PROF DENNIS VELAKOULIS MBBS MPM DipCrim DMedSc FRANZCP
Professor Dennis Velakoulis is a consultant neuropsychiatrist and director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital and with Professor Chris Pantelis set up what is now the Neuroimaging Arm of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. Following graduation from the University of Melbourne in Medicine, Dr Velakoulis completed a Diploma of Criminology before successfully completing his Fellowship for the RANZCP and a Masters of Medicine in Psychiatry in neuroimaging. Following this he was appointed an NH&MRC Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria, where he worked in Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and began orld-leading research into the volumetric measurement of the hippocampus and other brain regions in schizophrenia, publishing in journals such as The Lancet and high-impact psychiatric journals including Archives of General Psychiatry. He has published over 200 Medline-indexed scientific papers. He continues to be involved in research into first-episode and established schizophrenia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and early-onset dementia. In 2012 he successfully completed his doctoral DMedSci work examining neuroimaging and neuropathological markers of cortical change in schizophrenia.
A/PROF MARK WALTERFANG MBBS Hons PhD FRANZCP
Associate Professor Mark Walterfang graduated in medicine from University of Queensland with honours in 1993, and completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000. He then worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospital and as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuropsychiatry Unit for two years. Dr Walterfang has also been involved in the development in a number of clinical tools for use in psychiatric patients in the areas of cognition and behavioural observation, and their validation in a variety of medical, neurological and psychiatric settings since 2000. In 2010 he completed his PhD in the neuroimaging of white matter in psychiatric disorders. His continuing research involves the neuroimaging and neuropsychiatric investigation of neurometabolic disorders including chorea-acanthocytosis and Niemann-Pick disease type C, and in shape analysis of cortical and subcortical regions in neurodegenerative disorders. He has published over 100 Medline-indexed scientific papers, and recently contributed a new chapter on the Neuropsychiatry of Neurometabolic and Neuroendocrine Disorders to the world's most respected reference text in psychiatry, Kaplan and Sadock's "Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry".
DR SAMANTHA LOI MBBS BMedSc MPsych PhD FRANZCP
Dr Samantha Loi graduated in medicine from Monash University in 2002 and obtained her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2011. She also completed Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age in 2012, and her PhD in 2016. Dr Loi became a Lecturer with the Academic Unit of Psychiatry of Old Age, at the University of Melbourne in 2011 and has been involved in research in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically, in Huntington's disease. She has experience working with older adults in metropolitan and regional settings, from medical and psychotherapeutic perspectives, and is also involved with providing education, and training to other health care practitioners. She recently completed her PhD in the area of depression in older carers, and her other research interests include the history of psychiatry, and the use of technology in improving the quality of life in people with psychiatric disorders.
DR DHAMIDhU ERATNE BHB MBChB FRANZCP
Dr Dhamidhu Eratne graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 2007. After extensive experience in consultation-liaison psychiatry and the psychiatry of old age, he completed his two years of advanced training at the Neuropsychiatry Unit before obtaining his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2016. After working as an old age psychiatrist, Dhamidhu was proud to join the Neuropsychiatry Unit in 2017. He is currently completing certificates of advanced training as a fellow in training, in consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychiatry of old age. His interests include young onset dementia, biomarkers, clinical reasoning, education, and the interface between psychiatry, neurology, and the rest of general medicine. As well as his clinical work, Dhamidhu is involved in research of biomarkers in neurodegenerative disease, and is also Research Fellow for a Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance flagship study, investigating the use of whole exome sequencing in complex neurological and neurodegenerative diseases.
DR ANDREW EVANS MBBS MD FRACP
|Andrew Evans is a consultant neurologist and was trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in general medicine. He specialised in neurology at the Royal Melbourne and Western Hospitals and the Kingston Centre and then carried out a movement disorders fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London where he completed a doctoral thesis n dopaminergic function in Parkinson's disease. He is currently Director of Movement Disorders at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in addition to his role at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, and is a Honorary Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne.|
DR JAN-PAUL KWASIK MBBS MPM
Dr Jan Kwasik is a senior psychiatry registrar in his final year of training in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Graduating medicine from The University of Adelaide in 2007, Jan has worked in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia, and overseas at the South London and Maudsley Trust. In addition to basic training requirements, Jan has gained experience in sub-specialties of perinatal, rehabilitation, and forensic psychiatry across various services in Melbourne. In 2014, Jan completed a Masters of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne. With an interest in indigenous health, transcultural psychiatry and global mental health, Jan has also worked as the outreach psychiatry registrar to Cape York and the Torres Strait Islands, and as a public health intern at the World Health Organisation, Geneva. Outside of clinical medicine, Jan is passionate about representative and advocacy work, having been the Chair of the Trainee Representative Committee of the College of Psychiatrists and active in the Australian Medical Association’s Council for Doctor’s in Training.
DR SARAH FARRAND
Dr Sarah Farrand is an advanced trainee in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Sarah completed her medical training at the University of Sydney in 2009 before joining the training program at NorthWestern Mental Health in 2011. Sarah has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings, including adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychiatry of old age, forensic and prison psychiatry and has worked in both regional and metropolitan locations throughout Victoria and New South Wales. Sarah completed her Master of Psychiatry through the University of Melbourne in 2015, and is currently completing a Master of Neuroimaging for Research with the University of Edinburgh. Sarah works as part of the multidisciplinary team in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, and is also the Deep Brain Stimulation Program registrar at The Neuropsychiatry Unit. She has a particular interest in neuroimaging, particularly diffusion tensor imaging and enjoys teaching and supporting medical students and junior medical and nursing staff.
DR PIERRE WIBAWA MBChB
Dr Pierre Wibawa is an advanced trainee in neuropsychiatry and consultation-liaison. He completed his medical training in 2011 at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has worked in various medical and surgical area, including neurology and neurosurgery. He commenced psychiatric training in 2013 under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has worked in Wellington, Perth and Melbourne. He is the current trainee representative for section of Neuropsychiatry in Australia and New Zealand. He is completing a Specialist Certificate in Clinical Research (Neuroscience) at the University of Melbourne. He has broad interests in both neurodegenerative diseases and somatoform disorders and has ongoing research in neuroimaging of dementia and neuropsychiatric symptoms of apathy and self-awareness. He works as the inpatient neuropsychiatry registrar in a multidisciplinary setting and in collaboration with the neuroradiology department at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
DR LARA MCCARTNEY MBBS
Dr Lara McCartney is an advanced trainee in generalist and consultation-liaison psychiatry under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Lara graduated from Monash Medical school in 2010. Prior to starting psychiatry training Lara spent time volunteering overseas in Cambodia and East Timor and completed two years as a junior doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Throughout her psychiatry training Lara has gained a broad experience in adult, child and aged mental health. In her advanced training positions her focus of training has been on consultation liaison psychiatry work, eating disorders and epilepsy. Lara's current works in the neuropsychiatry team as the epilepsy fellow working with the Royal Melbourne Hospital's comprehensive epilepsy program.