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The many guises of BPD: Unravelling diagnostic complexity

This conference will address the comorbid and co-occurring disorders that frequently complicate assessment and treatment of BPD. Eminent speakers will examine the problems that arise and offer their views on effective treatment for both BPD and the comorbid condition.

Many co-occurring conditions will be addressed, including substance use, depression, psychosis, eating disorders and antisocial personality.

Presentations involving Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can be complex.Clinicians often acknowledge this complexity but are left with questions about which direction to take, particularly when other conditions co-occur with

A must-attend event for clinicians wanting to broaden their understanding and knowledge of BPD.



Register at Eventbrite


Date: Friday 30 November 2018
Duration: One day conference - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Venue: Clarendon Room – Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, 3006
Contact: Lalitha Ganapathy, Phone: 03 8413 8750 or email spectrumtraining@easternhealth.org.au.

Who should register? This conference is ideally suited to clinicians from a range of mental health and allied health sectors who want to broaden their understanding of BPD in general.

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8.30 - 9.00am


9.00 - 9.15am

Welcome, Opening, Introduction

9.15 - 10.00am

Prof. David Castle Keynote address - BPD and medical co morbidity

10.00 - 10.45am

Assoc. Prof. Josephine Beatson BPD and Psychosis

10.45 - 11.00am

Morning Tea break

11.00 - 11.45am

Prof. Dan Lubman BPD and Substance Abuse

11.45am - 12.30pm

Assoc. Prof. Sathya Rao BPD and Depression

12.30 - 1.15pm


1.15 - 2.00pm

Dr. Jaydip Sarkar BPD and violence

2.00 - 2.45pm

 Prof. Richard Newton BPD and Eating Disorders

2.45 - 3.00pm

Afternoon Tea break

3.00 - 3.45pm

Prof. Malcolm Hopwood BPD and Trauma

3:45 - 4:30pm

Complex questions discussed-Panel Discussion


Professor David Castle

Professor Castle is Professor 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 over 700 papers and chapters; and 23 books. His broader interests include music, literature, theatre and art.

Professor Richard Newton

Professor Newton is the Clinical Director of Peninsula Health Mental Health Service and Chair of the Victorian Branch of the RANZCP. He is an adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is a Board Member of the Butterfly Foundation, the national eating disorder charity, and of Mental Health Victoria the peak body representing the Victorian Mental Health Sector. He is a member of the National Eating Disorder Collaboration, and co- author of RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders. He is an ACHS surveyor and a member of the Comprehensive Care Advisory Committee for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Services.

Dr Jaydip Sarkar

Dr. Jay Sarkar is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, currently working in the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Forensicare, in Melbourne. He works across two streams – an inpatient unit where he is in charge of women who have committed violent offences and a prison stream where he is a visiting consultant for men who are charged or sentenced for various offences. He has previously worked in UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Singapore and India, where he trained at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuroscience.

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Professor Hopwood is the Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne; based at the Albert Road Clinic (ARC) in Melbourne, Australia. At ARC he is the Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit. He is currently President Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations. His research areas of interest include psychopharmacology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has also led research into psychiatric aspects of ABI and other neuropsychiatric disorders. 

Professor Dan Lubman 

Professor Lubman has worked across mental health and drug treatment settings in the UK and Australia. His research is wide-ranging and includes investigating the harms associated with alcohol, drugs and gambling, the impact of alcohol and drug use on brain function, the relationship between substance use, gambling and mental disorder, as well as the development of targeted telephone, online and face-to-face intervention programs within school, primary care, mental health and drug treatment settings. He has published over 350 major reports, peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, and was Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry for over a decade.

Associate Professor Josephine Beatson

Professor Beatson is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has worked in the field of Personality Disorders over many years. She is particularly interested in how early childhood experiences influence personality development in the direction of health or pathology and in what psychotherapeutic treatments are able to achieve through treatment of these disorders. Dr Beatson has supervised, taught and published widely in this area and is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost authorities in the field.

Associate Professor Sathya Rao

Professor Rao has been a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist since 1991 and has specialised in the personality disorder field for over 20 years. He is the Clinical Director of Spectrum. He has published widely in relation to BPD and is a highly sought after national and international speaker on personality disorder. He has co-authored the NHMRC Clinical practice guidelines for Management of BPD. He is a passionate advocate for people with personality disorders and is the vice president of Australian BPD Foundation.