Prof Jayashri Kulkarni

When a patient tormented by debilitating symptoms is finally given relief and hope through the right treatments, all the work is worth it.

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Jayashri migrated to Australia from India as a toddler in 1961 and has been at the forefront of research and treatment of mental health for over 25 years. She is internationally recognised for her work in the treatment of mental health disorders, particularly in women's mental health, pioneering the use of oestrogen as a treatment in schizophrenia.

Jayashri founded and directs the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre and has set up a clinic dedicated to research into women's mental health issues. Jayashri is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Alfred Hospital.

Jayashri has raised the profile of mental illness in the media and contributed to 'de-stigmatising' the subject. She currently presents on the ABC, on 3AW's Talking Health program and other radio and television programs. She has convened and organised many successful conferences including the Third International Congress on Women's Mental Health, held in Melbourne in 2008.

In 2010 Jayashri, with colleague Brian Lithgow, won the ABC New Inventors Grand Final for a biomarker device to diagnose mental illness. Jayashri also received the Australasian Society for Psychiatry Research Award in 2005, in recognition of her research in women's mental health.

Jayashri says, "I have developed new treatments, new services and a new understanding of mental illness as experienced by women, and the greatest reward is to be part of a woman's recovery and watch her enjoy life again."