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Dr McKay has worked for over 20 years in culturally diverse areas as a clinician, clinical leader, teacher, and policy advisor. Roles with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists have included General Council member, Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age bi-national chair and Community Collaboration Committee chair. He is currently chair of the National Mental Health Information Development Expert Advisory Group. Dr McKay actively publishes and presents at national and international conferences with a focus on improvement of clinical practice and leadership. He is a conjoint senior lecturer with the University of NSW.
McKay, R., Coombs, T., Anderson, J.M. Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Development in Australia: Never the Twain to Meet? Workforce Development Theory and Practice in the Mental Health Sector. 2016 Nov 9:90.
Coombs, T., Burgess, P., Dickson, R., and McKay, R. Routine Outcome Measurement and the Development of the Australian Mental Health Workforce: The First 25 Years of Implementation. Workforce Development Theory and Practice in the Mental Health Sector. 2016 Nov 9:302.
McKay, R., Coombs, T., and Duerden, D. The art and science of using routine outcome measurement in mental health benchmarking. Australasian Psychiatry 2014; 22:13-8
Looi, J. C., Byrne, G. J., Macfarlane, S., McKay, R., & O’Connor, D. W. Systemic approach to behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in residential aged care facilities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2014; 48:112-115.
McKay, R., McDonald, R., Lie, D., & McGowan, H. Reclaiming the best of the biopsychosocial model of mental health care and ‘recovery’ for older people through a ‘person-centred’ approach. Australasian Psychiatry 2012; 20:492-495.
Macfarlane, S.; McKay, R. and Looi, J. Limited antidepressant efficacy in depression in dementia, in the context of limited evidence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 2012; 46: 595-597.
McKay, R. Developing state policy and guidelines to improve the physical health of people with mental health disorders.Health Issues Journal 2012; 108: 11-13.
McKay, R., Coombs, T. and Pirkis, J. A framework for exploring the potential of routine outcome measurement to improve mental health care. Australasian Psychiatry 2012; 20: 127-133.
McKay, R., & Draper, B. M. Is it too late to prevent a decline in mental health care for older Australians? Medical journal of Australia, 2012; 197(2), 87-88.
McKay, R. and O’Connor, D. Psychogeriatrics in Australia. Japanese Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2012; 23:56-61.
Peisah C., Chan D. K. Y., McKay, R., Kurrle S. E., Reutens, S. G. Practical guidelines for the acute emergency sedation of the severely agitated older patient. Internal Medicine Journal. 2011; 41:651-657.
McKay, R., McDonald, R. and Coombs, T. Benchmarking older persons mental health organisations. Australasian Psychiatry 2011; 19:45-48
McKay, R., and McDonald, R. Outcome measurement in older persons. In: Trauer, T. (Ed) (2010). Outcome Measurement in Mental Health: Theory and Practice, Melbourne, Cambridge University Press.
McKay, R., and McDonald, R. Expensive Detour or a way forward? The experience of routine outcome measurement in an aged care psychiatry service. Australasian Psychiatry 2008;16:428-432
Burgess, P., Trauer, T., Coombs, T., McKay, R., and Pirkis, J. What does 'clinical significance' mean in the context of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales? Australasian Psychiatry 2009; 17:141 – 148.
McKay, R., Kisely, S. &Coombs, T. (2015, May). Using routine outcome measurement in practice and supervision Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, 2015, Brisbane.
McKay R., Liggins, J. & Roper, G. (2015, May). Beyond impairment: Using the lived experience of mental illness by psychiatrists to improve careRoyal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, 2015, Brisbane.
McKay, R., Liggins, J. & Roper, G. (2014, October). Self-stigma, recovery and the relationship between lived experience and practice Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists New Zealand National Conference 2014, Dunedin.
McKay, R., Liggins, J., McMahon, J. & Roper, G. (2014, May). Self-stigma, recovery and the relationship between lived experience and practice Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, 2014, Perth.
McKay, R. (2013, June). Are consumer held outcome measures the next step? 4th Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference, 2013, Sydney.
McKay, R. (2013, June). Keeping a steady course 4th Australasian Mental Health Outcomes and Information Conference, 2013, Sydney.
McKay, R. (2013, May). Using Routine Outcome Measurement to Represent Clinically Significant Information Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, 2013, Sydney.
McKay, R. (2013, May). Recovery in older people: Never too late (Poster) Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, 2013, Sydney.
McKay, R. (2012, April). How we are building a culture of quality improvement in Australian mental health services through the collection and use of the information for benchmarking International Forum on Safety and Quality in Healthcare, 2012, Paris.
McKay, R. (2012, June). Recovery in older people: never too late. National Mental Health Recovery Forum, 2012, Melbourne.