Personality Disorders and Substance Use - Tips on Effective Treatment Approaches

Date produced 04 June 2018

This webinar is an interdisciplinary panel discussion about how collaborative mental health care can help people with a personality disorder who are struggling with substance use.

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Through a facilitated panel discussion about David, at the completion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence, distinguishing features, and prognosis for people with personality disorder and substance use.
  • Demystify the challenges, myths and constraints of providing treatment and support to people with personality disorder and substance use.
  • Identify and prioritise evidence based approaches which are most likely to be effective in the treatment and support of people with personality disorder and substance use.


Dr Mary Emeleus
Qualifications: MBBS BSc(Med), FRACGP Grad Dip Rural, MMH (Psychotherapy)
Profession: General Practitioner
Mary is a GP and Psychotherapist working at headspace Cairns. She has a mixed role as Senior Clinician, including seeing clients for medical, psychological medicine and psychotherapy appointments, supervising counselling staff and contributing to management. She previously worked at headspace Townsville for four years in a similar role and was GP Advisor to Mental Health Programs for Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local. 

Her professional interests include lifestyle medicine, adolescent mental health, early psychosis intervention, psychological and social approaches to psychosis, Balint groups and Psychodynamic, Jungian and Existential theory & practice. 

Memberships include Australian Society for Psychological Medicine ( (committee member), RACGP NFSI Psychological Medicine Network, Balint Society of Australia and the International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS) ( 


Dr Hester Wilson (GP, NSW)
Dr Jeff Ward (psychologist, ACT)
Dr Trevor Crowe (psychologist, Tas)

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