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.
DR RAMON MOCELLIN MBBS MSc MMed FRANZCP
Dr Ramon Mocellin completed his medical training at the University of Melbourne in 1989. After completing a Master of Science in the Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital he had number of years experience as a registrar in neurology, general medicine and geriatric medicine. He obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2004 whilst completing advanced training in Psychiatry of Old Age. In May 2004 he was appointed as the consultant psychiatrist for the Northern Aged Psychiatry Assessment and Treatment Team and as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he is involved in consultation-liaison neuropsychiatry, the RMH Comprehensive Epilepsy Programme, and outpatient neuropsychiatry. Dr Mocellin has an interest in neuropsychiatric disorders of old age, dementia and epilepsy. He is currently involved in the development of an outpatient service at the Neuropsychiatry Unit for patients with early-onset dementia. He has published in areas of investigation-negative encephalopathies, hallucinatory phenomena, and auto-immune CNS states.
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 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 GABRIELLE MATTA
Dr Gabrielle Matta is an advanced trainee in psychiatry. She is the current neuroimaging fellow in the Neuropsychiatry Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She completed her medical degree at the University of New South Wales in 2010 and was awarded the Neil McConaghy Prize for Psychiatry. She began her psychiatry training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney before moving to Melbourne and completing her basic psychiatry training at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. She is an active member of the Victorian Association of Psychiatry Trainees (VAPT) and served as its President for 2015. She finished a Master of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne in 2015 and was the Bruce Singh Award recipient for best performance in the course. She also undertook a rotation in the Professorial Unit at The Melbourne Clinic last year. She has interests in research and medical education and will complete her psychiatry training in 2017. She plans to gain experience in and work in a regional area of Australia.
DR DHAMIDHU ERATNE BHB MBChB FRANZCP
Dr Dhamidhu Eratne completed his medical training at the University of Auckland in 2007. After completing rotations in general medicine, general surgery and medical subspecialties, he commenced training in psychiatry in 2008 under the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has worked in numerous services in Auckland and across New Zealand, and his training and work as a psychiatric registrar has included acute adult psychiatry, community adult and child and adolescent psychiatry, as well as extensive experience in consultation-liaison psychiatry and the psychiatry of old age. During this time he has been actively involved in formal training and teaching to University of Auckland medical students. Dr Eratne is currently an advanced trainee doing the certificate of advanced training in consultation-liaison psychiatry, and has broad interests in particular the psychiatry of old age, neuropsychiatry and the interface between psychiatry, neurology and the rest of general medicine. He currently works on the inpatient unit as part of a multidisciplinary team focusing primarily on the assessment of complex neuropsychiatric disorders.
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 FRAN VALMORBIDA-MCSTEEN