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A Prof David BurkeA/Prof David Burke

JP, BMed, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Director of Psychogeriatrics, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr David Burke is a Senior Staff Specialist in Psychogeriatrics at St Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst, and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. In 2010 he was appointed Acting Director for Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP) for the St Vincent's Network (St Vincent's Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital, Darlinghurst, and St Joseph's Hospital, Auburn). Dr Burke has 20 years experience as a clinician and as a director of psychiatry of old age services, working in hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, and in community-outreach settings including seeing patients in general practices, community clinics, in their homes, and in hostels and nursing homes. He has significant experience in the education, training and supervision of medical students, junior medical officers, general practitioners, nursing staff and allied health staff. Dr Burke has published nationally and internationally on healthy brain ageing, education in psychiatry, psychogeriatric service delivery models, cognitive impairment and dementia, depression and psychosis in old age, and homelessness in the elderly.

 Dr Louisa NorrieDr Louisa Norrie

MBBS(Hons), FRANZCP

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Louisa Norrie is a consultant psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. She is a member of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, RANZCP and a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychiatry at the UNSW. Dr Norrie has worked in both private and public practice as an old age psychiatrist since 2009, with a particular interest in late life depression and mild cognitive impairment. Whilst working with the Ageing Brain Centre at the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Sydney, Dr Norrie was involved in a number of innovative projects that sought to investigate the neuropsychological and clinical correlates of late life depression and cognitive impairment; with a particular focus on identifying potential biomarkers that may enable earlier diagnosis, as well as on the role of intervention in mid-life to ensure better outcomes in ageing. She has published in a range of international peer reviewed journals. At St Vincent’s Hospital, Dr Norrie works as a staff specialist, part of a multidisciplinary team that provides inpatient, community and consultation psychogeriatric care to older adults with mental health problems.

Dr Katherine MullinDr Kate Mullin

MBChB, MPSY, FRANZCP

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Kate Mullin is a consultant psychiatrist and Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Dr Mullin has worked in public practice as an old age psychiatrist in Australia and New Zealand, with particular interest in ethnicity in dementia and late-onset psychosis. She has an interest in teaching and has previously received the Best Teacher Award, Student's Choice from the University of NSW. She has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and written textbook chapters. At St Vincent's Hosiptal, Dr Mullin works as a staff specialist providing psychogeriatric care in a multidisciplinary team across inpatient, community and consultation liaison settings.

Dr Jacqueline HuberDr Jacqueline Huber

BSc(Adv)(Physics Hons1), MBBS(Hons)

Advanced Trainee, Conjoint Associate Lecturer (UNSW and UND)

Dr Jacqueline Huber is the project manager for Psychogeriatric SOS, is an Advanced Trainee in Psychogeriatrics, and a Clinical Fellow in the St Vincent's Hospital Emergency Department. She has practiced for five years in the field of psychiatry and in that time gained significant experience in staff education, as well as liaising with and providing advice for General Practitioners in the local area. She engages in research and leadership in the public health system. Currently she sits on several administrative committees, has received the award for St Vincent's Registrar of the Year, and was Chief Psychiatry Registrar. Her clinical experience extends to multidisciplinary psychogeriatric collaboration in inpatient, outpatient and community settings, in patients' homes and residential aged care facilities in the inner city, metro and rural areas.

Ms Jenny KellyJenny Kelly

MMHN, Bsc (Hons), DipEd

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Jennifer Kelly is a part-time Clinical Nurse Consultant with the St Vincent's Psychogeriatric team.  She completed a Masters in Mental Health Nursing in Wollongong, she holds a Diploma of Higher Education in Mental Health Nursing from the UK and an Honours Degree in Intellectual Disability Nursing from Ireland.  Jennifer has gained significant clinical nursing experience as Clinical Nurse Specialist in St Vincent's Emergency Psychiatry.  In addition to Registered Nurse experience with in-patient psychiatric care in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as intellectual disability and forensic nursing in Ireland and the UK. Jennifer has worked as part of the Psychogeriatric team since 2012 and is experienced in the assessment and management of mental disorders/illnesses, cognitive disorders/dementias and associated psychological and behavioural disturbances, often in addition to medical co-morbidities or other complicating psycho-social issues in the geriatric population.  This experience spans from acute care, hospital and community care, using a multidisciplinary approach.  Jennifer provides an integral clinical role within the Psychogeriatric multidisciplinary team which includes mental health and cognitive assessments, ongoing clinical review and short term case management.  She also responds to new intake referrals, organises Psychogeriatric out patient and nursing home clinics and contributes to the education program.  Jennifer was a contributing author in "The St Vincent's Handbook of Clinical Psychogeriatrics" (2013).  Jennifer has a particular interest in mental health assessment, crisis intervention and relapse prevention in later life.

