Professor Philip Morris

  • Professor Philip LP Morris - President Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
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  • Professor Philip Morris is President of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association and Medical Director of the Gold Coast Memory Disorders Clinic.  He has a private psychiatric, psychogeriatric and medico-legal practice on the Gold Coast. 

    Philip is Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Forensic Excellence, Faculty of Law, Bond University.  Professor Morris has held professor positions in psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland, and at the School of Health Sciences at Bond University.

    His clinical and research interests include the psychiatric care of adult patients, medical and surgical patients (consultation–liaison psychiatry), neuropsychiatry/psycho geriatrics, post-trauma syndromes, clinical drug trials, and co morbid drug and alcohol and psychiatric conditions. He has published many scientific articles and reports and has won a number of competitive government research grants as well as pharmaceutical industry support for drug trials.

Professor Vaughan Carr

Vaughan Carr graduated in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1972 and received his training in psychiatry at the University of Rochester (1974-78) and Yale University (1978-80) in the USA.   After 8 years as an academic psychiatrist at the University of Adelaide, he took up the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Newcastle in 1989 and Director, Hunter New England Mental Health Services from 1997 to 2005. He was Founding Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health in Newcastle from 1992 to 1997, and President of the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research (ASPR) in 1997-98. In 1999 he became Founding Director of Newcastle’s Centre for Mental Health Studies, a multi-disciplinary organisation for research, education and service evaluation in mental health, which in 2006 merged with neurosciences under his leadership to become a Priority Research Centre of the University of Newcastle, the Centre for Brain and Mental Health Research.

He was appointed Scientific Director of the Schizophrenia Research Institute in 2004 and the Institute’s Chief Executive Officer in 2007, positions that he continues to hold. Vaughan Carr is a recipient of the ASPR Organon Research Award (1987), the ASPR Novartis Oration (2003), and the ASPR Founders’ Medal (2006). He is the lead investigator of a national schizophrenia research bio-bank involving collaborators in four states and lead investigator on a population-based longitudinal study of children. He has publications in the areas of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, early psychosis, depression, post-traumatic stress, mental health care delivery in general practice, child psychiatry, cognitive neuroscience, genetics, mental health service evaluation, alcohol and drug abuse, psychotherapy and health economics. He is currently Professor of Schizophrenia Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of New South Wales.

Professor Kuruvilla George

georgeKuruvilla George was born in Singapore and did his schooling in Singapore. He completed his medical education in India and his post-graduation as a psychiatrist in UK. He currently lives in Melbourne Australia, where he is the Director of Aged Person's Mental Health and Director of Medical Services at Peter James Centre and Wantirna Health. He is also the Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for the state of Victoria in Australia. KG as he is fondly known is a Clinical Professor at Deakin University, Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University Of Notre Dame. He was recently appointed to the board of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Rights Commission.

Dr Kairi Kolves

Dr Kairi Kõlves is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) since 2009. She specialises in suicidology as well as medical sociology and epidemiology. She has been working in suicide research and prevention since 1998. Between 1999 and 2008, she worked at the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute in Estonia.She has been involved in different Australian, Estonian and international projects and has published over 40 peer reviewed papers about suicide research and prevention.

Professor Cynthia Shannon Weickert

Professor Cynthia Shannon Weickert is the Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research, Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. This is a joint position between Schizophrenia Research Institute, the University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia.

Prof Shannon Weickert's research centres on the molecular developmental neurobiology of schizophrenia. She earned a PhD in Biomedical Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City and completed postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Mental Health rising to the level of Unit Chief of MiNDS (Molecules in the Neurobiology and Development of Schizophrenia).

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