COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

05/28/2021 02:30 pm 05/28/2021 04:00 pm Australia/Melbourne COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures used to contain it, have disrupted the economic and social life of communities and households across the world. The risk of infection and death, economic turmoil, uncertainty, lockdowns and isolation have caused severe psychological stress. In this webinar, a panel of psychiatry and public health experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and how to address the sharp rise in the prevalence and severity of mental health problems.

Speakers

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

Professor Kulkarni directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), which is dedicated to discovering new treatments and services for, and a broader understanding of, people with a range of mental illnesses.

Professor Kulkarni is an international leader in the field of women's mental health, and has long experience developing specific treatments tailored to suit women's needs biologically, socially and psychologically. She is a founder of the Australian Consortium for Women’s Mental Health, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists,  and was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health in 2017. Jayashri received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for her services to Psychiatry.

Professor Vikram Patel, Ph.D., M.B., B.S., Harvard Medical School

Professor Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System.

Professor Harvey Whiteford, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Professor Harvey Whiteford leads the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, and has clinical responsibilities in general adult psychiatry. He has held several senior clinical and administrative positions related to mental health, including Chairman of the Working Group on the design and implementation of Australia's Mental Health Strategy and Director of Mental Health for both the Queensland and Australian Federal governments. He assisted the World Bank to develop its capacity to respond to the rising global burden of mental, neurological and substance-use disorders, and has also been a consultant to the WHO. Professor Whiteford was trained in medicine, psychiatry and health policy at the University of Queensland, Stanford University and the Australian National University.

Moderator

Professor Stephen King, Productivity Commission, Australian Government

Professor Stephen P. King, a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, was the presiding Commissioner for the recent inquiry into Mental Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash Business School, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He was previously a Professor of Economics at Monash Business School and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2009-2011. He was educated at Monash University and Harvard University.

Event host

Professor Asad Islam, Director, CDES, Monash Business School

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Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES)

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Event Details

Date:
28 May 2021 at 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue:
Online - Melbourne time

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures used to contain it, have disrupted the economic and social life of communities and households across the world. The risk of infection and death, economic turmoil, uncertainty, lockdowns and isolation have caused severe psychological stress. In this webinar, a panel of psychiatry and public health experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and how to address the sharp rise in the prevalence and severity of mental health problems.

Speakers

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

Professor Kulkarni directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), which is dedicated to discovering new treatments and services for, and a broader understanding of, people with a range of mental illnesses.

Professor Kulkarni is an international leader in the field of women's mental health, and has long experience developing specific treatments tailored to suit women's needs biologically, socially and psychologically. She is a founder of the Australian Consortium for Women’s Mental Health, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists,  and was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health in 2017. Jayashri received an Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for her services to Psychiatry.

Professor Vikram Patel, Ph.D., M.B., B.S., Harvard Medical School

Professor Vikram Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He is a co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Reimagining India’s Health System.

Professor Harvey Whiteford, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland

Professor Harvey Whiteford leads the Policy and Epidemiology Group at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, and has clinical responsibilities in general adult psychiatry. He has held several senior clinical and administrative positions related to mental health, including Chairman of the Working Group on the design and implementation of Australia's Mental Health Strategy and Director of Mental Health for both the Queensland and Australian Federal governments. He assisted the World Bank to develop its capacity to respond to the rising global burden of mental, neurological and substance-use disorders, and has also been a consultant to the WHO. Professor Whiteford was trained in medicine, psychiatry and health policy at the University of Queensland, Stanford University and the Australian National University.

Moderator

Professor Stephen King, Productivity Commission, Australian Government

Professor Stephen P. King, a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission, was the presiding Commissioner for the recent inquiry into Mental Health. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Monash Business School, a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a Lay Member of the High Court of New Zealand. He was previously a Professor of Economics at Monash Business School and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics from 2009-2011. He was educated at Monash University and Harvard University.

Event host

Professor Asad Islam, Director, CDES, Monash Business School

Organised by

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES)

Register now

Register via Zoom