Webinar: Monday, 8 November 2021, 7:00 PM

Impact of COVID on older people’s mental health

Join Medical Chronicle for a one-hour, CPD-accredited webinar on Impact of COVID on older people’s mental health, presented by Specialist Psychiatrist (Psychogeriatrician), Dr Ryan Fuller.

This webinar is sponsored by Dr. Reddy’s.
Presented by
Claire Rush

Claire Rush

  • Editor: Medical Chronicle
Dr Ryan Fuller

Dr Ryan Fuller

  • Old Age Psychiatrist

A little bit about Dr Ryan Fuller

I am a proud South African from Johannesburg, blessed to have incredible support from a loving family to pursue my passion in healthcare. I was raised in Edenvale, matriculated from King Edward VII School Summa Cum Laude & completed my medical training at UCT (Cape Town), Chris Hani Baragwaneth, in London & at Sterkfontein. I’m passionate about animals, kind humans, the Springboks, Proteas & Liverpool Football Club. I’m also a proud Old Edwardian and member of the deceptively talented Racing Snakes 6th League Squash Team. When I have time my interests are travel, history, reading about innovation and I sometimes enjoy fly fishing.


Why I Became an Old Age Psychiatrist

For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by science and medicine. A close family member has a learning disability & I wanted to become a medical doctor to learn how to help. During medical school I found psychiatry fascinating & was inspired by great teachers who used different models of thinking to solve complex problems that many patients suffered with. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of patients who recovered from serious mental health problems when they had early access to specialized teams & treatment. Medicine has afforded me the privilege of learning from passionate & brilliant teachers & doctors who’ve been dedicated to the ideal of service to others. The professional framework & ethical principles always provide tremendous support for lifelong learning & teaching. While research was an early goal, I’ve found clinical practice to be very rewarding, humbling & never dull. As an Old Age Psychiatrist (or Psychogeriatrician), I am passionate about understanding the complex relationship between physical, mental & spiritual health within family systems


My Interests and Focus Areas

I am passionate about evidenced-based treatments, whether this is medication-related or non-medication related. In this regard I am also passionate about systemic, cognitive behavioural & cognitive stimulation therapy. Most of my clinical time is spent helping people in crises, reducing polypharmacy & safeguarding their rights. My special interests are value-based health care & digital innovation in health. I’m currently completing an MBA in International Health Management through the University of Cumbia & Robert Kennedy School, Zurich. I’m also enjoy teaching & training. We’ve found that when appropriately applied, the Balint-style group learning can be an incredible tool to assist professionals across several disciplines to make sense of complex cases. I’m also passionate about public-private partnerships as a vehicle to improve quality care for all South Africans. As a healthcare professional, I have a privileged position to foster relationships between stakeholders.


Previous Experience

  • Founder & Senior Clinician Memorycare Group medical practice (2012 – to date)
  • Memory Clinics at Akeso Clinic, Parktown & Akeso Clinic, Alberton
  • Pioneered Psychiatric Clinic at Primvilla Care Centre, Primrose, Johannesburg (2016 – to date) for patients with severe & enduring mental health problems, many of whom suffer with agitated dementia syndrome & need specialized long term care
  • Together with Dr Lolita Mostert, developed Psychiatric Clinic at Wigwam Care Centre, Rustenburg (2018 – to date) for patients with severe mental health problems
  • Specialist Psychiatrist to Alberton Pioneer Integrated Care Consortium (2018 – to date). A multidisciplinary team of General Practitioners, allied, palliative & community nurse providers led by Dr Adri Kok (Specialist Physician)
  • Specialist Private Consultant, Geriatric Psychiatry, Discovery Health (2011 – 2015). Pioneered South Africa’s first private Senior Care Coordination Program to assist older people with complex multimorbidity, impaired quality of life at risk for repeated hospitalizations
  • Scientific Chair, World Congress Healthy Aging (2015)
  • Specialist State Psychiatrist (2011 – 2012), Forensic Rehabilitation, Sterkfontein Forensic Hospital.


Credentials and Training

  • 2010 Certificate of Specialist Training, General Adult, Liaison & Old Age Psychiatry
  • Clinical Research Fellow (part-time), Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
  • Approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Care Act
  • 2005 Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom
  • 2002-2010 Charing Cross Higher Psychiatric Training Scheme, London, United Kingdom
  • 2000 Internship, Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital, Johannesburg
  • 1999 Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, University of Cape Town

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