Dr Klara Szego
Suite 3, 94 Kooyong Road
Caulfield North VIC 3161
P 9509 2858
Days of consultation
Mon 9am -6pm
Tues 9am - 6pm
Thurs 1pm - 6pm
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Personal communication from referring doctors preferred
With a passion for working with hopeful, expectant and new parents, Dr Klara Szego has dedicated her career to the field of perinatal psychiatry. Klara sees women and couples who are struggling with fertility difficulties, antenatal (during pregnancy) and postnatal psychiatric disorders, as well as grief associated with obstetric losses.
Klara provides preconception advice for women with a history of psychiatric illness, who are on medication, or who have concerns about medication use in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. Klara offers follow up support throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. Klara works closely with Obstetricians and shared care GPs in order to ensure optimal management of mental health during these vulnerable periods.
Klara assesses each individual and develops a plan of treatment depending on the unique requirements of the individual. Klara draws from a wide range of techniques based on her vast perinatal experience, including prescribing of medications if required (antidepressants, anti-anxiety agents, mood stabilizers) or psychotherapies (individual, couple and mother-infant psychotherapy).
Klara is a member of the Australian and International Marce Society and the World Association of Infant Mental Health.
Klara was one of the founding members of the first Mother-Baby Unit in Melbourne (Mercy Hospital for Women). Klara was the Director of the Mother Baby Unit from 1996 to 2013, both at the Mercy Hospital for Women and at its later location at the Werribee Mercy Hospital.
Klara served as Secretary of the Australasian Marcé Society, an international forum addressing perinatal mental illness in 2010. She has recently been appointed to the Patient Review Panel, which oversees the functioning of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act in Victoria.
Klara is actively involved in medical education around perinatal issues for GP’s, psychiatric trainees and medical students, and has published papers on the topic of antidepressant use in pregnancy.