The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) conducts research focusing on mental and cognitive health in older age to advance knowledge, service delivery and care and help reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems and cognitive impairment in older age.
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- Healthy Ageing
Healthy ageing involves engaging in opportunities and positive steps so that middle-aged and older adults can optimise their health outcomes and enjoy a high quality of life. Within, you will find a range of resources that may provide you with the information you need in order to age well.View
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- BPSD Management Workshops
Here we list a variety of workshops purposed to help individuals and groups with managing those who may suffer from dementia and currently experience associated behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD).View
Welcome to the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, The University of Melbourne
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Director/current Interim Head, Melbourne Medical School
Deputy Director/current Acting Director
- Ellie Bucher
- Rhoda Lai
- Luella Mageean
- Jenny Southam
Nicola Dunlop, Personal Assistant to Director of AUPOA
- Associate Professor Alex Bahar-Fuchs, Principal Research Fellow
- Dr Tanya Clifton, Clinical Fellow
- Dr Zoe Cousins, Clinical Lecturer
- Dr Alby Elias, Senior Fellow
- Dr Hannah Malmberg Gavelin, Research Fellow
- Dr Anita Goh, Senior Research Fellow
- Associate Professor Samantha Loi
- Dr Liam Nalder, Clinical Fellow
- Rebecca Moorhead
- Stephanie Perin, Research Fellow
- Dr Marlene Tham, Clinical Fellow
- Dr Emily You, Research Fellow
- Diana Velasquez Reyes, Clinical Tutor
History of the Academic Unit
The Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age (AUPOA) at the University of Melbourne, was established in 1989 at two sites: Mont Park Hospital under the leadership of Professor Edmond Chiu, AM, who at that stage was also the Director of the Aged Psychiatry Service, North Eastern Metropolitan Psychiatric Service (NEMPS), and at Royal Park Hospital (Parkville), under the leadership of Professor David Ames.
In 1995, the Mont Park AUPOA site moved together with the NEMPS to St George's Hospital in Kew, and in 2001, became part of the St Vincent's Aged Mental Health Service.
In April 2005, after Professor Chiu's retirement, Professor Ames was appointed as head of the AUPOA. Both AUPOA sites were centralised at St George's Hospital in Kew following Professor Ames' appointment as director of the AUPOA.
In July 2015, the AUPOA moved back to the Royal Park Campus (now Royal Melbourne Hospital), to become an integral part of the Aged Person's Mental Health Program (APMHP) at North Western Mental Health (NWMH) as part of Melbourne Health. Since July 2023, after the disaggregation of NWMH, the AUPOA is now part of the new Older Mental Health Program, Royal Melbourne Hospital Mental Health Service.
In 2010, a book outlining the history of the Department of Psychiatry as told through personal reminiscences of past and present staff was published. This book, entitled: "The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne 1964-2009 - Personal Reminiscences" is currently available through the Department of Psychiatry and AUPOA. Please contact us more information via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.