Dr Tony McHugh has been a Clinical Psychologist since 1993. He is currently a senior policy advisor for the Australian Psychological Society. Prior to this, he was the coordinator and then Principal Psychologist and manager of Trauma-Related Mental Health Services for Austin Health from June 1995 until 2015.
In those roles, Tony set up comprehensive psychological treatment programs for severely traumatised Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, combat veterans and community groups, especially for police and other emergency services personnel and victims of crime and those involved in serious workplace and road traffic injuries.
As part of this provided leadership and support to those affected by emergencies and disasters; for example, in the Bali and London bombings, the Egypt bus-crash, the 2009 Victorian Bushfires and 2011 Brisbane Floods. Tony is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Melbourne, an Associate of Swinburne University and Patron of the Retired Peer Support Program of Victoria Police. He has been a psychological advisor and consultant to Phoenix Australia (the Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health), the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria, WorkSafe Victoria, the Victorian Police Association and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Tony has been lead-funded for research studies into PTSD and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals. He continues to conduct research into trauma-related mental health conditions, especially PTSD. Tony has provided education and training to psychologists across Australia in line with his research and clinical expertise. He has been accredited as a psychological supervisor by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority and conducts regular supervision with a wide range of psychologists working in the private and government sectors.
He also has a busy, part-time private practice, where he provides treatment to those with psychoses and anxiety, mood and stress-related psychiatric conditions.