Dr Anne Wand

Dr Anne Wand

Adjunct Associate Professor

B(Sc)Med(Hons), MBBS(Hons), MPsychiatry, PhD

FRANZCP, Certificates of Advance Training in Psychiatry of Old Age and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (RANZCP)

Medicine & Health
Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing

Adjunct A/Prof Anne Wand is a senior staff specialist psychiatrist in Older Persons’ Mental Health in Sydney Local Health District and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Discipline of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of NSW. She is a member of the International Psychogeriatrics Association, an Associate Investigator of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, and a Fellow of the RANZCP. A/Prof Wand is a clinician researcher with a Masters of Psychiatry and PhD. She has clinical and research experience in the field of old age psychiatry, including qualitative methodology. She has led a number of translational research projects including on self-harm in older adults, advance care planning with people with mental illness, Hoarding and squalor, delirium, human rights, psychotropic prescribing in community-dwelling people living with dementia, and evaluation and operationalisation of the delivery of psychiatry services in the general hospital and the Pathways to Community Living Initiative (PCLI).


  • 2023: Wand A, Sands M, Meller A, Smith C, Naganathan V, Peisah C. Advance care planning in persons with schizophrenia – a qualitative study of attitudes, experiences, facilitators and barriers for persons with schizophrenia, their carers and clinicians. Moyira Elizabeth Vine Fund for Research into Schizophrenia Program 2023, administered by the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
  • 2021: Wand A, Peisah C. Development of an Older Peoples Aftercare Service Delivery Model. NSW Ministry of Health
  • 2019: Wand A. Peisah C. The development of an online staff education tool for a suicide prevention and crisis support organization. Ageing Futures Institute/Lifeline

Winner: Open Senior Division, 47th Annual Coast Association Tow Research Awards, 2019, with the presentation entitled “Understanding self-harm in the very old: A qualitative study with implications for clinical care and wider society.” 

Finalist, 2019 Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Research Medal. 

  Highly Commended for: ‘Prevention of Delirium in Older Medical Patients’. Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards 2014.

A/Prof Wand is currently involved in research projects in the areas of mental health service research capacity and planning, hoarding and squalor, an evaluation of the implementation of Pathways to Community Living Initiative for older adults with mental health concerns, suicide and self-harm in older adults, advance care planning in older adults with mental illness, and promoting quality end of life care for people with mental illness. She supervises higher degree research students and RANZCP psychiatry trainees on topics such as domestic violence in older adults, understanding how the Single Question in Delirium works (SQiD Talks), evaluation of outcomes following redesign of an older peoples mental health unit, and the use of psychotropic medication in community dwelling older people with dementia.

My Research Supervision

Dr Wand is currently supervising a number of RANZCP trainee scholarly projects on topics such as homicide and dementia, the effectiveness of clozapine in older adults, climate change anxiety, and aspects in the management of refusal of medical treatment in older adults with chronic psychosis. 

My Teaching

Dr Wand teaches aspects of psychiatry of old age, including depression in older adults, cognition and self-harm/suicide.