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Terry has extensive experience as a psychologist working in private practice, mainly in forensic areas such as family law, child protection and criminal jusrisdictions.

Terry was born in Melbourne and educated at Marist Brothers' College, North Fitzroy. Ordained in 1975, he worked as Catholic Parish Priest of Parkville and Chaplain to the University of Melbourne. During this time, he presented the Pater Award winning program, Tapestry, on FOX-FM. Terry completed an Arts Degree with Honours in psychology at Melbourne University in 1978 and a Law Degree in 1992.

He resigned from the Catholic priesthood in 1987, and worked as a policy advisor on health services to older people in the Victorian Health Department, before working as the presenter of the Late Night program on Radio 3UZ. He started with ABC Radio 3LO in Melbourne in 1991, and presented the Evening Program before moving to the 3LO Drive Program at the start of 1997.

Terry left the ABC after 10 years in 2000 for RMIT where he became Associate Professor of Communications at RMIT University's Centre for International Research on Communication and Information Technologies (CIRCIT). Since 2002 he has worked as a psychologist and communications consultant. He has also presented replacement shifts on Talk 1116 3AK and presentation training for SBS Radio in Melbourne.

Terry's interest in the community is shown the variety of his public appointments: he has chaired the Victorian Road Safety Co-ordinating Council and has consulted for the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse and the Victorian Community Council against Violence.

He led the Smartwater Fund Independent Assessment Panel and of the Port of Melbourne Corporation Channel Deepening Project Community Liaison Group. He does similar work for the port now with the Port Capacity Project Liaison Group.

Terry chaired the Victorian Environment Protection Authority's Panel advising on Melbourne Water's proposals to upgrade the Eastern Sewerage Treatment Plant, and has also been a member of the Boards of the Burnet Centre, the Victoria Police Ethical Standards Consultative Committee and the Windana Society.

He is well versed in the field of forensic psychology through membership of the Intellectual Disability Review Panel (1988-94), the Workcover Appeals Board (1990-92), the Adult Parole Board of Victoria (2000-2007), the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2003-2008) and the Council of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (1998-2009).

He is an honorary academic specialist in the Centre for International Mental Health within the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne and chaired the Victorian Mental Health Reform Council from 2009 to 2013.

Most recently, Terry was a member of the ACT/TAS/VIC Regional Board of the Psychology Board of Australia from 2014 to 2018, and taught the forensic psychology component of the Monash University Master of Mental Health Studies program in 2017 and 2018.

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