Associate Professor Richard Matthews is a National Director of Calvary Healthcare, a Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute and a Director of Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW).
He holds a conjoint associate professorship at the Faculty of Medicine NSW. He graduated from Medicine, University of NSW in 1975.
In 2011 was awarded an order of Australia (AM) for services to mental health, drug and alcohol and prison health.
Associate Professor Matthews was a general practitioner for twenty years and developed an interest in drug and alcohol treatment and worked for many years in the outpatient department in St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney in this discipline. He worked in prison health in NSW for twenty years, serving as Director of Drug and Alcohol, Director of Clinical Services and ultimately Chief Executive of Justice Health NSW from 1999 until 2005. He served for eight years as Deputy Director General at NSW Health with responsibility for Mental Health, drug and alcohol, Statewide Services, Primary and Community Health, Child Health and Child protection as well Intergovernmental Relations.
Since leaving the Department in 2011, Associate Professor Matthews has served on several Boards as well as consulting in the health services area.