Murdoch University appoints medical researchers

April 21, 2016

Professor Megan Galbally has been appointed Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry

Professor Megan Galbally has been appointed Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry

Murdoch University has appointed two leading medical researchers, reinforcing existing links between translational medical research and clinical services in Western Australia.

In partnership with the University of Notre Dame (UNDA) and Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH), Murdoch University will fund Professorial medical researcher practitioner appointments, providing a direct link between research at Murdoch and UNDA with clinical services provided at the new FSH, located next door to the University’s South Street Campus.

After a comprehensive selection process, Professor Merrilee Needham (Head of Neurology at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Consultant Psychiatrist) has been appointed Foundation Chair in Neurology. Professor Megan Galbally (Head of Unit, Perinatal Mental Health, at Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg, Victoria) has been appointed Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry.

The appointments come after both Murdoch and UNDA were recently rated as well above world standard in clinical sciences from the Commonwealth Government’s assessment of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Professors Galbally and Needham will join 22 other professors of international repute in leading research teams conducting health research at Murdoch University.

Both Professors said they were delighted to be appointed to these high-profile roles.

“I am passionate about improving the care and quality of life for patients suffering with neurological conditions, in particular neuromuscular disorders, and this will be the main focus of our initial research,” said Professor Needham.

“I also hope to inspire and facilitate research opportunities for other neurologists and students into other neurological and neurodegenerative disorders.

“Collaboration is crucial to the success of these positions. The collaboration shown already between the Universities and WA health department in establishing these Chair positions highlight the importance of medical research in improving patient care and outcomes.”

Professor Merrilee Needham has been appointed Foundation Chair in Neurology

Professor Merrilee Needham has been appointed Foundation Chair in Neurology

Professor Galbally said: “This is the third chair in Australia with a specific focus on an area of women’s mental health.

“The establishment of this Chair is an important step in developing perinatal mental health research capacity and contribution from WA, alongside the further development of perinatal mental health services such as the second WA-based Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) at FSH.

“This will ensure an inter-relationship between research and service delivery, with benefits to both research translation for better outcomes and evidence-based practice for women and infants. It will also provide clinically driven research with a focus on clinical need and a clinically relevant focus for research being undertaken.”

This is the second collaboration for the two Universities, after it was announced that Murdoch University would partner with UNDA to teach part of the Basic and Clinical Sciences component of the UNDA’s School of Medicine Fremantle’s Medical Degree.

Professor David Morrison, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at Murdoch University, said the appointments represent a successful collaboration involving Murdoch, UNDA and FSH.

“It significantly enhances Murdoch’s credentials as a world-class, translational research hub, with the South Street Campus perfectly placed to provide a base for translational medical research, situated next to FSH and St John of God Hospital.

“The future development of the 48 hectare mixed development Eastern Precinct site on Murdoch’s South Street Campus offers huge potential for the establishment of health services, biomedical research, medical engineering and pharmaceutical production.

“Establishing world-class facilities in and around the campus will boost Murdoch’s ability to attract investment, researchers and students to WA.”

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