Lecturer, Pharmacology, University of Western Australia

Born Perth, WA.
BA (Hons), Joint First Class Honours (History/English), 1991
PhD (History), UWA, 1995
'The professional development of rehabilitation in Australia, 1880-1981'
Supervisor: Professor Norman Etherington

Key research
Mental health history, history of medicine, women's history and health, history of Indigenous mental health

Books, monographs and book chapters

P Martyr (2012) Beyond 'Beyond Reason': images of people with mental disabilities in Australian film since the 1970s. In: Lawrence Rubin (ed) Mental Illness in Popular Media: Essays on the Representation of Disorders, North Carolina: McFarland, 2011: 238-255

P Martyr (2002) Paradise of Quacks: an alternative history of medicine in Australia, Macleay Press, Sydney.

P Martyr (2002) 'Unworthy of strong women'. In: J Biggs, R Davis (eds) The Subversion of Australian Universities, Fund for Intellectual Dissent, Wollongong, pp 118-126.

P Martyr (1999) A History of the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, Inc. Research Monograph Series No 3, ANZCMHN, Inc. (September)

Spencer J, Bull R, Martin E, Drew E, Martyr P. (1999) Roles and Responsibilities of Education Providers. Education, Training and Support for Australian Rural Nurses, AARN Monograph Series, no 4, Australian Association for Rural Nurses, Deakin, ACT.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Pharmacology, University of Western Australia