The Mental Health Commission of NSW will host a free public lecture on 21 March by US-based psychiatrist and advocate for “more humble, humane and honest” psychiatry, Dr Sandra Steingard.
The lecture will be held in Sydney and will focus on ‘slow psychiatry’, which Dr Steingard describes as the integration of ‘need-adapted’ models of mental health care such as Open Dialogue with the use of psychoactive agents in a “cautious and humble way”.
The event is an opportunity for the NSW mental health sector and community to gain insights about mental health service delivery in other parts of the world, that can inform mental health reform in NSW.
Dr. Sandra Steingard is Medical Director at Howard Center, a community mental health organisation where she has worked for the past 17 years. Named among the “Best Doctors in America", she is also clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. For more than 20 years, her clinical practice has primarily included patients who have experienced psychosis. She regularly writes for Mad in America, an online resource and community for those interested in rethinking psychiatric care in the United States and abroad. Dr. Steingard is Board Secretary for the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.