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CLINICAL DIRECTOR & CONSULTANT NEUROPSYCHIATRIST
PROF DENNIS VELAKOULIS MBBS MPM DipCrim DMedSci 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 almost 300 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.
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CONSULTANT NEUROPSYCHIATRIST
PROF MARK WALTERFANG MBBS Hons PhD FRANZCP

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 phenylketonuria and Niemann-Pick disease type C, and in shape analysis of cortical and subcortical regions in neurodegenerative disorders. He has published over 150 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".
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CONSULTANT NEUROPSYCHIATRIST
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.
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CONSULTANT NEUROPSYCHIATRIST
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.
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CONSULTANT NEUROPSYCHIATRIST
DR SARAH FARRAND MBBS BBioMedSci FRANZCP
Dr Sarah Farrand is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and has worked at the Neuropsychiatry Unit since 2016. Sarah completed her medical training at the University of Sydney in 2009 before joining the training program at NorthWestern Mental Health in 2011, receiving her fellowship with RANZCP in 2018. Sarah completed her Masters of Psychiatry through The University of Melbourne in 2015 and is commencing a PhD. Sarah's areas of clinical and research interest include deep brain stimulation, health outcomes in young onset dementia, organic psychosis and psychiatric disorders and sex differences in neurodegenerative disorders.
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CONSULTANT NEUROLOGIST
DR ANDREW EVANS MBBS MD FRACP

His main clinical interests are general neurology, pharmacological and surgical management of movement disorders, neurobehavioural medicine, neurophysiology and botulinum toxin treatment of dystonia and spasticity. Dr Evans has an active private practice based in central Melbourne.
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.
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INPATIENT UNIT REGISTRAR
DR PAUL FREDERICK BBioMedSc Hons MD MPM
Dr Paul Frederick is the current Inpatient Registrar at the Neuropsychiatry Unit.  He is a trainee with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and is currently completing his Advanced Certificate in the Psychiatry of Old Age. Paul has particular interests in neurodegenerative conditions and healthy ageing.
Paul completed medical training at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and worked at St Vincent’s Hospital before joining the psychiatry training program at NorthWestern Mental Health in 2017. He completed a Masters of Psychiatry through the University of Melbourne in 2019. In addition to his medical training, Paul holds a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Neuroscience) from the University of Melbourne and has conducted research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.



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EPWORTH NEUROPSYCHIATRY REGISTRAR
DR NICHOLAS BURGESS MD MPsych BBiomedSci
Dr Nicholas Burgess is a senior psychiatry registrar and advanced trainee in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Nicholas studied post-graduate medicine and Masters of Psychiatry through the University of Melbourne, prior to studying medicine he completed his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Science through Monash University. Nicholas currently works providing neuropsychiatric liaison to the comprehensive epilepsy program at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and has particular interests in the intersection between psychiatry and neurology, as well as functional neurological disorders and the psychotherapies.

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EPILEPSY REGISTRAR
DR ANTHONY HEW MBBS Hons BHlthSc MPsych
Dr Anthony Hew is a senior registrar and an advanced trainee with the RANZCP who is completing dual certificate training in both addiction psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry. He commenced psychiatry training with NorthWestern Mental Health in 2016 and has worked across a range of different psychiatric settings, including youth, inpatient and old age psychiatry. During his training, Anthony has developed a particular interest in the interface between the mind and body, substance use, addictions and brain function.
Anthony is interested in research and has experience as a clinical doctor and investigator for multi-site clinical trials. He will be working on research projects within the neuropsychiatry and epilepsy units. Anthony also enjoys teaching and lectures to the University of Melbourne medical students.