Henry Brodaty is the 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.
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.
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.