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Meet Dr Anthony Mander, Psychiatrist

Dr. Anthony ManderTony is an acclaimed psychiatrist who has been in practice for more than 30 years. Over the course of his career, Tony has worked in many different settings—including time in England before settling in Perth. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists of the UK (MRCPsych) and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP).


Before Psychiatry

Tony left school at 16 and joined the Royal Navy and trained as a nurse, then later as a pathology technician. He considers this to have been one of his most important formative experiences. He learnt to live with, evaluate and adjust to, many types of individuals.

After 4 years in the Navy he joined the NHS as a pathology technician before returning to his hometown and completing his education at Lincoln College of Technology. It was during this period, as a volunteer at St John’s Psychiatric Hospital, that he developed his life-long interest in mental health. He gained entry to The University of Wales School of Medicine in 1977.


An Education in Psychiatry

MembershipsTony began his psychiatric training in 1983, which included the study of medicolegal issues (Criminal and Civil Forensic Psychiatry). He was awarded both an MPhil and MD in Psychiatry, each by thesis based on original research. He credits this with helping him develop the critical analytic skills he uses in his clinical and medicolegal work.

After obtaining his College Membership, he worked in the United Kingdom and Victoria, then later moved to Graylands Hospital in 1991. He joined Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) in 1992 and was Secretary of the WA branch of the RANZCP between 1992 and 1994.


Medicolegal Psychiatry

He has completed training in the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (Mental and Behavioural Disorders) for the New South Wales WorkCover Authority/ Motor Accidents Authority and is a recognised WorkCover Specialist and Accredited Independent Medical Examiner. He has completed training by the Australasian College of Legal Medicine, is a member of the AMA, and a Foundation Member of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the RANZCP. He is the founder, convenor and chair of the Perth Medicolegal Group which is affiliated with the RANZCP.

For those rare cases that go to Court, Tony knows it is important that he can put the case across clearly, logically and without bias. Reference to the DSM ensures reliability across different examiners. He has been formally trained in the use of the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM. He has appeared in Courts at all levels in Scotland (Edinburgh Court of Session, Scottish High Court, Parole Board and Mental Health Tribunal) and for civil and criminal cases in Victoria and Western Australia.

He is keen to work with plaintiffs and defendants. He currently undertakes approximately 400 medicolegal evaluations per year. In addition to medicolegal work he continues with a busy private clinical practice.


Awards and Accomplishments

Tony won the Mental Health Foundation Bronze Award in 1981 and the Peter Scott Memorial Trust Scholarship in Forensic Psychiatry in 1982 whilst still a student at the Welsh National School of Medicine (later renamed the University of Wales School of Medicine).

In 1994 he was awarded a Fellowship from the Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy to study in New York. On his return, he was appointed to the Psychology Registration Board of Western Australia whilst continuing at RPH. He became Head of Psychiatry at RPH (including the Inner City Mental Health Service). He was media spokesperson for the WA Branch of the RANZCP on Affective Disorders and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy between 1996 and 1998.

Tony was Divisional Director of Clinical Neurosciences (Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry) at RPH between 2001 and 2003 and subsequently the Hospitals Director of Quality between 2003 and 2005. During this time he sat on, and chaired, numerous committees involved in service development and reorganisation. He was a Quality Surveyor for the Australian Council of Health Services between 2000 and 2005.


Academic Experience

Tony has lectured in the UK, Ireland, Holland, USA and Australia. He was a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where he supervised many psychiatric trainees pursuing their MPhil Research Degrees. He was Coordinator and Principal Lecturer for courses on Affective Disorders and Psychopathology. He has published over 40 original articles with particular interests in Affective Disorders, Alcohol Problems and the organisation and management of General and Forensic Psychiatric Services.

Outside of the Practice

Tony enjoys his family, theatre, concerts, eating out, sport and his beloved Lincoln City FC.

Learn more about Dr Mander by downloading his CV.

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