Posted on March 31, 2021 by TMS Clinics Australia
This series has been developed to answer questions from people considering or undergoing TMS therapy. Questions were solicited from members of the TMS Support Australia Facebook Group, as well as followers of the TMS Clinics Australia Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
The information in this podcast is not intended as medical advice. If you have questions about treatment options, please speak with your healthcare provider.
Ms Balinda Taylor, TMS Support Australia
Ms Balinda Taylor is the founder of the TMS Support Australia Facebook group. Balinda has previously undergone TMS treatment. Following her experiences, and in response to the lack of community forums focused on TMS, she founded the TMS Support Facebook group to provide support and understanding for people undergoing TMS therapy.
Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Medical Director, TMS Clinics Australia
Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Co-founder and Medical Director of TMS Clinics Australia, Professor of Psychiatry at Epworth Healthcare/The Epworth Clinic, and Director of the Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health. Paul is a world-leading expert in TMS. He has conducted TMS research for over 20 years and established the first and longest running clinical TMS program in Australia. He is currently a committee member for the Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Special Interest Group with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and serves on the board of directors for Neurosciences Victoria.
Dr Ted Cassidy, Chief Medical Officer, TMS Clinics Australia
Dr Ted Cassidy is Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of TMS Clinics Australia. Ted previously founded The Hills Clinic group and hospital, the first purpose-built private mental health hospital in Australia and served as the Medical Director from 2004 to 2017. Dr Cassidy has been TMS credentialed through the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre TMS training program. He has a special interest in innovative, drug-free treatments for people who do not recover with medication alone; and since 2014, has worked extensively to establish outpatient clinics to expand access to convenient and effective TMS treatment throughout Australia.
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