Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Melbourne University

Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Melbourne University

group_AUPOAContact Information

  Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age
NorthWestern Mental Health, Melborne Health
RMH Royal Park Campus, Ground Fl, Bldg 5
34-54 Poplar Road
Parkville, Victoria 3052 Australia

  Stephanie Perin +614 3 8387 2483



Site Coordinators

Stephanie Perin
Phone: +614 3 8387 2483

Joy Preston

Site Investigators

Ames_AUPOADavid Ames, MD

David Ames qualified MB BS from the University of Melbourne in December 1978 with honours in Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, winning the Upjohn prize for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. After internship and junior resident medical officer experience at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (1979-1981) he trained in Psychiatry at the Royal Melbourne (1982-1984), Friern and Royal Free Hospitals (London UK) (1984-1987) completing research for an MD on depression in residential homes for the elderly under the supervision of Anthony Mann and Nori Graham (1989). After his return to Australia David Ames co-founded Victoria’s first memory clinic with Leon Flicker (1988) and was appointed senior lecturer in psychiatry of old age and consultant psychiatrist at Royal Park/Royal Melbourne Hospitals (1989). He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1995 and moved from Royal Park to Broadmeadows Health service in 1999. In April 2005 David Ames took up the chair of psychiatry of old age for the University of Melbourne at St Vincent’s Health, St George’s Hospital Kew. He moved to become director of the National Ageing Research Institute Parkville and University of Melbourne Professor of Ageing and Health in September 2007 but retains clinical and research links with the academic unit for psychiatry of old age at St George’s Hospital.


goh_AUPOAAnita Goh, Dpsych

Since graduation from a Doctorate of Clinical Neuropsychology, Anita has actively and successfully combined academia and research with clinical work. Clinically, Anita is an associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society and is fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. She has worked at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, since 2006, a specialist state-wide assessment service for those with both neurological and psychiatric symptoms. In her capacity as a clinician, she is responsible for inpatient and outpatient assessment of patients, as part of a multidisciplinary team. She is also coordinator of the Huntington’s disease Clinic, which is run with the collaboration of Huntington’s Victoria.

As a research fellow at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age at the University of Melbourne, her principal research interests are psychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative disorders, cognitive changes in the same, with a specialisation in Huntington’s disease (HD). She is also active in the field of discrimination in psychiatric illness and in old age. Her work in international, multi-centre HD research has resulted in publications and presentations at national and international forums. She has already fostered and established strong international collaborations, regularly presents her research in the USA, and has a growing international reputation that she is focused on pursuing and nurturing.


Edmond Chiu, MD

Samantha Loi, Mpsych

Terry Chong, MD