Carmela Salomon

Project Officer

Carmela Salomon is a 3DN Project Officer working on a range of initiatives to support responsible psychotropic prescribing and cardiometabolic health in people with an intellectual disability. Her PhD research (completed in 2014) explored mental health consumer experiences of antipsychotic discontinuation. Antipsychotic discontinuation is associated with a number of potential side effects including sleep disruption and other physical, cognitive, emotional and psychotic withdrawal syndromes. As well as collecting novel first person characterisations of these syndromes, her research  focused on identifying coping strategies and suggestions for mental health service change from people with lived experience of medication discontinuation. In addition to a PhD in Health Sciences, she holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Mental Health Nursing and a Bachelor of Nursing Science. Carmela has clinical experience in community and inpatient mental health settings and is passionate about increasing consumer input in mental health research and system management.

Research interests: Psychotropic prescribing in people with intellectual disability, antipsychotic withdrawal syndromes, cardiometabolic health of people with intellectual disabilities, mental health consumer involvement in healthcare research and service delivery.  health communication.

Broad research areas: Intellectual Disability/Mental Health.

Qualifications: PhD (UoM); PGrad Dip Advanced Clinical Nursing- Mental Health (UoM); Bachelor of Nursing Science (JCU)

 

Publications

Commissioned Articles

  • Trollor, J., Franklin, C., Salomon, C.(2016). “Prescribing psychotropics to adults with an intellectual disability.” Australian Prescriber. 39(4). 126-130. doi:10.18773/austprescr.2016.048
  • Trollor, J., and Salomon, C.(February 2017). “Mental Illness in adults with intellectual disability.” Medical Observer (medicalobserver.com.au) 36-44.

Invited Commentaries

  • Trollor, J., and Salomon, C.(2016). Unnecessary psychotropic drug prescription in primary care for people with intellectual disability. Evidence Based Mental Health, 19(2), 62-62.
  • Salomon, C.,and Trollor, J. (2017). Young people with an intellectual disability experience poorer physical and mental health during transition to adulthood, Evidence-Based Nursing, Published Online First: 28 November 2017. doi: 10.1136/eb-2017-102838

Other Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Salomon, C., Britt, H., Pollack, A., Trollor, J (2018). “Primary care for people with an intellectual disability: what is prescribed?” British Journal of General Practice-Open. Accepted for publication.
  • Hardy, K., Ballon, J., Stirman, S.,Salomon, C., McGovern, M., Noordsy, D., (2018). “Impact of Age of onset of psychosis and engagement in higher education on duration of untreated psychosis” Journal of Mental Health. Accepted for publication. 
  • Salomon, C., Trollor, J., Curtis, J., Watkins, A., Rosenbaum, S., Samaras, K., Ward, P.B.  (2016). “Positive cardiometabolic health for adults with an intellectual disability: an early intervention framework”. Australian Journal of Primary Health. 22(4), 288-293.doi:https://doi.org/10.1071/PY15130
  • Trollor, J, Eggleson, C., Turner, B.Salomon, C., Cashin, A., Iacona, I., Goddard, L., Lennox, N. (2016) “Intellectual disability health content within nursing curriculum: an audit of what our future nurses are taught” Nurse Education Today. 45. 72-79. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2016.06.011
  • Salomon, C., & Hamilton, B. (2014). Antipsychotic discontinuation syndromes: A narrative review of the evidence and its integration into Australian mental health nursing textbooks. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing23(1), 69-78. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00889.x
  • Salomon, C., Hamilton, B., & Elsom, S. (2014). Experiencing antipsychotic discontinuation: results from a survey of Australian consumers. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 21(10). 917-923. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12178
  • Salomon, C.,& Hamilton, B. (2013). “All roads lead to medication?” Qualitative responses from an Australian first-person survey of antipsychotic discontinuation. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 36(3), 160-165. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/prj0000001

Published conference abstracts

  • Trollor, J., Livingstone, A.,Salomon, C., Weise, J., Eagleson, C., Walsh, J., & Birch, R.(2017, May). Initiatives to build workforce capacity in intellectual disability mental health. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry(vol. 51, pp. 46-46). 1 Olivers Yard, 55 city road, London ec1y 1sp, England: Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Salomon, C., & Hamilton, B. (2013, May). Towards a harm minimisation approach: how borrowing from the world of addiction medicine may help to mitigate risks during antipsychotic discontinuation. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry (Vol. 47, No. S 1, pp. 67-67). 1 Olivers Yard, 55 City Road, London Ec1y 1sp, England: Sage Publications Ltd.

Clinical Guidelines

  • Julian Trollor, Carmela Salomon,Jackie Curtis, Andrew Watkins, Simon Rosenbaum, Katherine Samaras & Philip  B. Ward, 2016, Positive cardiometabolic health for adults with an intellectual disability: an early intervention framework. UNSW Australia
  • Julian Trollor, Carmela Salomon,Jackie Curtis, Andrew Watkins, Simon Rosenbaum, Katherine Samaras & Philip  B. Ward, 2016, Positive cardiometabolic health for adolescents with an intellectual disability: an early intervention framework. UNSW Australia