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Robert Llewllyn-Jones

Rob initiated the foundation of Giant Steps in 1994 after his son Damian was diagnosed with autism. He was the Founding Chairman of Giant Steps between 1995 and 2000 and has served on the Board since 1995. He works full time as a Consultant Psychiatrist and and is Director of Wellview Health, a multidisciplinary clinic in North Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a Member of its Faculty of Psychotherapy and its Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry. He has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice since 1993 and specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety and traumatic stress disorders as well as in treating mental health problems among patients with neurological disabilities. Prior to training in Psychiatry he worked as a GP in Australia, Nepal and the UK. His commitment to ensuring that health services respond to the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and to the needs of their families led him to propose setting up a mental health clinic at Giant Steps which was the first of its kind in Australia.
Rob has also been very concerned about the mental health of older people and set up the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Aged Care Psychiatry Service and was Senior Staff Specialist and Director of this Service during the period 1995 to 2005. He was then a Senior Visiting Psychiatrist with NSW Health between 2005 and 2011 and regularly conducted clinics at hospitals in rural NSW. He has also provided geriatric psychiatry outreach to towns in outback NSW with the Royal Flying Doctor and education to rural and remote health professionals using a telemedicine video link.
He has been a speaker at many local, national, and international scientific conferences. He was previously Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the Department of Psychological Medicine at Sydney University and with the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle. He has substantial research experience and was awarded a PhD for research into new ways of managing depression in residential aged care. He has published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has received many research grants and several research awards. The Depression Intervention that he designed was replicated in Australia, Japan and the USA. He has served as an advisor to state, national and international bodies on the management of depression and dementia and is a peer review assessor for several international psychiatric journals. In 2016 he received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.