Former Australian of the Year and world leader in youth mental health care, Professor Patrick McGorry AO, will speak in Warrnambool next month.

Professor McGorry will be guest speaker at the Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) annual general meeting on December 10.

“It’s a real coup for WRAD to get someone of Professor McGorry’s international standing in mental health circles to speak at our AGM,” Mr Soma said.

“I’m sure he will have some interesting insights and experiences that many people in the Warrnambool community will appreciate. He is a well-known and dynamic speaker on his topic of interest.”

Professor McGorry is a passionate advocate for mental health reform and was named Australian of the Year in 2010 for his work in mental health, with a particular focus on youth.

He is the Executive Director of Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace).

Professor McGorry is a world-leading clinician, researcher, and reformer in early psychosis, early intervention and youth mental health. His work has played an integral role in the development of safe, effective treatments, particularly for young people with emerging mental health disorders.

Professor McGorry is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2003, the Founders’ Medal of the Australian Society for Psychiatric Research in 2001
As well as his contributions to the field of early psychosis and youth mental health, Professor McGorry has interests in refugee mental health, youth suicide, youth substance use and the treatment of emerging personality disorders.

The WRAD AGM will be at the Warrnambool Art Gallery from 6pmpm on Thursday, December 10.

People wishing to attend the AGM can RSVAP to WRAD on 1300 009723.

WRAD operates as part of the Handbury Medical Suites at 172 Merri Street, Warrnambool.