12 June 2017

Distinguished Global Mental Health Advocate Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Distinguished Global Mental Health Advocate Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Professor Helen Herrman, Head of Vulnerable and Disengaged Youth Research at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association has today been recognised with the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Professor Herrman, also Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre was awarded the Order of Australia for her distinguished and outstanding lifetime contribution to psychiatry, public health, and community mental health service reform with her endeavours leading to major advances in scholarship, academic development and clinical practice locally, nationally and internationally.

Professor Herrman has achieved numerous local, national and international awards and recognition, most recently President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and is due to take up her Presidency in 2017, the first Australian to achieve this significant international role. She received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ College Citation in 2010 for contributions to national and international psychiatry, and International Distinguished Fellowship of the American Psychiatric Association in 2009. She was inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2013.

Orygen would like to take the opportunity to formally congratulate Professor Herrman on this well-deserved, prestigious honour and thank her for all of her work in global mental health.

Read the full media release here.