Dr Richard Prytula trained as a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and group analyst. He has worked in these areas in private practice for over thirty years. He is also a foundation member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry and works as a forensic psychiatrist and Independent Medical Examiner in Victoria. He is currently the Chair of the Victorian Medicolegal group.
Richard has been an active member of the Victorian Branch over many years, and represented Victoria on General Council from 2001–2007. He also served as President of the National Association of Medical Specialists (NAMS) from 1989–1995.
He was the first President of the RANZCP to complete the Australian Institute of Company Directors training and was extensively involved in introducing modern Not For Profit corporate governance principles and processes to the College’s General Council over a number of years as a General Councillor, as President-Elect and as President.
Richard has had an interest and involvement in health care policy, particularly in the importance and maintenance of the doctor-patient relationship, since the 1970s. He is a Director on the Management Committee of the Australian Doctor’s Fund, a voluntary, non-profit, national organisation of doctors which advocates policy for good health care for doctors and patients.