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MACCABI LIFE – proudly supported by JCCV.

On Wednesday 9 September at 7pm, around 400 people ZOOM'D in to hear Professor Patrick McGorry interviewed by Sharri Markson on “Why MENTAL HEALTH Is The Number One Public Health Issue Confronting Society” - LIVE

Thank you Professor McGorry and Sharri Markson for sharing your time and insights with our community on this very important topic. It was an extremely informative and entertaining evening.

Dozens of questions were asked on the night and time prevented them all from being answered. We understand your questions are important and Professor McGorry asks that you submit your questions directly to Orygen. Professor McGorry and Orygen would love to hear from you.

CLICK HERE TO  ASK YOUR QUESTION     or visit the Orygen website HERE



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Professor Patrick McGorry is an Irish-born, Australian psychiatrist known world-wide for his development and scaling up of early intervention and youth mental health services, and for mental health innovation, advocacy and reform. He is executive director of Orygen, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and founding editor of the journal  “Early Intervention in Psychiatry”.  He led the advocacy which resulted in the establishment by the Australian government in 2005 of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, which in 2006 became Headspace, and he remains a founding board member of that organisation.

Professor McGorry has published over 980 publications, with 47,266 citations and a “h” index of 112 (Scopus). He has played a key advocacy and advisory role to government and health system reform in Australia and in many parts of the world.

He is President of the International Association for Youth Mental Health, Past-President of the Schizophrenia International Research Society, Past-president of the Society for Mental Health Research, and was Founding President and is now Treasurer of the IEPA: Early Intervention in Mental Health.

In 2010 Professor McGorry was selected as Australian of the Year and became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). In 2013 he received the Annual Research Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Washington DC, and in 2015 was awarded the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research by the US-based Brain and Behaviour Foundation.  In 2016 he became the first psychiatrist to be elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.  In 2018 he received the Schizophrenia International Research Society Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2019 the Humanitarian Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and the NHMRC Research Excellence Award.




Sharri Markson is an Australian journalist. She is an Investigations writer at The Australian and host of the Sky News program "Sharri" which airs on Sunday evenings.

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