Psych Matters

Women in Psychiatry: in conversation with Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio

October 14, 2022
Psych Matters
Women in Psychiatry: in conversation with Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio
Show Notes

Women in Psychiatry is a special interest group made up of women psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees. The mission of women in psychiatry is to support the needs of women psychiatrists and trainees through education, advocacy and support. Women in psychiatry have been involved in advocating for gender equity & safe, flexible workplaces, raising awareness regarding gender issues in psychiatry and advocating for the mental health of women psychiatrists and trainees. They have held a number of networking events and moderate several platforms which provide peer support and mentorship. You can find them on Facebook at Women in Psychiatry, WhatsApp or email them at

In this episode of psych matters, Dr Tina Rizkallah interviews associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, a pioneer of the women’s movement in Australian Psychiatry.

A/Prof Carolyn Quadrio is an Associate Adjunct Professor with the School of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. She has been a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists since 1973 and has served as a Federal Councillor and in various teaching roles.  Formerly she was Director of Mental Health Services with Corrections Health Service (now Justice Health) in New South Wales. 

A/Prof Quadrio is well known for her work in women’s mental health and for introducing a feminist and gender analysis to mainstream psychiatry in Australia with her research on women in psychiatry - as patients and as practitioners and as victims of therapist abuse. In the forensic field, she is well known for her work on the abuse of children in religious institutions, the long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse, and psychiatric issues in domestic violence, including situations of domestic homicide.   

Dr Christine ‘Tina’ Rizkallah, is a consultant psychiatrist working in Victoria in the fields of forensic psychiatry and eating disorders. She is a committee member of women in psychiatry and a passionate advocate for gender equity both in and outside the workplace and training. Dr Rizkallah is interviewing Associate Professor Carolyn Quadrio, a pioneer of feminism in Australian Psychiatry.

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