THE Professorial UNIT
The Melbourne Clinic is Australia's largest private psychiatric hospital providing 175 inpatient beds, standalone day program center and an outreach service. The Centre is recognised
nationally and internationally for providing high quality, patient-centred care since opening in 1978. The Professorial Unit of The Melbourne Clinic conducts clinical and academic teaching for
university students and psychiatric trainees, and a research unit under the auspices of both the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne and Healthscope, Melbourne Clinic.
The Professorial Unit provides specialised treatment for mood disorders with complex diagnostic management problems through a multidisciplinary team, which include biological, psychosocial
and cognitive approaches. The Professorial Unit is committed to providing a synergy between clinical practice and research for best evidence practice in psychiatry, thus aiming to provide
improved mental health outcomes for all patients.
The major focus of the clinical and research activity is to improve knowledge and skills, grounded in innovative scientific research, that translate to direct patient care. To do this the
Professorial Unit initiates local research projects and forms research collaborations with other leading researchers both nationally and internationally. Projects include new and novel
approaches in the treatment of major depression, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other associated disorders.
Together with researchers and clinicians, the Professorial Unit conducts various studies including genetic markers for treatment response, clinical trials of new and adjunctive medications,
and complementary therapies to improve treatment practice.
Professor Chee Ng, Director
Professor Chee Ng is the Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry, Director of the Professorial Unit at The Melbourne Clinic. He has wide interest in academic and clinical psychiatry including pharmacogenetics, psychopharmacology of depression and bipolar disorder, transcultural psychiatry, and global mental health. He also holds the position of Director of International Unit, Department of Psychiatry at St Vincent's, Co-Director of Asia-Australia Mental Health, and Site Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health. He has served as an international mental health consultant for WHO, the Commonwealth of Nations and APEC,and worked on national mental health projects in Asia Pacific countries.
True innovations in mental health occur when science is translated into direct outcomes for patients, when diverse treatment approaches are personalized appropriately, and when services meet the holistic needs of the individual. Professor Chee Ng Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry and Director, Professorial Unit at the Melbourne Clinic