Welcome from the Department Head

The Department has major clinical teaching and research units throughout Melbourne, comprising of a number of valuable clinical partners. The Department is part of the Melbourne Medical School within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.


The Department of Psychiatry is committed to the prevention of mental illness and improved quality of life for individuals affected by mental illness both nationally and internationally. We aim to be recognised as world leaders in education and research in biological, applied and translational psychiatry.

The future

The Department of Psychiatry has unique strength around biological and translational psychiatry research which is internationally recognised. Together with clinical collaborations and involvement in mental health policy and practice, this provides a stimulating environment for learning and research training programs. Our research is driven by pure and applied questions that require cross-disciplinary approaches and partnerships with diverse community organisations especially those effected with mental illness. The research informs our teaching and clinical training and engagement with the wider community.

Mal Hopwood

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Professor Mal Hopwood has taken up the position of Interim Head of Department of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne in August 2017. He completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Melbourne in 1997. After working in the public health-care system for many years, he has held the position of Professor of Psychiatry with Ramsay Health Care at The University of Melbourne and Clinical Director, Professorial Psychiatry Unit at the Albert Road Clinic since 2013.  His research interests include basic neurobiology and clinical aspects of mood and anxiety disorders, psychopharmacology, mental health care systems and psychiatric aspects of acquired brain injury.  As Chief Investigator, he has been awarded current grant funding from the NHMRC, US Department of Defence and ISSCR totalling $4.8M.

Professor Hopwood has held a number of roles with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry (RANZCP). These include a two-year term as College President (2015-2017) and Victorian Branch Chair (2009-2013).  He was a member of General Council (2007-2009) and a member of the Board of Research for 10 years.  He is a member of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Section of Neuropsychiatry.  From 2009 to 2016 he was Chair of the Board of the Summer Foundation, a not for profit organisation aiding people with neurological disability to access appropriate housing.  In 2017, he was nominated as President Elect of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations.

"Mental Health Disorders represent a huge personal and societal burden and yet remain poorly understood. The opportunity to contribute to development in this area has never ceased to be personally exciting and full of challenges."