Australian Psychosis Symposium 2020

“Re-wiring Circuits”

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Primus Hotel, Sydney

About the 2020 Australian Psychosis Symposium

The Australian Psychosis Symposium was a one-day symposium that brought together researchers, academics, service providers, policy advisors, consumers and carers, to hear from world leading experts. The theme for this year’s Symposium was “Re-wiring Circuits”. This provided an update on approaches to cognitive, learning and motivational recovery in psychotic disorders, particularly schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Cognitive remediation should be a standard of care for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but this is not reflected in practice.

We thank our sponsor, Janssen Australia, for providing a generous educational grant in the amount of $10,000.

To inquire about this event and future Symposiums, please email Psychosis Australia at

Could the key to success be addressing the uncertainty by clinicians in not knowing precisely what form of remediation will provide durable improvement in real-world functioning? 
Should the target of remediation be perceptual processing, selective attention, verbal learning, executive function or social cognition? 
Should each individual be assessed for domain-specific impairments and have their remediation personalised according to domain deficit and learning style? 
Remediation is more effective coupled with activity-focused rehabilitation and social skills training. Should these be required offerings? 
How do you address motivational and hedonic deficits that lead to high attrition rates and low adherence to homework? 
What is the role of the therapist? 
What is the role of policy makers and funding partners?
What is the role of the research scientist?
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