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Professor Henry Brodaty

Picture of Professor Henry BrodatyProfessor Henry Brodaty AO MB BS FRACP FRANZCP is Professor of Psychogeriatrics, University of New South Wales; Director, Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic, Prince of Wales Hospital.

He has served on several New South Wales and Commonwealth committees related to ageing and dementia. He has been a member of the reference group for the NSW Action Plan for Dementia since its inception and currently serves on the Commonwealth Dementia Task Force for the Minister for Ageing.

He is the immediate past chairman of Alzheimer's Disease International, representing 75 national Alzheimer Associations and is past president of Alzheimer's Australia and Alzheimer's Australia (NSW). He has published over 200 papers and book chapters, is on the editorial board of several journals and has been the recipient of a number of awards.

Current Positions

Foundation Professor of Psychogeriatrics at the University of New South Wales, 1990+; Director, Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry, Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals 1990+.


Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Medallion 1977 (top Australasian candidate RANZCP examination); Junior Organon Research Award, 1980; Ian Simpson Award for outstanding contribution to clinical psychiatry in Australasia, 1987; Bayer-AG International Psychogeriatric Association research award (equal second), 1989; UNSW Alumni Award 1993 (for contribution to community); Paul Harris International Fellowship, Sydney Rotary, 1995; Officer Order of Australia, 2000; Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Founder's medal, 2002; Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry's (RANZCP) Senior Organon Research Award, 2003.


Past president of Australian (1988-1991) and New South Wales (1982-1984; 1988-1991) Alzheimer's Associations.
Alzheimer's Disease International - Vice Chairman, 1998; Chairman, Medical & Scientific Advisory Committee, 1994-2002; Member, Executive Committee 1994-2005; Vice-president, 1984-1991; Honorary Vice-President 2005+.
International Psychogeriatric Association - Board of Directors, 1994- 2002. Chairman, Task Force on Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia, 2002-2006.

Member of various Australian Commonwealth and State committees advising on services for older people in general and for dementia in particular. Co-chairman NSW Task Force on Mental Health of Older People (1997). Member, Minister's Taskforce on Dementia: A National Mental Health Priority. Member, Guardianship Board, NSW, 1990-2001. Author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters; editor or sole author of eight books. Editorial Boards of 10 scientific journals, assessor for many journals.

Research Interests

Dementia, particularly Alzheimer's disease: mild cognitive impairment; psychiatric sequelae of stroke; detection and management of dementia by General Practitioners; the effects of dementia on family carers and on how best to help them; trials of new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease; the causes and management of behavioural and psychiatric complications of dementia (BPSD); nursing homes; late life depression.

Mild Cognitive Impairment: is defined as subjective memory complaints plus objective impairment associated with generally normal cognition and function. MCI is considered a precursor to dementia and an appropriate target for preventative or other intervention strategies.

Nursing homes. In Australia there are about 75,000 nursing home beds for which the total budget exceeds $2 billion per annum. Over two thirds of nursing home residents have dementia and they exhibit high rates of behavioural disturbances which are distressing to themselves, their families and the staff. We have been conducting a trial of different models of care to help these residents.

Stroke is currently the second leading cause of disease burden in men and women. We have been collaborating with the Neuropsychiatric Institute to study what predicts who will develop dementia and what are the rates of depression and other psychiatric problems after stroke.

Suicidal and self-destructive behaviour in the elderly. Older people, especially very old men, have very high rates of suicide. Sometimes suicidal behaviour may take other guises, as may be seen in nursing home residents.

Associate Professor Brian Draper

Picture of Associate Professor Brian DraperBrian Draper is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the School of Psychiatry and the School of Public Health & Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has been the Assistant Director of the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals, Sydney since 1992.

MB BS (Hons) 1978 (UNSW), FRANZCP 1985, MD 2002 (UNSW).

Dr Draper is Deputy Editor of the IPA Website and is the Assistant Editor (Internet) of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Bulletin, writing a regular column on website reviews. He is an assessor for many nationalm and international journals, publishers and granting bodies. He is a member of the Medicalm and Scientific Advisory Panel for Alzheimer's Disease International. He has served on local, state and national committees for mental health services and provided consultations on psychogeriatric services in Australia and overseas. Dr Draper was the foundation Chair of the Committee for Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP and was responsible for developing its curriculum and training program. He is Chair Elect of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP. He is Chair of the NSW Psychiatry Training Network Oversight Committee.

