10 April 2017

In Conversation with Patrick McGorry AO and Ian Manion: Future direction for youth mental health?

In Conversation with Patrick McGorry AO and Ian Manion: Future direction for youth mental health?

Mental ill health is the number one health issue facing young people worldwide. It is the leading cause of disability in those aged between 10 and 24 years, contributing 45% of the overall burden of disease. Most mental illnesses emerge in adolescence and early adulthood, with this period being the critical time for interventions and support for young people facing difficult times. There is a powerful social and economic case for additional efforts to improve youth mental health service provision across all countries.

Join Prof Patrick McGorry AO (Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, Australia) and Dr Ian Manion (Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research, Ontario, Canada), both passionate and engaging advocates, in a conversation about the future of youth mental health in Australia and internationally. Prof Shitij Kapur (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne) will act as our host for what promises to be a thought provoking public event.

Prof McGorry and Dr Manion will also take questions from the floor.


Date: Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Location: Melbourne Brain Centre, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville

Regsitrations are essential, via Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2oUmJ54 


Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Professor Patrick McGorry is the Executive Director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and a Director of the Board of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace). He is a world-leading researcher in the area of early psychosis and youth mental health, and has a strong interest in promoting the mental health of the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers.

His work has played a critical role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research into the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders, notably psychotic and severe mood disorders. He has also played a major part in the transformational reform of mental health services to better serve the needs of vulnerable young people.

Professor McGorry was a key architect of the headspace model and has been successful in advocating with colleagues for its national expansion. He has successfully advocated for the establishment of a national early psychosis programme based on the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre model. He is frequently asked to advise on youth mental health policy both nationally and internationally.

Dr Ian Manion

Dr. Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families for over 30 years.  He is an adjunct professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Currently he is the Director of Youth Mental Health Research at the Institute for Mental Health Research.  He was the founding executive director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, a global leader in knowledge mobilization, implementation science as well as youth and family engagement.

Dr. Manion is actively involved in research on mental health promotion, youth depression and suicide.  He has a particular interest in systems research and how services are organized to best meet the mental health needs of youth. He is a committed advocate for child and youth mental health sitting on local, provincial, national and international boards and committees.  He is on Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council, bringing evidence to policy and system transformation across the province. He is co-scientific director for a newly funded an international knowledge translation and mobilization network in integrated youth mental health care. Ian is co-founder of Youth Net/ Réseau Ado, a bilingual community-based mental health promotion program with satellites across Canada as well as in Europe.

Professor Shitij Kapur

Professor Shitij Kapur, FRCPC, PhD, FMedSci, is the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at The University of Melbourne.  Shitij is a clinician-scientist with expertise in psychiatry, neuroscience and brain imaging. He trained as a Psychiatrist at the University of Pittsburgh, and undertook a PhD and Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, similarly Board Certified in Canada and has a specialist medical license in the United Kingdom. 

Professor Kapur’s main research interest is in understanding Schizophrenia and its treatment. He has used brain imaging, animals models and clinical studies which have led to a better understanding of antipsychotic action, its relationship to brain dopamine receptor blockade, the role of appropriate dosing of these drugs and has led to the development of the ‘salience’ framework of psychosis and the ‘early onset’ hypothesis if antipsychotic action. He is now working on how ‘biomarkers’ might be best incorporated into psychiatric care and drug development.