The academic activity of the Mental Health Clinical Service Unit at the Austin is led by the Department of Psychiatry. There is a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research at the
Austin Hospital that the Department is proud to sustain and develop. The rare diversity of clinical services makes Psychiatry at Austin Health both a sought after training experience and,
with the new Melbourne Brain Centre on site, a unique research resource. The Department fosters research across the wide range of clinical services at Austin Health, but has particular
strengths in the somatoform disorders, psychopharmacology and perinatal psychiatry.
Professor Richard Kanaan explores the neuropsychology of somatoform disorders, binding psychosocial complexity with the objectivity of brain imaging, collaborating closely with the
Melbourne Brain Centre. Anne Buist is Professor of Women's Mental Health, with a program of increasing awareness of perinatal women's mental health issues and educating health
professionals in their detection and management. She also studies child abuse and perinatal depression, drugs in breast milk, and improving outcomes for children using attachment theory.
Associate Professors Trevor Norman and James Olver work in the psychopharmacology of mood and anxiety disorders, stress and circadian rhythms, exploring pharmacokinetics and
metabolism in the laboratory techniques, neurotransmitter involvement with positron emission technology, and their cognitive and motor effects using neuropsychology.
Professor Richard Kanaan, Chair of Psychiatry
Professor Richard Kanaan is the Chair of Psychiatry. Professor Kanaan was previously based at the Maudsley Hospital Institute of Psychiatry in London where he pursued research in a range of areas, from the structural connectivity of schizophrenia to the psychosocial determinants of conversion disorder, using a breadth of methods from philosophical analysis to functional neuroimaging.
The most challenging problems in psychiatry will only be solved when biological investigation accommodates patients' psychological and social realities. Professor Richard Kanaan Chair of Psychiatry at Austin Health