Dr Helen Schultz is a medical practitioner who specialises in psychiatry, that is the assessment, diagnosis and management of mental illnesses. After receiving her fellowship with RANZCP in 2010, she moved to private practice and works in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia. Her practice is broad but particular interests include doctor’s mental health, sleep disorders and eating disorders.
Dr Schultz has been involved with he training and education of doctors since 2007, and runs a niche medical education company, CPD Formulations Pty Ltd. She has a genuine interest and passion for advocating for colleagues regarding well being, progress through training and promotion of mental health. Dr Schultz is a confident medical advocate, public speaker and a voice within the medical profession who advocates for the rights of others. She has experience with media and is interviewed regularly for print, radio and television articles related to issues regarding doctors mental health and psychiatry in general.
Dr Schultz is an author and blogger. Her first book, “How Shrinks Think” was launched in 2014, and was written to de-stigmatise mental illness by debunking myths and stereotypes about what psychiatrists do. She is currently writing her second book, “Person First, Doctor Second” a narrative of real life accounts from family members left behind after losing a doctor to suicide. She blogs regularly about topics in the media.
Dr Schultz currently runs workshops and training around crucial conversations in the medical workplace, how to have them, and what can happen when they go wrong. This has developed from a need to help doctors prevent workplace bullying and improving how doctors relate to each other. She has worked with RANZCOG to deliver this program for her members, and is taking the program to other workplaces and training institutions in health.