Dr Lyndy Matthews qualified as doctor in London in 1984 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2000. Lyndy has worked in a range of roles across health boards and agencies at service director and consultant level including ten years in Maori Mental Health services. She is a general adult psychiatrist seeing people from their late teens into older age, and working with their families and friends. She has a special interest in destigmatising mental illness, improving mental health literacy and improving equity and access to effective mental health care. Her current roles are Lead psychiatrist for New Zealand’s National Telehealth Service and Psychiatrist Lead for primary mental health integration at one of New Zealand’s largest District health boards (Waitemata District Health Board).
Dr Matthews is a past Chair of the New Zealand Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (2005-2011) and of the Council of Medical Colleges of New Zealand (2010-2014). She has held expert advisory roles for the National Health IT Board and National MH&A Workforce organisation (Te Pou) and she contributed to the Mental Health Commission’s Blueprint II (2012). She has been a spokesperson for the National Depression Initiative and is a current member of its clinical advisory group.