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Jayashri Kulkarni, MBBS, MPM, FRANZCP, PhD, FAHMS

  • Speaker Type: Mental Health in the Perinatal Period Lecture Pack
  • Country: Australia

Jayashri KULKARNI commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.

Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked mainly in Emergency Medicine before deciding to specialise in Psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997 for her thesis “Women and Psychosis”. Jayashri has pioneered the novel use of estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on mental health. An expert in Women’s Mental Health, Jayashri was elected the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.

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Managing Mental Illness in Pregnancy
Women suffering major mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder face multiple challenges in pregnancy. The need to balance maternal mental health with fetal development is a crucial challenge. The best information available on the safety profile of antipsychotic, antidepressant and other medications is needed, but this is often difficult to access, or is contradictory. This presentation will include data on medication safety as well as associated other management aspects for the woman with special needs due to mental illness. Monitoring and treatment of gestational diabetes, infant drug withdrawal syndromes, and mental health support for the woman will be discussed.
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks