Patron of MAPrc since 2009, the Governor-General has a strong interest in advances being made in the development of new treatments for mental illness.
The Governor-General will visit MAPrc on Tuesday 1 October to officially launch the facility, which houses new applications and treatments for severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and depression.
Novel advances developed at MAPrc include magnetic brain stimulation techniques to treat patients with drug-resistant depression, an innovative diagnostic device, EVestG™, which measures electrical response patterns extracted from the brain to diagnose bipolar disorder, and the Women’s Mental Health Clinic providing innovative new hormone treatments to women with mental illness.
MAPrc was established in 2002 with the appointment of Jayashri Kulkarni as Director of the centre and Professor of Psychiatry at The Alfred and Monash University.
The St Kilda Road clinic provides a range of community based mental health services, including clinic-based case management and outreach services.
“As our patron, the Governor-General has assisted MAPrc to develop into a large mental health organisation with national impact and influence on clinical mental health practice informed by research,” Professor Kulkarni said.
“MAPrc is ideally placed to marry the latest in neuroscience discoveries with actual clinical work.
“Patient based research offers the scope to actually deal with people’s real world mental health problems.”
The launch will be held on Tuesday 1 October from 5.30pm at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre, Level 4, 607 St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Guided tours of MAPrc will take from 3.30pm-5pm.