Borderline Personality Disorder

Date produced 13 April 2011

More than a quarter of a million Australians have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. This webinar features a facilitated interdisciplinary panel discussion around strategies for diagnosing and building resilience.

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Learning outcomes:

By watching this webinar you will be better equipped to:

  • recognise how clinicians and/or treatment teams may be challenged when providing mental health treatment and care to borderline personality disorder presentations.
  • acquire strategies to build individual and team resilience.


Dr Michael Murray
Qualifications: MBBCh, Member of Australian College of Psychological Medicine
Profession: GP and Medical Educator
Based in: Townsville, QLD

Dr Michael Murray is a Townsville based GP currently providing medical education with Tropical Medical Training: General Practice Specialists. He also works at Headspace, Townsville.

Michael has worked for over 25 years as a GP in both rural and metropolitan practice and in indigenous health; his clinical expertise is in psychological medicine.

As the Mental Health Professionals Network’s (MHPN) main webinar facilitator, Dr Michael Murray knows as well as anyone the power of integrated communication. And as a career-long regional and rural doctor, he is profoundly aware of the isolation and restrictions to learning that GPs in the far corners of Australia endure.

He examined the prospects for online learning, especially in regional, rural and remote settings in an interview in August 2012:


  • OAM Janne McMahon
    Profession: Consumer advocate
    Based in: Adelaide, SA

    Janne McMahon OAM has worked within the mental health area as a consumer advocate since 1997. She founded the Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia) in 2002 which is a recognised national organisation.

    Janne has appeared before six parliamentary inquiries, is currently and has been a member of a number of Australian Government Committees and Expert Reference Groups including that for Borderline Personality Disorder as well as many other national mental health Reference Groups, Steering Committees, Working Parties and Boards.

    In 2008 Janne was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her advocacy work.

  • Dr Christine McAuliffe
    Profession: GP
    Based in: Brisbane, QLD

    Dr Chris McAuliffe is a Brisbane based General Practitioner. She is GP Adviser for Primary Mental Health Care with the Australian Divisions of General Practice. Chris has a strong interest in primary mental health care.

  • Dr Christopher Lee
    Qualifications: B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc, PhD.
    Profession: Director
    Based in: Perth, WA

    Dr Christopher Lee was Senior Clinical Psychologist at a major teaching hospital in Perth (Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital) for 11 years where he set up the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) treatment team for Borderline Personality Disorders (BPD).

    He is now programme chair in clinical psychology at Murdoch University. He has had extensive training from leading figures in DBT, and has been accredited in Schema Focused Therapy by the International Society of Schema Therapists.

    Chris has conducted workshops in treating personality disorders throughout Australia and overseas for the last 15 years. He is involved in research on personality disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder. He has published in the areas of personality assessment and the treatment of PTSD.

    He has received international awards for research excellence for his work in PTSD.  He is a principal investigator for an International Multi-centre Randomised Control Trial on BPD. He currently sits on the BPD expert reference group advising the federal minister for health. 

  • Dr Andrew Chanen
    Profession: Director; Senior Lecturer
    Based in: Melbourne, VIC

    Dr Andrew Chanen is a Senior Lecturer at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, the University of Melbourne. He holds clinical appointments as Associate Medical Director, Orygen Youth Health Clinical Program and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Adolescent Forensic Health Service, Melbourne, Australia.

    Andrew established and directs the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program at Orygen. HYPE is a clinical, research and training program investigating the understanding of and prevention and early intervention for personality disorders, particularly borderline personality disorder in youth.

    The HYPE program was recently the Gold Award winner for best specialist mental health service at the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Service Achievement Awards.

    Andrew's published research covers clinical intervention, observational and laboratory studies. His present and past funding includes grants from:

    • the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
    • the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
    • Australian Research Council.

    Dr Chanen serves on the Editorial Boards of Early Intervention in Psychiatry and Personality and Mental Health.

    Andrew is President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD) and was Chair of the Organising Committee for the 12th International ISSPD congress. He is a member of:

    • the ICD-11 Review Group for the Classification of Personality Disorders
    • the Australian Government's Expert Reference Group on Borderline Personality Disorder
    • the Development Group for the NHMRC Guideline for Borderline Personality Disorder. 

Participants who attended the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

97% felt their learning needs were partially or entirely met

Relevance to practice

98% indicated the webinar was partially or entirely relevant to their practice.

Practice change

75% indicated they would make some change to their practice as a result of watching the webinar.

This webinar was produced in April 2011. The Mental Health Professionals’ Network’s webinars are produced for mental health professionals. The information is intended for suitably-experienced mental health professionals and does not replace clinical judgement and decision making. It is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. The subject matter is not exhaustive of any mental health conditions presented. Health professionals implementing any recommendations contained in the webinar must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Any information presented in the webinar recording was deemed relevant at the time of the live event and after this date has not been reviewed. No guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission.

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