Jonathan Phillips AM
Associate Professor Jonathan Phillips AM is currently involved in a range of clinical and medico-legal work, as well as providing independent consultant advice to health services and other bodies.
In private practice in Sydney, Jonathan is also involved in the preparation and delivery of the Masters Program in Forensic Mental Health, University of New South Wales. He served as Convener of the Australian government’s Specialist Medical Review Council from 2002–2012, is a Past Director of Mental Health South Australia, and chaired the Forum for Strategic Planning of Private Psychiatric Services as well as the Committee of Presidents of the Australian Medical Colleges.
Jonathan has been involved in numerous RANZCP educational activities over the years, including as Chair of the Fellowships Board, the Committee for Training and the Exemptions Sub-Committee. He was himself a recipient of the Grey Ewan Medal of the RANZCP in 1973, awarded for excellence throughout the RANZCP Fellowship training and examination process.
Jonathan’s father, Dr Albert Phillips, was a Foundation Member of the Australasian Association of Psychiatrists in 1946.
During his presidency, Jonathan was closely involved with the mental health reform process and helped to develop a strong focus on rural mental health and the needs of disadvantaged people.
In January 2013, Jonathan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to mental health as a forensic psychiatrist, particularly through contributions to professional organisations.
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