Seminar: VTMH April Seminar 2018
Professor Suresh Sundram helped found the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub in 2016 which offers essential mental health and other services to Asylum Seekers and refugees. He will discuss the services Cabrini has provided for Asylum seekers including eligibility criteria, the range of services offered and the uptake and perceived utility of these services for this vulnerable and diverse population.
About the speaker:
Professor Suresh Sundram is unit head for adult psychiatry at Monash Medical Centre and is with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University. He has been involved for over a decade in asylum seeker mental health and mental health service system development in low and middle income countries and sits on the executive of the World Psychiatric Association section on developing countries. He currently chairs the Health sub-committee of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Governments of Australia and Nauru on Nauruan regional processing of asylum seekers. He ran the psychiatry clinic at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for over a decade providing pro bono psychiatric services to asylum seekers and in 2016, with Cabrini Health, established, the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub. In addition, he is an expert consultant to the UNHCR and has provided expert advice to the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and non-government organisations. He has published and presented widely nationally and internationally in this area. His other key focus of research is in psychiatric neuroscience where he focuses on psychotic disorders in particular schizophrenia using a molecular translational approach.
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The VTMH Seminar Series draws speakers from a range of fields, highlighting topics from contemporary policy, practice & research in transcultural mental health. Seminars are free & open to people working in mental health & related professions. Seminars are held on the third Wednesday of each month between March & October.