Dr Peter Cook M.B.,Ch.B.(NZ)., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., M.R.C.Psych, D.C.H. Consultant Psychiatrist (25/03/1927 – 25/03/2017)
Dr Peter S. Cook was born in Japan, spending his early years there and in the U.K. before going to live in New Zealand in 1939. After qualifying in medicine at Otago University in 1950, he studied adult and child psychiatry in London from 1952 to 1956. From 1957 he practised adult and child psychiatry in Christchurch, and from 1965 he worked in Sydney at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, where he was Director of the Department of Psychiatry.
In 1974 he became a consultant in child psychiatry with the New South Wales Department of Health at the Queenscliff Health Centre in Sydney, and was adviser on child mental health to the Regional Director of the Northern Metropolitan Health Region. From 1982 he was in private practice until his retirement.
Most of his publications have been concerned with primary prevention in child and family mental health. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom.
Recently Peter’s 1997 book Early Child Care – Infants and nations at risk, was named as one of the “Books of the Century” in a list compiled by a non-violence organisation, posted on a German website.