Ms Kate GreenKate Green

RMN, DipHE

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kate Green is a full-time Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Psychogeriatric Service at St Vincent's. She has completed a Diploma of Higher Education, and holds a degree in Nursing from the United Kingdon.  Kate has experience in the assessment and management of dementia and mental health in acute care, community and residential care settings, using a multidisciplinary team approach. Kate spent several years gaining significant experience at a specialised unit for Mental Health and Head Injuries in the UK, as well as being NUM in the forensic system in Sydney and New Zealand. While in New Zealand, Kate helped institute the Tidal Model, which concentrates on the patient's experience of mental illness in the context of a healthcare setting. Kate has worked as part of the Psychogeriatric team at St Vincent’s since 2013 where in addition to her clinical role, she is an integral member of the educational program, providing advice and clinical supervision for inpatient, community and residential aged care facility staff. Kate has a particular interest in the interplay between life-long chronic mental illness and the sequelae of advanced age.

Ms Zoe FalsterZoe Falster

BSc(Adv) (Psychol Hons), MClinPsych

Clinical Psychologist

Zoe Falster is a Clinical Psychologist with over seven years of clinical experience working with older adults. She has completed a post-graduate Masters in Clinical Psychology (UNSW) and a Graduate Certificate in Psychiatry of Old Age (NSW Institute of Psychiatry). Her current role entails assessment of mental health problems in older adults and the provision of evidence-based psychological therapies (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). She has played a key role in the development and ongoing delivery of a group CBT program for older people (‘Club Bright’). She also devises behaviour management plans for individuals with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, and conducts neuropsychological evaluation of patients for purposes of diagnosis, staging, and formal assessments of decision-making capacity. She practices across inpatient, outpatient, community-based and residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and has been heavily involved in implementing education programs throughout local RACFs. She continues to be involved in the supervision of postgraduate psychology students and allied health peers, regularly presents in professional training seminars and public education forums, and contributes to publications, including multiple chapters in the St Vincent’s Hospital Handbook of Clinical Psychogeriatrics.

Dr Zeeshan ShahnawazDr Zeeshan Shahnawaz

DCP/MSc, BSc(Hons)

Clinical Psychologist

Zeeshan Shahnawaz is a Clinical Psychologist who completed her training at the University of Sydney, graduating with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science in 2010. Her areas of interest include neuroscience, neuropsychology, and neurodegenerative disorders and she has published in these fields. Zeeshan joined the St Vincent’s Psychogeriatric team in December 2010, where she conducts individual and group psychotherapy, neuropsychological/capacity assessment and cognitive remediation, and behaviour management for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Zeeshan supervises postgraduate Clinical Psychology students, is a Conjoint Lecturer with the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, and a non-RANZCP Supervisor of college trainees for CBT/psychotherapy.

Ms Melissa SwiftMelissa Swift

BPsych(Hons), MClinPsych

Clinical Psychologist

Melissa joined the Psychogeriatric Mental Health Service at St Vincent's Hospital in 2012. In her current role, Melissa is involved in the delivery of evidence-based psychological treatment interventions for older people suffering from mental illness; behaviour management of patients with behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD); neuropsychological assessment; and the education of other healthcare professionals. She has a strong background in the clinical assessment, diagnosis, and cognitive-behavioural treatment of a wide array of psychogeriatric presentations, delivering treatment in both individual and group settings. Melissa has also conducted research in the areas of cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology, most recently looking at the effects of cognitive processing and arousal, during encoding, on emotional memory recall in models of post-traumatic stress.

Ms Claudia WoolfClaudia Woolf

BPsych(Hons1), MClinNeuroPsych

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Claudia Woolf obtained her Bachelor of Psychology (Hons1) from the University of NSW, and her Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne in 2012. Since then she has worked with the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and the Centre for Healthy Brain Aging on sentinel projects in Psychogeriatrics including the Sydney Memory and Aging Study, the Older Australian Twin Study and the Sydney Centenarian Study including coordination of the International Centenarian Consortium. She has published widely in this area and is skilled in study design, data analysis and critical evaluation. Claudia is also committed to providing an excellent clinical service. She has had wide experience in neurology (including complex epilepsy services and brain injury), drug and alcohol, and paediatric centers. Claudia has worked with the St Vincent's Psychogeriatric Team a short time, however she has made a significant impact due to her passionate advocacy for patients and carers in the context of neuropsychological testing, capacity assessments and diagnosis. Claudia is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, and College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

Ms Leanne KaplanLeanne Kaplan

BA-Psych (Hons), MClinNeuroPsych, MAPS

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Leanne recently joined the Psychogeriatric team at St. Vincent's Hospital after completing her Masters of Clinical Neuropsychology at Macquarie University. In her current role, Leanne is involved in neuropsychological assessment, behavioural management of patients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and the delivery of psychological interventions for people suffering with mental illness. She also holds the position of Clinical Neuropsychologist at Concord Repatriation General Hospital specialising in Aged Care and Rehabilitation. She has a strong background in neurodegenerative disorders and has conducted assessments to aid differential diagnosis and address issues of guardianship and capacity. Throughout her studies, Leanne completed Clinical Neuropsychology placements in the areas of Mental Health and Geriatrics and has a keen interest in the impact of psychological disorders on cognitive functioning. She has conducted research and published in the areas of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, most recently looking at the impact of deep brain stimulation on cognition in patients with Parkinson's disease. Leanne is also trained in several cognitive remediation techniques and has facilitated group remediation sessions. While living in the United Kingdom, Leanne worked at a dementia specific hostel where she was involved in developing and implementing therapeutic activities for residents.

