Inside the Mind of a Specialist in Borderline Personality Disorder – Interview with A/Prof Sathya Rao

Posted on:March 12, 2017
Last Updated: November 3, 2021
Time to read: 10–12 minutes

Hi A/Prof Rao, Thanks for talking to the Psych Scene Hub. Can you give our readers a bit of a background about you?

I graduated from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), India and migrated to Australia in 1997. Prior to specialising in personality disorders, I have worked in public mental health services in several settings (community and inpatient services, CATT, rehabilitation programs and emergency psychiatry). I was an ECT director for a more than a decade and also worked at a specialist Clozapine clinic for a few years. I held several roles in RANZCP training programs (Chair of psychiatry training for Victoria, Director of Training, Director of Advanced Training for Psychotherapy and Adult Psychiatry, Member of Specialist IMG committee).

I am currently the Executive Clinical Director of Spectrum, Eastern Health and have a very small private practice at Delmont. I am the Deputy President of the Australian BPD Foundation. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with Monash University.

I am passionate about making evidence-based treatments available and accessible to all BPD patients in Australia. I have a strong interest in psychotherapy and treatment of personality disorders.