About MDH

Medical calligraphy meets science communication in left-handed psychiatrist’s lifelong pursuit of readability.

Dr Matthew Roberts is a Melbourne-based father, author, musician and perinatal psychiatrist.

He specialises in clinical work and advocacy for mental health in men, women and children around pregnancy and early family life.

Matthew is a passionate and engaging science communicator, regularly speaking at conferences and seminars, and running groups and workshops in community and institutional settings. He is also a founding member of the Science Communication and Policy Group within the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium

His written and visual media work includes commissioned articles for clinical and research journals, and contributions for major websites, radio and television. Matthew’s creative short fiction has won awards, most recently RACV’s 2017 Short Story Competition.

He also runs dads’ mental health, wellbeing and advocacy website townhalldads.com (@townhalldads; facebook.com/townhalldads)

An amusingly long time and hairstyle ago Dr Roberts was Musical Director for his Medical School’s Student Comedy Revue 4 years running, around a fifth of his life at the time.

Twitter: @drmwroberts

Email: doctormatthewroberts@gmail.com

LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/drmwroberts

Worth noting:

1. Blog content represents Dr Roberts’ individual opinions only rather than representing any of the organisations for which he works or to which he belongs.

2. Content is not intended as medical advice.

3. Dr Roberts’ writing is grounded in clinical experience as a medical specialist in psychiatry; any reference to his clinical work may be taken as generalised rather than referring to individual cases, unless clearly stated.

4. No clinical material from any specific case will be used without appropriate permission and deidentification.

5. This blog is intended to stimulate thought and conversation, spreading ideas and approaches found useful in the stated settings; it does not claim to be academic.

6. Every effort to avoid plagiarism is made, with sources other than Dr Roberts’ experience and thought either acknowledged or stated to be unknown where this is the case.

7. Corrections, source information and respectful debate regarding the content is very much welcomed.
…oh, do not ask ‘What is it?’

Let us go and make our visit”

– The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, by T.S. Eliot



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