Dr David Mitchell completed his medical degree at Monash in 2000 before embarking upon a diverse career that has included working as a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Air Force, where he served in a number of theatres abroad; as a medical officer for the Royal Flying Doctors Service across Cape York Peninsula; as a General Practitioner working in both metropolitan and remote areas of Australia; and as a Research Fellow at the Baker IDI Neurotransmitter Laboratory. He has lived and practiced in equally diverse settings, including the Thursday Island in the Torres Straits, the Northern Territory, Pacific Islands and far north Queensland, as well as Melbourne and Newcastle.
Despite having had a broad generalist medical career, Dr Mitchell has always had a passion for mental health and has more recently specialized as a psychiatrist. He is currently the lead psychiatrist for the Emergency Psychiatry Services at the Austin, as well the founding consultant of the innovative Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit, a short-stay inpatient service embedded within the Austin Emergency Department.
In addition to his public appointment, Dr Mitchell consults privately and is involved in research and education. He holds a number of teaching appointments, including with Sydney’s Black Dog Institute, a role that takes him around Australia, working to enhance the psychiatry skills of general practitioners and allied health professionals.
Dr Mitchell holds dual fellowships with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
He has always tried to make the care of marginalized people his priority, whether working with Indigenous Australians, military veterans or those with chronic mental illness.
Dr Mitchell was recognized as Monash’s Distinguished Young Alumni in 2008.