A Psychiatric Diagnosis presented by Dr Howe Synnott, Psychiatrist

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A Psychiatric Diagnosis presented by Dr Howe Synnott, Psychiatrist


On Tuesday, 24th May 2016, mlcoa NSW hosted an educational event “A Psychiatric Diagnosis – Does It Mean There Is an Incapacity for Work & Understanding Psychiatric Conditions”, presented by Dr Howe Synnott, Psychiatrist.

Dr Howe Synnott has publications including the book, ‘A Guide to Psychiatric Terms and Medications No. 4’ (4th edition), and training manuals, ‘Understanding Psychiatric Illness’; ‘Managing Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Psychiatric and Workplace Injury’; and ‘Prevention and Management of Psychiatric Conditions in the Workplace’. Dr Synnott is a Foundation Member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP), and a member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAPPL).

Dr Synnott discussed: ‘Diagnosis’, Limitation of DSM & Psychiatry, ‘medicalisation’ & psychiatry & Questions for the IME. Throughout the session attendees were invited to ask questions and apply their personal experiences and case scenarios for an interactive session We also discussed 3 case studies, what questions were asked in these cases and what questions should have been asked to get the most out of the report.

Overall the session was interactive, engaging & created thought. Attendees provided extremely positive feedback including “Fantastic presentation, very informative, Dr Synnott has great enthusiasm & has changed my ways of thinking in 2 hours”, “Fantastic use of case studies, extremely beneficial & very relevant” and “Excellent presentation. Presented in an engaging way & highly applicable”. Attendees did not focus on the specific psychiatric symptoms required to make a diagnosis, but rather on gaining a better appreciation of the issues to consider in these matters – and in dealing with IMEs.

We thank Dr Synnott for his time and once again to our attendees who continue to support our monthly events. Keep an eye out for our next educational events on our events page.

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