Passionate about Psychiatry
The idea of Psych Scene took wind in a suburban Sydney home in 2009, with the quest to enhance psychiatry as our guiding passion. We founded Psych Scene because we saw a need for comprehensive, world-class training that would not only boost careers but also improve patient care. It all took off by offering a helping hand to a few colleagues. But then the few became many, and we knew it was time to create something unique. The 'Cruise Through the Fellowship Courses' for the RANZCP Exams were our first creation. Based on the great feedback from our peers, we soon took the next step in developing the online learning concept; Psych Interview. We kept listening intently to what our members want and went on to develop the Psych Evidence Critical Appraisal Course, Psych Interview online training, Psych Scene Symposium, GP Mental Health Skills Masterclass, and Psychiatry Masterclass for Trainees. A desire to create a free platform for relevant and real world articles and videos led to the development of the Psych Scene Hub. Since 2009, over 3,000 members have benefited from our training events and online products, and we look forward to investing in adding, even more, value to psychiatry in the future.
Sanil Rege - Co-Founder and Academic Lead
“Real world success requires real world skills. I believe that high quality education can help transform careers and make a huge difference to patients.”
Sanil is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He obtained both degrees in just five years, passing his exams at the first attempt. Since then Sanil has worked in the United Kingdom and across Australia, finally settling down on the Mornington Peninsula where he is now a private Psychiatrist leading his own boutique clinic with a team of psychiatrists and psychologists. He combines his clinical experience of over 12 years with academia to provide a unique perspective to psychiatry.
As Academic Lead at Psych Scene, Sanil is responsible for the creation of all course materials, collaborating with expert speakers and running the live courses. Sanil is a clear, enthusiastic and motivational course facilitator who promotes discussion and interaction during live events. His events are highly sought after.
Sanil’s clinical and management skills have enabled him to found Vita Healthcare, a boutique mental health clinic on the Mornington Peninsula. Sanil has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a regular contributor to the Psych Scene Hub.
In his spare time, Sanil enjoys spending time with his family, reading, thinking and travelling.
Jaana Kervinen - Co-Founder and Business Development Manager
“I aspire to offer a service that is seamless and stress free, so our clients can just focus on learning.”
Jaana has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Management and a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise. Before co-founding Psych Scene she worked in tourism marketing and product management.
As Business Development Manager at Psych Scene, Jaana is responsible for managing business procedures, executing customer care and fine tuning product offerings before they go out to the market. She also looks after business administration and marketing.
When not on duty, Jaana keeps busy with her young family and enjoys all that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.
Daniela Stansfield - Project Manager
“I aim to consistently deliver healthcare best practices and experiences that respond to the needs of the industry.”
Daniela is a health services professional who has worked in management for more than twenty years. A natural leader, she has a flair for organizing and managing groups in fast-paced, high-pressure environments both nationally and internationally.
As Project Manager at Psych Scene, Daniela is responsible for implementing and evaluating professional educational programs for physicians and healthcare professionals. She also manages training events throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Outside the office, Daniela enjoys spending time on the beach with her family and visiting local markets on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Psych Scene Support Team
We recruit only the very best professionals to speak at our workshops, courses and events and to offer other specialist support to our team. You can learn a little more about them below.
Dr Antonella Ventura
Consultant Forsenic and Adult Psychiatrist
Dr Antonella Ventura is an experienced medical educator and has been closely involved with the RANZCP Examinations Committee. Dr Ventura has a particular expertise in women mental health. More recently she has developed a clinical interest in mood disorders associated with the menopause. She provides valuable feedback to the PsychScene Clinical Course participants.
Dr Neeraj Sareen
Dr Neeraj Sareen is Head of the Adult Psychiatry at Casey Hospital, Monash Health. With a clinical interest in Youth Psychiatry, he has worked for Alfred Health’s Youth Early Psychosis Program through Headspace and as Youth Psychiatrist at Monash Health. Neeraj has a wide range of interests including teaching, medical leadership, health service management and service improvement.
Prof David Castle
Chair of Psychiatry
Professor David Castle is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has wide clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image. David speaks regularly at local, national, and international scientific meetings about his research, and also teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
A/Prof Ajeet Singh
A/Prof Ajeet Singh is an academic private psychiatrist with interests in complex mood disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation and pharmacogenetics. In 2013, he was awarded a doctorate in blood brain barrier pharmacogenetic prediction of antidepressant dosing. He is a senior clinical lecturer and research fellow at Deakin School of Medicine and deputy medical director of The Geelong Clinic.
Dr Allison Kirsop
Dr Allison Kirsop teaches scientists-in-training how to develop their writing skills. She uses her expertise as a former chemistry researcher with several years’ in the role of editorial manager for a leading medical journal in neuroendocrinology. Allison is owner of Rosswrite Medical Writing and Founder of ScienceSkills.net, which she developed to host her scientific writing workshops.
Digital Content Coordinator
Harshini is a humble and dedicated professional with a Masters in HR and Business, coupled with 10+ years experience in middle & senior level management. With an interest in the digital space, Harshini develops, manages and maintains digital content for Psych Scene Hub.
Dr Khaldoon Alsaee
Dr Khal Alsaee is a dual specialist in Pain Medicine and Psychiatry. He practices in full-time private practice in the Sunshine Coast, focussing on both inpatient and outpatient care, education and medicolegal assessments. He is passionate about medical education and works with patients, families and other health professionals to be able to think of better ways to deliver better education, treatment and care outside the consultation room.
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