Andrew Amos

Andrew Amos
James Cook University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

MB.BS; B.Commerce; B.Arts-Hon

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Introduction
I am currently progressing through Advanced Training towards a Psychiatry Fellowship, at the Gold Coast Hospital. I am engaged in research on early intervention in psychosis, medical education, and collaborative care (facilitating the shared care of patients with mental illness in the general practice setting).

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Objective Although wide variation in the use of community treatment orders mandating treatment for patients with mental illness is well known, there is much less information on the use of forensic orders mandating treatment for patients diverted from justice systems. We therefore examined the use of forensic mental health orders in Australia using...
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Objective To guide the efficient and effective provision of mental health services to clients in Central West and Far North Queensland, we surveyed preferences for face-to-face or in-person contact. Methods A clinician-designed survey of contact preferences was offered to 248 clients of mental health services in Far North and Central West Queensla...
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Purpose There is growing concern that inequities in methods of selection into medical specialties reduce specialist cohort diversity, particularly where measures designed for another purpose are adapted for specialist selection, prioritising reliability over validity. This review examined how empirical measures affect the diversity of specialist se...
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The Queensland Government issued a policy directive to lock all acute adult public mental health inpatient wards in 2013. Despite criticism from professional bodies and advocacy for an alternative, the policy has been retained to this day. A blanket directive to treat all psychiatric inpatients in a locked environment without individualised conside...
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Objective While there is a general lack of evidence of the safety of antipsychotic medications in pregnancy, there is a specific reluctance to continue clozapine in treatment resistant patients who become pregnant. Our aim is to systematically review adverse maternal and infant outcomes following clozapine use during pregnancy. Method A systematic...
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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) (CRPD) has been instrumental for initiating and shaping the reform of mental health legislation in many countries, including the eight Australian jurisdictions. Multiple approaches have been proposed to assess and monitor the compliance of States Parties' mental health legislation wit...
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Unsystematic review shows neither that early intervention in psychosis is cost-effective nor cost-minimising - Volume 215 Issue 6 - Andrew Amos
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To the Editor The Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation (ie, ED-SAFE) study by Miller et al¹ is an innovative effort to reduce morbidity and mortality by screening and intervening with patients who present to emergency departments after suicidal behavior or ideation. Bridge et al² suggest that the study adds to a growing b...
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This edited transcript of the Podcast (June 2017) highlights major themes in the Update of Psychotherapy in the context of the new paradigm of neuroscience-based psychotherapy. Highlights include the current tension between 'psychic' and 'real' trauma; CBT versus trauma informed care and therapy; intergenerational trauma transmission; and epigeneti...
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Objective: The early intervention in psychosis literature has recently appropriated clinical terms with etiologic implications such as staging and pluripotent from the oncology literature without adopting the methodological rigor of oncology research. Oncology research maintains this rigor, among other methods, by examining the literature for evid...
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To describe the organisational, clinical and pragmatic features of a GP liaison service established by the Division of Mental Health in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service catchment to facilitate the care of rural patients and improve communication between primary and specialist care. The GP liaison service was created using funding from...
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To describe the organisational, clinical, and pragmatic features of a GP Liaison service established by the Division of Mental Health in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service catchment to facilitate the care of rural patients and improve communication between primary and specialist care.
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Early-intervention units have proliferated over the last decade, justified in terms of cost as well as treatment effect. Strong claims for extension of these programmes on economic grounds motivate a systematic review of economic evaluations of early-intervention programmes. Searches were undertaken in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Tr...
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The phrase 'organic alexithymia' is introduced as a clinically and theoretically useful construct for furthering understanding of alexithymia and the occurrence of alexithymic symptoms in patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The construct is illustrated by the case study of HR, a 21-year-old man seen at the State Head Injury Unit, Perth, for...
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This study was designed to evaluate the remediating effects of two types of aid on a test of switching attention administered to patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). Based on the separation of cognitive functions suggested by a neural network model, it was hypothesized that external inhibition of obsolete rules, and increased salience of stim...
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We praise Arbib et al.'s Neural organization for its support of the integration of different levels of analysis, while noting that it does not always achieve what it advocates. We extend this approach into an area of neuropsychological activity in need of the structure offered by Organization at the intersection of the conflated fields of executive...
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Performance on the Wisconsin Card Sort Test (WCST) of patients with schizophrenia, Parkinson's disease (PD), and Huntington's disease (HD) was simulated by a neural network model constructed on principles derived from neuroanatomic loops from the frontal cortex through the basal ganglia and thalamus. The model provided a computational rationale for...

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