The Kidman Centre UTS aims to help address mental health issues in children, teenagers and young adults through a number of approaches:
- Giving preventative mental health presentations to students, staff and parents in school settings.
- Having specialist treatment clinics which young people and their families can attend.
- Conducting Effectiveness Research in ‘real world’ community settings.
- Disseminating our ‘treatment effectiveness’ research findings by training other health professionals.
Professor Antony Kidman 1938-2014
Dr Antony Kidman established The Kidman Centre UTS in 1985. He was the Director of the Centre for approximately 30 years, until his sad passing in 2014.
Dr Kidman had a deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of early intervention in mental health. Under his leadership, the programs and the research conducted by the unit over the years have focused on youth mental health, including HSC stress management programs, bullying interventions and delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to young people experiencing psychosis. His most recent and ambitious undertaking before he passed away was securing funding to begin research into early intervention for children and adolescents experiencing disruptive behaviour problems.
Dr Kidman was a charismatic man and a talented fundraiser. He raised tens of millions of dollars over the years to support the work of the The Kidman Centre. Dr Kidman was also a clinician and researcher. Internationally renowned clinicians, Professors Aaron and Judy Beck, said, “Tony was instrumental in the dissemination of CBT to practitioners around Australia through the direct delivery of training, as a researcher and in his role as Founder and Editor of the Clinical Psychologist, the official journal of the clinical college of the Australian Psychological Society. Colleagues around the world will miss him”.
In 2005 Dr Kidman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to clinical psychology. His academic achievements include 154 journal articles and nine books as well as regular presentations at conferences internationally. Tony was an early advocate of the self-help movement, translating psychological science into accessible books for the community.
Dr Kidman’s contribution to The Kidman Centre was undoubtedly significant. He will be missed. However his legacy will continue through the Unit’s continued work in early intervention in mental health.