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09:00 – 09:05 
Welcome & Introduction of speakers
Dr Imraan Tayob & Dr Mari Retief (chairpersons)


09:05 – 09:45

Perinatal mental health - from pre-conception counselling through antenatal considerations, prescribing in pregnancy and lactation and early post-natal care
Dr Zeyn Green-Thompson
Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit. The Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Trust, UK. Dr Green-Thompson read Medicine at the University of Natal before specialising in psychiatry in London and Cambridge and completing an MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics.  He is a Perinatal- and Liaison Psychiatrist with interests in neuroscience, health policy and mental health through the prism of faith


09:45 – 09:50



09:50 -10:30

Covid and Maternal Mental Health
Dr Bavi Vythilingum
Bavi Vythingum has been a psychiatrist since 2004 and has worked both in state and in private practice. She is currently working in Kenilworth at Akeso The Crossings. She works with all patients but her special interest is in working with women, particularly around mental health issues related to menstruation, pregnancy and post-partum, and menopause


10:30 – 10:35



10:35 – 10:45



10:45 – 11:25

Covid: Impacting babies and children
Dr Anusha Lachman
Anusha Lachman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch University. Her special research & clinical interests include Infant mental health and adolescent consultation liaison psychiatry


11:25 – 11:30



This invitation is open to all psychiatrists, registrars, general practitioners and obstetricians with an interest in “Maternal Mental Health”
How to register:
Please RSVP to by no later than 3 June.

  • Registration fees are complimentary  

  • Please include your Title, First Name, Surname, HPCSA number and profession

  • Your zoom link will be forwarded to you 2 days prior to the symposium

  • CPD certificates will be e-mailed 1 week after the symposium

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