Prof Louise Newman AM

Prof Louise Newman AM is the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital, and is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne. She was President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2009-10. In addition, she has served as a previous Director of the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. Her previous academic appointments were at Monash University and the University of Newcastle. She is a practising infant psychiatrist with expertise in the area of disorders of early parenting and attachment difficulties in infants. She has undertaken research into the issues confronting parents with histories of early trauma and neglect. She has published in the fields of infant mental health, attachment disorders trauma, and prevention of child abuse. She is an advocate for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. She also has been a Government advisor on their mental health needs, and has contributed to the development of a policy for mental health screening and response to torture survivors. In addition, she has been involved in studies into the impact of immigration detention on child asylum seekers.

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