Professor Mark Walterfang

Psychiatrist / Neuropsychiatrist
Richmond VIC & Telehealth
Provider Number: 2113334B

VWA Provider Number: IME2113UA


Professor Mark Walterfang is both a clinician-researcher in clinical neuropsychiatry and has worked in specialist neuropsychiatry for more than twenty years. He has an extremely broad and deep skill set and knowledge base in clinical psychiatry and neuropsychiatry and brings to medicolegal work comprehensive expertise across multiple domains.

Professor Walterfang graduated in medicine from the University of Queensland with honours in 1993 and completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000, completing his final year as Neuropsychiatry Registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital after completing much of his training at Princess Alexandra, Mater, and Royal Brisbane Hospitals.

An expert in cognition, Professor Walterfang has developed significant expertise in the neuropsychiatry of Parkinson’s disease. He has significant expertise in managing patients in short- and long-term rehabilitation settings, particularly those with multiple orthopaedic traumas from motor vehicle accidents, and patients in neurological, cardiac and respiratory rehabilitation with co-morbid psychiatric conditions.

Still in clinical practice, Professor Walterfang has a strong interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and long-term psychotherapeutic treatment, including survivors of childhood trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition to ongoing psychotherapeutic work, he continues to manage complex PTSD, motor vehicle accident multi-trauma, chronic pain, dementia, somatoform disorders and neurological disorders.

He is a long-standing member of the Section of Neuropsychiatry, and an accredited member of the Faculty of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He is a Member of the American Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the British Neuropsychiatric Association. Professor Walterfang completed his PhD in the shape analysis of the corpus callosum in schizophrenia and related major psychiatric illness where he was awarded both the Dean of Medicine’s Prize and the Vice Chancellor’s prize for PhD thesis excellence.

Accreditations and Schemes:

  • American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th Ed
  • ACT Motor Vehicle
  • ACT Workers’ Compensation
  • Capacity Assessments
    • Accommodation and Lifestyle decisions
    • Cognitive Capacity Assessment
    • Driving Capacity Assessment
    • Financial Capacity Assessment
    • Medical Decision-Making Capacity Assessment
    • Mental Health Capacity Assessment
    • Psychological Capacity Assessment
  • Comcare Guide to the Assessment of Degree of Permanent Impairment
  • Criminal Law
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Fitness For Duty
  • Life Insurance – TPD and Income Protection
  • Medical Negligence
  • Public and Professional Liability
  • Seafarers
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Historical Abuse: Sexual
    • Historical Abuse: Non-Sexual
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Victoria Transport Accidents Commission (TAC)
  • Victoria Transport Accidents Commission Joint Medical Examiner (JME)
  • WorkSafe Victoria Independent Impairment Assessor (IIA)
  • SIRA NSW Workers’ Compensation Permanent Impairment Assessor (PIA)

The long-term psychological impact of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma often has devastating effects on psychological functioning in adulthood that often translates into significant psychosocial, and even forensic consequences. In this video, Professor Mark Walterfang discusses the many forms of childhood trauma, and explains the increased prevalence and various psychiatric disorders and other illnesses commonly experienced by those who have been subjected to childhood trauma.

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