Dr Jo-Anne Zappia
MBBS FRACGP DRANZCOG Cert Clin Hypnosis
Dr Jo-Anne Zappia has worked as a GP with a strong focus on mental health for over 25 years and consults in a general practice clinic in Melbourne’s inner southeast. Her GP psychotherapy is conducted from her private clinic, Coze Health, and her Telehealth practice in psychotherapy is undertaken as part of Positive Mind Works, a transdisciplinary group based in Victoria that reaches all of Australia and has branches in New Zealand.
Jo-Anne believes connection and creativity are vital components to mental health that have been lost to many people in our increasingly technologised and insular world. She uses an eclectic mix of modalities with a large dose of common sense to assist patients from varied backgrounds find solutions to their troubled minds.
Jo-Anne is completing the final year of her Master of Psychiatry degree at Melbourne University.
What do you do to relax?
I do gardening and love handicrafts – I knit, sew, crochet, tat etc – and I love reading.
What is your favourite book that you are reading at the moment?
My favourite recent book is “The Spill” by Imbi Neeme. I constantly have multiple non-fiction books on the go and current favourite is “The Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Why have you decided to join the ASPM Committee?
I feel very strongly that GPs need support in working in mental health – support in terms of collegiality, education and advocacy. Psychological medicine forms a part of every consultation as the body and mind are so intertwined.
Do you have any particular interests in the Education, Collegiate Connection, or Political Advocacy agendas of the ASPM?
My main interests are in education and connection.