In exciting news, Senior Psychiatry Registrar Dr Jodi Cartoon has been announced as the inaugural recipient of an Australian-first psychiatry fellowship in brain injury for advanced trainees.
Mental health conditions are commonly experienced by people with brain injury and can require specialist management however this field is currently under-resourced.
Dr Cartoon explained that “…many of the patients we see fail to optimally progress their rehabilitation due to the significant psychiatric morbidity associated with their condition.”
Seventy per cent of icare’s Lifetime Care participants have a brain injury and fifty per cent of those have a mental health condition.
The fellowship is designed to train senior psychiatry registrars in assessing and managing the psychiatric and behavioural consequences of brain injury. Dr Cartoon will hold a registrar position at Royal Rehab under the supervision of Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Ralf Ilchef as part of the fellowship where she will gain the rare opportunity to develop skills in neuropsychiatry with a special focus on brain injury psychiatry.
The fellowship is provided by icare in partnership with Royal Rehab, the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre; the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry and the Northern Sydney Local Health District.