Welcome Dr Wayne Yau

The neurogenetics of movement disorders is a particular interest for consultant Neurologist Dr Wai Yan Yau who has taken up an appointment recently at the Perron Institute clinic.

Dr Yau (happily answers to Wayne) studied at The University of Western Australia and the University of Sydney.

The QEll campus is familiar territory. He trained at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as well as Royal Perth, Fiona Stanley and other Australian hospitals.

Dr Yau also spent four years in the UK, initially at London’s Royal Free Hospital as an Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) Fellow followed by further training as a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University College London Institute of Neurology.

Dr Yau has been the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards, the most recent being the Nicholas Blair Inaugural Fellowship 2020-21 from the Movement Disorder Society of Australia and New Zealand.

In his role at the Perron Institute, he plans to pursue his keen interest in the discovery of genetic causes and new therapeutic options for movement disorders, especially ataxic disorders which affect a person’s ability to walk, talk and use fine motor skills.

“There’s really no other place in Perth like the Perron Institute clinic and the specialised clinical service it provides. It’s also a happy and spacious work environment. Manager Clinical Services Sue Walters looks after everyone and does a terrific job,” he said.

“It’s very rewarding seeing an instantaneous difference in patients.”

Dr Yau returned to Perth with his wife and young children recently.

“I always wanted to come back to Perth and it’s a wonderful place to raise a family,” he said.

In his personal time and on his commute to work, Dr Yau enjoys riding his bike and keeping fit.

Welcome, Dr Yau!