has been both a Barrister and a Psychologist.
As a Barrister, her practice was primarily in the family law jurisdiction and she was an Accredited Mediator with the Bar Council. She also holds accreditation with the Federal Attorney General’s Department as a mediator in Family Law disputes. She was involved in Human Rights committees and sub-committees concerned with violence & intellectual disability & has maintained an active interest in issues concerning children within the legal system.
As a psychologist, Beatrice has held posts in the public sector in senior roles and been in private practice providing therapeutic and mediation services. She has extensive experience in writing reports for Family law proceedings and has been an expert witness in other jurisdictions. She has also worked as a counsellor/mediator with the Family Court at Melbourne.
Beatrice Melita has had an extensive psychotherapeutic practice. Her focus has been on both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches specialising in depression and anxiety disorders, separating couples and individuals and in working with professionals in high stress occupations.
Beatrice Melita has a breadth of experience spanning psychology and the law as well as experience in policy development and implementation within Government and in training and organisational development. She has been employed in various positions as well as having held a number of honorary posts.
She was President of the Intellectual Disability Review Panel, a tribunal established by the Intellectually Disabled Person’s Service Act 1986, to independently review decisions of the Department of Health and Community Services Victoria effecting the rights, entitlements and services to people with an intellectual disability. She was a senior consultant with the Victorian Public Service Board in training and development and organisational consultancy.
Beatrice Melita was a Member of the Psychologists Registration Board and involved in drafting the Victorian legislation and its subsequent regulations. She has a long history of involvement and interest in professional and ethical standards. She was Chair of the Australian Psychological Society, Victorian Branch, member of its ethics committee and committee which re-wrote its Code of Conduct, and more recently guidelines for working with minors, in addition to holding numerous other positions within the Society such as the Education and Training Committee. She has been invited to lecture on a wide variety of topics and been a member of several University Boards concerning undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
Beatrice Melita was honoured and elected Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society for her contributions to the study and practice of psychology.
Education & Qualifications
– Bachelor of Laws
University of Melbourne
– Master of Arts Prelim (Hons) (Psychology)
– Bachelor of Arts (Psychology & Statistics)
Australian Psychological Society
Psychologists Registration Board
– Registered Psychologist
Family Court of Australia
– Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner