Les is Melbourne, born-and-bred. Educated at Monash and Melbourne Universities, he later spent time in the Austin Hospital’s Department of Psychological Medicine, where he did clinical rotations in Adult Psychiatry and Cardiology.
With a life long passion for travel and commercial aviation, Les considers himself fortunate to have been supervised while at the Austin by Dr. Ida Kaplan who was Ansett Australia’s first Melbourne-based Fear of Flying Program Psychologist. He inherited the program from her in 1994 and for the next six years further developed and enhanced the program. Separate from this, he helped develop the airline’s Passenger and Crew Welfare program, training with airline staff from around the world – including United, Continental and TWA – to give him a special understanding of Crew psychology, especially enhancing resilience under stress.
Les likes to add value to his clinical work via his passion for travel, and he has accumulated over one million miles on United Airlines and is a Bronze flier with Qantas Airways. He has visited New York City some twenty five times over the last twenty years ( a favourite place) and sees it as important to help patients not just overcome their intrusive anxieties, but also become better flyers and travellers.
While not a pilot, Les says he is yet to be stumped by any patient’s aviation-related question, having access to commercial aviation crew he consults with from time to time. He has also offered training in stress management for Qantas crew as part of its pilots’ peer support program.
Under current Medicare assistance, patients can access Clinical Psychology services and achieve a significant rebate if referred by their GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Ten sessions per calendar year are available – Private health insurance will also cover some fees but cannot be used with Medicare rebates.
Located In Brighton East
Flightwise Fear of Flying Clinic, 767 Hawthorn Road, Brighton East