Since 2008, Tony McHugh has been the Manager and Principal Psychologist for the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service (PTRS) at Austin Health. Before that, he held similar positions in the PTRS’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program.
Across these roles, Tony has been responsible for the set up and development of comprehensive psychological treatment programs for severely traumatised ADF Personnel, combat veterans and various community groups – such as police and other emergency services workers, those who have experienced transports and workplace accidents and victims of crime.
Tony has also acted as a psychological advisor to the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and to the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria.
Prior to his time at Austin Health, Tony held various significant appointments, including Assistant Director for the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) and Snr Project Officer in the (then) Office of Psychiatric Services.
Tony has routinely provided workshops across Australia on the psychological treatment of post-traumatic reactions, including PTSD and its comorbidities, especially, problematic anger. He has authored and co-authored a number of articles in the area of traumatic stress.
He has provided considerable leadership in the area of psychological responses to emergencies and disasters over the last decade and played an instrumental leadership role in the response to the 2009 Victoria Bushfires.
Tony also has a busy small part-time psychology private practice. Through these various experiences, Tony has accumulated considerable experience in the treatment of a range of posttraumatic conditions, including severe anxiety and mood disorders. A special focus within this work has been in the assessment and treatment of problematic anger.