Shetty co-coordinator (on behalf of the network committee) shared her thoughts on why they set up the network: "Sunshine all the way to Melton and Sunbury, is a high mental health needs area and we recognised the need for a meeting point for information sharing and networking for all the mental health care providers, GPs and specialist services in the area. We as part of the GP liaison team of the Mid West area mental health service decided to set up a network in Sunshine as broadly speaking, the vision of MHPN is in line with our vision and objectives of an initiative like this.
We also wanted to help coordinate professional development and have an ongoing platform where GPs and mental health professionals are able to access current guidelines and principles of treatment in mental health as well as discuss challenges and gain support through this network. Thank you MHPN for making this happen".
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