Associate Professor John Allan – President Elect
Associate Professor John Allan gained his Fellowship of the RANZCP in 1987 after completing his medical training in Queensland and his psychiatry training in Adelaide. Since then he has also completed a PhD at the University of Queensland.
Associate Professor Allan is the current Chief Psychiatrist in Queensland and also holds an academic role with the University of Queensland. Throughout his career he has held a wide range of leadership roles in mental health in both New South Wales and Queensland. He spent 20 years working in Townsville, where he helped the community and services recover from the Ward 10B scandal by rebuilding confidence and developing a wide range of new services. Associate Professor Allan’s many clinical interests include the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and care for those with serious mental illness in community settings.
His current research and policy interests focus on national mental health reform, clinical service standards and integrated care, seclusion and restraint reduction, recovery-oriented practice, insight into schizophrenia, rural and remote mental health, carer and consumer involvement and smoking reduction strategies. He is also Chair of the Australian Safety and Quality Partnerships Standing Committee, which recently released the National Mental Health Recovery Framework.
Associate Professor Allan has been heavily involved in psychiatry training for many years as supervisor, teacher, examiner, assessor and mentor for trainees, SIMGs and other psychiatrists. He has been on numerous college committees including the Board of Education and Committee for Exams. As Chair of the Specialist International Medical Graduates Education Committee he led the group that substantially reformed the pathways to Fellowship for SIMGs, and was Chair of the OSCE subcommittee, which introduced the first College OSCEs.
Associate Professor Allan initially joined the Board in May 2015 as a Casual Board Director for a 12-month term. He was elected to the Board for a two-year term in 2016. Associate Professor Allan assumed the role of President Elect of the College from May 2017 – May 2019, and will assume the role of President in May 2019.
Associate Professor Allan can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.