PROFESSOR Dan Lubman is one of Australia’s top mental health and addiction experts, but he’s never forgotten his Liverpool roots.
The 52-year-old, son of Jackie and Roy Lubman, of Liverpool, is a die-hard Liverpool Football Club fan, attended the city’s King David Primary and High schools, and helped to launch the first judo club at the former Harold House Youth Centre.
And, he attended Greenbank Drive Synagogue, when it was under the watchful eye of Cantor Henry Chait, too.
So, you can’t question his scouse credentials.
“Growing up with a very firm proud Jewish heritage in Liverpool, and being proud to be scouse and support one of the greatest football teams and have that scouse humour, allows you to deal with a lot of life’s knocks and challenges,” said Dan, who received the Australian equivalent of our New Years Honours last month.
“Moving to a new country, and having to deal with a new speciality and challenging government around health and funds, as well as challenging the community around a health condition they don’t want to see as such, you’ve got to be able to see the bright side of things and not take it too seriously.
“You’ve got to have that fighter mentality to not get knocked down, stay true to your beliefs and get on with it.”
Dan is the director of Turning Point, Australia’s leading national addiction treatment, research and education centre, and the inaugural director of the Monash Addiction Research Centre.
He is also professor of addiction studies and services at Monash University in Melbourne, where he lives with his two sons and wife Cathy.
Having studied physiology at Manchester University in 1989, he gained a bachelor of medicine in 1992, and became a doctor of philosophy with a PhD in addiction in 1998.
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