Gordon Parker AO

Prof. Gordon Parker AO is currently Scientia Professor of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and was Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute from 2002-2011. He was, for nearly two decades, Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW and Director of the Division of Psychiatry at Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. He has had a number of responsibilities for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, including being Editor of the Journal and Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee.

He has been an active researcher and has held a number of positions with legal organisations, including the NSW Guardianship Board and the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal. In 2004 he received a Citation Laureate as the Australian Scientist most highly cited in the field of ‘Psychiatry/Psychology’. His autobiography “A Piece of My Mind: A Psychiatrist on the Couch” was published in 2012.

Scientia Professor Gordon was a dual winner of the Australian Mental Health Prize with Professor Helen Milroy.

“As a Board Member for the Quest for Life Foundation I elected to sit in on a Healing Your Life program. All my impressions of QFL and its objectives and program content were exceeded. The staff were warm and empathic, the accommodation and venue first rate, while the food was imaginative and excellent. The daily programs were wonderfully and richly constituted with superb facilitation.

Most members attending that week were dealing with enormities and many stated at the beginning that they felt ‘broken.’ Yet at the end of the week, the most common descriptor offered by the attendees was that they felt ‘joyous.’ I judged that this reflected both the content of the program and a set of extension factors which joined people together and facilitated a sense of hope and mastery. I have not observed such a distinct phenomenon previously as it affected so many of the attendees. I judge that Petrea and her staff have built and shaped programs that are marked by style and content, are innovative and pluralistic, and which touch people’s souls. As a Board member it was a privilege to observe and further sharpens my already established commitment to QFL.”
Professor Gordon Parker AO, FAAHMS, FASSA, MB BS, MD, PhD, DSc and FRANZCP

Gordon Parker AO
Scientia Professor
School of Psychiatry
University of New South Wales


Funding Options for Residential Programs


Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

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