Dr Draper's research interests are diverse. He has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters on topics that include psychogeriatric service delivery, suicidal behaviour in old age, BPSD, carer stress, depression in old age, and professional development. He is the lead author of a 2004 WHO Health Evidence Network synthesis of the effectiveness of mental health service delivery to older people. He has written a book for the general public titled
'Dealing with Dementia' published in 2004 and has co-edited two academic books on Geriatric Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (2001) and Psychogeriatric Service Delivery: an International Perspective (2005).

Dr Karen Berman

Dr Berman is a physician, originally trained in South Africa, who is the Clinical Trial Coordinator at the Sydney Centre for Clinical Cognitive Research. She is also involved with research concerning the effects of Vitamin E in dementia, the psychological effects of macular degeneration and aiding caregivers of those with dementia.

Dr Annette Altendorf

Annette Altendorf is the Research Officer for the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry. She is the statistical consultant for the department and is involved in a number of different studies, including the Sydney Stroke Study and suicidal behaviour in the elderly.

Dr Adrienne Withall

Dr Adrienne Withall is a Research Psychologist within the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry.

Qualifications & Courses

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons), University of Sydney
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psych), University of Sydney, Department of Behavioural & Community Health Sciences "Cognitive Function and Recovery in Major Depressive Disorder"
  • Postgraduate Coursework in Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Counselling and Multivariate Statistics
  • Clinical Research Skills Workshop for Investigators


Brodaty H, Sachdev P, Withall A, Altendorf A, Valenzuela MJ & Lorentz L; Psychological Medicine 35: 1707-1716 (2005). Prevalence and clinical, neuropsychological and neuroimaging correlates of apathy following stroke - the Sydney Stroke Study.

Withall A, Harris L & Cumming S; Archives of General Psychiatry (submitted). The relationship between cognitive function and clinical and functional outcome in Major Depressive Disorder.

Withall A, Harris L, & Cumming S; Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (submitted). A longitudinal study of cognitive function in melancholic and non-melancholic subtypes of Major Depressive Disorder.

Brodaty H, Altendorf A, Withall A, Sachdev P; European Journal of Neurology (submitted). Doing well after stroke - The Sydney Stroke Study.

Brodaty H, Withall A, Altendorf A, Sachdev P; American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry . Frequency of post-stroke depression at 3 and 12 months and its relationship with cognitive decline: Results of the Sydney Stroke Study.

Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson works as a Research Psychologist within the department.


  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Currently enrolled in Master of Clinical Psychology, Bond University, Gold Coast
  • Registered with the Psychologist's Boards of New South Wales & Queensland
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society

Professional Experience

Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry

  • Psychologist - Northern Rivers Health Service
  • Psychologist/Team Leader - Child & Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) Gold Coast
  • Consulting Psychologist - Private Practice, Gold Coast
  • Psychologist - 'Contact House' - the treatment program of the Abused Child Trust of Queensland
  • Previous positions in community welfare and counselling services

Ms Lousia Gibson

Louisa Gibson is a Research Assistant within the Academic Department of Old Age Psychiatry.


  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture), University of Sydney
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology) Honours, University of Sydney


Brodaty H, Low L-F, Gibson L., Burns K. (2006); What is the best dementia screening instrument for general practitioners to use? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; 14(5), 391-400.

Ms Kim Burns

Kim Burns is a Research Assistant within the Academic Department of Old Age Psychiatry.

Ms Margaret Fitzgerald

Margaret Fitzgerald is the Administrative Officer for ADFOAP and Professor Henry Brodaty.

Ms Michele de Permentier

Michele dePermentier is the Administrative Officer for Associate Professor Brian Draper.

Ms Eveline Milne

Eveline Milne is the Research Administrator for the department and is involved particularly with the Sydney Stroke Study. Additionally Ms Milne is organising and cataloguing our department's reference library. She is also responsible for the production of our biannual Research Report.

Ms Lynne Seifman

Lynne Seifman is the Administrative Officer for the Sydney Centre for Clinical Cognitive Research.


Professor Brodaty's papers


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