September 3, 2014

Catholic Spirituality and Mental Health: Dr Philippa Martyr

by Tom Gourlay

The Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture was proud to host Dr Philippa Martyr at our Speakers Forum on 2 September. Dr Martyr spoke eloquently on the phenomenon of mental illness in our contemporary society and the insights of the Catholic intellectual tradition, particularly regarding its conception of anthropology, in dealing with issues in this area.



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Dr Philippa Martyr has a PhD in the history and sociology of medicine. She graduated from UWA in 1994 and then worked as a lecturer at the University of Tasmania’s Launceston campus. In 2000 she went to the UK, where she was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford Brookes University, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. During this time Philippa wrote a book called Paradise of Quacks: an alternative history of medicine in Australia, which was published by Macleay Press in 2002.

Philippa returned to Australia in November 2007, and currently works at the Clinical Research Centre (formerly the Centre for Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatry), at the Graylands Health Campus. She is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences at UWA, and a guest lecturer in the School of Pharmacology. She has published in a wide range of scholarly and popular journals, including Australasian Psychiatry, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Social History of Medicine, Quadrant, AD2000, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and Connor Court Quarterly.