Medfest is the world's most widely syndicated medically themed film festival, brought to Australia each year in the heart of Melbourne. Every year, medical students from the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Australia gather to submit and view a collection of short films. These films are discussed by a panel of experts in the fields of medicine and politics, before the floor is opened to comments from the audience.
This year the films will aim to consider the depiction of trauma in film and its relationship with healthcare and medicine. We will seek to encourage audience opportunity to reflect on the impact of conflict in a variety of contexts on both physical and mental well being and to discuss the role of both medicine and mental health care in these situations as well as considering positive coping mechanisms and resilience in face of difficulties.
Dr Nathan Serry is a consultant psychiatrist and a founding member of Hawthorn Road Consulting Suites. He has worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 28 years, focusing primarily with medico-legal psychiatry, and has appeared as a guest on The Personal Injury Law Show. He specialises in adult general psychiatry and psychotherapy, and has extensive experience in psychological trauma. Nathan is the Victorian State Government Medical Panels, and was a leading voice in Transport Accident Act reform in 2013. He also has extensive involvement in training and has published on doctor’s health and communication skills in medical practice.
Dr Samantha Loi is a neurospychiatric consultant at Melbourne Health, a specialist at St George's Hospital, and a lecturer in old age psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. She graduated from Monash University in 2002 and attained her fellowship in 2011. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the area of depresison in older carers. Samantha has experience working with older adults from both medical and psychotherapeutic perspectives and has a strong interest in refugee health mental health and health practitioner training.
Suzy began her career as a junior doctor in the public health system and the Australian Army, before specialising in psychiatry. Her experience in emergency medicine, military medicine, trauma and general practice has brought an angle to psychiatry which has allowed her to truly embrace some very difficult areas including post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Suzy is currently the Clinical Director of the Psycholgical Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health, focusing on developing changes in training, service provision, procedures, processes and research in trauma related mental health in the state-wide service.
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The event is fully sponorship-funded by the generosity of our sponsors, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Psychiatry Interest Forum and Avant Mutual Group and there is no cost to the attendee.
Lecture Theatre 1
Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road, VIC