Life skills with Dr Julian Short

How do you create good work relationships? What do you do when work is awful? What should you do when things go wrong?

Dr Julian Short, psychiatrist and author of "An Intelligent Life: A Practical Guide to Relationships, Intimacy and Self-Esteem" talks to us about how to improve our relationships in the workplace and in our personal lives.


Dr Julian Short graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1970 and was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 1976. Julian's career has taken him all over the world; giving anesthetics in England and Nepal, working in general practice and studying in a number of psychiatric hospitals.

His wanderlust has led him through the Far and Middle East, Scandinavia, Europe, Russia and the US. His passion for the sea has taken him sailing in many places, including a break from medicine as cook and deck-hand on a yacht in the Atlantic. Julian returned to Australia in 1978 to work as a staff specialist in a teaching hospital, before entering private practice.

He is now a consultant to three Sydney hospitals and works with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, providing psychiatric services to the far west of NSW. He is a member of a hospital ethics committee and is an educator with the Black Dog Institute; an internationally recognised centre for the treatment of depression. He specialises in the management of low self esteem and relationship problems. He is married to a physician and they have two children.