Associate Professor Melanie Turner


Associate Professor Melanie Turner is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who trained and lives in South Australia. Mel has worked in both public and private practice. Her research interests led her to completing a PhD at the University of Adelaide in perinatal psychiatry which increased her interest in teaching and service improvement.

In 2015 Mel began her Practitioner Member role on the South Australian Board of the Medical Board of Australia and currently works on their notification and registration committees. Mel also works in the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in the role of Psychiatrist for Investigations and Inspections. This role is focused on helping the teams and practitioners look after mental health consumers in SA, in particular to advocate for and provide best quality care. In 2022, Mel was appointed the inaugural presiding member of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board of South Australia.

Mel enjoys teaching and has ongoing clinical interests in psychopharmacology as well as neurodevelopmental disorders. Mel is a member of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australia (NBPSA) and has been a part of the developmental of guidelines of psychotropic medications in children, NDIS advocacy and in Autism treatment discussions.

Mel has previously been on the RANZCP SA Branch Committee and spent 5 years on the RANZCP exam committee. In that time, she was Deputy Chair of the Scholarly Project Committee as well as member of the OSCE and Written Cases committees. Mel teaches both medical students at the University of Adelaide and registrars. In 2008, Mel won the RANZCP Connell Werry Prize for her research on perinatal psychiatry and in 2009 was awarded a New Investigator Grant for her NICU parent research. In 2010 she was also awarded the Pfizer Congress Presentation Award, for the best oral presentation made by a trainee or recent Fellow at Congress in the category of new research.

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