Janis Carter is a psychiatrist, who is also a qualified fitness
professional registered with Fitness Australia, having specialties
in group exercise, personal training and the aged population. She
is also a qualified Yoga instructor, Pilates instructor and Tai
Chi for Arthritis instructor.
has always been interested in fitness and mental health, and started
a research project with the University of Queensland in 2002 under
the general supervision of Associate Professor Gerard Byrne, Head
of Department of Psychiatry, studying war veterans with Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder subjected to a yoga programme. Research continues
into the effectiveness of yoga in the treatment of post trauma syndromes.
In addition, a research project has been completed studying the
use of Qi Gong (controlled breathing with colour visualisations
or mantras using Chinese medicine concepts of organs) in the management
of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Early findings indicate it is
more helpful for the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia rather than
depression. Further studies are being done to see if mood can be
altered using other Qi Gong techniques.
Dr Janis Carter has become a PhD candidate of the University of
Queensland studying a Multicomponent Yoga intervention for PTSD
in Vietnam War Veterans. Associate Professor Gerard Byrne is her
Member of the Following -
• Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry R.A.N.Z.C.P.
• Section of Psychotherapy R.A.N.Z.C.P.
• Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age R.A.N.Z.C.P.
• Section of Forensic Psychiatry R.A.N.Z.C.P.
• Australian Military Medicine Association
• Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine ASGM
• Queensland Keep Fit Association
• International Assoc Yoga Therapists