Dr Katherine McQuillan is a psychiatrist at Precision Brain Spine and Pain Centre, with a particular interest in psychiatric symptoms and disorders arising in the context of other medical conditions.
Dr McQuillan completed her medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2003, following a Bachelor of Medical Science, with Honours Class I. During her medical degree, she undertook further research in neuroimaging, under the supervision of Professor John Watson (neurologist, Neuropsychology Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) and Professor Gary Egan (physicist, University of Melbourne and the Howard Florey Institute), leading to a Doctor of Philosophy.
Dr McQuillan was a junior medical officer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, before commencing psychiatric training in 2006, within the Central Sydney Area Health Service. Her Advanced Training in psychiatry focussed on Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, an aspect of psychiatry addressing conditions and their management that arise in the context of medical and surgical illnesses. As part of her Advanced Training, she gained experience in the specialities of chronic pain, perinatal psychiatry, eating disorders and addiction disorders.
In 2011, she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
On completion of her psychiatric training, Dr McQuillan worked as a Consultation-Liaison psychiatrist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Manly Hospital. Whilst at Manly Hospital, she established a dedicated Consultation-Liaison Service and a Perinatal Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.
In 2012, Dr McQuillan moved to Melbourne and commenced working in the Pain and Palliative Care Department, at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.