Craig Hamilton

Mental Health Advocate, Keynote Speaker and Author


Craig started his career as a broadcaster with ABC Radio in 1994.
Since then Craig has covered Rugby League, Rugby Union and Cricket at international level as a commentator.

Craig is probably best known as a member of the “Grandstand” Rugby League commentary team.

Craig was born in the Hunter Valley town of Singleton and spent the first 16 years of his working life working as an underground coalminer in the Newcastle area before embarking on a radio career fulltime in 1999.

In 1991 Craig represented the Newcastle and NSW Country cricket teams, and played against the touring Sri Lankan team.

In the year 2000, just prior to the Sydney Olympic Games where he had been selected to work as a broadcaster, Craig experienced a psychotic episode and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

He spent 12 days in hospital and, since his recovery, has become one of Australia’s most high profile speakers on Mental Health , Lifestyle and Wellbeing .

In 2004 Random House released his highly acclaimed memoir “Broken Open” which gives a very personal account of living with Bipolar Disorder.

In July 2012, Allen and Unwin will release his second book “A Better Life”

In sharing his story and experiences he offers hope to others.


Talking Points
Recovery from Mental Illness
Bipolar Disorder - A Story of Recovery
An Inspiring Road Back to Good Health
Creating a Better Work/Life Balance
Surviving Depression
Why Normalising Mental Health Issues is important