2014 RANZCP Awards The College is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 awards and prizes, which were formally conferred at the 2014 College Ceremony on Monday 12 May during the Perth RANZCP Congress. Congratulations to the following Fellows, trainees and individuals whose achievements, contributions and research have been recognised. The College Citation Associate Professor Brett Emmerson (QLD). Professor Russell Meares (NSW). The Ian Simpson Award Dr Sid Williams (NSW). The Margaret Tobin Award
Dr Nicholas O’Connor – Margaret Tobin Award
Dr Nicholas O’Connor (NSW). The Maddison Medallion Dr Jane Cass-Verco (NSW). The Mark Sheldon Prize Dr Rees Tapsell (NZ). The RANZCP Senior Research Award Professor Osvalso P Almeida (WA). RANZCP Pat, Toni and Peter Kinsman Research Scholarship Professor Harvey Whiteford and colleagues (QLD). The RANZCP Early Career Psychiatrist Award
Dr Jane Cass-Verco – Maddison Medallion
Dr Matthew Macfarlane (NSW). The Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Psychiatric Trainee Prize for Scholarly Project Dr Eli Kotler (VIC). Dr Duncan McKellar (SA). The Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age Basic Psychiatric Trainee Prize Dr Julia Jamaludin (VIC). The Addiction Psychiatry Prize Dr Lisa Juckes, (NSW). The Connell Werry Prize Dr Tatiana Catanchin (VIC).
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The College Citation – Associate Professor Brett Emmerson The RANZCP is pleased to award the College Citation to Associate Professor Brett Emmerson for his outstanding service to the College and for his commitment and contributions to psychiatry more widely. A/Prof. Emmerson has been heavily involved with a wide range of College activities at state and binational levels since his admission to Fellowship in 1987. Since 1988, A/ Prof Emmerson has served the Queensland Branch, continuously and with distinction, in a number of roles, including Queensland Branch Chair and Honorary Secretary as well as chairing the Branch’s Professional Conduct Committee. From 2001 to 2009 he represented Queensland as a member of General Council, during which time he also chaired the newly-created Policy Committee, which had been convened to develop the College’s policy priorities and activities and which oversaw the establishment of a dedicated Policy Unit within the College secretariat. In 1998, A/Prof. Emmerson was the Queensland representative on the RANZCP Leadership and Man agement Project Steering Com mittee, which highlighted the need for psychiatrists to undergo leadership training as part of the Fellowship training program. Prior to this he had assisted in the development of the RANZCP position statement on firearms, and helped coordinate the RANZCP response to a tragically high number of suicides in Brisbane which resulted in barriers being erected on the Gateway Bridge. From 2005 to 2012, A/Prof. Emmerson was the RANZCP
Associate Professor Brett Emmerson awarded The College Citation representative on the National Mental Health Workforce Advisory Group which produced Australia’s first mental health workforce strategy and plan. As the inaugural chair of the College’s Network of Public Sector Psychiatrists (2006-2012), A/Prof. Emmerson provided ongoing advice to the College Executive on public sector issues and promoted regular seminars at RANZCP Congress on issues topical to public psychiatrists. In 2007 he received the RANZCP’s Margaret Tobin Award for his significant contributions to administrative psychiatry. A/Prof. Emmerson is currently the Executive Director, Metro North Mental Health, and oversees three mental health catchment area services based around The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, The
Prince Charles Hospital and Caboolture and Redcliffe Hospitals. He is also currently a Councillor on the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. A/Prof. Emmerson served as Queensland’s Chief Psychiatrist from 1991 to 1994. For over 20 years, A/Prof. Emmerson has also devoted his time and energy towards being an external examiner for the RANZCP exams. He has been of great support to many trainees through his supervision and care for them; he has also been of great support to a number of colleagues in times of need. Admired for his sharp wit, combined with personal warmth, Associate Professor Brett Emmerson is held in the highest regard by the College and is a most worthy and meritorious recipient of the RANZCP College Citation.
