Professor Patrick McGorry AO, Executive Director of Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental, and Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, has today been elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.
Professor McGorry was one of 49 new fellows admitted to the academy today, in acknowledgment of his distinguished career in mental health.
Professor McGorry said that as a mental health researcher it was a great privilege to be elected to the Academy of Health and Medical Science.
‘I'm delighted that mental health research is gaining a more equal standing with other areas of medical research,” Professor McGorry said. “This will ultimately lead to people with mental illness finally getting a fair go in terms of care and research support.”
Professor McGorry is a world leader in early psychosis and youth mental health research. He pioneered the early intervention model of care for young people with first episode psychosis. This model of care, which focuses on intervening early and providing holistic care to young people at the early stage of illness has been recognised as one of the most significant recent reforms in mental health care. The model has been adopted by mental health services across Australia and around the world.