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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

Phillipa Hay Wesley MissionMBChB, 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. As the Director of Wesley Eating Disorders Centre, 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

drbrettsimpsonMBBS, FRANZCP

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 Colleen Loo

Colleen Loo Wesley MissionMB BS, MD (Research Doctorate), FRANZCP
Director, ECT Course and Research Program, Wesley Hospital Kogarah

Professor Colleen Loo directs Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) Course and Research Program at Wesley Hospital in Kogarah. She is an internationally recognised researcher in this field, as well as in novel treatments for depression, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, and ketamine.

As a clinical expert, Professor Loo has advised on policy and practice for ECT and TMS in Australia and internationally, and presently is an expert adviser on the NSW Health ECT Working Party. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, as well as Vice President of the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation. She established the Sydney Neurostimulation Centre at the Black Dog Institute, and has chaired the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Position Statements on ECT and TMS.

Professor John Saunders

John B Saunders Wesley MissionBA (Hons), MB, BChir, MAMD, MRCP (UK), JCHMT, FRACP, FRCP, FAFPHM, FACLAM
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 Lisa Juckes

Lisa Juckes Wesley MissionMBBS, FRANZCP Cert. Addiction Psych
Director Addictions Recovery Unit, Wesley Hospital Ashfield

Director of our addictions recovery unit in Ashfield, Lisa is a general psychiatrist with sub-specialist qualifications in addiction psychiatry.

Lisa worked in general practice for a short period after completing her undergraduate medical training at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) before acquiring specialist qualifications with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

With experience across the private and public hospitals and community health systems, teaching activities with medical students and specialists-in-training, Lisa is often invited as a guest speaker at workshops and conferences for GPs and specialists. The recipient of the prestigious NSW Health Addiction Medicine scholarship, Lisa was also acknowledged with the Addiction Psychiatry Prize from the RANZCP in 2014.

In her role as the Director of the Addictions Recovery Unit, Lisa works closely with our team to further enhance the high quality care and programs offered to patients of Wesley Hospital Ashfield.


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