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In The News: Aesculapius - Innovation and Experience

Updated: Feb 27, 2020

The following article is shared from being first published in The Aucklander - 26th April 2006.

Aesculapius is the mythical Greek God of healing - an apt aspiration for a Milford practice committed to providing innovative, high quality psychological and psychiatric care.

In September 2005, Dr Rui Mendel, dissatisfied with his experiences in the public health system, set up his practice. "In New Zealand the provision of mental health could be improved drastically, and made to cater to more than the 3% of those suffering the most severe forms of mental illness" says Mendel. "The vast majority of the population must rely on themselves, their GPs and a handful of professionals in the private sector. Unlike Australia, there is no government support to the majority of those in need, and unfortunately there is a stigma attached to mental health care. New Zealanders deserve the right to attend a private psychiatrist and feel comfortable like they do in the Americas, Europe and Australia - we are there for them."

We provide an open, caring, alternative service to the biggest chunk of the population, giving assessment and treatment for a variety of psychological problems including depression and anxiety.

Having worked in the Americas, Europe and Oceania, Dr Mendel offers innovation and experience to his patients; he introduced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to New Zealand. TMS is a noninvasive technique free of side effects, designed to modulate the activity of specific areas of the brain. Mental illness is often caused by abnormal behaviour of particular brain areas. With TMS, small induced currents are applied to specific areas of the brain to make them more or less active.

Mendel explains that TMS has been available overseas for twenty years with great advances over the past ten. New Zealand is possibly the last developed country to have it, and he's proud to make TMS available. Mendel plans to make TMS available to other specialists interested in providing treatment to their patients.

If you, a friend or family member is suffering from a form of mental illness, we are an open, caring practice with a wealth of international experience, and are here for you.

We hope you found this information helpful.

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