Migraine is the commonest medical disorder, with five million sufferers in Australia.
Migraine continues to be the most misdiagnosed, worst managed brain disorder affecting over a billion people globally. A.I.M. aspires to end Migraine through a co-design model (with patients, carers and clinicians) and peer support with quality care, collaboration, education, research and the highest quality service throughout Australia and be a model for the rest of the nations in the world. Let us work together to make Migraine a thing of the past.
"We did not have a dedicated institute for Migraine in Australia till today. We are delighted to bring this unique, patient-centred since the very inception of the idea to the future, co-designed with the help of patients and families with fifteen high-quality headache experts and a multidisciplinary team under the same rooftop with virtual access to the patients from all corners from Australia as we continue to expand our services nationally," Prof Wijeratne
Professor Tissa Wijeratne
MD PhD FRACP FRCP (Edin) FRCP (London) FAHA FAAN
Senior Neurologist/Clinician-Scientist/ Advocate/ Global Health Expert/ Educator
Professor Tissa Wijeratne is a highly qualified, world recognised senior Neurologist and clinician scientist interested in promoting brain health and preventing neurological disorders globally.
He is the Director and Chair, Department of Neurology and Stroke Services at Western Health, St Albans, 3021, Victoria, Australia.
He holds honorary academic roles at University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Victoria University in Australia, and the University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka.
Tissa has supervised over 450 basic physician trainees in Australia since 2006 and continue to facilitate train the trainer workshops on behalf of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Australia since the inception of this program ( well over 100 workshops with where over a 1,000 Australian physicians were trained with skills in supervision)
Dr Fatemeh Rezania
MD FRACP, completed her training in Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, University Hospital Geelong and Western Health. Fatemeh is a Consultant Neurologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and University Hospital Geelong. She has a strong passion for teaching and research and is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and physician trainees. She has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at multiple national and international conferences and is a reviewer for medical journals.
Fatemeh has a special interest in management of headache, dizziness and balance disorders, neuromuscular conditions and stroke. She also sees patients with other general neurological conditions.
Fatemeh is also fluent in Persian (Farsi).
She is the recipient of number of awards including Viola Edith Reid Bequest Scholarship (Medicine Faculty Scholarship; University of Melbourne), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), Young Investigator Travel Bursary from World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, and British Council’s Chevening Scholarship.
Dr Abhishek Malhotra
After my initial medical training (MBBS, MD General Medicine) from India , I worked in Nepal (2003/2004) and UK (2005) before moving to Queensland in 2005.Subsequently,I completed my basic physician training from East Coast medical Network in NSW (Prince of Wales , Wollongong and Port Macquarie Hospitals) followed by neurology advanced training in Gosford Hospital ,NSW (2010) and Geelong Hospital, Victoria. (2011) .
I did neurology subspeciality training in clinical neurophysiology and neuroimmunology/MS at Austin Health, Melbourne in 2012-2013 and have working as a neurologist at University Hospital, Geelong and Western health since. I am also involved in teaching and mentorship of medical students and junior doctors
Dr Deena Ebaid
Neuroscience, Psychologist, Occupational Therapist
Deena's expertise is at the intersection of two domains: biological contributions to cognitive changes in healthy aging and cognitive changes after cerebrovascular events and brain disorders.
Deena also has clinical training as an occupational therapist and has experience with acute inpatient populations, community integration following acquired brain injury, and outreach care with children with severe neurological disorders.
Dr Cynthia Chen
MBBS, MRCP, FHKAM, FHKCP, FRACP
Dr Chen was a graduate from the University of Melbourne. She has practised for over 20 years in Australia and overseas as a Physician and Neurologist, both in the public system and private practice. She is a highly qualified general neurologist with special interests and experience in headaches, epilepsy, Parkinsonism, dementia and stroke.
Dr Mina Ghaly
Dr. Mina Ghaly FRACP is a highly qualified Australian-trained neurologist. He subspecialises in Movement Disorder Neurology, and also undertakes General Neurology.
Dr. Ghaly is the lead movement disorder neurologist at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre. He also holds a position at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and is a Movement Disorders Neurologist at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Dr Kar Yan Lo
Kar-Yan graduated from University of Melbourne and completed her specialty training in neurology at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Cabrini Hospital and Western Hospital. She currently holds a Fellowship at The Alfred Hospital in Neurophysiology and Movement Disorders and is an Honorary Ffellow at Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Dr Lo sees patients with a broad range of neurological disorders and she also offers consultations in Cantonese.
Dr Aura Perju-Dumbrava
Laura is a neurologist with a passion for movement disorders.
She graduated in 2009 with an MD degree from the Medical University in Vienna. She also has a Ph.D. from the Medical University in her hometown Cluj in Romania. She came to Australia 10 years ago for a Movement Disorders fellowship in Monash Health and fell in love with the Australian way of life. She underwent physician training in Barwon Health, her advanced training in Western and Barwon Health.
Dr Simon Sung
MDr. Sung graduated from University of Melbourne and completed his basic physician training and advanced training in clinical neurology, neurophysiology through Western General Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. He is the current Movement Disorders Fellow at Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is also a visiting neurologist for the movement disorders program at Western General Hospital.He is an active member of Australia and New Zealand Association of Neurologists, Movement Disorders Society, Movement Disorders Society Australasia. Dr. Sung has a special interest and skills in management of Parkinson’s disease and associated conditions, dystonia, deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, botulinum toxin therapy in movement disorders and chronic migraine, management of TIA and stroke.
Dr. Dilani Wijeratne
Psychiatrist and co-founder of A.I.M
Dilani is a senior consultant psychiatrist ( former lead Psychiatrist with fifteen years’ experience as a psychiatrist at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne). Dr. Wijeratne graduated from Flinders University South Australia. She then completed her internship at Flinders Medical Centre. She became interested in Psychiatry since she was an intern. She underwent advanced training in adult Psychiatry in several state-of-the-art centers in Psychiatry ( Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, Northwestern Mental Health Services, Victoria to name a few). She became a Fellow, Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist and took up a consultant Psychiatrist position at Austin hospital in 2007. She remained in this role till March 2022. She is a Fellow, American Psychiatry Association. She was invited to be an international advisor , Sri Lanka Association for Study of Pain in 2008.She works in adult psychiatry with a special interest in psychosis, mood , anxiety disorders and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. She is one of the founding members of the Australia New Zealand Headache Society. She is the medical director, Australian Institute of Migraine