Ms Elizabeth LoveElizabeth Love

BA, BSW, MMH(Older Person)

Social Worker

Elizabeth (Libby) Love is a Senior Social Worker who was awarded a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Psychology and Sociology) at the University of Sydney in 2002. She worked as an inpatient and community Social Worker for St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney initially, specialising in HIV and Aged Care, but moved to Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital London to obtain specific experience in the Social Services model for Aging and Disability.  When she returned to St Vincent's Hospital she was appointed as the first social worker to join the Psychogeriatric team in a new position created in 2010. Since then has been a staff and student supervisor, completing a supervision course accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers in 2011, and in 2013 she obtained a Masters of Mental Health (Older Person) at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry. Her passion for education is reflected in her role with the University of Sydney, for whom she teaches 3rd year social work students. She also co-authored 5 chapters in the “St Vincent’s Hospital Handbook of Clinical Psychogeriatrics” including being the lead author of the chapter “Squalor and Hoarding”. Libby is particularly passionate about promoting older people's rights, as far as is safely possible.

Ms Danielle Gately Danielle Gately

BOccThy

Occupational Therapist

Danielle completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at The University of Newcastle. Following this, she began employment in the Occupational Therapy department of St Vincent's Hospital. During her employment with St Vincent's she has worked within the acute care setting as well as in the community as part of the Transitional Aged Care Program. She was the first Occupational Therapist to join the Psychogeriatric team in 2012.

Danielle is involved in the assessment of clients' physical, cognitive and psychological skills across a range of functional tasks including basic self care, home management, and community living skills. Danielle has a key role in conducting functional assessments to address independent living, environmental interventions, need for support and care services, accommodation arrangements, and quality of life. Danielle has a passion for maximising personal productivity, engagement, independence, safety and quality of life in older adults.

Ms Ciara WilsonCiara Wilson

BSc Nursing Studies

Registered Nurse

Ciara Wilson works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist within the Dementia Nursing Service working side by side with the Psychogeriatric Team at St Vincent's hospital Darlinghurst. She completed a Diploma in Nursing in 1997 at the University of Middlesex in the UK and then completed a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Ciara has a vast amount of experience working within the community setting both in the UK and Australia. She has worked as a dementia nurse at St Vincent's for over 10 years, specializing in the short-to medium term case management within a Multidisciplinary team. Ciara's particular interest is working closely with carers in a supportive advocating role. She currently runs a carers group which is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month to support and educate cares to achieve the best outcomes.

Mr Jai NandraJai Nandra

BNurs

Registered Nurse

Jai Nandra is a full time registered nurse working in the Dementia Nurses team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Darlinghurst. He graduated from University of Tasmania in 2007 with a Bachelor of Nursing degree and a Graduate Certificate in Community Care, from Griffith University in 2013. Jai has been with St Vincent’s Hospital for over 5 years. A major part of his role is to case manage dementia patients, and provide education and support to relatives and carers of dementia clients. Part of his role is to liaise with other medical professional, as part of a multidisciplinary team who ensure quality care for all dementia clients.

Ms Karen EconomouKaren Economou

BASocSci(Psych, Soc), BTh, Cert Gerontological Pastoral Care, BN

Registered Nurse

Karen Economou is a Registered Nurse working part-time with the Dementia Nurse Service at St Vincent’s Hospital. Karen has experience as an RN in acute aged care, medical and surgical wards, and dementia day centre settings. She worked as a pastoral carer in residential care, specialising in dementia. She also worked as a research assistant for “Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia” (E. MacKinlay & C. Trevitt 2012). Karen’s own research project, conducted while enrolled in the Gerontological Pastoral Care Institute, (Center for Aging, Religion and Spirituality, MN USA), “Listening to People with Dementia: A Pastoral Care Perspective” was published in the Journal of Religious Gerontology (2002). She has been in her current role, enjoying working collaboratively with other Dementia Nurses and health care providers, since 2009. Her passion is supporting and educating people with dementia and their carers.

Ms Andrea MillarAndrea Millar

Administrative Assistant

Andrea has been working for St Vincent's Hospital for 12 years and is pleased to provide current administrative support for the Psychogeriatric Team. Prior to that, she worked in Canada in the areas of Plastic Surgery, Dermatology and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.