Director of Women’s Mental Health at Austin Health – Northpark Private Hospital, Professor, University of Melbourne

Anne Buist is a leading clinician and researcher in the area of postpartum psychiatric illnesses and women's mental health in Australasia.

In 2006 she was appointed Professor - Director of Women’s Mental Health, a joint Austin Health – Northpark Private Hospital position, in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

From 1993 to 1997 she was Director of Psychiatry at the Mercy Hospital for Women and was appointed Associate Professor, University of Melbourne in 1997 when she moved to the Austin Health, where she is Deputy Director of Psychiatry. She was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Women's Health from 1996 to 1999, past Secretary of the Australian Society of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is past President of the Australasian Marcè Society, and a member of the WPA Section on Women's Health. She was Chair of the University undergraduate psychiatry program, responsible for the new curriculum in psychiatry for undergraduates, and is currently on the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists examination committee.

She completed the first follow up study of infants exposed to antidepressants in breastmilk and has an international reputation for her studies of antidepressants in breastfeeding women. Other research areas include the long-term effects of childhood abuse and parenting, for which she received her MD (PhD equivalent) at the University of Melbourne in 1999. Publications include one sole author book, five book chapters where she is sole or lead author and over 100 peer reviewed journal articles as well as featuring in multiple newspaper and magazine articles, radio and television interviews. She received four million dollars from beyondblue in 2001 and was Director of their PND program 2001-5: recommendations from this research have been accepted by government to be put into routine practice.

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    Director of Women’s Mental Health at Austin Health – Northpark Private Hospital, Professor, University of Melbourne