Dr Cathrin Kusuma
Dr Cathrin Kusuma is a psychiatrist with a special interest and experience in perinatal psychiatry, consulting in private practice via Telehealth.
Cathrin holds a public Consultant Psychiatrist position at Sunshine Hospital, working with the Perinatal Mental Health Service and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry team. In this capacity, she provides psychiatric assessments and treatment advice to patients admitted to hospital for medical, surgical and maternity reasons, as well as the maternity outpatient clinics. Cathrin has also held an appointment at the Bendigo Parent Infant Unit, providing inpatient psychiatric care for new parents.
Cathrin provides holistic care for a wide range of conditions in adult psychiatry, and seeks to understand the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of a person’s presentation in order to provide individualised treatment. After taking a detailed and sensitive history, Cathrin aims to collaborate with patients and families in formulating the right treatment for their needs, whether it be talking therapy, medications or both.
Cathrin is particularly passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of women during the perinatal period (that is, before, during and after pregnancy) because the mental health of mothers affects the health of the whole family. Accordingly, Cathrin is able to consult on medication and psychological issues relevant to this time. This may include treatment of a pre existing mental health condition, pre conception medication and mental health planning, infertility issues, adjustment to pregnancy and parenting, pregnancy loss/grief, medication and breastfeeding, as well as postpartum mental illness such as depression or psychosis. Cathrin places great value on the parent/infant attachment, and as such seeks to include an awareness of this in all her work and is happy to see patients with their babies when necessary.
Cathrin completed her specialist medical training with North Western Mental Health in Melbourne. She completed her advanced specialist training at the Werribee Mercy Mother Baby outpatient clinic, Royal Women’s Hospital and Albert Road Clinic.
Cathrin has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Masters degree in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She is involved in providing education to medical students and Psychiatry trainees about Perinatal Psychiatry and is trained in the Circle of Security Parenting Protocol.