Ann Westmore is the co-author of the biography Finding Sanity: John Cade, Lithium and the Taming of Bipolar Disorder, set largely in the world of mid-twentieth century asylums, particularly those at Beechworth, Bundoora and Royal Park. It evolved in part from her PhD thesis which explored ‘psychiatry’s holy grail’, the quest for an explanatory model of madness, as it applied in Victoria.
Ann has worked for Museum Victoria and the Public Record Office of Victoria on the history of care and management of people with a mental illness and/or intellectual disability in the state. She is completing a history of twentieth century psychiatry in Victoria.
Prior to her historical research and writing, Ann completed Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently a Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health. She also worked as a specialist health reporter with the Herald and Weekly Times and as a freelance medical reporter with several magazines for GPs.
She has co-authored numerous non-fiction books on aspects of health and reproductive health, contributed to the Australian Psychiatric Care website www.ahpi.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/index.html and run numerous Witness seminars on the history of medicine in Australia. http://witness.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/contents.html
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