AMA(SA) Council - Vice President
BM BS, FRANZCP
Dr Michelle Atchison graduated from the Flinders University Medical School in 1985 and after an intern year at the Royal Adelaide Hospital began psychiatry training at the Repatriation General Hospital. After an aborted attempt at academic psychiatry, she settled into private practice in 1995 with a focus on psychiatric problems arising from traumatic stress. A large proportion of Michelle's patients are war service veterans. Other interests include civil medico-legal work, including criminal injuries compensation and WorkCover.
Michelle also assisted in setting up the Medical Panels for South Australia. She is a foundation member of the new Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry.
Michelle is an accredited College examiner. In recent years she has become active in the politics of psychiatry, and now chairs the SA Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and represents South Australia at the federal College level. She sees her role as promoting private practice interests amid significant public practice changes.
Michelle has completed a Graduate Diploma in Art History and in another life would be consulting in art work for medical rooms – if only she had the time.