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The College Citation – Professor Russell Meares The RANZCP is pleased to present the College Citation to Emeritus Professor Russell Meares for his achievements in academic psychiatry and for his contributions to the field of psychiatry more widely. Professor Meares completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London, where he met Dr Robert Hobson, who became a lifelong friend and with whom he collaborated in developing the Conversational Model, a psychological intervention initially designed specifically for the treatment of the borderline condition that was then thought to be untreatable. It is now more widely used, particularly in trauma-related conditions. Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Meares has held numerous academic positions, including Reader in Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, foundation University Head of Psychiatric Services at the Austin Hospital, and Foundation Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Westmead Hospital in Sydney. Professor Meares’ research, teaching and publications have been in the fields of psychosomatic medicine, psychotherapy and neurophysiology, particularly as they pertain to understanding emotional and traumatic states. During his association with Westmead Hospital, which has spanned over 30 years, Professor Meares established a psychotherapy programme offering treatment to patients, as well as a Masters programme for doctors and other health professionals. He also established a neurophysiology laboratory, the Brain Dynamics Centre, and was Foundation President of the Australian and New
Professor Russell Meares receiving The College Citation Zealand Association of Psychotherapy in 1989. He is recognised for his contributions to understanding and treating people with Borderline Personality Disorder, his work on understanding the effects of developmental trauma on psychological states, his contribution to the evidence base through empirical and clinical research including integrating findings from neuroscience, and his leadership in developing and consolidating communities of psychotherapists across Australasia. Among Professor Meares’ most significant contributions to psychiatry are more than 250 publications. He published one of the very first studies that showed the effectiveness of a particular psychotherapy approach to the treatment of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. The ideas underpinning his model for understanding the self and trauma systems are wonderfully described in
his books, including Intimacy and Alienation (2000), The Metaphor of Play (2005) and A Dissociation Model of Borderline Personality Disorder (2012). Professor Meares has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the people who, suffering from severe pathologies of self, are often poorly treated by health systems and health professionals. During a long and distinguished career, Professor Meares has assiduously constructed a novel model for understanding and treating personality disorders and trauma systems, a model that has been built from evidence and tested in clinical studies. There are now well-established communities of clinicians working and further investigating this model in Australasia and internationally. Professor Meares is held in the highest regard by the College and is a most worthy and meritorious recipient of the RANZCP College Citation.
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The Ian Simpson Award – Dr Sid Williams The RANZCP is pleased to present The Ian Simpson Award to Dr Sid Williams for his outstanding contributions to clinical psychiatry as assessed through service to patients and to the community. Throughout his career, Dr Williams has demonstrated a tireless dedication to older people with mental illness in New South Wales. He has combined this with a great sense of collegiality, supporting and inspiring colleagues within the RANZCP and more particularly the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age. Despite formally retiring from fulltime work in 1998, Dr Williams continues to provide clinical services to South Western Sydney, and to rural services in NSW which would otherwise have had limited or no access to an old age psychiatrist. Dr Williams has been a strong advocate for older people, and for disadvantaged populations, especially for their right to access mental health care. The majority of Dr Williams’ career has been based in South Western Sydney, an area characterised by significant socio-economic disadvantage and low per capita mental health resources. Dr Williams was instrumental in establishing older persons’ mental health services at the former Lidcombe and Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospitals, where he served as Clinical Director of those services for 17 years. He later established a new Aged Care Psychiatry service at Braeside Hospital, which continues to be the sole provider of old age psychiatry services to the Liverpool–Fairfield areas. Despite opportunities to adopt other roles, Dr Williams has never wished to abandon a primary role as clinician, usually to those who through their living circumstances or complex problems would otherwise be unable to access specialist care. His easy engagement with patients, carers and colleagues of all disciplines has been an inspiring exemplar for generations of registrars.
Dr Sid Williams receiving the Ian Simpson Award Dr Williams, with others, established a multidisciplinary, carer oriented, outpatient dementia clinic at Lidcombe Hospital in 1982. His appreciation of the issues facing carers and his emphasis on providing sound, sophisticated information and support broke new ground in this then neglected area. In addition to his numerous clinical roles, Dr Williams has also been involved with various working parties, advisory committees, consultancies and reviews. These included his being Convenor of the NSW Psychogeriatric Working Party within the Ministerial Implementation Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disability in 1988, and Chair of the NSW Psychogeriatric Services Advisory Committee in 1989–1990. He also served on RANZCP education-related committees at branch and bi-national levels for over two decades, and frequently served as an examiner. Despite his focus on clinical service delivery, Dr Williams has not neglected his aptitude for academia and has demonstrated a strong interest in and commitment to teaching and research. He previously held an appointment as an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney as well as various academic roles
with the University of NSW, Charles Sturt University, and the University of Newcastle. He was a regular lecturer at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry for many years and Chair of the Institute’s Advisory Committee on Psychogeriatrics from 1985 to 1990. He had a pivotal role in establishing the multidisciplinary course The Psychiatry of Old Age provided through the Institute since 1985, and in redesigning the course in 1997 to allow delivery by distance education. Dr Williams has contributed to two books and published peer reviewed papers, spanning 38 years of developments in psychiatry relevant to his practice. He is equally comfortable presenting to carers, community organisations, students and professionals of any discipline, and his peers at local, state or national level. He has done so on many occasions, and remains a regular and stimulating contributor to a range of College meetings. Over many years, Dr Williams has provided and continues to provide a most outstanding service to the community, his patients and his colleagues. He is held in the highest regard by the College and is a most worthy and meritorious recipient of the Ian Simpson Award.
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