Dr Adrian Falkov
Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatrist
MBBCH, BSc, FRCPsych, FRANZCP
Dr Adrian Falkov is a senior staff specialist in child, adolescent & family psychiatry in Sydney, Australia. He currently works at The Royal North Shore and Sydney Childrens (Randwick) Hospitals and at the Black Dog Institute.
After completing undergraduate studies in South Africa, he trained and worked in London (Guys, St Thomas’ & Maudsley Hospitals) before moving to Sydney, where he has worked in a number of senior clinical, management and policy positions. These include Local Health Districts (Westmead Childrens Hospital; John Hunter Hospital & Western Sydney) as Senior Psychiatrist, at Redbank House (as Director) and at NSW Ministry of Health (as AD/Director MH-Kids (now MH-CYP)).
Dr Falkov is now a full time clinician with broad experience working across the child and youth age range, with parents/carers, across settings (inpatient; outpatient and community) and across the diagnostic spectrum of conditions affecting the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families.
He has a strong belief in partnership working with children, young people and their parents/carers. This allows for broader assessment and an integrated approach to treatment, which is based on shared expertise – both professional expertise and ‘lived experience’ expertise. The aim is to develop an individually focussed, family informed, treatment and care plan, which draws on evidence-informed psychological, pharmacological, family and lifestyle interventions to support recovery and relapse prevention.
His particular interests include mood disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD), self harm, trauma and the interplay between psychological symptoms and parenting. He has worked extensively with families where one or more individuals experience mental ill-health and ways to enhance resilience, coping and recovery for the whole family.
This family focused approach is supported by a conceptual framework (The Family Model – www.thefamilymodel.com), which has been used in policy development, workforce capacity building and clinical work in England, Europe and Australia to improve family focussed practice in mental health services.