DR RAJ TANNA
Helping people recover to live fulfilling lives
I’m Dr Raj Tanna. I’m a leading Perth mental health specialist in Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic medicine, with a focus and international expertise on Early Intervention in Mental Health. I work with adults and young adults to help people heal from a diversity of mental health issues.
As a family member of people with mental illness I deeply understand the complex needs for recovery. I believe every person has the right to mental well-being, to realise their own abilities and the right to access ethical and high-quality care.
Over a career of more than 20 years in mental health, I’ve focused on reforming, improving, and modernising community mental health services in Perth and London, and have led award winning services.
In senior clinical leadership positions, most recently Head of Services at Joondalup Catchment Adult Mental Health Services, I led several initiatives to reform cultures and improve the quality of individual community care. Currently I also provide my services to WA Country Health Services, involving work for complex trauma and broad mental health issues, often by Telehealth.
I’ve been a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and an accredited member of the Faculty of Psychotherapy since 2004. I’m also an accredited Mentalization-Based Therapy Practitioner. With an interest in mental health education, I’m involved in the training and supervision of psychiatrists and have held posts as Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Universities of Western Australia & Notre Dame.
I completed my primary medical degree from University College London as well as a Bachelor of Science specialising in cognitive neurosciences, including research with American-British neuroscientist and Nobel laureate John O’Keefe.
Returning at the end of 2018 after a sabbatical in Vienna, I’m delighted to have started a private practice.
Here are a few programs I’ve contributed to over my career that make me proud:
Creating the Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program – Perth
As Senior Advisor to Black Swan Health in 2014, I was heavily involved in the planning, service design and development of the Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program in Perth, a world-first model of early intervention and specialist support for young people experiencing or at risk of psychosis. I collaborated with Headspace and Orygen, the world-renowned National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
Treating People With Challenging Mental Health Issues – Peel and Rockingham Kwinana
In 2013, as the clinical lead, my team provided innovative and assertive community treatment for adults with complex mental health difficulties. Employing recovery workers to provide person-friendly care, we used more integrated approaches within the community. In only six months, hospital stays reduced by 40 per cent. This program won a prestigious Good Outcomes Award from the Mental Health Commission of the Government of Western Australia.
Improving Early Intervention in Psychosis – London
In 2005, I helped develop a comprehensive care service for Early Intervention in Psychosis based on local and international evidence and experience. By creating person-centred programs, we helped dramatically improve individual access and recovery. I then became an advisor on a leadership committee to introduce this service in all London boroughs. The service was cited in the Health Service Journal as an exemplar of innovation.
WORK WITH ME
Healing is about finding the right approach for you
Each person is unique. We all have our own needs. We communicate in our own way.
I collaborate with you to develop a recovery plan that best suits your mental and emotional needs and what’s happening in the context of your life, including relationships, work, interests and aspirations.
When we feel vulnerable our spirit can start to weaken. I integrate psychotherapeutic and psychiatric approaches to help you focus on your strengths, so you can feel more connected, hopeful and optimistic in your personal recovery, change and growth.
This integrative approach may also include aspects of lifestyle factors and nutrition. Such integrative approaches minimise the use and doses of medications when needed.
The key personal principles that lead my practice include compassion, honesty and respect. I believe in providing high-quality, expert and ethical care involving:
I listen to people’s wishes. It’s not easy to speak about what we really feel and experience. Vulnerabilities are important to acknowledge and work with, because I see first-hand how they can become areas of growth to cope and feel better.
I recognise, value, and appreciate each individual’s vulnerabilities, and I walk shoulder-to-shoulder down a person’s path of recovery. Sometimes this journey may include working with other professionals whether counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, general practitioners or another Perth mental health specialist, who we can involve by recommendation.
I’m only one part of a person’s journey. I believe mental health is a broader community endeavor including family, friends and other supporters in our lives. As a family member of people with mental illness, I deeply understand the complex needs of recovery.
PERTH PSYCHIATRIST & MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
Receive leading expert support
Who I work with:
Young adults and adults
What I help treat:
As a leading Perth mental health Specialist, over my career I’ve been assessing and working with people with a diverse range of mental health issues including:
- ADD / ADHD
- Bipolar Affective Illness and related disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive and related problems
- Personality and recurring interpersonal and life issues
- Psychosis (including first episode psychosis)
- Psychotherapy (Individual and groups)
- Somatic Symptom and related problems
- Stress-related problems and burnout
- Trauma, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Services I provide:
- Detailed specialist assessments with feedback for you and your general practitioner
- Second opinions
- Ongoing care
- Expert Consultation to Mental Health Service providers
I’m accessible for private consultations based on your convenience:
- In-person at two clinic locations
- Online via Telehealth video conferencing / Skype from your computer or smartphone.
If you live in a rural and remote area, Telehealth initial assessments are fully bulk billed through Medicare, so you don’t have any out-of-pocket expenses.
I’m only one part of a person’s journey. An individual’s recovery also depends on the strength and support of families, friends and partners. When needed I work with an individual’s support network to ensure people have someone who will listen and guide them through their concerns.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Get a referral letter sent from your doctor.
The letter should state ‘Item 291, Assessment and Report’ Or ‘Item 296 for ongoing care’.
All Telehealth / Skype consultations are from West Perth
- Or you can email / fax / upload the referral letter to your preferred location for an appointment.
- We will call you to make an appointment.
I WORK FROM TWO LOCATIONS