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Professor Brian Draper

Central Psychiatry
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b.draper@unsw.edu.au

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Key Roles:
Conjoint Professor, School of Psychiatry, UNSW
Clinical Lead, Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) - Assessment and Better Care, based at UNSW;

Honorary Senior Research Fellow Neurosciences Research Australia

Research Interests:
My interests are on clinical aspects of mental health problems in old age. My main focus is dementia including NHMRC funded studies of young onset dementia (INSPIRED Study), dementia in acute hospitals (Hospital Dementia Services Project), cognitive and mental disorders in older Aboriginal Australians (Koori Growing Old Well Study), behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (PARO study), carer stress and mild cognitive impairment (Sydney Memory and Ageing Study). I collaborate with a range of institutions around Australia including Griffith University, the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare, University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney and Monash University. My second main area of interest is suicidal behaviour in late life with collaborative work funded by ARC and NHMRC being undertaken with colleagues around Australia and internationally. I am on the research advisory committee for the LifeSpan project of suicide prevention being run by the Black Dog Institute. I have a particular interest in ethical issues of end of life care and am a member of the Palliative Care Clinical Studies Collaborative with particular involvement as a CI on a NHMRC funded study of the antipsychotic treatment of delirium in palliative care. I have also been undertaking research and clinical collaborations examining drug & alcohol issues in late life including their comorbidity (cognitive disorders, mood disorders, suicidal behaviour).

Broad Research Areas:
Ageing, Evidence Based Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Education, Clinical Research

Qualifications:
MB BS MD UNSW, FRANZCP

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Board Member, International Psychogeriatric Association; Associate Editor, 'Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior'; Member, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW; Scientific Advisor American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Member of: WHO Consultation Group on the Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Older Adults for ICD-11 revision; Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel Alzheimer's Disease International; International Association for Suicide Prevention; NSW Association of Mental Health; Australian & New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine; Alzheimer's Association, N.S.W.; Suicide Prevention Australia; Drugs & Therapeutics Committee, Prince of Wales Hospital Campus;  Honorary Senior Research Fellow Neurosciences Research Australia; Past Chair, Psychogeriatric Care Expert Reference Group, Department of Health & Ageing, Canberra; Past Chair, Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP; Past Chair IPA BPSD Shared Interest Group; past co-Chair, Expert Advisory Group for Older People’s Drug & Alcohol Project, MHDAO, NSW Ministry of Health.

Specific Research Keywords:
Dementia, Psychogeriatrics, Outcomes Research, Depression, Suicide