Department of Psychiatry Academic Seminar Series
Wednesday 16 March 2022
Presenter: Dr Paul Cammell MA MBBS(Hons) FRANZCP PhD

In this talk, Dr Cammell discusses his experiences of applying psychotherapeutic approaches in his roles in the public and private sectors as a clinical lead in emergency mental-health and post-discharge services, a research lead for a state-wide personality disorder service, and as a private practitioner. Building on this, Paul describes a range of contexts in which psychiatrists can provide expert psychotherapeutic leadership, and champion contemporary, evidence-based approaches, giving examples of roles, approaches, and professional-development opportunities. He discusses a range of models of psychotherapy, including brief, structured therapies and contemporary models of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Paul describes how this is all increasingly important in meeting the mental-health needs of the Australian and New Zealand communities and, in particular, the needs of what has been termed the ‘missing middle’.

Dr Paul Cammell is currently the Chair of the Faculty of Psychotherapy (RANZCP), and the Victorian Director of Advanced Training in Psychotherapies. He is a senior psychiatrist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Head of the Psychotherapy Program at St Vincent’s Health (Melbourne), a Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne, and a psychotherapist in private practice. He is also the Research Lead for the newly established Borderline Personality Disorder Centre of Excellence in South Australia. Dr Cammell has written numerous articles and the book, Reinterpreting the Borderline, about personality disorder, psychoanalytic theory, and philosophy. He also co-authored a book, The Therapeutic Encounter, written with Prof. Ross Kalucy, elaborating on psychodynamically-informed practice in everyday psychiatric clinical work.