Dr Philip Tam

MA (Cambridge); MBBS (London), FRANZCP, Cert Child Psych

About Dr Philip Tam

Dr. Philip Tam is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 15 years experience in both the public and private sector. Originally from the UK, where he did his basic medical degree and junior training, he moved to Sydney in 1999.

He has a wide range of clinical interests and expertise within the broad field of child psychiatry, including treating depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, autistic-spectrum disorders and other complex mental health difficulties. He places an emphasis on the family and broader social/educational environment on both how these shape the development of a client’s condition, and how they can be addressed and improved to assist in the journey to recovery. He gives particular emphasis to any relevant cultural or trans-cultural aspects which may be relevant to the client.

Dr. Tam is also an acknowledged Australian and global pioneer in the emerging field of ‘internet-related psychology’ (sometimes dubbed ‘internet addiction’), and is currently involved in many local and international research projects in this area. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on this topic for general and professional audiences, presents lectures and workshops on this, and regularly comments in the international media. He co-presents a free series on iTunes podcasts on this topic – ‘The Healthy Digital Diet’, and in 2011 helped set up Australia’s first public-service information and website to assist families – please visit www.niira.org.au

Below are some recent publications by Dr Philip Tam

Tam, P., & Walter, G. (2013). Problematic internet use in childhood and youth: evolution of a 21st century. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(6), 533-536.

Tam, P. G. (2016). Problematic internet use in youth: An outline and overview for health professionals. Australian Clinical Psychologist, 2(1), 802.

Tam, P. (2002). Psychiatry and the cinema. Australasian Psychiatry, 10(2), 178-178.

Tam, P. (2010). EThe boy who was raised as a dog, and other stories from a child psychiatrist's notebook. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(2), 179-180.

King, D. L., Achab, S., Higuchi, S., Bowden-Jones, H., Müller, K. W., Billieux, J., ... & Delfabbro, P. H. (2022). Gaming disorder and the COVID-19 pandemic: Treatment demand and service delivery challenges. Journal of behavioral addictions.

Morandini, J. S., Blaszczynski, A., Costa, D. S., Godwin, A., & Dar-Nimrod, I. (2017). Born this way: Sexual orientation beliefs and their correlates in lesbian and bisexual women. Journal of counseling psychology, 64(5), 560. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000209

Rumpf, H. J., Achab, S., Billieux, J., Bowden-Jones, H., Carragher, N., Demetrovics, Z., ... & Poznyak, V. (2018). Including gaming disorder in the ICD-11: The need to do so from a clinical and public health perspective: Commentary on: A weak scientific basis for gaming disorder: Let us err on the side of caution. van Rooij et al., 2018). Journal of behavioral addictions, 7(3), 556-561.

Park, S., Hong, K. E. M., Park, E. J., Ha, K. S., & Yoo, H. J. (2013). The association between problematic internet use and depression, suicidal ideation and bipolar disorder symptoms in Korean adolescents. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(2), 153-159.

Petry, N. M., Rehbein, F., Gentile, D. A., Lemmens, J. S., Rumpf, H. J., Mößle, T., ... & O'Brien, C. P. (2014). An international consensus for assessing internet gaming disorder using the new DSM‐5 approach. Addiction, 109(9), 1399-1406.