Brian Draper, Australia

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

Brian 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, Australia. 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. He is a member of the core management group of the Australian Government’s Primary Dementia CRC based at UNSW.

Dr Draper is Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP. He is Deputy Editor of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) Website and is the Assistant Editor (Internet) of the IPA Bulletin, writing a regular column on website reviews. He is an assessor for many national and international journals, publishers and granting bodies. He is a member of the Medical 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 has had a long term involvement with vocational training in psychiatry. He 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 was also the foundation Psychiatry Clinical Chair for the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training and foundation Chair of the NSW Psychiatry Network Oversight Committee.

Dr Draper’s research interests are diverse. He has published over 130 scientific articles and book chapters on topics that include psychogeriatric service delivery, suicidal behaviour in old age, clinical aspects of dementia care, 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).