Professor Malcolm Battersby

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Malcolm Battersby is Professor and Head of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University and Mental Health Research program lead, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute.  He is also Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Mental Health Division.

Malcolm established the Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit and cognitive behavioural post graduate courses at Flinders University. He also established the Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorder Unit and the Statewide Gambling Therapy Services. He is Director of the Flinders Centre for Gambling Research. Professor Battersby trained with Professor Isaac Marks at the Institute of Psychiatry, London in behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders and severe neurotic conditions. His team has led the training and supervision of low intensity coaches for the Beyondblue NewAccess program that saw over 3000 people with anxiety and depression, achieving recovery rates of 68%.

He was awarded a Harkness Research Fellowship in the study of chronic condition self-management in the United States during 2003-2004 and had led the development of the Flinders Program of chronic condition management, now provided across Australia and internationally. He is chief investigator of the NHMRC trial of the use of the Flinders Program to improve cardiovascular risk in people with psychosis.

Research Interests

New models of behaviour change in two areas of clinical science: behaviour change for people with chronic medical and mental health conditions through the development of the Flinders program of self-management care planning, and the development of a unique cognitive behaviour treatment model for problem gambling. Both models developed by parallel efforts in research, clinical programs and postgraduate courses for health professionals.

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External positions

Senior Research Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Mental Health Division, Southern Adelaide Local Health Network


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