Dr Ash Takyar is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a graduate of both the University of Western Australia, where he completed his medical degree (MBBS) and the University of Melbourne, where he completed his Master of Psychiatry, the academic component of training for the Fellowship (FRANZCP) in the medical speciality of psychiatry.
Ash completed his intern year at Fremantle Hospital in psychiatry, emergency medicine, medicine and surgery, and a resident year partly at Fremantle and at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne. He completed Basic Psychiatry Training at St Vincent's, working across the Community Mental Health Teams, Crisis and Assessment Services, Acute Inpatient Unit, Drug and Alcohol team, and rotations in Indigenous psychiatry, psychosocial rehabilitation, early psychosis and received psychotherapy training from eminent supervisors, an area St Vincent's is known for.
He then spent a year at Monash University's Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria (CDDHV) where he worked with people who have developmental and intellectual disability and mental health problems, in treatment and conducted comprehensive reviews for the Office of Senior Practitioner with regards to least restrictive treatment and care needs for those in community residential units who required mental health interventions and care.
He spent a total of 24 months in Forensic Psychiatry, 18 months of which was as a subspeciality registrar in this area, including a year as the Forensic Psychiatry Fellow at the Victorian Institute for Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare), and worked across different populations at the Thomas Embling Hospital and Community Forensic Mental Health Service (community, psychosocial rehabilitation, prison). He is completing a Master of Mental Health (Forensic) at Monash University.
Ash ran the Secure Extended Care Unit (SECU) at Austin Health for a year, focussing on increasing the care quality and proving a more rehabilitative and collaborative approach to a high risk patient population with complex comborbidities.
In addition to an interest in civil forensic matters (in which he consults for roughly half the week), Ash has a strong interest in person-centred, collaborative care and takes a holistic approach. He has been in private practice at the Albert Road Clinic since 2013, and now is available at Medical Specialists on Collins for comprehensive assessment and treatment reviews and ongoing care.
Ash's interest areas include:
- Anxiety, panic and OCD
- Intellectual and developmental disability
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Psychotic illnesses with a focus on psychosocial rehabilitation
- One off assessments to aid GP-led mental health care
- Psychotherapy (supportive, CBT)
Dr Takyar consults each Tuesday at MSOC.