Dr Allister Bush is a New Zealand-European child and adolescent psychiatrist working at Te Whare Marie, an indigenous Maori child, adolescent and family mental health service and Pasifika CAMHS, a Pacific Island child adolescent and family mental health service, both based in Porirua, near Wellington, New Zealand. He is a senior clinical lecturer at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Wellington School of Medicine, Otago University, Wellington.
Dr. Bush is the World Psychiatric Association zonal representative for Oceania (Zone 18) and a member of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry International Relations (CAPIR) subcommittee of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He is co-author with Wiremu NiaNia and David Epston of Collaborative and Indigenous Mental Health Therapy: Tataihono- stories of Maori Healing and Psychiatry, a book documenting his partnership as a psychiatrist, with an indigenous Maori healer, Wiremu NiaNia, since 2005.
He is a co-facilitator of the Pasifika Study Group, a biennial workshop under the auspices of RANZCP, run in Pacific Nations countries with Pacific nations doctors and nurses participating, with the aim of supporting the development of mental health capacity in Pacific nations with less access to mental health resources. He is a mentor on the Vanuatu Psychiatry Mentoring program, which was created at the request of Dr Jimmy Obed, a Ni-Vanuatu doctor who is the only mental health doctor in Vanuatu. Dr. Bush’s research interests include cross-cultural psychiatry with a particular focus on Maori and Pacific cultural concepts and understandings relevant to mental health and psychiatry and he is co-author, with Maori and Samoan colleagues, of a number of articles related to these areas.