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Professor Anne Buist – Director of Women’s Mental Health

Professor Anne Buist

MBBS (Mon 1981), M.Med.(UniMelb1992), M.D.(UniMelb1999), FRANZCP(1989)

Anne Buist is a leading clinician and researcher in the area of postpartum psychiatric illnesses and women's mental health in Australasia.

In 2006 she was appointed Professor - Director of Women’s Mental Health, a joint Austin Health – Northpark Private Hospital position, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

From 1993 to 1997 she was Director of Psychiatry at the Mercy Hospital for Women and was appointed Associate Professor, University of Melbourne in 1997 when she moved to the Austin Health, where she is Deputy Director of Psychiatry.  She was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women's Health from 1996 to 1999, past Secretary of the Australian Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is past President of the Australasian Marcè Society, and a member of the WPA Section on Women's Health. She was Chair of the University undergraduate psychiatry program, responsible for the new curriculum in psychiatry for undergraduates, and is currently on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists examination committee.

She completed the first follow up study of infants exposed to antidepressants in breastmilk and has an international reputation for her studies of antidepressants in breastfeeding women.  Other research areas include the long-term effects of childhood abuse and parenting, for which she received her MD (PhD equivalent) at the University of Melbourne in 1999.  Publications include one sole author book, five book chapters where she is sole or lead author and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles as well as featuring in multiple newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television interviews. She received four million dollars from beyondblue in 2001 and was Director of their PND program 2001-5: recommendations from this research have been accepted by government to be put into routine practice.

Dr Revindran Nair – Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr RevindranDr Revindran Nair is a Consultant Psychiatrist who trained through the Austin Hospital and provides clinical care and day-to-day management in the inpatient unit, as well as linking with Maternal Child Health nurses in North East metropolitan Melbourne.

Ms Lisa Bolger – Senior Parent Infant Mental Health Specialist

Ms Lisa BolgerLisa Bolger is the Senior Clinician of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Initiative (PIMHI) at Austin Health.

She is a credentialed Mental Health nurse and has a Graduate Diploma and Masters in Health Science (parent-infant mental health) from the University of Melbourne, as well as a Certificate in Child Mental Health.

Lisa is a member of the World and Australian Association for Infant Mental Health (AAIMHI), and holds the education portfolio for the Victorian branch of AAIMHI. She sits on the High Risk Infant panel for the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS). Lisa also has a private practice as a Parent-Infant Psychotherapist.

Ms Jennifer Ericksen – Clinical Psychologist

Ms Jennifer EricksenJennie Ericksen is the Coordinator of the Parent-Infant Research Institute’s Infant Clinic (PIRI) based at Austin Health. She is an experienced clinical psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She specializes in early childhood assessment, parent support and skills training, cognitive behaviour therapy, service planning and implementation. She has worked within a variety of specialist children's services. Currently she works with families during the child's first two years of life. She works and manages a team who provide clinical services to mothers, fathers and their infants. The main focus for the clinic is antenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, adjustment to parenthood, prematurity and baby management.

She is the part time Training Officer for the PND Initiative and has been involved in community consultation and the development of a relevant training cycle to be delivered to MCHN in the Austin catchment area.