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Dr George Blair-West

Psychiatrist, Qld

Dr George Blair-West is an author, researcher and psychiatrist in private practice in Brisbane. He sub-specialises in trauma, eating disorders and relationship/sex therapy.

In the 1990s, as a senior lecturer at The University of Queensland, his peer-reviewed research papers rewrote the textbooks on suicide and depression. His clinical approach around conceptualising and treating depression and suicide was also featured on Australian Story in 2017.

Needing to lose some weight himself, he then turned his focus to the overlooked research into the psychological forces that prevent weight loss.  The bestselling ‘Weight Loss for Food Lovers: Understanding our minds and why we sabotage our weight loss’ (translated into Dutch and Chinese) and related research papers resulted in keynote addresses, a regular spot on the Today breakfast show and media appearances around the world. A children’s book followed and in 2010 he was named one of the top 20 most influential obesity experts in the world.

His inspirational novel, “The Way of The Quest”, was a ‘how to’ of finding one’s meaning and purpose in life and went on to receive three international awards. He was invited to give a TED talk on preventing divorce which was published in April 2018.

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