Registrar to showcase study for international audience

A young man stands outside a building
Psychiatry Registrar Jarrad Paul will take his study to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists annual congress.
March 29, 2019

Rockingham Peel Group (RkPG) Psychiatry Registrar Jarrad Paul is taking his mental health study to Cairns after being selected to present at the esteemed Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) annual congress.

Conducted yearly, the RANZCP annual congress brings colleagues together to discuss a range of topics relating to contemporary psychiatric practice and research.

“This is a great opportunity to show what our service has been doing to better the lives of people suffering with mental illness,” Jarrad said.

The quality improvement study, in collaboration with Consultant Psychiatrist Sunny Varghese, Clinical Academic Psychiatrist Thinh Nguyen, Pharmacist Kathryn Stevens and Mental Health Medical Co-Director Gordon Shymko, focuses on the safety and efficiency of augmenting the drug clozapine with fluvoxamine to assist with people with chronic treatment-resistant schizophrenia.

“We wanted to help people on clozapine who are either not tolerating the dosage or are unable to raise their blood levels to achieve relief of their symptoms,” Jarrad said.

“In 12 months we were able to show within our inpatient service that combination therapy is well tolerated which is a key talking point for mental health professionals wanting to start this combination therapy with their patient cohorts.”

The 2019 RANZCP annual congress will be held from 12 to 16 May 2019, with this year’s theme titled Continuity in a world of change: culture, diversity and mutual learning.

Further information can be found on the RANZCP website (external site).

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