The Clinical Neuropsychiatry Stream of the MNC is based at the Neuropsychiatry Unit (NPU), John Cade Building, Royal Melbourne Hospital. The NPU is a statewide specialist mental health service that offers neuropsychiatric assessment and advice to psychiatric, neurological and other medical and mental health services.
Prof Mark Walterfang (Consultant Psychiatrist)
Dr Ramon Mocellin (Consultant Psychiatrist)
We are a multidisciplinary team including consultant neuropsychiatrists, neuropsychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, behavioural neurologists, training psychiatrists, resident medical officers and mental health and general medical nursing.
The unit offers inpatient, outpatient, off-site and telemedicine assessments to other services across the state and the region. With expertise in organic mental disorders, early onset and atypical dementia, Huntington's disease, epilepsy, neurodegenerative conditions, neuroimaging in mental illness, chronic psychotic disorders, movement disorders, ECT and psychosurgery, the unit has strong links to research in cognitive and clinical neuropsychiatry and training within the North-Western Mental Health Region and beyond.
The unit is involved in a range of world-leading research endeavours, innovative educational programmes, and training of mental health clinicians to meet the future specialised mental health needs of the community. The NPU has undertaken research work across a number of neuropsychiatric conditions.
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