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Addiction Psychiatry

HISTORY OF THE DIVISION


The Division of Addiction Psychiatry developed from the realization that the area of Addictions was underemphasized and not ideally managed in the Department of Psychiatry. Prof Dan Stein and Dr Don Wilson therefore developed the outline of a Divisional structure. In 2007 we began the process of motivation for an MPhil in Addictions, which was accepted in 2008/9, and approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. In 2011 a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Addictions was created to provide targeted training to individuals with an interest in addictions and to provide up-to-date training to those already working in in the field of addictions.
Our clinical services are predominantly provided on an outpatient basis, through liaison work and in outreach clinics to the Drug Counselling Centre. We use several beds in our acute admission units at Groote Schuur Hospital for inpatient care of substance dependent patients and have motivated for, and are waiting for dedicated beds to become available.

BASE 
The Division has office space at Groote Schuur Hospital but part-time staff are active at both Lentegeur and Valkenberg Hospitals.

CLINICAL SERVICES

STAFF IN THE DIVISION
 

FULL-TIME STAFF 
•    Dr Henk Temmingh
•    Dr Bronwyn Myers

PART-TIME STAFF 
(many also linked to other Divisions)
•    Prof Dan Stein
•    Dr Imthiaz Hoosain
•    Dr Mariam Karjiker
•    Dr Mike West
•    Dr Heidi Sinclair
•    Cathy Karassellos
•    Shaheema Allie