My name is Dr Cathrin Kusuma

I am an experienced psychiatrist specialising in perinatal psychiatry.

I completed specialist medical training with North Western Mental Health in Melbourne. I completed advanced specialist training at the Werribee Mercy Mother Baby outpatient clinic, Royal Women’s Hospital and Albert Road Clinic.

I am a Consultant Psychiatrist at Sunshine Hospital, where I set up and am currently leading the multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health Service. There, I provide psychiatric assessments and treatment advice for women admitted to the Joan Kirner building at Sunshine Hospital, as well as the maternity outpatient clinics.  I also enjoy providing supervision and mentoring to my team as well as psychiatry trainees, and advocating within the hospital system for the mental health of parents.

I have also held an appointment at the Bendigo Parent Infant Unit, which, as their initial psychiatrist, I helped set up.  There, I provided inpatient psychiatric care for new parents.

I hold a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Masters degree in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and I am a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

I am passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of women before, during and after pregnancy. I believe the mental health of mothers affects the health of the whole family and I am committed to supporting the mental health of families through this important time.

I consult on psychiatric issues and medication relevant to the perinatal period which may include:

  • treatment of pre-existing mental health conditions
  • pre-conception medication and mental health planning
  • infertility issues
  • adjustment to pregnancy and parenting
  • pregnancy loss/grief
  • medication
  • breastfeeding
  • postpartum mental illness such as depression and psychosis

Supporting & Empowering Women

I believe that if we empower and support women before, during and after pregnancy, we will transform the health and wellbeing of our community

Holistic care and individualised treatment

Collaborating with you and your family to ensure you receive the best treatment for your situation.

I provide holistic care and seek to understand the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of a person’s presentation in order to provide individualised treatment.

After taking a detailed and sensitive history, I collaborate with patients and families in formulating the right treatment for their needs, whether it be talking therapy, medications or both.