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Our qualified teams of caring professionals deliver expert therapeutic care in a safe and supportive environment to help you through your recovery journey. For information regarding treatment at Wesley Hospital, complete an admission enquiry form or call us on 1300 924 522

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Lead clinicians

Wesley Hospitals’ leading professors cover our core treatment programs: eating disorders, mood disorders and addictions. Their illustrious careers span extensive experience and numerous achievements.

Professor Phillipa Hay

MBChB, MD, Oxford (UK)
Director Wesley Eating Disorders Centre,  Wesley Hospital Ashfield

Professor Phillipa Hay is a renowned eating disorders specialist, whose reputation as a leader in eating disorders is grounded in her strong background in clinical practice and numerous publications. Professor Hay is continuing her broad-based research program, which is aimed at extending the boundaries of knowledge in her field.

Professor Hay has published in the Cochrane Library and Lancet Psychiatry, and is Foundation Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Eating Disorders. Significantly, Professor Hay received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. Having completed her PhD at the University of Oxford, she is now also the Foundation Chair of Mental Health at Western Sydney University.

Dr Brett Simpson


Dr Brett Simpson is Director of ECT at Wesley Hospital in Kogarah. He is an old-age psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience in the provision of ECT, and also leads the ECT service at St George Public Hospital. He is a member of the NSW Health ECT Working Party responsible for producing state-wide ECT guidelines, and is also a member of the RANZCP Section of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Committee. Dr Simpson is a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales and regularly collaborates in ECT research at Wesley Hospital. He has a strong interest in ECT teaching and training, and in the maintenance of high quality ECT services

Professor John Saunders

Drug and Alcohol Program Director, Wesley Hospital Kogarah

Professor John Saunders directs our Drug and Alcohol program at our facility in Kogarah. He is a consultant physician in internal medicine, and a specialist in addiction medicine and public health. He qualified in pharmacology and medicine at the University of Cambridge, and now has over 35 years’ experience in management of alcohol and drug disorders. Professor Saunders’ extensive academic and research credentials rate him in top 0.5 % of publishing scientists in his field worldwide

Professor Saunders has worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO), and developed the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) questionnaire. He is active in professional associations and government committees, including the Australian National Council on Drugs. Professor Saunders is also a frequent speaker at professional and community forums.

Through collaboration with world leading researchers within the area of addiction disorders, Professor Saunders contributed to a new edition of Addiction Medicine through Oxford University Press. The publication is a concise and practical guide for students, practitioners of medicine and other health professionals.

Dr Glen Smith

BSc (Honours, Psychology), MBBS, FRANZCP, Cert. Addiction Psych, GradCert. Forensic Mental Health (UNSW) 
Director, Addiction Recovery Centre, Wesley Hospital Ashfield

Dr Glen Smith is a leading psychiatrist with specialist qualifications in addiction and forensic psychiatry.

Dr Smith initially worked in the public health system coordinating training and research for other psychiatrists, and has since gained extensive experience in the treatment of addictive disorders

He has worked as a Council Appointed Practitioner for the Medical Council of NSW, serves as a member of the Council’s Case Management committee and is also a hearing member for the Health Professional Councils Authority.

As the Director of the Addiction Recovery Centre in Ashfield, Dr Smith works with the clinical team to provide a high-quality, evidence-based recovery program. His focus is on the care of the individual – from detoxification to the maintenance of long-term recover

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Providing specialised high-quality compassionate mental health care for over half a century, for people suffering from mental illness and addictions

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