About Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet is a journalist who specialises in writing about health and medicine. As a freelancer, her articles appear in a wide range of publications. Her recently published book, Inside Madness, tells the story we are going to hear about tonight. It also chronicles the difficulties of achieving change in mental health services. As a result of its publication, Melissa has been awarded a journalism fellowship at the Dart Centre in the USA, a centre founded by an American psychiatrist with the aim of improving journalists’ coverage of trauma and violence generally.
Melissa has previously worked for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and Australian Associated Press. She is a co-author, with Judy and Les Irwig, of Smart Health Choices, which provides tools for accessing health information and advice. It is currently being updated and is expected to be freely available on-line through the University of Sydney website early next year. Melissa has recently been appointed to the honorary position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.
Dr Michael Diamond is going to discuss the difficulties encountered by organisations and registration bodies when dealing with paranoid individuals. Michael graduated from the University of Cape Town and is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is a consultant psychiatrist in private practice, with a special interest in psychotherapy for personality disordered people. His interests include the analysis of human behaviour in forensic and high-risk settings. He provides advice to law enforcement, industry and other security and intelligence agencies. He was previously a medical consultant to the New South Wales Medical Board. His responsibilities included the development and management of the program for impaired practitioners and students.