Bipolar mood disorder

Date produced 05 December 2011

Twenty-nine year old nurse Sandra has recently been discharged from an inpatient unit after her first psychiatric admission. She was hospitalised voluntarily when her colleagues grew concerned about her increasingly unusual behaviour. The interdisciplinary panel discuss the key principles of intervention and each discipline’s role in providing integrated mental health services to bipolar mood disorder presentations.

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Learning outcomes

By watching the webinar recording you will develop a better understanding of the:

  • key principles of intervention and the roles of different disciplines in providing integrated mental health services to bipolar mood disorder presentations.
  • the merits, challenges and opportunities in providing integrated mental health services for people experiencing bipolar mood disorders.


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:


  • 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) ( 

  • Professor David Castle
    Qualifications: MBChB MSc MD DLSHTM FRCPsych FRANZCP
    Profession: Chair of Psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and The University of Melbourne; Consultant Psychiatrist, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne; Hon. Professorial Research Fellow, Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria; Clinical Professor, S...
    Based in: Melbourne, Victoria

    David is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent's Health and The University of Melbourne. His clinical and research interests include schizophrenia and related disorders, cannabis abuse, and bipolar disorder. A specific area of interest is the medical care of people with a mental illness. He is also pursuing his work on OCD spectrum disorders, notably body dysmorphic disorder.

    David has published widely in prestigious journals, including over 350 papers and chapters; and has co-authored or co-edited 17 books. His work is highly cited, and his current H-index (June 2011) is 36. He has been successful in attracting substantial grant funding from a variety of different sources, and has strong local, national, and international research links.

    He is on a number of advisory boards and editorial boards, and is a regular reviewer for over 30 national and international scientific journals. David speaks regularly at local, national, and international scientific meetings about his research, and also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Ingri Barr
    Profession: Author/Illustrator and Mental health advocate
    Based in: Melbourne, Victoria

    Ingi Barr is an author/illustrator and passionate mental health advocate with a Diploma in Community Development from Swinburne in Melbourne. Ingi's advocacy focuses on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. Her first book "Walking the Black Dog" addresses depression, and is aimed at youth and children.

    Ingi also does presentations and book readings in secondary schools, and enjoys engaging young people in lively discourses that address difficult and complex topics like depression, and other mental health issues. Ingi has just completed her second children's book, "The Dragon who thought she was a Princess" which explores mania in Bipolar Disorder, through the eyes of a red dragon called Scarlett. Her art work of both her black dog and the scarlett dragon, were on the cover of the August edition of the Medical Journal of Australia Supplement, 2010.


The following resources support the webinar:

Case study

Sandra— Bipolar mood disorder: working together, working better PDF [371 KB]


Bipolar mood disorder: working together, working better PDF [725 KB]

Participants who attended the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

100% indicated their learning needs were met (65% entirely met, 35% partially met)

Relevance to practice

98% indicated the activity was relevant to their practice (85% entirely relevant, 13% partially relevant).

Practice change

84% of respondents intend to make changes to their clinical work practice as a result of attending the webinar.

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