Aleksandar Janca

Emeritus Professor, MD MSc FRCPsych FRANZCP

  • The University of Western Australia (M501), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Aleksandar Janca is Emeritus Professor and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Over the past two decades he worked as Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia and Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Perth Hospital and Osborne Park Hospital. In the period of 2006 – 2014, he was the Head of School, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia.

Prof. Janca started his academic career in 1987 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri. From 1991 to 1997 he worked as a Medical Officer at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and was responsible for coordination of a number of international projects in the areas of psychiatric nosology, psychiatric epidemiology and transcultural psychiatry. 

Prof. Janca has a particular interest in mental health of indigenous people and has developed Here and Now Aboriginal Assessment (HANAA) screening tool that has been used across Australia. He has published more then 250 scientific papers, book chapters and books. 

Roles and responsibilities

Emeritus Professor, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2020-

Senior Honorary (Research) Fellow, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2020-

Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Perth, Australia, 2000-

Consultant Psychiatrist, Next Health Group, 2015-

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Curtin University, 2016-

Research interests

Diagnosis and classification of mental disorders.

Psychiatric assessment instruments.

Psychiatric epidemiology.

Transcultural psychiatry.

Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing. 

Funding overview

Source: World Health Organisation and Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Title: WHO International Study of Schizophrenia
Investigators: T. Craig, KC Dube, K Ganev, R. Giel, G. Harrison G, K. Hopper K,
A.Janca, Laska E, PWH Lee, C. Leon, S. Malhotra, Marsella AJ, Nakane Y, N.
B. Sartorius, Y. Shen, C. Siegel, C. Skoda , R. Thara, SJ Tsirkin, W. Van der Heiden, V.C.Varma, J. Wanderling, D. Walsh, D. Wiersma, L. Wynne
Time frame: 1996-2007


Source: World Health Organization and Ravizza
Title: WHO International Study of Somatoform Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J.D. Burke JD, M. Isaac M, S.W. Acuda, A.C. Altamura,C.R. Chandrashekar, W. Hiller, F.Q. Meng, CT Miranda, Y. Ono, W. Rief, G. Tacchini
Time frame: 1992-1998


Source: World Health Organisation
Title: WHO Atlas and Survey on Country Resources for Neurological Disorders
Investigators: A. Janca, J. Aarli, T. Dua, L. Prilipko, S. Saxena, B. Saraceno
Time frame: 2001-2005


Source: Raine Medical Research Foundation
Title: Genetic Epidemiology and Vulnerability in Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1998-2001


Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Pilot Study of Mental Health Problems in Aboriginal People
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 1999-2001


Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Western Australian Telepsychiatry Project
Investigators: A. Janca, D. Gillam
Time frame: 1999-2001


Source: Centre for Mental Health Services Research Inc.
Title: Evaluation of Rooming In Facilities in Remote and Rural Areas of Western Australia
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Aoun, D. Pennebaker
Time frame: 1999-2001


Source: Australian Rotary Health Research Fund
Title: Social Rituals and Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, V. Burbank
Time frame: 2000-2004


Source: Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd., Eli Lilly and Company USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty. Ltd., Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty. Ltd
Title: Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders
Investigator: A. Janca
Time frame: 2000-2002


Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2001-2004


Source: Healthway
Title: Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health
Investigators: A. Janca, A. Poelina, I. Perdrisat
Time frame: 2001-2003


Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview
Investigators: A. Janca, S. Wallace
Time frame: 2002-2004


Source: World Psychiatric Association
Title: Cross-cultural Applicability of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN)
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2006-2007


Source: Health Department of Western Australia
Title: Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation
Investigator: A Janca
Timeframe: 2007-2008

Previous positions

Winthrop Professor of Psychiatry, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 1997-2020

Head of School, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2006-2014

Head of Unit, Community, Culture and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 2006-2016

Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Perth Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Perth, Australia, 1997-2015

Consultant Psychiatrist, Osborne Park Hospital, Intensive Community Outreach Team, Stirling, Australia, 2015-2020

Medical Officer, World Health Organisation, Division of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse, Geneva, Switzerland, 1991-1997

Fulbright Scholar/Visiting Fellow in Psychiatry, Washington University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1987-1991

Neuropsychiatrist and Assistant Professor in Neuropsychiatry, Military Medical Academy, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1983-1989

Research

Social Rituals and Mental Health (Australian Rotary Health Research Fund)


Development and Evaluation of the Telepsychiatry Educational Program on Diagnosis, Assessment and Management of Mental Disorders (Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd, Eli Lilly and Company, USA, Eli Lilly Australia Pty Ltd, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd)


Continuity of Life: A Novel Approach to Evaluating a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (Mental Health Division, Health Department of Western Australia)


Development of a Culturally Applicable Approach to Aboriginal Mental Health Problems: From Assessment to Promotion of Mental Health (Healthway)


A Long-Term Evaluation of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Programs in Western Australia Using Continuity of Life Interview (Mental Health Division, Department of Health, Western Australia)


Cross-cultural Adaptation of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) (World Psychiatric Association)


Workforce Training in Psychiatric Service Evaluation (Department of Health,
Government of Western Australia)

Teaching overview

UWA Undergraduate Courses in Psychiatry
RANZCP Postgraduate Training in Psychiatry

Languages

English
French
Russian
Serbian and Croatian

Research expertise keywords

  • Diagnosis, classification and assessment of mental disorders
  • Epidemiology of mental disorders
  • International mental health
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Primary care psychiatry
  • Psychiatric neuroscience
  • Psychosomatic medicine, especially somatoform disorders
  • Public health aspects of mental and neurological disorders
  • Rural and remote and Aboriginal mental health
  • Transcultural psychiatry

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