Improved access to mental health care in Arnprior area, thanks to new psychiatrist, use of telehealth technology

Improved access to mental health care in Arnprior area, thanks to new psychiatrist, use of telehealth technology

June 21, 2018 –

Access to timely, local mental health care will be getting a little bit easier in the Arnprior area, thanks to Dr. Amaneh Mirzaei. The Ottawa psychiatrist with a passion for improving access to psychiatric care and building mental health care capacity among primary care providers will be offering telehealth (videoconferencing) clinics, beginning in late June.

“Access to psychiatric services remains an ongoing challenge in more rural areas,” says Dr. Mirzaei. “Using telemedicine allows patients to have timely access to psychiatric consultation within their own community.”

Dr. Mirazaei, who offers expertise in mood and anxiety disorders and women’s mental health, will also provide primary care providers and allied health professionals with access to psychiatric advice and education sessions on various psychiatric topics.

“Primary care providers, such as family physicians and nurse practitioners, are often the first point of contact for those seeking care for mental health issues,” she explains. “These clinics will improve their psychiatric knowledge and enhance their capacity to manage patients with mental illnesses within their community.”

Dr. Mirzaei spent six years as a staff psychiatrist in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre following the completion of her psychiatry residency at the University of Ottawa in 2011. Later, she became the Royal’s clinical lead for the intake and consult clinic and the clinical director for access and patient flow. She has hospital privileges at both the Royal Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital and is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.

Clinics will be held approximately three times a month. Appointments require physician referral and will be booked through the Arnprior & District Family Health Team.

“I look forward to working with the Family Health Team to enhance their capacity in managing mental health issues and improve the community’s access to psychiatric care.”