Clinical Associate Professor Michael Robertson

Clinical Associate Professor
Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health

K25 - Medical Foundation Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Dr Robertson divides his clinical time between a psychotherapy practice at the Blackwattle Clinic in Sydney and forensic psychiatric consultations conducted in NSW and Queensland. He is the Medical Director for The Recovre Group and is an Approved Medical Specialist for the NSW Worker's Compensation Commission.He had worked in acute adult and community psychiatry for 20 years and had been a previous Department Head at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has previously coordinated a clinical service for survivors of psychological trauma. He is a Committee Member for the Special Interest Group in History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry (SIGHPEP), of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

Research interests

Dr Robertson completed his PhD in the area of psychiatric ethics and traumatic stress. He was the chief investigator in a NSW Health funded study examining involuntary psychiatric treatment in the community. He has published in the area of psychological trauma, philosophy and psychiatry, and brief psychotherapy. He has interests including the depiction of psychiatry in cinema and human rights abuses perpetrated by psychiatrists in the Third Reich.


His current research project is an ethical analysis of the psychiatric profession in Nazi Germany.


His latest book, A New Ethics in Psychiatry - the patient, the profession and the community was published by Taylor and Francis in 2013.

Teaching areas

Dr Robertson is the coordinator of BETH 5205 - Ethics in Mental Health unit of study in the Sydney Bioethics Program. He lectures and tutors student in the Sydney Medical Program and contributes to the Medical Humanities teaching program.