Malcolm Battersby is Professor of Psychiatry of Flinders University and Clinical Director of the Southern Adelaide Mental Health Services.
He 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.
PhD, FRANZCP, FAChAM, MBBS
2003-2004 Harkness Fellowship- Commonwealth Fund of New York
2006 Health Innovations Award- Flinders Program, Health and Lifestyle Expo,Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand
Head of Psychiatry, College of Medicine and Public Health
Clinical Director of the Southern Adelaide Mental Health Services SALHN
Director of Flinders Centre for Gambling Research
Professor Battersby has delivered workshops and education programs nationally and internationally on chronic condition self-management in the use of the Flinders Program. He has also provided education and workshops to medical students, psychiatry trainees and practitioners in the use of cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders and gambling disorder.
Professor Battersby worked with non-government organisations to establish the Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia. Through his involvement with the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) and the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in Aboriginal Health he has had significant association with aboriginal communities in Port Lincoln and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. In 2009, Professor Battersby was appointed as a psychiatrist to the National Advisory Committee of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service to provide expert advice on mental health conditions relevant to the needs of Veterans. He is a member of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Clinical Governance Committee.