THE PROFESSORIAL UNIT
Albert Road Clinic (ARC) is a private psychiatric hospital located close to Melbourne's city centre. ARC is an 80-bed facility, encompassing associated consulting suites, day program facilities
and the University of Melbourne Professorial Psychiatry Unit. ARC's inpatient facilities include an Adult Psychiatry Unit, an Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit, a Psychogeriatric Unit and a
Parent Infant Psychiatry Unit. ARC also provides a series of Day Programs and Outreach services specific to these groups.
The Professorial Psychiatry Unit at ARC focuses on tertiary care of patients with diagnostically challenging or refractory mood or anxiety disorders, including in the post-partum period. The
Unit is also responsible for the teaching program at ARC for final year MD students and RANZCP trainees, as well as involvement in the ARC electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) training
program, the first accredited ECT training program in Victoria.
Current areas of research interest include the phenomenology of mood and anxiety disorders, particularly in relation to course of illness; psychopharmacology; the provision of psycho
education to patients and their families affected by mood disorders and outcome based research including the outcome of day programmatic treatment for borderline personality disorder. The
Unit also has an ongoing interest in the phenomenology and management of behaviours of concern following ABI.
Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Director, Professorial Psychiatry Unit
Professor Malcolm Hopwood is the Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, based at the Albert Road Clinic (ARC) in Melbourne. He is the Director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit (ARC), which specialises in the assessment and treatment of complex mood and anxiety disorders. His research areas of interest include psychopharmacology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders. He has led research into psychiatric aspects of Aquired Brain Injury (ABI) and other neuropsychiatric disorders, has held several senior positions within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and in 2013 was voted the President Elect of the College.
Mental illness causes huge personal and societal distress, burden and sadly, tragedy. To collaborate in translating the outputs of the neuroscience revolution to better prevention and care is a challenging, exciting and rewarding task. Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Ramsay Health Care Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Professorial Psychiatry Unit