Tanveer Ahmed (psychiatrist)

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Tanveer Ahmed
Occupation psychiatrist
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Tanveer Ahmed (born 1975) is a Bangladeshi born Australian psychiatrist, journalist and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Ahmed was born in Bangladesh in 1975.[1] He and his parents moved to Australia in 1981,[2] and settled in Toongabbie, in the western suburbs of Sydney.[3] He won a scholarship to Sydney Grammar School[4] and went on to the University of Sydney, where he studied medicine,[5] 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.[6]

Media career[edit]

Besides being a doctor, Ahmed has also been a journalist for SBS TV[7] and appeared regularly on radio and television discussing issues pertaining to multiculturalism and mental health issues. He was a regular contributor to major newspapers, most commonly the Sydney Morning Herald.

In 2007, Ahmed appeared as the Bingo Commissioner in Seven Network's game show, National Bingo Night.[8]

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."[9] The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Wilding calls it "a gentle and genial memoir of the migrant experience."[10] Tory Shepherd gave it a 2 1/2 star review in The Advertiser.[11] Graham Clark of The Courier Mail describes it as a "rich mix of a multicultural world".[12]

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.[13] 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.[14]

In December 2016 Connor Court published his book Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood, observations of Australian society based on his work as a psychiatrist.[15] In June 2016, Ahmed became a contributor to the Australian version of politically conservative magazine The Spectator.[16]

In 2017, Ahmed became a commentator on The Rebel Media website.[17] In July 2017, Ahmed again faced accusations of plagiarism. Writing in the media commentary Weekly Beast section of The Guardian, Amanda Meade noted that Ahmed's article True Selves in The Spectator had "striking similarities" with a December 2000 article by philosopher Carl Elliott in The Atlantic titled A New Way To Be Mad. Following complaints, The Spectator article was amended to include a reference to Elliott's article.[18]

Other roles[edit]

Ahmed was an appointee to the Advertising Standards Bureau board between 2006 and 2011[19] and supported the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women proclaimed by the United Nations.[20] He was chosen as one of one hundred future leaders of Australia under the age of 40 to attend the Future Forum in 2006.[19]

He was appointed to the Council for Multicultural Australia in August 2011.[21]

In February 2015, his article relating to domestic violence[22][23] caused controversy which resulted in an examination of his role as a "White Ribbon Ambassador" for the Australian White Ribbon Campaign.[24][25] Following criticism of his views expressed in the article, he was subsequently suspended as a 'White Ribbon Ambassador'[26] and was sacked by The Australian over a plagiarism allegation.[27]

Political career[edit]

Ahmed stood unsuccessfully the Liberal Party in Marrickville Council for the 2008 New South Wales local council elections.[28]

On 8 September 2012, Ahmed was elected as a Liberal Party councillor for the inner-west Sydney municipality of City of Canada Bay for a four-year term. His election was confirmed on 13 September 2012.[29]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Alina have two daughters.[30]



  • Ahmed, Tanveer (2011). The exotic rissole. 
  • — (2016). Fragile nation : vulnerability, resilience and victimhood. 

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2016 Ahmed, Tanveer (Jan–Feb 2016). "Brain teasers". Quadrant. 60 (1-2): 82–84. 
  • Roland, David (2014). How I rescued my brain : a psychologist's remarkable recovery from stroke and trauma. Scribe. 
  • Lewis, Marc David (2015). The biology of desire : why addiction is not a disease. Scribe. 


  1. ^ Tanveer Ahmed, The Exotic Rissole, NewSouth, Sydney, 2011, p. 16.
  2. ^ Ahmed, p. 31.
  3. ^ Ahmed, p. 33.
  4. ^ Ahmed, p. 52.
  5. ^ Ahmed, p. 62.
  6. ^ Serving the AMA in 2006
  7. ^ Ahmed, p. 151.
  8. ^ "Indian actor cracks jackpot", Sunday Times (Perth), 11 November 2007 
  9. ^ Rosner, Josh (15 October 2011), "Tasty Australian mix; MEMOIR", Canberra Times 
  10. ^ Wilding, Michael (8 October 2011), "Formed by hands of experience and rolled in happy acceptance", The Sydney Morning Herald 
  11. ^ Shepherd, Tory (10 December 2011), "Memoir", The Advertiser 
  12. ^ Clark, Graham (26 November 2011), "NON FICTION", The Courier-Mail 
  13. ^ Meade, Amanda (11 September 2012), "SMH columnist on ice amid plagiarism claims", The Australian 
  14. ^ Media Watch transcript
  15. ^ "Fragile Nation – Tanveer Ahmed". Connor Court. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Tanveer Ahmed". The Spectator. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  17. ^ Ahmed's page at The Rebel Media
  18. ^ "ABC bosses get staff to sit in a ring with toys to 'break the ice'". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Previous Advertising Standards Bureau board members
  20. ^ White Ribbon Day Ambassadors
  21. ^ "Speech to the Australian Multicultural Council Launch, Canberra". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (Australia). 22 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  22. ^ Ahmed, Tanveer (9 February 2015). "Men forgotten in violence debate". The Australian. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  23. ^ Men forgotten in violence debate by Tanveer Ahmed on 9 Feb 2015
  24. ^ Ahmed's dangerous message on domestic violence
  25. ^ White Ribbon Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed recommitting rather than resigning
  26. ^ "A message from the CEO regarding Dr Tanveer Ahmed". White Ribbon. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  27. ^ Meade, Amanda (16 February 2015). "Columnist Tanveer Ahmed sacked by the Australian over new plagiarism allegation". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  28. ^ 'Nooooo Bingo’ at local council
  29. ^ City of Canada Bay election results[dead link]
  30. ^ Ahmed, p. 197.

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