David Forbes is the Director of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne.
He has over twenty years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems in trauma survivors, with a speciality in military and veteran mental health. He led the development of the inaugural 2007 Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the revision published in 2013 approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council and endorsed by colleges of psychiatrists, psychologists and general practitioners. Professor Forbes is also Vice Chair of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Committee for the development of their new PTSD Guidelines.
He has a strong track record in the conduct of research in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and the provision of policy and service development advice to government and agencies responsible for the care of veteran and military personnel, police and first responders and trauma survivors across the community.
Professor Forbes has also a strong track record in the provision of training in evidence based treatments for PTSD and related disorders. This has also included the development of mobile app and online resources for practitioners and trauma survivors. He has published over 130 scientific papers in the international literature and sits on many Commonwealth government policy and scientific advisory panels and academic journal editorial boards.