Practising at: The Melbourne Clinic (Inpatients/Outpatients), Epworth Hospital, Cabrini Hospital, RMH Private Medical Centre (Consults)
Associate Professor Mark Walterfang graduated in medicine from University of Queensland with honours in 1993, and completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000. He then worked as a consultant psychiatrist at the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Sunshine Hospital and as a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuropsychiatry Unit for two years. During this time he was appointed Academic Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Psychiatry. From 2003-2005 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Health Research Institute, involved in neuroimaging research as part of a Stanley Foundation Centre Grant, and from 2006 has been a research fellow at the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre. Dr Walterfang has also been involved in the development in a number of clinical tools for use in psychiatric patients in the areas of cognition and behavioural observation, and their validation in a variety of medical, neurological and psychiatric settings.
He has practised at an oupatient level at the Melbourne Clinic as a general adult psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist since 2001, and has been an accredited visiting specialist at Epworth Hospital since 2010. In addition, in 2010 he began undertaking multidisciplinary neuropsychiatric assessments as part of a Melbourne Clinic Neuropsychiatry service.
Associate Professor Walterfang has significant experience in clinical neuropsychiatry, having managed both inpatients and outpatients at the Neuropsychiatry Unit at Royal Melbourne Hospital since 2000. This is an eight-bed inpatient unit that admits patients from across Victoria, and occasionally interstate and overseas, to undertake gold-standard neuropsychiatric assessments on complex patients with a wide range of conditions including neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, early-onset dementia, post-infective and post-traumatic organic brain syndromes, somatoform disorders, and other cognitive disorders. He is experienced in undertaking baseline cognitive assessments, managing secondary psychiatric syndromes in neurological disorders, and dealing with the psychological sequelae of major neurological and psychiatric illness. He has particular interest and expertise in the use of neuroimaging to aid in the diagnosis of complex neuropsychiatric disorders.
Dr Walterfang through his role in the Neuropsychiatry Unit has also developed considerable expertise in offering consultative opinions on complex patients, either as second opinions in an outpatient setting, or in a consultation-liaison hospital setting. He is an accredited specialist at Epworth Hospital, and is available for consults on medical, surgical and rehabilitation inpatients at Epworth Richmond. He also admits patients with neuropsychiatric disorders for treatment or assessment to The Melbourne Clinic.
Alongside his neuropsychiatric practice, Dr Walterfang also continues to practice general adult psychiatry, seeing patients with a wide wange of mental illnesses, and with a particular interest in psychotherapy for anxiety and depression.
Associate Professor Walterfang has an significant track record in neuromaging research, in particular volumetric research in major mental illness. He completed his PhD studies at the University of Melbourne in neuroimaging in psychiatric illness, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. With Dr Dennis Velakoulis, he developed, validated and published the cognitive screening tool, the NUCOG, and has involved in conceptualising and delivering a number of other carer- and clinician-rated cognitive tools for psychiatric practice. He has also been involved in research into rare neurometabolic disordes which present with psychiatric illness, in particular Niemann-Pick type C disease (a rare cholesterol storage disorder affecting 1 in 150,000 Australians) and chorea-acanthocytosis (a rare membrane protein disorder that causes abnormal movements much like Huntington's disease).
He has published over one hundred Medline-indexed scientific publications in major psychiatric, neurological and neuroimaging journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the British Journal of Psychiatry, Neurology, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (JNNP), Schizophrenia Research, Neuroimage, Movement Disorders, Human Brain Mapping, the American Journal of Neuroradiology and the Journal of Inherited and Metabolic Disease.
He is also one of a handful of Australian authors to be invited to contribute a chapter to the world's most popular and respected psychiatric reference text, Sadock's Comprehensive Psychiatry - with an update due for publication in 2016.
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Clinical referrals generally will need to be made by a medical practitioner to attract a medicare rebate. Referrals are accepted from general practitioners and other medical specialists and can be sent to the below address, fax number or email address. Second opinions for possible oragnic psychiatric disorders, neurodegenerative or neurometabolic disorders, dementia, or complex cases from other mental health practitioners are welcomed.
For consults at the Epworth Hospital (Richmond), Cabrini Hospital (Malvern, Elsternwick and Hopetoun), or the Royal Melbourne Hospital Private Medical Centre, other medical practitioners can reach Dr Walterfang directly through the relevant hospital's switchboard.
For discussions about consultative work, please contact Dr Walterfang as per the details below.
Associate Professor Mark Walterfang
140 Church St
Tel: 03 94201453
Fax: 03 94291548
Cabrini Elsternwick Rehabilitation Services: Elsternwick & Hopetoun
For Consults Tel: 03 95081222
Dr Walterfang is available to consult patients as an outpatient at the Melbourne Clinic Consulting Suites, and to admit patients directly to the inpatient unit(s) at the Melbourne Clinic. For psychiatric consults on medical/surgical/rehabilitation patients, he is available at Epworth Richmond/Freemasons, Cabrini Hospital, and Melbourne Private Hospital.
Melbourne Private Hospital, Parkville
For Consults Tel: 03 93427000