Dr Helen Sweeting, MBBS, MPH, FRACGP, FAChAM
Position: Addiction Medicine Consultant Delmont Private Hospital.
Dr Helen Sweeting completed her medical training through the University of Sydney, later completing General Practice training in the Northern Territory during which time there was a significant exposure to treatment of patients with drug dependence. She later moved to Melbourne and worked in community medicine and Aboriginal health, beginning to treat opioid dependence using opioid replacement therapy.
A long standing interest in the psycho-social and clinical aspects of managing those with addiction lead to completion of the Fellowship of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine (RACP) in 2008 through St Vincent’s Health and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, and completion of a Master of Public Health through Melbourne University (International Health/ Addiction). She has worked in both private and public settings in an addiction medicine capacity including Turning Point, Western Health and the Barbara Walker Centre for Pain Management.
Areas of interest have been Aboriginal health, comorbid chronic non-malignant pain and addiction, the assessment and management of impairment and incorporating a psychodynamic approach to addiction and other mental health disorders (with completion of the introductory training in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Victorian Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists). She has private consulting rooms and admitting rights to Delmont Private Hospital in Melbourne and is a member of the medical advisory board of the hospital.