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Biographical entry Burrows, Graham Dene (1938 - 2016)

17 June 1938
Raetihi, New Zealand
10 January 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Graham Burrows had an international reputation in diverse research areas including the mood and anxiety disorders, chronic pain and psychosomatics, and hypnosis. He was influential in the establishment of modern psychopharmacology in Australia. In 1967 he moved to Victoria where he joined he Mental Health Authority, working in a number of psychiatric hospitals. Burrows was appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne in 1973, becoming foundation Professor and Director of Psychiatry at the Austin and Repatriation Hospitals ten years later. He was noted as an innovator in areas of clinical practice such as eating disorders, spinal injuries, HIV/AIDS and PTSD. Burrows prolific contributor to psychiatric literature in Australia and overseas. Organisations in which he played active roles included the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (of which he was President), the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, the World Federation for Mental Health, the Australian Medical Association (Victoria), and the Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum. He was an enthusiastic participant and office bearer in many community health and mental health organisations.



Life event - Migrated to Victoria
1969 - 1979
Career position - Consultant Psychiatrist, Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital, Melbourne
1973 - 1979
Career position - First Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
1973 - 1983
Career position - Research Associate, Howard Florey Institute for Experimental Physiology and Medicine
1983 - 2008
Career position - Director of Psychiatry, Austin and Repatriation Hospitals, Melbourne
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of service to medicine, particularly in the field of psychiatry
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of St John of Jerusalem (KCSJ)
2002 - 2006
Career position - President, Alzheimer's Association of Victoria
Life event - Retired
Award - Medal of Honour, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

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Journal Articles

  • Burrows, Graham D. and Tiller, John W., 'Cade's observation of the antimanic effect of lithium and early Australian research', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 33 (supp. 1) (1999), S27-S31. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Anon, ''Workaphile' professor's door was always open to patients, staff and bold new ventures: Graham Burrows, mental health expert, 17-6-1938 - 10-1-2016', The Age, 2016 (2016), 36. Details


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