The MHPN Victorian Psychocardiology Network

The sixth meeting of the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) Victorian Psychocardiology Network was held in Carlton on 8 June 2016. Professor Don Byrne spoke at the meeting, which involved the launch of the Handbook of Psychocardiology.  Edited by Professor Byrne and Dr Marlies Alvarenga, the Handbook of Psychocardiology brings together the full weight of contemporary evidence bearing on what is now commonly termed 'psychocardiology'. The handbook focuses on the role of psychosocial factors in the genesis and clinical management of cardiovascular disease and constitutes a critically reviewed compendium of current knowledge in the area, coupled with guides to evidence-based best practice in the field of psychocardiology. The meeting was chaired by Professor Alun Jackson, Director, Australian Centre for Heart Health, and was attended by around 50 health professionals. The meeting was also recorded and can be accessed here

The next meeting of the Victorian Psychocardiology Network will be held on Thursday 15 September 2016.


Presenter: Professor David Castle

Topic: Why do people with schizophrenia die so young?  Cardiovascular risk in people with severe mental illness

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2016           Time: 5:45pm arrival for 6:00pm start, 8.00pm finish

Venue: Seminar Room 1 & 2, VicHealth Meeting Rooms 15- 31 Pelham Street Carlton

About the presenter: Professor David Castle is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has wide clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image. He has published around 600 papers and chapters; and 22 books. His broader interests include music, literature, theatre and art: he is currently undertaking a Diploma course in the History of Art.

Chair: Professor Alun Jackson, Australian Centre for Heart Health

Opportunities for discussion, networking and reflection will be provided throughout the evening

Catering:  Light supper provided