Dr Andrew Ford

Started at UWA: 2009

Easing the burden of mental illness in the elderly

Cognitive and mood disorders in the elderly are common and impair quality of life and increase mortality. We need to continually strive to better treat these conditions and use the best evidence to guide our clinical practice.

Dr Andrew Ford

Dr Andrew Ford is a senior lecturer in Psychiatry of Old Age, and a consultant psychiatrist, specialising in older adult care, with the East Metropolitan Health Service. 

Dr Ford’s research interests cover healthy ageing and mental health outcomes in older adults, including studying risk factors for dementia, psychiatric sequela of stroke, and mood disorders.

His key research focuses on the prevention and treatment of cognitive and mood disorders in older adults.

Dr Ford is leading a trial into the prevention of delirium following major cardiac surgery.

Dr Ford holds a four-year (2016-2019) National Health and Medical Research Council-Australian Research Council Dementia Research Development Fellowship Grant, enabling him to research the aetiology, prevention and treatment of depression and other neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with dementia in later life.

A chief investigator on competitive grants totalling more than $4 million, Dr Ford contributes significantly to the research activities of the UWA Medical School. He is an active and enthusiastic teacher of medical students and psychiatric trainees completing their training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is the current sub-dean for UWA medical students completing their final year of study.

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Dementia Research Development Fellow, 2016-2019

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Awarded the Advanced Trainee Project Prize Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 2008


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