Dr Karin Obrecht is a Senior Staff Specialist in Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital Homeless Health Service, Sydney. She is a Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the University of NSW.
Dr Obrecht received a St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation grant to research the nature of psychosis, including schizophrenia, in Sydney’s most vulnerable groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the homeless and refugee and asylum seeker populations.
Using hospital data, she is beginning to create a profile of the type of person who attends inpatient and outpatient services, including their mental health, physical, and medical comorbidities.
Dr Karin Obrecht is the Principal Investigator and collaborates with several researchers who are also looking more broadly and collating data that has been published internationally to determine whether Australia’s mental health climate is comparable to others worldwide. They are considering comorbidity and risk factors in rough sleepers with psychosis with particular emphasis on this cohort’s Indigenous and immigrant/refugee/asylum seeker population.
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“By understanding this profile, we can help optimise the services available and care given to those experiencing psychosis. We expect the study to be completed in June 2023.”