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TITLE:
Reflections on the Coroner's Inquest on Charmaine Dragun & Implications for Psychologists & Practice
WHEN:
12.Sep.2014 09:00am - 05:00pm
WHERE:
Ocean International - Mackay
Category:
APS Mackay Branch

DESCRIPTION

Seminar

 

Reflections on the Coronial Inquest on Charmaine Dragun & Implications for Psychologists and the Reality of Practice

 

Dr Belinda Khong

LLB (Hons), PhD, MAPS, McCounP

 

In 2010, a coronial inquest was held into the suicide of Ms Charmaine Dragun, a prominent television newsreader. The inquest examined the diagnoses and clinical management of Ms Dragun by her general practitioners, psychologist and psychiatrist. The main findings of the coroner focused on the “correct” diagnosis of Ms Dragun, her treatment by her general practitioners and psychiatrist, and her therapeutic management. This case has attracted considerable publicity, and raised concerns and anxiety among treating psychologists particularly in relation to diagnosis and case management. This seminar will explore:

 

·         The coroner’s findings and recommendations, the facts and evidence tendered to the inquest, and the implications for health care professionals, especially psychologists, and for the public;

·         The importance of, and issues relating to note-taking, and the implications for practice;

·         The engagement of mental-health professionals with the legal system;

·         How suicide prevention programmes are be made more effective.

 

Dr Belinda Khong was Charmaine’s treating psychologist. She will give an account of her experience of the inquest, and discuss the implications of this case for the reality of practice. There will be opportunities for Q & A during the seminar.

 

The Coroner’s decision can be found at:

http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/Coroners_Court/ll_coroners.nsf/vwFiles/DragunCharmaine072000Full.pdf/$file/DragunCharmaine072000Full.pdf

 

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Dr Belinda Khong is a practising psychologist, and a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists, APS, and the American Psychological Association. She also lectures at the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University. Prior to moving into psychology, Dr Khong practiced as a lawyer in Singapore and Malaysia. She completed a professional training program on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA; and a 7-day professional residential training program led by Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli.

 

Dr Khong serves on the editorial boards of The Humanistic Psychologist, and Mindfulness journals. She was the co-editor for The Humanistic Psychologist special issues on “Mindfulness in psychology” (2009) and “Bringing Heidegger home: A Journey Through the lived worlds of psychologists and philosophers” (2013). Dr Khong gives talks and runs training programs using mindfulness-based approaches for organisations and professionals in Australia and overseas. For more information—www.belindakhong.com

VENUE

Venue:
Ocean International
STREET:
1 Bridge Road
ZIP:
4740
CITY:
Mackay
STATE:
NSW
COUNTRY:
COUNTRY: au

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