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Wesley Hospital’s compassionate and dedicated staff are committed to providing care and ongoing support for you in your recovery and to help you achieve the best possible mental health. Our staff aim to help you return to a fulfilled and connected life with family and friends.

Our experienced team of professionals includes: psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, dieticians, counsellors, exercise therapists and art therapists. 

Professor Phillipa Hay

MBChB, MD, Oxford (UK)

Director Wesley Eating Disorders Centre, Wesley Hospital Ashfield

Professor Phillipa Hay is a renowned eating disorders specialist. Her reputation as a leader in eating disorders comes from her strong background in clinical practice and from being widely-published. Professor Hay has had publications in the Cochrane Library and Lancet Psychiatry, and is Foundation Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Eating Disorders.

Significantly, Professor Hay is recipient of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders. She is also a graduate of the University of Oxford and Foundation Chair of Mental Health at Western Sydney University. As Director, Professor Hay is continuing her broad-based research program aimed at pushing the boundaries of knowledge in her highly-complex field.

Other presentations by Professor Phillipa Hay.

Professor Colleen Loo

MB BS, MD (Research Doctorate), FRANZCP.

Director, ECT service, Wesley Hospital Kogarah

Society Memberships and Professional Activities:

Fellow, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists; Member, Editorial Board, Journal of ECT; Member, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research; Member, NSW Health ECT Standards Working Party.

Colleen Loo is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. She is Director of ECT at Wesley Hospital and established the Sydney Neurostimulation Centre at the Black Dog Institute. She is an internationally recognized researcher in ECT and novel treatments for depression: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and ketamine. As a clinical expert she has advised on policy and practice for ECT and TMS in Australia and internationally. She chaired the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Position Statements on ECT and TMS. She is an expert adviser on the NSW Health ECT Working Party. She is currently Vice President of the International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation.

Professor John Saunders

BA (Hons), MB, BChir, MAMD, MRCP (UK), JCHMT, FRACP, FRCP, FAFPHM, FACLAM

Drug and Alcohol Program Director, Kogarah

Professor John Saunders qualified in pharmacology and medicine at Cambridge (UK). He is a consultant physician in internal medicine and a specialist in addiction medicine and public health. With 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 a frequent speaker at professional and community forums.

Through collaboration with world leading researchers within the area of addiction disorders, Professor Saunders et al recently published the second edition of Addiction Medicine via Oxford University Press. The publication is a concise and practical guide for students, practitioners of medicine and other health professionals. Buy your copy today.

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Wesley Hospital Ashfield and Kogarah

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Medical Specialists at Wesley Hospital Ashfield and Kogarah