05 Jun 2019
HEIDI DOUGLASS | email@example.com
Two of UNSW’s School of Psychiatry and Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) academics, Professor Brian Draper and Professor Julian Trollor, were acknowledged for significant contributions to psychiatry at the recent RANZCP Congress held on Monday, 13th May 2019.
Professor Brian Draper, a Chief Investigator on CHeBA’s Sydney Memory & Ageing Study, was awarded the RANZCP’s College Medal of Honour for his outstanding contribution to psychiatry as a clinician and researcher, and for his extensive and continuous service to the RANZCP. Established in 1987, this award is the most prestigious offered by RANZCP and is presented for a minimum of ten years’ distinguished and meritorious service to the College. Professor Draper is Conjoint Professor within the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Lead at the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry, Prince of Wales Hospital, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
Fellow awardee and neuropsychiatrist, Professor Julian Trollor, received the RANZCP Senior Research Award which recognises excellence in research in psychiatry and specifically acknowledges the Fellow or Fellows who have made the most significant contribution to psychiatric research in Australia and New Zealand over the preceding five years. Professor Trollor is Head of the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry and is affiliated with UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. He is also a Clinical Academic with South Eastern Sydney LHD. Professor Trollor is the inaugural Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health within the School of Psychiatry where he leads a diverse, inclusive research program in intellectual and developmental neuropsychiatry.
Professor Julian Trollor receives his award from outgoing RANZCP President Dr Kym Jenkins
CHeBA Co-Director Professor Henry Brodaty, who is UNSW Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, senior psychogeriatrician within Aged Care Psychiatry and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital, extended enormous congratulations to Professor Draper and Professor Trollor.
Professors Draper and Trollor are very worthy recipients of these awards.
Professor Henry Brodaty
“Professors Draper and Trollor are very worthy recipients of these awards. Brian Draper wrote the syllabus and developed the training program that transformed a Section within the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatry into the Faculty of Old Psychiatry. This established old age psychiatry as a subspecialty. He has been a leader in research on old age suicide, young onset dementia and older Aboriginal mental health,” said Professor Brodaty.
“Julian Trollor established the first department devoted to the neuropsychiatry of adults with neurodevelopment disorders. People with intellectual disabilities now live much longer. Professor Trollor has led research into their diagnostic and care needs differ from the mainstream,” said Professor Brodaty.
Fellow CHeBA Co-Director and UNSW Scientia Professor of Neuropsychiatry, who is also Clinical Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the inaugural Chair of the RANZCP Neuropsychiatry, Professor Perminder Sachdev, said both were highly deserving of the acknowledgment from RANZCP.