Professor Fred Mendelsohn

Position within MAPW: 
Committee member, ICAN. Former Vice President and Branch Coordinator.

fred [dot] mendelsohn [at] mapw [dot] org [dot] au or via MAPW Executive Officer: (03) 9023 1958 or 0431 475 465

Professional Qualifications: 
Current field of medicine: 

Neurology: Former Director, Florey Institute, University of Melbourne

Special areas of interest: 
Public health effects of war and preparation for war, both conventional and nuclear.

Prof. Fred Mendelsohn joined MAPW over 20 years ago after living in the USA for 12 months and being horrified at the number of nuclear weapons in the US and USSR. He was inspired by Helen Caldicott's activism and high profile, and amazed at the disinterest of other medicos and scientists. He notes: "It is very sad to see the USA, Britain and Australia so ready to go to war for such weak reasons. As health professionals, who see more deaith and illness than we would wish, it is repulsive to see such preventable and unnecessary deaith and suffering, particularly as the worst effects of war are on civilians."