Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide where he works with ill and disabled children and their families. He has also trained in philosophy and psychotherapy, but learned most of what he knows about psychiatry by growing up in a pub, having three daughters, and from novels and Leunig cartoons.
Jon is a professor in the disciplines of psychiatry and paediatrics at the University of Adelaide. He is spokesman for Healthy Skepticism, an organisation devoted to countering misleading drug promotion, and chair of Australian-Palestinian Partnerships for Education and Health (appeh.org.au).
His interests include quality use of medicines, suicide, medical education and child abuse. He has been a strong critic of Australia’s reckless immigration detention policies and has worked with many children and adults damaged by those policies. He has a disabling addiction to Australia rules football.