Tanveer Ahmed (psychiatrist)

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Tanveer Ahmed (born 25 August 1974) is a Bangladeshi–Australian journalist, television personality and a doctor working as a psychiatrist.

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born in Bangladesh but was raised in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. He won a scholarship to be educated at Sydney Grammar School and went on to the University of Sydney, where he studied medicine, graduating in 2000. He also had a stint writing for the university's Honi Soit magazine. He represented the Australian Medical Association as the national representative for training doctors in 2006–07.[1]


Besides being a doctor, Ahmed has also been a journalist for SBS TV, and appeared regularly on radio and television discussing issues pertaining to multiculturalism and mental health issues. He was a regular contributor to the major newspapers, most commonly the Sydney Morning Herald.

Ahmed was an appointee to the Advertising Standards Bureau board between 2006 to 2011[2] and serves as an UN ambassador against domestic violence via becoming a White Ribbon Day ambassador.[3] He was chosen as one of one hundred future leaders of Australia under the age of 40 to attend the Future Forum in 2006.[2]

In 2007 Ahmed appeared as the Bingo Commissioner in Seven Network's game show, National Bingo Night.[4]

Ahmed stood for the Liberal Party in Marrickville for the 2008 New South Wales local council elections.[5]

In 2011 his memoir, entitled The Exotic Rissole, was published by NewSouth Publishing. Josh Radnor wrote in The Canberra Times that "one thing is clear from reading The Exotic Rissole: Ahmed is a skilled storyteller who offers many valuable insights into the human experience."[6] The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Wilding calls it "a gentle and genial memoir of the migrant experience."[7] Tory Sheherd gave it a 2 1/2 star review in The Advertiser.[8] Graham Clark of The Courier Mail describes it as a "rich mix of a multicultural world".[9]

Ahmed's contributions to the Sydney Morning Herald were discontinued after he was exposed as a serial plagiarist, who had repeatedly presented work from other sources as his own.[10] In September 2012, "Media Watch has identified six other articles by Tanveer Ahmed, including one written for the website Mamamia, which contain passages lifted from other sources," the program found.[11]

On 8 September 2012, Ahmed was elected as a Liberal Party councillor for the inner-west Sydney municipality of Canada Bay for a four-year term. His election was confirmed on 13 September 2012.[12][dead link]

In February 2015 his article relating to domestic violence[13][14] caused controversy which resulted in an examination of his role as a "White Ribbon Ambassador" which is a White House ambassador for the Australian White Ribbon Campaign.[15][16] Following criticism of his views expressed in the article, he was subsequently suspended as a 'White Ribbon Ambassador'[17] and was sacked by The Australian over a plagiarism allegation.[18]


  1. ^ Serving the AMA in 2006
  2. ^ a b Previous Advertising Standards Bureau board members
  3. ^ White Ribbon Day Ambassadors
  4. ^ "Indian actor cracks jackpot", Sunday Times (Perth), 11 November 2007 
  5. ^ 'Nooooo Bingo’ at local council
  6. ^ Rosner, Josh (15 October 2011), "Tasty Australian mix; MEMOIR", Canberra Times 
  7. ^ Wilding, Michael (8 October 2011), "Formed by hands of experience and rolled in happy acceptance", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  8. ^ Sheherd, Tory (10 December 2011), "Memoir", The Advertiser 
  9. ^ Clark, Graham (26 November 2011), "NON FICTION", The Courier-Mail 
  10. ^ Meade, Amanda (11 September 2012), "SMH columnist on ice amid plagiarism claims", The Australian 
  11. ^ Media Watch transcript
  12. ^ City of Canada Bay election results
  13. ^ Ahmed, Tanveer (9 February 2015). "Men forgotten in violence debate". The Australian. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Men forgotten in violence debate by Tanveer Ahmed on 9 Feb 2015
  15. ^ Ahmed's dangerous message on domestic violence
  16. ^ White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed recommitting rather than resigning
  17. ^ "A message from the CEO regarding Dr Tanveer Ahmed". White Ribbon. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  18. ^ Meade, Amanda (16 February 2015). "Columnist Tanveer Ahmed sacked by the Australian over new plagiarism allegation". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 

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