BA (Hons) MA, PhD MAPS Cert Child Internet Safety (UCLAN) Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychologist
In 1985, Michael founded the world's first national teenage cancer patients' support group, CanTeen - The Australian Teenage Cancer Patient's Society
Recipient of the Australian Jaycees Outstanding Young Australian of the Year Award in 1987
Made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 1997, in recognition of his work in the prevention of youth suicide
In 2003, co-founded NCAB and continues to be a national spokesperson
Chair of the Cybersafety Committee
Official ambassador for the National Depression Initiative 'beyondblue', as well as Mindmatters, a suicide prevention program run by the Federal Government
Has been a Consultant Psychologist to the Victorian Secondary Schools Principal's Association, Australian Boarding Staff Association, Australian Ballet School, St Catherine's School, and Melbourne Girls' College
Served on the advisory committee for the Federal Government's Boys' Education Lighthouse School Programme
Worked in private practice as a family therapist, child psychologist and clinical psychologist, as an academic, researcher and spent four years working as a political lobbyist
Held a variety of appointments including Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation and Director of the Centre for Social Health at the University of Melbourne
Appointed Associate Professor Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne 1993-2000
Worked at the Albert Road Centre for Health in Melbourne 2000-2006
Parenting Expert Channel Seven's Sunrise breakfast program, Weekend Sunrise program, the Morning Showand on Neil Mitchell's morning program on 3AW radio.
For the past three years, Michael has been employed as a consultant to the Queensland Government on Bullying, Cybersafety and Resilience
One of nine Directors of the Young and Well Co-operative Research Centre, established in 2011.
Question and answer
Why is the issue of bullying of particular interest to you?
When I was 10 years old, I was punched in the stomach in the playground by a year 12 boy while living in the United Kingdom. I spent three days in intensive care and no one came forward to identify the boy. Later in my life as a psychologist, I saw how bullying was a key driver of anxiety and depression and saw how serious the short, medium and long term impact of bullying could be.
Where do you believe you have made a difference in your field?
I wrote my PhD on teenagers with cancer and founded CanTeen in 1984. I headed up the Coalition Against Tobacco Advertising and Promotion in New Zealand which resulted in the toughest anti-tobacco legislation in the world. I also developed the Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne.
How has your area of expertise helped you to contribute to NCAB over the years?
Belonging to NCAB and having a media profile, allows me to advocate for effective harm minimisation strategies and counter some of the prevailing myths that still remain in Australian society, such as bullying builds character.