PROF DENNIS VELAKOULIS MBBS MPM DipCrim 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 150 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 DMedSc 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.
JOANNE BEVILACQUA BBSc BSW MClinFamTherapy
JoAnne Bevilacqua commenced in the newly created Social Work position in April 2004. JoAnne has a B.B.Sc (La Trobe university) and B.B.S.W (University of Melbourne), and MaClFTh (La Trobe University) She has been a practising social worker since 1989, and has experience in a variety of settings, including child welfare and home based care. JoAnne values collaborative multidisciplinary working relationships with allied fields to achieve comprehensive assessments with the intention of developing discharge plans that meet patients' individual needs and reflect best practice. She is strongly client focussed and has a solid working knowledge of community resources. JoAnne is a member of VAFT, and has a particular interest in family work. During 2011 she undertook a period of employment with Alzheimer's Australia (Victoria) in a Younger-Onset Dementia role.
DR WENDY KELSO BSc Hons DPsych (Clin Neuro) CCN MAPS
Dr Wendy Kelso completed a Bachelor of Science (Hons) at the University of Melbourne and a Doctorate of Psychology at Victoria University. She began her career working with children and families with Turners syndrome at the Royal Childrens Hospital, Parkville. After relocating to Newcastle, she commenced working as a Clinical Neuropsychologist for the Neuropsychiatry Service, James Fletcher Hospital and the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, John Hunter Hospital. In her role at the Neuropsychiatry Service she gained valuable clinical and research experience working with people who had a diverse range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. While in Newcastle she developed an interest in Young Onset Dementia. She then moved to Sydney to work with Professor Tony Broe in co-ordinating the Cognitive Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital. She was an Honorary Research Officer at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute and worked with Dr Clement Loy and Professor John Hodges in setting up a specialist Fronto-Temporal Dementia (FTD) clinic. She has considerable experience in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of individuals with Young Onset Dementia and feels privileged to be able to provide counselling, support and education for family members and carers. She continues to be involved in education and training for health professionals and external service providers. As part of her role at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital she is involved in developing and improving models of service provision for people with Young Onset Dementia and their families.
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 70 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".