Neuropsychiatry sits at the clinical interface of psychiatry, neurology and general medicine, and is committed to understanding brain-behaviour relationships and caring for individuals who suffer from neuropsychiatric illness. The specialty is frequently referred to as ‘organic’ psychiatry and addresses the issues of mental health disorders and biological brain disease.
Learn more about The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Section of Neuropsychiatry.
The Modern Neuropsychiatrist
Neuropsychiatrists see patients with a wide range of disorders of behaviour, emotion or cognition associated with organic brain disease, particularly neurological or neurodegenerative disorders.
As well as psychiatric expertise, the modern neuropsychiatrist has knowledge of neuroimaging, neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology, cognition, genetics and rare neuropsychiatric conditions and has access to these assessments and respective services.
Our Consultant Neuropsychiatrist on the Neuropsychiatry Team at RMH, Dr Samantha Loi, shares her experience in A Day in the Life of a Neuropsychiatrist
Our team has specialist knowledge and expertise in the diagnosis and management of disorders that too often fall "through the gaps" in the health care system.
We see adults with a wide range of disorders of behaviour, emotion and/or cognition associated with neurological and psychiatric illness; and patients with treatment-resistant illness. These disorders include:
The Neuropsychiatry Team is committed to meeting its goals, within a philosophy which embraces the needs of the patient and their family. These goals are:
To consistently deliver and build upon the high level of specialist assessment and care provided to patient's and their families.
To employ a multidisciplinary approach in comprehensively assessing the impact of mental illness, neuropsychiatric, neurocognitive, neurodegenerative, and neurological disorders on the patient's daily function and lifestyle.
To create a supportive environment for patients, their families, carers and supporters, and staff.
To continue conducting world-leading, internationally-recognised research to improve the evidence-based treatment and management of neuropsychiatric, neurocognitive, neurodegenerative, and neurological disorders.
We are the mental health service of The Royal Melbourne Hospital. Find out more about The Royal Melbourne Hospital, our vision and values.
Our multidisciplinary team has over 100 years combined knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnostic, discharge planning/follow up management and care of patients.