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 (RANZCP) 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. During this time he was appointed Academic Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry. From 2003-2005 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute, and from 2006-2011 was a Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, becoming an Associate Professor of Neuropsychiatry in 2012. He completed his PhD in 2011, which was awarded the University of Melbourne's Chancellors' Prize. In 2016 he was appointed to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health as an Associate Professor. He has published more than 120 Medline-indexed scientific papers, and numerous book chapters, including being one of the few Australians to author a chapter in the world's largest and most respected psychiatric reference textbook, Kapan & Sadock's Compressive Psychiatry.
Associate Professor Walterfang has significant experience in clinical neuropsychiatry, having managed both inpatients and outpatients at the Neuropsychiatry Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital since 2000. This is an eight-bed inpatient unit that admits patients from across Victoria, and occasionally interstate and overseas, to undertake gold-standard neuropsychiatric assessments on complex patients with a wide range of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, early-onset dementia, post-infective and post-traumatic organic brain syndromes, somatoform disorders, and other cognitive disorders. He is experienced in undertaking baseline cognitive assessments, managing secondary psychiatric syndromes in neurological disorders, and dealing with the psychological sequelae of major neurological and psychiatric illness. He has particular interest and expertise in the use of neuroimaging to aid in the diagnosis of complex neuropsychiatric disorders.
He has practised at an oupatient level at the Melbourne Clinic as a general adult psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist since 2001, and has been an accredited visiting specialist at the Epworth group of Hospitals since 2010 and at the Cabrini group of Hospitals since 2011.
In the private hospital setting, he has significant experience in the management of acquired brain injury, multi-trauma, oncology, general neurology, rehabilitation, metabolic disorders and pain disorders. He is a member of the Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and a member of the Section of Neuropsychiatry of the RANZCP.