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Academic Child Psychiatry Unit


  • Past Events (symposia)


    Clinical & Research Symposia (14th & 15th November 2005): Visit of Professor Eric Taylor from London

    Monday, 14th November 2005:  Clinical Symposium "Biological Contributions to Child Psychiatry"
    Tuesday, 15th November 2005:  Research Symposium " ADHD: Taking the Next Step"
    Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville
    Professor Eric Taylor is a child neuropsychiatrist and is the Head of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.  He is recognized as a leading clinician and researcher in the field of child psychiatry over the past 30 years.  He is co-editor with Professor Michael Rutter of the definitive textbook - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - and a world leader in the contemporary assessment and treatment of hyperactivity in children.


    Symposium: "Conduct Disorders - Innovative Approaches to Management"

    Thursday 9th November, 2006
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm (registration from 8:15 am).
    Ella Latham Theatre, 1st Floor, Main Building, Royal Children's Hospital

    Please click on the link below to download further information.
    ConductDisorderSymposium (PDF 270 KB)


    Visit of Professor Xavier Castellanos (July/August 2007)

    Xavier Castellanos is a paediatrician and child/adolescent psychiatrist who founded and directs the Phyllis Green and Randolph C?wen Institute for Paediatric Neuroscience at the NYU School of Medicine Child Study Centre, where he is the Brooke and Daniel Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor of Radiology, Director of Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Research Psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. His work aims at elucidating the neuroscience of ADHD through structural and functional brain imaging studies, collaborating on molecular genetic studies, and coordinating an interdisciplinary network of translational investigators (the ADHD Neuroscience Network). Dr. Castellanos chaired the NIH 'Initial Review Group' (Study Section) on Developmental Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities from 2005-2007 and is chairing the revision of the diagnostic criteria for externalizing disorders for the forthcoming edition of DSM-V, projected for 2012.


    Clinical and research seminars were held when Professor Xavier Castellanos visited the University of Melbourne as a Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow. Both seminars were practically helpful and Professor Castellanos and the other presenters allowed ample time to answer clinically relevant questions.

    - Research Symposium: "ADHD - Taking The Next Step" - Thursday 26th July 2007
    - Clinical Symposium: "Biological Contributions To Child Psychiatry" - Friday 27th July 2007

    Venue: Howard Florey Institute, Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, Gate 11, University of Melbourne, Parkville
    Time: 9am - 5pm (registration from 8:15am).

    Please click on the links below for futher information.
    Research Symposium (PDF 265KB) Clinical Symposium (PDF 255KB)


    Title: "Stimulant medication and ADHD: How does it help?"
    Speaker: Professor Xavier Castellanos
    Date: Wednesday 1st August 2007
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm (light refreshments from 12:15 pm)
    Venue: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, Royal Children's Hosptial (located on the 1st Floor, Main Building)


    A Miegunyah public lecture was at the University of Melbourne.

    Title: "The Mental Health of Children: Can Science Deliver the Needed Breakthroughs?"
    Speaker: Professor Xavier Castellanos
    Date: Thursday 2nd August 2007
    Time: 6pm to 7pm
    Venue: Sunderland Theatre, Ground Floor, Medical Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville

    Link to University of Melbourne website - events


    Visit of Professor ParamalaSantosh

    Professor Paramala Santosh (Developmental Neuropsychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Chidren, United Kingdom) visited Melbourne in February 2008.

    HALF-DAY SYMPOSIUM - "Understanding and Managing Severe Aggression - An Integrated Approach"

    Half-day symposium was held at the Royal Children's Hospital.

    Date: Friday 29th February 2008
    Time: 9am to 1pm (registration from 8:30am)
    Venue: Ella Latham Theatre, 1st Floor, Main Buidling, Royal Childlren's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052
    Registration Fee: $50.00 (incl GST)

    Half-day Symposium FLYER
    Half-day Symposium REGISTRATION FORM

    Visit of Professor David Coghill

    A clinical symposium on "How important are the developing brain, home and school for understanding ADHD and key comorbid disorders" was held on the 22 September 2008. Professor David Coghill, University of Dundee, Scotland was a guest speaker.

    Date - Monday 22 September 10am -12 noon (including morning tea)
    Cost - free of charge
    Venue - Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Main Building, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville


    To download a copy of the presentations in PDF format please click on the links below:

    "Biological underpinnings of ADHD and the progression over time" - Professor David Coghill

    "Biological underpinnings of ADHD and depressive disorders" - Professor Alasdair Vance


    Visit of Dr Declan Quinn, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Clinical symposium: Tuesday 30 June 2009 9am -12 noon, Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Main Building, RCH.
    "How important are the developing brain, home and school for understanding ADHD and key comorbid disorders"
    Clinical Symposium Flyer 30 June 2009 (PDF 70 KB

    To download a copy of the presentations please click on the following links:
    psychosocial aspects of managing ADHD June 2009.pdf

    Visit of Professor Rapson Gomez, University of Tasmania

    Seminar: Thursday 29 October 2009 9am -12 noon, Conference Room A, Conference Centre, Royal Women's Hospital, Ground Floor, Cnr Grattan Street & Flemington Road, Parkville, Victoria.

    "What do we know about the ADHD symptoms from item response theory and confirmatory factor analysis studies?  Understanding parent, teacher and child reports?"

    Flyer for 29 October 2009


    Clinical Symposium (RCH)

    Clinical Symposium:  "ADHD: emerging insights and innovative treatment approaches"
    Friday 28 October 2011, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (registration from 8:30 am)
    VENUE: Ella Latham Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Main Building, The Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville
    ADHD symposium Flyer and Registration form



    Please click above to view a list of powerpoint lecture outlines.

    Professional Development

    Please click above to view a list of powerpoint professional development lecture outlines.

    Supervision of Registrars

    The Academic Child Psychiatry Unit (ACPU) provides clinical supervision and training through the Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health Service (RCHMHS). Please note that registrars are encouraged to refer patients for current clinical research projects, attend the clinical research assessment process and receive clinical training and feedback from the assessment process in oral and written forms.

    Second Opinion

    The Academic Child Psychiatry Unit (ACPU) provides clinical second opinions with feedback in oral and written forms through its existing clinics. Please feel free to refer patients according to the guidelines set out in the Services section of the ACPU website.