Prof Brian Draper

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MB BS (Hons) 1978 (UNSW), FRANZCP 1985, MD 2002 (UNSW)

DCRC role / affiliation

DCRC-ABC, Deputy Centre Director

Other roles / affiliations

School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales


Brian Draper is a Conjoint Professor in the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of the Academic Department for Old Age Psychiatry at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney; Deputy Director of the NHMRC funded Primary Dementia CRC based at UNSW; and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Neurosciences Research Australia.

Dr Draper is a member of the Board of the International Psychogeriatric Association(IPA). He is an Associate Editor for the journal Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior and Scientific Advisor for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He is a member of the WHO Consultation Group on the Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Older Adults for ICD-11 revision. He is a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel for Alzheimer's Disease International. He is Past Chair of the Australian Government’s Psychogeriatric Care Expert Reference Group; the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP; and of the IPA BPSD Taskforce. He is an assessor for many national and international journals, publishers and granting bodies. He has served on local, state and national committees for mental health services and suicide prevention and provided consultations on psychogeriatric services in Australia and overseas.

Dr Draper has had a long term involvement with vocational training in psychiatry. He was the foundation Chair of the Committee for Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age, RANZCP and was responsible for developing its curriculum and training program. He was also the foundation Psychiatry Clinical Chair for the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training and foundation Chair of the NSW Psychiatry Network Oversight Committee.

Dr Draper’s has published over 300 scientific articles (with over 2300 citations) on topics that include epidemiology of mental disorders, psychogeriatric service delivery, suicidal behaviour, depression and substance use in old age, clinical aspects of dementia care including BPSD, carer stress, and professional development. He is the lead author of a 2004 WHO Health Evidence Network synthesis of the effectiveness of mental health service delivery to older people. He wrote a book for the general public titled ‘Dealing with Dementia’ (2004), revised as ‘Understanding Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias’ (2011, 2013) and has co-edited three academic books on Geriatric Consultation Liaison Psychiatry (2001), Psychogeriatric Service Delivery: an International Perspective (2005), and Alcohol and the Adult Brain (2014).

Currently he is involved as a chief investigator in a number of externally funded major collaborative studies that are examining aspects of the assessment and care of dementia and cognitive disorders in various populations including young onset dementia, Indigenous people, acute hospitals, substance abuse, and mild cognitive disorders.