Prof Anne Buist
Anne is Professor of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Austin Health. For over twenty-five years she ran mother baby units in both the private and public sector. Currently she oversees a perinatal outreach program, and works with protective services and the courts in cases of abuse, infanticide and child murder, and this work inspires the psychological thrillers she writes.
Professor Buist received a four-million-dollar grant and led the beyondblue postnatal depression program 2001-5, screening over 40,000 women across Australia including the outback, CALD and indigenous women; recommendations from this study have been accepted by the Federal government and are being implemented across Australia.
Other research has included the history of child abuse and perinatal depression, antenatal prevention, a cost analysis of perinatal depression, a qualitative study of why women delay seeking help and video feedback in the mother-infant relationship; all these projects had direct implications for clinical care as well as assisting in advising government and health services how to best ensure good outcomes.