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MHPN Victorian BPD Network

Borderline Personality Disorder: A New Way Forward:

presented by Jayashri Kulkarni

BPD is a serious, often chronic and highly prevalent (5.9%) psychiatric disorder. The core features of BPD are dissociation, mood lability, self-harm, anger, and problems with self-identity. A common antecedent for many women with this condition is early life trauma. Current psychological treatments are expensive and difficult for patients to access, whilst no clearly designated pharmacotherapy is known to be specifically effective to treat BPD. Therefore, there is an urgent need for a new approach to this disorder.
The noted correlation of high rates of polycystic ovarian syndrome in women with BPD appears to be related to dysregulation of both the HPG and HPA axes.
The glutamatergic system, in the CNS, particularly, the N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) subtype receptor, is increasingly recognised for its role in BPD, with recent neurobiological research linking stress, immune system alterations and neuroendocrine dysregulation observed in BPD with glutamate excitotoxicity.
Estradiol treatment is noted to be a neuroprotective approach and may assist women with cyclical fluctuation in their BPD symptoms.
In this presentation, new approaches to the aetiology, possible preventative strategies and treatment of this prevalent and poorly understood psychiatric condition will be discussed
Bio: Jayashri KULKARNI commenced her appointment as Professor of Psychiatry, The Alfred and Monash University in 2002. She directs a large psychiatric research group, the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), with approximately 150 staff and students. The Centre is dedicated to discovering new treatments, new understanding and new services for people with a range of mental illnesses.
Jayashri Kulkarni completed her MBBS degree in 1981 at Monash University and worked mainly in Emergency Medicine before deciding to specialise in Psychiatry. She became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1989 and was awarded a PhD from Monash University in 1997 for her thesis “Women and Psychosis”. Jayashri has pioneered the novel use of estrogen as a treatment for schizophrenia and is internationally acknowledged as a leader in the field of reproductive hormones and their impact on mental health. Jayashri is the President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, a role she commenced in 2017.

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Early Intervention for Young People with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder):

presented by Prof Andrew Chanen

Andrew discusses the potential harm in not diagnosing under 18's with BPD and the role of CAT (Cognitive Analytic Therapy) in treating BPD. He also talks about the HYPE (Helping Young People Early) program run at Orygen Youth Health.

Professor Andrew Chanen is Deputy Research Director at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and a Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. He is also Director of Clinical Services at Orygen Youth in Melbourne, Australia.

Andrew’s clinical, research and knowledge translation interests lie in prevention and early intervention for severe mental disorders, principally personality disorders, along with mood and psychotic disorders. He established and directs the Helping Young People Early (HYPE) program, a clinical, research and knowledge translation program investigating the understanding of and prevention and early intervention for severe personality disorder, particularly borderline personality disorder in youth. HYPE has been recognised with several awards, including the Victorian State Premier’s Award for advancing healthcare.

Andrew currently receives grant funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has over 85 scientific publications and a forthcoming book, Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder, to be published by Cambridge University Press. Andrew serves on the Editorial Boards of Early Intervention in Psychiatry, Personality and Mental Health, Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, and Psychopathology. He is the Past President of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (ISSPD).

He has served on numerous expert groups, including The Australian Government’s Expert Reference Group on Borderline Personality Disorder, the Development Group for the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guideline for Borderline Personality Disorder, and the ICD-11 Review Group for the Classification of Personality Disorders.

Unfortunately the audio cuts out at about the 50minute point. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Responding effectively to Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD): Challenges for the service system -

presented by Dr. Peter McKenzie & Katerina Volny 







1/ relational issues, triggers, attachments and traumas
2/ coordinating the service system to effectively respond to BPD
3/ facilitated reflection and sharing



Presentation powerpoints are available by clicking on the presenters name:
Katerina Volny
Peter McKenzie

Peter McKenzie (PhD, MA ClinFamTher) is an anthropologist, family therapist and academic. He currently holds the Carer Academic (mental health) position at The Bouverie Centre, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, which focuses on families, caring & peer support. He has significant personal caring and professional experience in the mental health sector, including CMHSS and clinical services. His other currents roles at the Centre include principle research supervisor in the higher degree research program, family practice consultant in the mental health program and clinical family therapist. He has a particular interest in ethnographic research methods, as well as narrative therapy, mindfulness and complex trauma. His clinical work focuses on Borderline Personally Disorder and complex needs families.

Katerina Volny (B.Sc. Hons) is a Psychologist with 14 years experience working in public mental health and private practice. She has provided services to people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and their carers from the perspective of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy frameworks. A key aspect of service provision in this area includes formulating specific treatment plans to enable the service system to respond effectively to the needs of people with Borderline Personality Disorder, that includes drawing on a range of public and private services.