Professor Patrick McGorry AO

Professor Patrick McGorry

Patrick McGorry (PhD 1991) is a leading international researcher, clinician and advocate for youth mental health reform.

He is currently the executive director of Orygen Youth Health, an internationally-renowned youth mental health organisation.

He is also a director of headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Australia), a director of Headstrong (the National Youth Mental Health Foundation of Ireland) and professor of youth mental health at the University of Melbourne.

Over his career Professor McGorry has made a significant contribution to the improvement of the youth mental health sector in Australia and worldwide.

He specialises in prevention and early intervention strategies for emerging mental disorders in young people.

Other areas of expertise include refugee and asylum seeker mental health, torture and trauma, suicide and substance use disorders.

Professor McGorry has received several medals and awards for his work.

In 2001 he received a Centenary Medal for establishing the EPPIC program - an early psychosis service emulated in Europe, Asia and North America, and an Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research Founders Medal.

He received the International Early Psychosis Association’s Richard J Wyatt Award in 2004 and the Castilla del Pino Award in 2009.

He was named Australian of the Year 2010 for his contribution “to the improvement of the youth mental health sector to help transform the lives of tens of thousands of young people here and around the world”.

He also received a Queen's Birthday Honour in 2010 for "distinguished service to medicine, and to mental health, as a leading clinician, researcher and scientist, through innovative reform of services, the development of national programs to support youth and raising public awareness".

In late 2010 Monash awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

Professor McGorry is the treasurer and past president of the International Early Psychosis Association, and a member of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences.

He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and of the Royal College of Physicians of London.

In addition to his Monash degree Professor McGorry has a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Melbourne.