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Born in England, Bettina Arndt grew up in Canberra. After completing her Bachelor of Science at Australian National University, she moved to Sydney where she trained as a clinical psychologist specialising in sexual therapy.

In 1973 Bettina joined the newly launched Australian Forum magazine as a consultant, working part-time in Forum's Sydney-based sex counselling clinic. She was appointed Editor in 1974 and remained in the position until July 1982.

Through her work at Forum, Bettina was involved in a variety of educational activities; post-graduate medical courses, training seminars for a wide range of professional people and lectures to self-help groups and community organisations. She lectured in sexuality to medical students at Sydney University and the University of New South Wales.

Following the death of her husband and business partner, Dennis Minogue in 1981, Forum magazine was closed down. Bettina went on to write for Australian Consolidated Press, producing numerous cover stories for The Bulletin, and feature articles for Cleo, Mode and Women's Weekly. She has answered the Cleo "Personal Q & A" column since that time.

During this period Bettina also had her own radio program on 2GB and regular radio segments in major cities all over Australia. She was a frequent guest on Channel 9's Today program and made numerous appearances on other television shows.

In 1987, Bettina married American lawyer Warren Scott and moved to New York City. She lived in Manhattan for five years, and added two children to her family, Taylor and Cameron. She has a son, Jesse, from her previous marriage. Whilst living in the States, Bettina wrote a highly successful weekly newspaper column which was syndicated through The Age in Melbourne (and published in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane). She had two books published featuring collections of her writings, Private Lives (1985) and All About Us (1989).

Throughout her career, Bettina has been in great demand as a speaker. Her ability to speak on both light-hearted and more serious issues accounts for her continuing appeal to a wide range of diverse groups and organizations.

While based in the U.S., she continued her speaking career, travelling to fulfil speaking engagements in Australia, Singapore and Bangkok.

In August l991, Bettina returned with her family to live in Australia. Her husband was appointed head of the Sydney office of his international law firm, Coudert Bros.

Bettina is a full time feature writer for The Australian, is a regular guest on ABC radio around the country, and is continually in demand on the national speaking circuit. In 1993, she presented the controversial 4-Corners special "...Seduction and Consent" for the ABC.